My 1yr Anniversary Run [lots of pics]

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  1. Tristan

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    So its my 1 year anniversary for running barefoot. I don't have the exact date, but it was about this time. I started walking barefoot a couple weeks before running, and that was at the end of August of '11. First barefoot run was about this time in September '11. My last shod race was Sept 17 2011, after that race I never ran in cushioned shoes again. That race is fast approaching and I'll see what I can pull off barefoot.

    Anyhow to celebrate the event I decided to just go out for a long run on a trail I wanted to run back in my shod days but never imagined I could do the whole thing. Well I did the whole things, and it is a distance record for me currently, breaking the half I did a month ago by a few tenths. Last year, shod, 6 miles was a long run for me and 8 was the most I had ever done. Either of these often left me with pains for days. The half marathon in August left me in a bit of pain as well, and a couple weeks later getting the mileage back up to around 12 miles left me just a little sore for a day or two as well. But yesterdays 13.5 mile run / 13.5 bike left me feeling just great today! Its amazing to be able to experience your body adapting to these new distances. I know this isnt much compared to most of you all but like I said about 6-8mi was as far as I ever went shod.

    So I brought my camera along for once and took some pics since it was a special day for me. This isnt a spectacular trail run in the wilderness unfortunately but a nice rail to trail run across some nice Ohio countryside and passing through some towns.

    Lots of pics to come! Click for bigger ones.​

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    The Kokosing Gap Trail. 13.5 mile reclaimed railway, in Knox county Ohio. It starts in Mt Vernon, passes through Gambier and Howard and ends in Danville. It has a few unique features, it is the only known paved rails to trail park in America that is maintained by only contributions and the help of volunteers. Also it is a watertrail, it follows the Kokosing River for a ways and has a few road/trail/river access points.​
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    Here is the first crossing of the Kokosing. Unfortunately its about the lowest its even been, and more stagnant than ever. It really is a nice river for Ohio though, and I've paddled it a few times.​
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    Another bridge over the Kokosing River.​
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    Part of Kenyon College in Gambier (the athletic center). And a small bridge of the trail leads to a nice butterfly garden with water features. There are a few more side trails in the area too I have not explored.​
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    Also in Gambier, a cosmetically restored 1940s-era ALCO 0-6-0 steam locomotive, tender, and caboose. I love old steam locomotives, and #63 doesn't disappoint.​
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    And at about mile 9 we come into the town of Howard, where you'll find a playground, restroom, and water fountain. Perfect timing to refill my bottles. I avoided the temptation of the ice cream shop about a minute or two walk in town. Also a neat stone bridge/tunnel. Route 36 passes overhead, and I never realized this was down here. From up top, that red building looks like a single story building alongside the road. Its actually 4 stories!​
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    Just pass Howard is the Hellbender Preserve which has another side trail. I'll have to explore that one another time. And a few more crossings of an unknown stream.​
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    Past Howard becomes farm country. I love the antique tractors that are still in hard use out here. The path takes you by dairy farms, pastures, fields, horses. You'll also start seeing Amish out this way.​
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    And finally, the end of the path after my longest run ever. Its really nicely done for such a middle of nowhere town. A nice bench with overhead lattice and flowers and water fountain. I stashed my bike here earlier, so after a quick break and water bottle refill it's time to retrace the route but this time on bike.​
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    And back to the start again. All finished now, 27 miles later. Here is my mountain bike and my old beater truck. I really need to get a road bike!​
    And thanks to everyone here for helping me along the way. Perhaps in another year I'll be able to run the trail and back for 27 miles without needing the bike! We'll see! And to the mods, I was undecided what forum suited this best so I put it in general. Feel free to move if you think another one is more suitable.​
     
  2. barefoot kean

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    Congrats Tristan! Looks like it was a great run.
     
  4. DNEchris

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    Congratulations. Nice job!
     
  5. Barefoot Gentile

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    Happy 1st Anniversary! Looks like it was a beautiful run.
     
