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Discussion in 'Chapters' started by Dr Barefoot Pat, Sep 26, 2016.
With my new friend, Sidy Diallo.
Tell us more. Did you guys meet while running the race?
Actually I met Sidy during a hard part of the Marathon when we had to cross a good 5k section of dirt trails between wheat fields. The sharp pebbles were so hard to manage that I had to "run" on the side, in the tall grass with uneven and hidden terrain. And while I was fighting my way through this, I saw a tall black guy struggling the same on the other side of the trail. We rapidly engaged in a conversation that lasted the remaining 2 hours, about barefoot running, human evolution, the relations between colonialism and christianity, especially how the white people finally granted the black people with a soul to have more zealots, and how it felt wrong in the 60s, with Malcom X and Mohamed Ali. Few people realize how Marathons could be so enriching when you do it gently.
I am planning to do the same this Sunday at the marathon de Lyon. Meeting people, sharing, gliding. Last year in the same Marathon, I beat my PR while teaching every 5k a group of 5-10 people how to run gently. I was so focused on good form to teach them that I discovered with m watch that I was faster than ever before. Another lesson that good form and easiness are keys to running economy and performance, while minimizing shock of course.
And that will be my new outfit...
Hello ! It was before Metz'marathon, in France, last sunday... Mr Diallo gave the picture for this article.