Orange Curtain Ultra 50k/100k February 25, 2017

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  1. Alan S

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    Orange Curtain Ultra 50k/100k
    By Alan S


    http://www.orangecurtainrun.com[/URL]
    Barefoot Ted ran the 100k barefoot years ago

    Course type
    Road 100k/50k and other distance.
    Course is a paved bike path with 80% adjacent dirt path.
    Very barefoot-able 4.5/5 toes.
    Out and back type 10k wash, rinse and REPEAT.

    Well I ran a 50k barefoot.
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    This may be getting out of hand...or just a start.

    I ran this last year but I chose the 20k as a fun run to build to my first barefoot marathon (and first marathon) at Orange County Marathon in May 2016. This is a great course for a Personal Best, which I did... of course. This was my second time reaching a 50k distance, my first being a month prior I ran the Avalon benefit 50k in January in Luna Sandals.
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    The Orange Curtain Ultra is a small local race that has the feel of the Ultra community, which sucked me right in, while being a gateway between road running and Ultra running. Great people.

    I was nervous about the back and forth type of course and that was all everyone mentioned/ complained about when they asked about it. I even made a running playlist of pump up music as a just in case; a sign how twisted I was, I don't run at all with music. I didn't need to be nervous nor did I need the play list. I ran without shoes and entertainment... AND LOVED IT!

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    Last 6 miles were rough as I was fighting tinder feet and a clock that was ticking close to my goal. Yet, just when I needed a lift in my spirits, my wife and kids arrived and cheered me at several points on the last stretch, which was most needed.
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    Just picking up running two years ago, it is still very hard for me to even consider myself a runner, marathoner or ultra marathoner. It is even more amazing to describe myself as a barefoot ultra marathoner. I am proud of how far I have come. Just last year, I had only run 13 miles barefoot. There have been many post that I have gained inspiration and information to push myself beyond my perceived limitations. Thank you.

    Any one barefooting LA marathon? ... I am ;)



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  2. Tedlet

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    Congrats Alan.
    Great run & nice report too..
    I especially like the last 'we love our Dad' pic!:)...
     
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    Congratulations! That's a great accomplishment, especially after only 2 years of running!
     
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  4. Barefoot TJ

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    Adorable boy! Love the sign. Thanks for sharing. To the home page, it goes.
     
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  5. Jaqa

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    Well done!! That's a great achievement. Love your support crew!
    And special shout out for doing a multiple loop route- lots of mental strength there!
     
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