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November 27, 2014 (Thursday) [7.4 miles]

No Turkey Trot today. I might have gone too fast, too long last Sunday. Did not feel like running until today. Was not sure how far I could go, so I stayed close to home. At mile 5, heading home I added a few loops to get one more mile since my speed was not dropping much. Late start in the week, so not sure if I can keep up my weekly mileage.

November 23, 2014 (Sunday) [8.5 miles]

First run back in San Diego after two weeks. Felt great to run with just shorts and a single layer top. I was running 12 minute splits, then I got into some hills and slowed down. The main street that I run on was in the process of re-surfacing two weeks ago, and the surface is all done, but no lines have been painted. Sharp little loose rocks covered the sidewalk, and car tended to drive the entire area, making it unsafe to run when cars were present. Forced light running really tires my leg muscles, so I could not run as long as I would have liked.

November 21, 2014 (Friday) [4.1 miles]

Going home tomorrow to warm weather. Still subfreezing outside, so back on the treadmill to keep my legs in shape. I really hate the disorientation that occur when you get off the treadmill. Just walking and everything seems to move so fast. Little more distance this morning, and I hope to be able to get a longer run in this weekend when I get back.

November 19, 2014 (Wednesday) [3.1 miles]

Tough decision, run barefoot on a treadmill or run with socks and sandals outside in the sub-freezing temperatures. I choose the treadmill. Temperature outside 15ºF (-9ºC).

November 18, 2014 (Tuesday) [1.0 miles]

Very windy this morning, and I know the effects of wind chill. At 17ºF(-9ºC) with winds 20 mph gusting to 30 mph, wind chill at -1ºF (-18ºC). Not even going to try to exercise outside. I'm more bothered by the wind that anything else, since I didn't have anything to cover my face and eyes. I decided on a light workout in the hotel gym starting with the stationary bicycle. After about 15 minutes, I got tired of spinning (barefoot) and jumped on the treadmill for a mile. I found out that my limp is still there on my left leg, as I could hear the landing noise stronger on that side. I did a few intervals, but I can't run long on a treadmill due to boredom, at least the bike-run split things up a bit.

November 17, 2014 (Monday) [2.1 miles]

Missed a 5K yesterday, no race day sign up. I passed by the finish line after some sightseeing, and talked to some of the runners who were headed to the start line via the subway (it was a noon start). Working on the weekend, so spare time was scarce. Light snow all day yesterday left anything that didn't move covered in a cm of snow. Temperature outside was -1°C but the streets were wet with pockets of snow where there was no traffic. Decided to go bare and see how it felt. I measured out a half mile loop around the hotel, and when back inside after the first loop to allow my feet to warm up again. I repeated this 4 times. Tomorrow morning temperature forecast at -7°C. Hopefully it's dry enough to wear my socks and sandals, because that's too much of a drop for me to adapt in such a short time. Must be really careful about ice as well.

November 15, 2014 (Saturday) [9.1 miles]

Weekend long run in Toronto. I went out to get breakfast, and it was -4ºC, but it didn't feel too bad. I was going to wait until afternoon to run but then decided to see if I could tolerate the cold. I prefer morning runs anyway, less people, less traffic. Bottom layer, lycra on skin followed by polypropolene for warmth, and the top layer polyester to block the wind. On top, sleeveless shirt, long sleeve shirt, high neck shirt, top layer hoodie, hat with ears flaps, and gloves of course (I found my other missing glove under the bed). Instead of leaving from my Hotel, I took the subway to my destination close to the beach. I wore my toe socks with my sandals, because some of the ice grates are sharp leading down to the subway, and if the temperature is below freezing I need some extra warmth for my toes. I had planned to take off the sandals and socks as soon as my feet felt warm. The bus that would take me even closer to the beach would not arrive for 10 minutes, so I just started my run from the subway station. I brought a light back bag in case I needed to carry my extra clothes. Warmed up a little at -2ºC at my 8 a.m. start time, and at the end of my run was 1ºC. I stopped for several pictures, but never felt warm enough to take off any layers. I zipped/unzipped my top slightly during the run, but I soon realized that I would have to do the entire run in sandals and toe socks. After my run, I didn't have to wait long for the subway train, and when I got on, I had to pull off the top two layer because I was so warm.

November 12, 2014 (Wednesday) [6.2 miles]

Walked around the city a few miles yesterday before work. Surprised that I felt like running this morning. Windy at 30 mph from the west, so I wore my windbreaker, but I had nothing to shield my eyes since I did not bring my clear glasses. I decided on a loop route that started out heading west, right into the wind. My GPS watch was able to get a signal within a half mile, since it recorded the satellite positions from yesterday, but the tall buildings may it hard to get the last lock to navigate and record. Left earlier this morning, so I was able to finish before 7 a.m. and not encounter too many people commuting to work.

November 11, 2014 (Tuesday) [7.5 miles]

Business trip to Toronto Canada changes up my workouts for a few weeks. I needed an extra day to recover from the jet lag, but really needed to run this morning. Temperature outside 3°C (37°F), four layer on top, two on the bottom. I needed to keep warm, so my feet would not get numb. Could not locate my right glove, so I had to use a sock to cover one of my hands. Being downtown with all the tall buildings made it difficult to get a GPS fix. I ended up running a mile before getting a signal. Sidewalks well lit (I left an hour before sunrise), and clean and smooth, except for a few spots where there was road construction. Rain and snow forecast later this week, not sure when I will run next, but no treadmill.

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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.