Nine Days to Go!

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  1. Longboard

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    A week from Sunday is IBRD.
    Everyone have plans to be in Ann Arbor?
    Anybody need a ride or anything?
     

  2. Mark Wilkinson

    Mark Wilkinson Barefooters
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    Where are we all meeting? Just look for the banner?
     
  3. Longboard

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    We will meet at our table which will be very close to the registration area. I plan on pulling up my Silver Dodge Sprinter van right up on the grass, and there will be a BRS sign and logo on it. If they kick me off at least our table and banner will be there. They said we could have as much space as we need. I'm just hoping we have a large enough turnout so as not to dissapoint the race director!
     

  4. Jim Pero

    Jim Pero Barefooters
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    Looking forward to it!
     
  5. Zetti

    Zetti Barefooters
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    Same here...will bring my wife to help make it look like we are in bigger numbers :p
     
  6. Zetti

    Zetti Barefooters
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    Hey crew.....so "sumdeus" kicked in the full cost of the banner, so a huge thank you for your contribution and your kind sole ;)
    [​IMG]

    This being the case whoever was planning on contributing financially feel free to bring your cash and give it to him at the race.
    It should turn out pretty sweet.....3' by 6' outdoor fade resistant vinyl.

    Plan on seeing all you crazies there :woot:
     
  7. Longboard

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    I'll bring two card tables so we can string it between them if necessary.
    If I get away with parking the van on the grass near registration I'll have magnets ready to hang it high and proud across the top of the Sprinter in front of the 12"x 33" magnetic signs.
     

  8. jones

    jones Barefooters
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    I will be traveling from Sterling Heights if anyone out there needs me to pick them up along the way.
     
  9. Zetti

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    Any thoughts on best place to park?
     
  10. sumdeus

    sumdeus Barefooters
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    http://www.burnsparkrun.org/info/directions/

    PARKING:

    Most residents graciously remove their vehicles from the streets that make up the course loop. Because the course is a closed loop, barricades and street closures will occur that limit the amount of pass through prior to race start.
    On race day, please park OUTSIDE the course loop or on streets and street sections that are not part of the course loop. If you choose to park inside the closed loop, it may be necessary to wait until all participants have cleared the course prior to exiting.
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    I always park on the road somewhere outside the loop and walk to the park. It's a huge park and hard to miss.
     
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  11. Longboard

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    Two years ago I was early and parking a couple of blocks away was plentiful. I longboarded the few blocks and passed Smelph and his wife on the way. They wondered if I could possibly be me but decided no way. Surprised them at the registration area!
     

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  12. Zetti

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    How about condition of these roads?
     
  13. Longboard

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    Two years ago Eric (AKA Starbase, AKA Evolving Man) pre-ran the Burns Park course and said it was all barefoot friendly except for one stretch where it would be necessary to use the sidewalk due to road roughness.
    After the finish I asked him "Where was that section?"
    Maybe he will evaluate the course in advance for us again this week, but knowing the general area I can't imagine any of the course roads being un-barefootable.
     

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  14. jones

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    Two years ago it was raining. The roads were not in the best condition, but they were fine. Can't imagine them not being friendly.
     
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  15. Mark Wilkinson

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    Would anyone be up to a quick form critique before the 10k starts? I have been having some issues lately, and oddly enough, I can't run next to myself to see what it is I am doing wrong. Friction is causing some trouble and I would like to get a pointer or two before the race if possible.

    Thanks! Can't wait to see everyone there. I will have my daughter Zoe with me, so make sure and make a big deal about it, she is super excited. :)
     
  16. Barefoot Ken Bob

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    No one I know can see how running feels to your body.

    RELAX!
    Vertical torso,
    RELAX!
    Bent knees,
    RELAX!
    move your torso forward (still vertical, not bending over)
    RELAX!
    your feet will follow.

    If the way you run hurts your bare soles on rough terrain, then you need to change the way you're moving your body (not just the feet) to reduce friction, reduce or spread pressure over your entire sole, and reduce or eliminate impact.

    http://how.barefootrunning.com/
     
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  17. Mark Wilkinson

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    Thanks Ken Bob! I have recently started reading your book and have been trying to apply what I am reading, and it has helped a lot, especially "off road", but I am still getting some friction. I think your RELAX mantra may be my issue, I focus on too many things. When I do "zone out" I tend to run much better, but then I start thinking about my foot landing or some other detail and I get derailed. I will try to relax more, and I'll keep running on the rough trails. With pain as my guide I will get there eventually. :)
     
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  18. Zetti

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    Lee tends to think if you pick up the pace just a touch it will help your form and you will probably be thinking less about your form.
    Might be worth a shot. Not saying go sprinting...but a slightly quicker pace may help everything fall into place :)
     
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  19. Jocelyn

    Jocelyn Barefooters
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    For parking, if you get there early enough, there's a lot at the Burns Park Elementary School which is right next to Burns Park.

    Burns Park Elementary School
    1414 Wells Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    Last year I had to go around a few blocks to get to the Elementary School entrance because of the finish line setup, but like others have mentioned there's lots of side street parking too!
     
  20. Mark Wilkinson

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    We are ready! Zoe wasn't a fan of a plain white bib.
     

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