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September 12, 2014 (Friday) [5.1 miles]

I felt so great after yesterday's run, I thought I go out again this morning. Started running but at a very slow pace, a few muscles were sore but I was hoping I would warm up and everything would feel better. After a half mile, I had to walk to make the pain subside. More walking than running the next mile. I felt slightly better and tried to run a mile at a faster pace, hoping that would get the blood flowing and make everything feel better. I could only manage a 17 min/mile pace, then I got tired, and had to walk some more. Still far from home, and hoping that I would feel better at some point, I continued walking. I never really got the desire to run again, so overall pace was a slow 23 minutes per mile.

September 11, 2014 (Thursday) [4.3 miles]

Did not feel like running until today, but that didn't mean I wasn't working out. With the triathlon coming up in 10 days, I needed to work on distance since the race length is 1.5K-35K-10K. Sunday 2.7K swim (pool), Tuesday 40K bicycle ride, both the longest for this year. This morning's run did not start well. I started to run, but I felt pain in lots of different areas in my left leg, so I was walking at the beginning. After a quarter mile, I was able to run very slowly. The first mile split was 18:46, but by that time, I was warmed up, and attempted a speed interval. 400m at 12:11 pace, I tried to maintain the speed, but felt my Achilles getting slightly sore, so I slowed slightly. Next mile split at 14:26. Did not feel like I could go long (and I started late anyway), so I headed home. Normally I would start getting tired as I got closer to home, but today I held the pace (though slower) to the finish. Great news after the run, the swelling on my left foot was nearly gone. For months now, my left foot was always puffy.

September 6, 2014 (Saturday) [3.0 miles]

Legs soreness, mostly in the knee area and bottom of foot kept me from running most of the week. Bicycling and swimming kept up the fitness level. Two different muscles, the sartorius and the gastrocnemius appear to be the blame. Some trigger point therapy helps. Easy beach run, but the pain from the sartorius near the knee didn't go away completely. Need some work on the bicycle, so less running for a few weeks.

August 31, 2014 (Sunday) [13.1 miles]

Second leg of Dumbo Double Dare, Disneyland Half Marathon. See Race Report.

August 30, 2014 (Saturday) [6.2 miles]

First leg of Dumbo Double Dare, Disneyland 10K. See Race Report.

August 27, 2014 (Wednesday) [3.1 miles]

Last weekend's workout stressed my left abductor hallucis. I guess that's a good thing, since this muscle controls the big toe, so I'm actually using more of my left foot. For a change, the area that is the most sore on my left leg is not my Achilles tendon. A swim on Sunday, and a bicycle ride on Tuesday kept my fitness level elevated. This morning, everything felt good (except for the Achilles, which will be healing for more weeks to come). A good 15:22 warm up mile, then I was able to drop into the 14s for the next few mile. Keeping it short as to not stress anything. Overall 3.1 miles at a 14:56 average pace, just the right speed for Disneyland in a few days.

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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.