Barefoot Runners Society
2014 Des Plaines River Trail Races 50 Mile
I blame it all on St John the Gambler and Zapmamak. They deftly combine "talented" with "highly trained professional" to compose compelling race reports that inspire me to do mildly abnormal things. If you're looking for a quality story, I urge you to seek out their blogs. Here, I will try to create a poor imitation for your scorning pleasure.
Over the last two and a quarter years, I have gone from "my shoes wore out, so now I just run around (metaphorically) barefoot" to (two months later) "I can't sleep from jetlag, so I'm going to run around (literally) barefoot in the middle of the night until I get tired" to (a few months later) "how about the marathon that runs in front of my...
RW Festival 10K
I ran a part of the bid deal race event of the neighborhood yesterday morning. The Festival is a 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon run in Bethlehem, PA. It's set up to let people so inclined to run all three races as a "hat trick." I chose to run only the 10K, partly because I don't want to run three races in one weekend and partly because the price tag of multiple races is higher than I care to pay.
The weather was gorgeous, about 50F with light clouds and little breeze. The course of the race wound around through the older parts of Bethlehem, with modest hills and nice views of the river and parks. I did find that some of the new course took us over rougher roads than I remember from the last two years I ran this race,...
Well the big day finally happened. I consider this as what I've worked all year towards. My training this year hasn't been that great, mostly due to my shiftwork schedule. There were many 4 day stretches where I didn't run at all, and many weeks even through the summer where I was only getting 20 miles in - in fact that was probably my average week. After last year breaking every PR I had in 5k, 10, 1/2, and then my first marathon, this year has been rather dismal only racing 1 race and coming in several minutes behind last year. However by the end of the season I did get some long runs in, some back to backs, and some record mileage weeks for me. I felt good aside from a slight pain from my very last long run. So I decided to go for the marathon, with no serious goal but...
Berg en Dal 60k
When I originally signed up for this race I was under the assumption that I would have roughly 2 months to build up a small base of running as the last longish run I had done was in April. The sign up date was 11/10/2014, November 10th... well unfortunately my date convention is still in American standards and the race really was October 11th. The good thing is I figured this out before November 10th, the bad thing was only one month to train and a limited schedule, which ended up being one longish run, 4 18k commutes to work and a trail duathlon.
The race starts in a small town called Berg en Dal right near Nijmegen. Its a small race put on by an amazingly nice couple who also organize some other ultras in the surrounding area. This area is a quite peculiar for the Netherlands as it contains hills, which is exactly what I was looking...
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