I hope everyone is enjoying their barefoot accomplishments over the past year. I certainly have enjoyed getting more into barefoot running and also completing my first ever barefoot marathon last month. I was really surprised to be able to continue to keep up my mileage after the race. My secondary goal was to get to 500 miles for the year and with the mild weather in November and early December it wasn't too difficult. I did several longer weekly workouts in early December and peaked with a 12 Miler on 12/12/12.
I may have actually overdone it a little on the 12th, since I had just done a 10 miler on the 10th. Afterward, I had quite a bit of pain in the left foot and sort of gave up on the 500 mile goal even though I only needed another 14 miles at that point. That following Friday on Dec 14, my Dad passed away from a massive heart attack, just a few days shy of his 79th birthday. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Even though Dad had seen his share of health issues over the past several years, he seemed healthier than ever the two times I had just seen him in November. His death came as a big shock to the whole family. It was somewhat cathartic to complete my 14 miles over the next few days to take my mind off everything. I'm sure that Dad is in Heaven and that has definitely made it more bearable. I ran a 10 miler on Dec. 20th, just two days before the funeral which got me just over the 500 mile point. The weather turned snowy the next day, so it has been a good time to take a break from running to rest up and recover. Running is definitely a blessing when going through hard times. The physical activity gives such a needed release of the stress we build up without even realizing it.
|Uncle Dan with Joshua-2 and Timothy-3mo|