Barefoot Runners Society
Having some fun with 10 miles in the middle of January
"What about me?" I yelled. "Even with the hat hair, do I look awesome?"
"Yes, you do! And you're smiling, too!" the woman standing by her bicycle yelled back.
Before today, I've run one other 10 mile race. That was the Broad Street Run back in 2008, and that was a good run for me that year. I ran it intelligently and tucked in under 10 minutes per mile pace at 1:39:39, just slowing down some in the final stretch because of some cramping issues. But today I took on the Icicle 10-miler which is held in Wilmington, DE every year in January. Now had they held this race this past Tuesday, it would have been a full Icicle 10-miler. Temps only got up to about 10 degrees that day and the wind was brutal. Today, low 40s or so, and some wind but not terrible,...
I Race, Therefore I Obsess
By Thea Gavin
I am too old and slow for this nonsense. Why did I click through the Race360 web site a couple of months ago and commit to: a $40 entry fee, pre-dawn wake-up, one hour drive, $5 for parking, hours/days of pre-race fretting about how to handle the chilly morning air and ground, and a 24-hours-before-the-race moratorium on chocolate (while an unfinished box of Sees Christmas chocolates lurked in the cupboard)? To continue reading, please visit http://theagavin.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/i-race-therefore-i-obsess/
Rip to River 10km - Ocean Grove
My first run of the year was the Rip to River - a 10km beach fun run from Point Lonsdale to Ocean Grove to raise money for the local surf lifesaving club. I've been keen to run this one for a couple of years; partly because it is a great cause, but mostly because it runs along my local beach and it is tailor-made for running barefoot. Most of the fun runs down this way seem to celebrate our local council's obsession with gravel paths, so it is nice to have one run that I can do without hesitation.
After a bit of procrastination, I decided to wear a similar costume to my last fun run - a hippie outfit. This time around I wore a home-dyed tie-dye shirt that I did for fun with my little girl a few weeks ago and paired it up with the head scarf, yellow novelty John Lennon glasses and...
My First Run of 2014
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I've been suffering from Motivational Deficiency (MD) of late, but couldn't resist the sun and sparkle of this morning. So what if there's 7 inches of new snow and the temp is hovering around 12F? That's up from 1F this morning, and should feel relatively balmy. Wind is calm today, anyway, which is a blessing.
So I layered up a bit:
- 4 long sleeve tech shirts
- 2 long lycra pants
- one pair knit ankle warmers
- one pair knit half mits
- one nearly felted knit wool cap, and
- one pair of Vibram Bikilas
I headed out my door and skipped around the already melting bits of slush and within 400 yards was on my local trail. I was delighted to find it was still virgin snow, except for the tracks...
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