Manitoba 2013 Half Marathon

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    Manitoba 2013 Half Marathon
    By dutchie53

    Well, on Sunday June 16th, 2013 I ran and completed the 2013 Manitoba Half Marathon barefoot while being cheered on by my youngest daughter who was there to cheer me on and take pictures.

    The weather was perfect on this day clear, sunny and about 19 Celsius at the start. Rode my bike to the start of the race as it was only 2 miles from where I live, and arrived at 6:40 am for a 7:00 start. I was actually not planning on running the half on this day but to run the opening leg of the marathon relay for the team that we form at work every year. The opening leg is about 6 miles, and I was confident that I would have no problems doing this leg while running barefoot as I had ran this route the previous week without any problems.

    The reason for just running the opening leg of the relay was that I felt that I had not prepared myself to do a half even though I had already signed for the half last January. I felt that completing a half with a weekly base of 15-20 miles and only having had 1 long run of 8 miles since last October was not enough, and only one 7-8 mile run a week ago was not a good idea.

    Before I left the house I asked my wife to see if she could pick me up after the hand off for the relay team. The young lady who I was handing off to was a novice runner. She only started running 12 weeks ago, because as she informed that she was being bullied by someone at work :rolleyes: to do this as we were one runner short. She was worried about starting too fast, so I had told her I would run with her to keep her pace down until the half marathon route split from the full marathon route. I had already decided that I was not bringing any backup footwear as I was feeling good about the opening leg of the relay being barefoot friendly.

    Before the starters gun even went off I was already answering questions about " Are you really running without shoes". :)

    Then we started, I soon found someone who was running his 7th full marathon of the year already and seem to be running at my pace. So we struck up a pleasant conversation for the first 5 miles or so. During this stretch my feet felt great, running form was good and I felt even better. Then I arrived at the relay change area, where the second runner for our team was waiting apprehensively. I give her the bib with the timing chip and ran with her until the route split. That is where my plans changed, I felt so good that I thought I can do this half. So after we split I decided to keep going with my half. I was getting lots of comments from other runners for being barefoot but it was all positive. When I hit the 8 mile mark I noticed that even though I felt great that I would have benefited from longer training runs. Feet and legs felt good though I found myself having to concentrate on my running form. Had to keep my stride short and made sure that my forward lean did not turn into a bend from the hips. At about the 11 mile mark I noticed I was feeling a little tired but not fatigued, feet and legs were still feeling good. By the time I hit the last mile my feet and legs were still feeling good although I could feel a hot spot starting on the outside of the ball of my left foot.

    The last 100 yards going into the stadium for the finish was rough gravel and did not feel good. The area was already roped for the funneling into the stadium so there was no escape to avoid the gravel.

    Then the finish was finally there, I had just run my first barefoot marathon and my legs and feet felt great. My time was 2 hours and 37 minutes and 47 seconds.

    As my daughter and I were leaving a thought just hit me, other then being pleasantly tired, I did not hurt. The last 5 or 6 half marathons that I had run in shoes always left me hurting when I was done. By maintaining my form my discomfort was next to nothing.

    So would I recommend running a half with very little preparation? The answer is no, I did get tired even though I felt great body wise. The one thing going in my favor I would think is that have ran for 35 years or more, and I have run fulls and many a half previously while shod. With that in mind I think that perhaps this is what got me through this half with very little preparation.

    Will try to add pics when I can wind a way to shrink them. Meanwhile here is a link to race pics which I could not copy and paste here.

    http://www.marathon-photos.com/scripts/event.py?new_search=1&event=Sports/STCA/2013/Manitoba Marathon&match=7776
     
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    Great job Dutchie! Way to represent!!!
     
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    Way to go Sr! Looking good there too.
     

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    Fantastic! Well done! I've a half to do on the 28th and I'm a little worried about it! Your post has re-assured me!! Really well done again! It's an amazing achievement!! :)
     
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    Here are few of the pictures from before the race and afterwards. I think the funniest one was at the starting line where everyone was giving the weird barefoot guy a lot of space. :D

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    You sure it was because of you being barefoot or you forgot to shower?;)
    Ok I am making this official, sorry Lee, and dutchie but I am not going to make it for the half in August. I had this tiny hope of doing it even if slow with tons of walking but found out that my husband's relatives are coming that weekend:mad:. I was sooo looking forward to personally meeting both of you. But not this time.
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    Well, Dutchie doesn't look that Dutch in the pictures, so I was already disappointed.
    My wife has recently given me permission to commute by bicycle, 1.5 miles each way, so she's loosening up her fearful grip, but probably not in time for August's half. And anyway, I'm really enjoying running without expectations of any kind, just like I lift. I like running and working out, but I don't know if I'll ever enjoy 'training', and I don't have Dutchie's experience or genetics to just wing a half. So even without my wife's pressure-cooker-inspired prohibition, I would only be willing to run a half if my running fitness had naturally developed to the point where I could run that distance comfortably. I think it will, eventually, but I have no idea of what the timeline will be like. Could be next month, could be next year. I'm thinking of trying 11 miles this weekend and see what that's like, but if begin to feel fatigued I'm bailing. I just don't like running that way--too risky.
     
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    Lee, that is not a bad plan, if you can do a 11 mile run even with walking breaks you will be ready for a half. Last Sunday I walked through all the aid stations to drink water and a gatorade. I don't think I could have ran the whole thing without my 1/2-1 minute walking breaks through the aid station every 2 miles. I discovered a long time ago that not to much time is lost with a well deservered walking break, keeps you fresh and you don't get fluids down the windpipe. You actually lose more time by persisting to maintain the run therefore slowing your pace way down because of fatigue. But everyone runs for their own reason, mine being to finish standing up, I already accepted that my times from 35 years ago are no longer attainable for me barefoot or shod. So I just run because I really enjoy it. :D It would have been nice to run with you and Dama but if not this year than it will be next year sometime. Maybe head down Dama's way and run one there. Either way I will catchup with you in August and do some pre-race carb loading. :)
     
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    Dutchie, brilliant idea! we have the Des Moines half and full in October. Should we plan? I am getting all excited already!
     

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    Way to go, Dutchie!
     

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    Dama, this fall is going to be hard for me to get down there. But next spring or early summer would work well if there is a half in your neck of the woods at that time.
     
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    Dutchie, I can check what races are available on late spring/early summer and let you know. I can tell you now that I can't do early Spring races but I'll see what's there.
     

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    Summer would work better for me too Dama. Gives me an excuse to go somewhere for a holiday. :)
     

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