Barefoot Mama

"I started running barefoot in March 2008. I started one step at a time, one day at a time. I decided to start keeping a journal of sorts. Sharing my history, my journey and my adventures."

I have taken some new paths in relation to my running over the last year. This blog will still include my running adventures but I have to move on with more stories of my family and the journey we have taken together over the last year. This blog was started as a way to help me record my barefoot journey but now needs to become more than that. Please be patient as I explore ways to stay connected with family and friends.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Barefoot 5K and 50K at Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival

Okay, it's time to catch up....lots to do and write about. Having a wonderful barefoot journey this summer and some wonderful adventures.

5K Barefoot Trail Run at the Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival was a hoot. The New England Barefoot runner's used this as a Meet-up and it was really nice to see everyone again. The course was very barefoot friendly. The barefooters showed up and we rocked! Was also fun to run into Jason Robillard, who was there with Merrell and giving a workshop. Nice to get a chance to chat with him. The beer was really yummy too! It was a hot, sunny day in southern Maine.

And, the 50K! Wow! what a course! I ran the first half with my VFF and the last 25k barefoot. It as a very barefoot friendly course and I wish I had done the whole thing barefoot. The day started out foggy and muggy. It ended up being sunny, hot humid. I am not the best hot weather runner. I ended up having the dry heaves after about 4oK. I stopped and walked for a bit and composed myself. I was able to pull it together and get a second wind. I actually placed in my age group! :) My favorite part was the aid stops. Running along through the woods and then,poof, out of nowhere a fabulous buffet in the middle of the field!

The beer tasted sooo good at the end! I was able to stay and see a crow teammate finish and to see most of the 50 miler runners finish. It was a thrill to be able to complete my 2nd 50K! Pineland farms is a beau tiful facility and the Race director and his crew really know how to put on a great event. I can't wait to go back next year.

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