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4 mile barefoot run on the track

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I had hoped to do a 10 K but it turned out that the outside track was too rough, rougher than asphalt, more like a chip-sealed road. So I only did 4 miles even though all the other runners did a 10 K but it kept me from getting any blisters.
I was the slowest runner by far as this turned out to be more of an insider event for the local running club with no beginning runners in sight. I was therefore quite happy to go around the track only 16 times instead of 25 since the last runner other than me was done with 25 loops before I finished the 16th.
It did help to run with other runners. It took me about 48 minutes to do about 4 miles (I had to stay off the inside lane to let the faster runners pass) so that works out to about 5 mph. I ran the last 400 m quite a bit faster than the rest. Unfortunately my heart rate monitor gave up half way through so I can only estimate my average heart rate, probably around 134.
It was interesting to see that out of about 15 people 3 were running in minimalist shoes and one guy said he sometimes runs barefoot.
Overall it was a fun experience. The new club membership coordinator seems to be open to encouraging beginning runners by scheduling a C25K program followed by a 5 K fun run next year so I may get involved with that if it's going to happen. emoticon
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NDTEACHER1 7/29/2012 11:01PM

    That is wonderful!!!

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GOPINTOS 7/29/2012 8:47PM

    Fantastic!

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
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TAMPATINK67 7/29/2012 12:52AM

    sounds like a great experience!

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UMUCGRAD 7/28/2012 9:07PM

    Good for you! I'm impressed. I can't run around the block. I'm glad you understand it's about YOU and YOUR health and YOUR progress. We live in such a hyper-competitive society I fear we lose our way sometimes. We compare ourselves to others and give up.

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