  6. rickwhitelaw

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    Great Job Tristan. Nice write up and photos. Beautiful area.

    I was stuck for a long time at the half marathon level barefoot. Going into winter didn't help, but it was mostly a mental block. You have been doing great with your progression.
     
  7. Tristan

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    Thanks all! Though like most rails to trails it is pretty straight and flat, but at least it does have some nice features along the way. Its part of the Ohio to Erie Trail system which links up rails to trails and roads to span across the state. Another section is the Heart of Ohio Trail that passes just a few miles from my house. Its just a bit shorter, but pretty much featureless, and ends within 2 miles of the start of the Kokosing Gap Trail so in the future a combo would be possible.

    I was a little nervous about going that far without much food... I had a bowl of cereal in the morning, and hit the trailhead about noon. In my truck between dropping my bike off at the end and driving back to the start I did have one orange. But thats it. I was going to grab a couple of GUs but I forgot. But everything went well, a little hungry but thats it. Averaged about 10mm running, and 15mph on the bike back. I did have a ferocious appetite the rest of the day though. And of course as soon as I take off I drive by several restaurants, and unable to resist a grilled chicken sandwich from BK. I did pass on the fries and soda though.

    Rick - yeah I do see myself getting stuck at about that mileage but I'll try not to. Hunting season is just around the corner which will occupy a lot of free time, and of course the shortening days and winter weather sometimes put a damper on things. I love fall and winter but I hate to see summer leaving. I don't want to even think about it yet. Running will have to be more planned out, and I'll have to break out the headlamp and keep a charged set of batteries on hand.

    Happy running all!
     
  8. Twisty

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    Congrats Tristan it looks great!
    I'm only 8weeks in to my barefoot journey and my aim is to be running a part of the Jonh Muir way trail in a years time.
     
  9. JosephTree

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    Just lovely! Thanks for the pics and for sharing your anniversary run. May year 2 bring you even more joy!
     
  10. Tristan

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    Thanks!

    Twisty - good luck that sounds like a nice goal. Stick around and the good folks here will help you reach that goal.

    Josephtree - I hope it does, I still feel as though this is just the beginning!
     
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  11. ThomDavid

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    That looks like a great run! So much cool green. Congratulations on your 1-year anniversary, and best of luck in your next race!
     

  12. skedaddle

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    Happy anniversary T, those pics are great!
     
  13. Barefooting Bob

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    Happy, happy anniversary and many more...........

    Great pictures.
     
  14. scedastic

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    Pretty pics! That bucolic scenery is just like a similar trail her in MI, a reclaimed railway, only ours is mostly gravel. Beautiful time of year to be in the midwest countryside, eh?
    Also, I started bf/minimal running just about the same time as you, and just did my very first half marathon the first week in sept (in huaraches).
    I too have seen myself having way more of an adventure and pushing my limits than I ever did before as a recreational runner.
    Here's to another year!
    I was thinking of trying for a full marathon next: you?
     
  15. Tristan

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    Thanks all!

    Congrats on the half! I looked through your recent posts to see if you mentioned it I only found mention of it in the mileage reporting thread. I've never looked in those before I suppose I should chime in there every so often. Yeah I do enjoy the countryside, I mean I gave up a 15 minute drive to work in the city for almost an hour drive each way to enjoy it more! And I haven't regreted it yet. Full marathon... of course ;) its the 'when' thats in question. It will probably be the big milestone for next year. There is the local full marathon oct 21 but its already sold out and no way I'd be up to the mileage by then. And fall & winter will mean less time to run for me, but hopefully at some point next year I'll be up to a full. Any scenic ones up there in MI? I'm not opposed to a little travel if its a big race, and its scenic, I wont travel for a 5k or something like that though. There is a great trail run 5/10/20/40/60k comming up in southern Ohio in the Hocking Hills next weekend which I would love to do but I'm going to be busy. And not sure if I'd be 100% since I just did that total burnout 5k this weekend. When are you thinking you'll be ready for a full?
     

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