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.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

NYC Barefoot Running Event

Getting excited. Can't wait. Deciding what to pack in a backpack (carry on only). Flying from Portland, ME into LaGuardia on Friday. Sight seeing with hubby and hopefully meeting up Friday night for some partying with my fellow barefoot enthusiasts. Saturday we'll spend the day seeing some more of the big city before we attend the big Barefoot expo and seminars on Sat. night. Then the run around Governor's Island on Sunday. We can run the 2 mile loop as many times as we want. I think I'm gonna make this into my long run training session and just run for as long as I can with a chance to socialize! WHOO HOO! Really exciting stuff!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Bruiser 12 mile trail run

I had a great morning at the trail run. At about mile 6 just after the second water stop (which were at 4,6, and 9 miles) I fell landing on my rights side got up and kept going...no blood so all was good. A few minutes lated I fell again right on my hands, just saving my face from the dirt. My legs were getting tired. I picked myself up a brushed off and continued on. I was aiming for beating my previous time of 2:01:14. I did it. I finished in 1:59:20 and came in 5th female. Not bad for falling twice. Was beautiful weather. Sunny and in the low sixties. Lots of twists and turns on this course. Technically a difficult course. But, if it wasn't a challenge or if it wasn't fun, I wouldn't be there. :)
Ran this in my Merrell Pace gloves. Which numerous people kept calling five-fingers. still a minimalist trail running shoe, it is amazing the number of people who asked me how I felt running the course in them. Imagine the questions I would have got if I had done it completely barefoot! It was a VERY technical course which I could not raced barefoot....It would be possilbe to hike it barefoot but it would take awhile. Over many river beds, trees, rocks, stumps, etc....

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Here are a couple of videos posted from New England Barefoot Runners (Preston) Thanks. :)

Monadnock Half Marathon:

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Lobster Festival 10K:

video