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April 15, 2014 (Tuesday) [8.2 miles]

Need to sleep early if I want to create time to run in the morning. Another sleep-in Monday, but the rest is always nice. Slept last night at 7:30 pm, so that I could wake up this morning at 2 am. Full moon (also an full eclipse at midnight) was hidden by the fog, which only got thicker as the morning progressed. Ground remained dry, but my eye lashes were soaked. A good slow recovery run after the weekend race. No more speed work for a while, as I have another Half Marathon in 2 weeks, followed by another the week after. The races will have to be my speed training.

April 13, 2014 (Sunday) [13.1 miles]

Peace Love Half Marathon. Cool cloudy conditions, and a flat barefoot friendly course make for a fast race. My original intention when I signed up for this race was to break the two hour barrier for a Half Marathon. Because my training was no where close to this pace, I choose to run as hard I my body would allow. For the first 8 miles, I ran with another barefoot runner who runs at a slight faster pace. I had my best times when conversing while running, and today was no exception. Finish in 2:18:25, a 10:34 min/mile pace. Faster mile was the end, of course A little help from a guy I passed at the last mile. I could hear his foot steps right behind me, and even though I was increasing my speed into the 9 min/mile pace, he was hanging on. The last quarter mile, I kicked up up another notch (8:30 pace), and finally could hear the foot steps fading away. Very small race, 223 finishers in the Half (119 place for me), and mere 8 in my age group (M 50-54) in which I finished 6. If I achieved my original goal of sub-2, I would have placed 3rd in my age group. Maybe next year.

April 11, 2014 (Friday) [5.5 miles]

Same route as Tuesday, only much slower. First consecutive day run in a week, and my muscles let me know as each mile my pace and energy level dropped. Moon was setting just as my run was starting, and the clear skies made for great star gazing. I was even able to see Ursa Minor and other constellations that are normally not visible when polluted by light. Light wind rustled the palm leafs, a few rabbits sighted, and a skunk that crossed my path made pleasant distractions.

April 10, 2014 (Thursday) [6.7 miles]

Slept later than normal Tuesday night, and didn't wake up early enough to get a run in. With the extra rest day, I felt refreshed, and made up some of the lost miles this morning. Wanted to go longer but ran out of time. I will sleep early tonight. Not sure why I'm needing more sleep lately, normally I have no problem waking up super early.

April 8, 2014 (Tuesday) [5.5 miles]

My left calf appears to have a trigger point that I can't seems to remove. I used my compression sleeve overnight and while running, in hopes that it will aid in the recovery. Rest and massage does not seem like enough. I should be fine for Sunday's race, since the muscles does not hurt while running, only afterwards. No speed work this week.

April 5, 2014 (Saturday) [10.6 miles]

The rest day helped, but still a slight soreness in my left calf. Today's run pushed me over the 5000 mile mark for barefoot running in just 4 years and 4 months. Attempted to repeat last week's workout but with more speed. Sadly at mile 7 my legs ran out of energy and I had to slow way down. But up to that point, I was going faster. Took my last energy gel (3 total), but that didn't help much. Blame it on the weather, scattered showers early this morning left the ground wet. Additional drizzle while running kept the ground (and my feet) wet. Distant thunder threaten heavy rain, but few dark clouds could be seen close. Muddy dirt trail around the park was fun. Sun finally dried up the ground a mile from home, but I was too tired to care.

April 3, 2014 (Thursday) [7.2 miles]

Woke up this morning with a sore left calf. After some static warming exercises the muscle feels better and I began my run. Slow start, then tried to pick it up after my warm up mile, but the speed was not there. Slowing down my pace to something comfortable allowed me to get a get some distance. Later in the afternoon, my calf started hurting a bit, so looks like I'll take a day off tomorrow since I have the Peace Love Half Marathon in 10 days.

April 2, 2014 (Wednesday) [3.5 miles]

More rain predicted this morning, but the street were dry when I started. A check of the radar showed a large band of rain coming in off the coast. Since I was only going for a short run, I thought I could get back before the rain started, so I choose not to wear my rain jacket, but instead layers. Within five minutes of my run, I felt some rain drops. After the first mile, the rain came pouring down. Not sure what it is about rain that makes you want to run faster. I got pretty soaked, and started to get a bit chilled. About a half mile before the end of my run, the rain stopped, and I was able to dry slightly before entering my house. As I was taking off all my wet clothes, I realized I was running with a few extra pounds.

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I first began running barefoot in 2006 when I was doing a swim-run event (Aquathlon) with the Triathlon Club of San Diego, and accidentally brought two right running shoes. I knew the only way to complete the run was to go barefoot, as some of the other club members do. The soft sand beach run actually felt good, and the lack of shoes made my feet feel very light.

I would often see club members running barefoot on the street, which seemed rather brutal on the feet, but some people say the same about running barefoot on the sand. After reading several articles about barefoot running, I decide that 2010 is the year of the bare feet. One of my main purposes is to avoid injury. I haven't been about to run weekly for a whole year in over twenty years. No major injuries, but just minor pain in joints that takes the fun out of running and forces me to rest to recover. Another reason is to try to minimize the calluses on the ball of my foot (3rd metatarsal bone) and my big toe. A properly aligned foot should have pressure evenly distributed, and running barefoot will help strengthen the muscles of the foot. My first goal was to do the run portion of a Sprint Triathlon running barefoot which I completed in July 2010.

As my training distance increased I set my sights on possibly a Half Marathon. I had always loved the La Jolla Half in April, so I was targeting that as my first barefoot running race. I then found out there was a Half Marathon on my 50th Birthday in January, and increased my distance more aggressively than normal. By November 2010, I finish a training run of 13.1 miles, so I felt confident about my first running race in a few months. I ended up completing 4 Half Marathon races in 2011, and also an Olympic distance (1.5K-40K-10K) triathlon in October.

Running Background

I wasn't much of an athlete when growing up. I played some tennis in high school, and always enjoyed riding my bicycle around the neighborhood. In October 1987, I decided to run a marathon on a dare. I had been riding my bicycle for two years, completing several century (100 miles) rides. I figured I was in good shape, and even though I never did any distance running in the past, running 26.2 miles seemed easier than riding a bicycle for 8 hours.

My first "run" in October 1987 was for 4 miles in tennis shoes at a 10 minute/mile pace. My 2nd run the next day was for 6 miles. In January of 1988, I bought some running shoes, and began my training for the Long Beach Marathon coming up in 4 months. Within a month, I was logging 80 miles a month, with a peak in March of 100 miles. I completed (barely) the Marathon in 4:42:59 (the first half was under 2 hours) and didn't run again until the next month.

Running continued, but no more marathons. Many half marathons with the fastest being 1:49:31 in April 1989. Most of my running was during short triathlons, but I did do a 10K in August 1991 @ 46:20. My fastest one mile time-trail was on October 24, 1991 at 5:55. By 1994, due to family commitments, my exercise was reduced to bicycle commuting. It wasn't until 2005 when I decided to get back into triathlons that I started running again. In 2007 I was able to complete several training runs at a half marathon distance. Injuries (usually right knee soreness) never allowed me to run longer distances every week, and often I would have to rest for several months before running again. I torn my right calf in June 2005 (but didn't know it at the time), and torn left calf in March 2007. It would be 25 years from my first marathon before I complete another marathon, this time barefoot.