Barefoot Runners Society
Potawatomi 50M Trail Run
“8 o’clock. If I fall asleep now I can get 1…2…3… 6 and a half hours sleep…”
“10:30… 11:15… 12:40… 1:15… 2:15…”
“2:15. Alarm’s set for 2:30… 2:15? Let’s Go!”
I leap out of bed Saturday morning, 2:15. Two hours to drive, pick up my race packet, and be ready.
“The cannon fires at 6 a.m.!! Enough clothes? Check. Heart Rate Monitor? Check. Shoes? Socks? Gu? Nuun? Hats? Gloves? Check Check Check. Today I get to run 50 miles.”
I drive to McNaughton Park in Pekin, IL (pitstop at McD’s for 2 sausage burritos – yum!). It’s dark, but the atmosphere is electric. The runners doing 150 started yesterday at Noon. Many are on their 7th or 8th 10-mile loop. There are several options at the Potawatomi Trail Runs: 50, 100, 150, (Sometimes one or two brave souls do 200.), and then a 30-mile fun run at 8 p.m. Saturday night. I’m...
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Badger Mountain Challenge 50K
I took care of some unfinished business at this year’s Badger Mountain Challenge 50K. I attempted this race 2 years ago, hurt my knee around mile 20, and dropped. This time, I decided to take the early start to give me plenty of time. I decided to wear the Altra Olympus for this run. I met up with my friend Tiffany who I was running with and headed to the start. While walking to the start we found our friend Shir had come out to the start to cheer people on and our friend Chad happened to be in town from Bellingham and came out the cheer on the start as well.
The race director gave us some instructions, including a last minute course change. I only half heard it, so I verified what I had heard. A few minutes later we were off. Just up the hill a bit from the start we see another friend Jill cheering us...
The pinkie is on its way out, say hello to VIVO-4-Fingers
"We’re putting four fingers up to the evolution."
Humans are a product of evolution. Millions of years of natural selection and thousands of years of fine tuning have shaped the human race into a successful species that dominates its environment. In recent times human adaptation has begun to slow as the fight for survival has diminished. We are still a product of both genetics and environmental conditions and our ability to adapt and survive remains.
It recent time it has been argued that the only thing that is still evolving is our culture: how we learn and use our bodies and interact with each other based on learned information. We're evolving slowly through natural selection and rapidly through cultural...
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