Good Morning Barefooters,
|Barefoot in Austin TX|
So, I did the math, taking Sunday off, 6 days to run (once per day), that's about 12 to 13 miles per day...yikes...I thought, well, I'll just take it one day at a time. Of course, since it was August, it was also hot so I would have to run in the early cool of the morning...before sunrise. That meant headlamp and flashing taillight...and watch out for rocks in the dark! To further complicate matters, I had a business trip planned to Austin TX for Tues-Thurs. with early morning flights and meetings, so that meant VERY early morning runs.
|Smooth sidewalk in Austin TX|
So this morning I woke up VERY sore and stiff, but figured, worst case, I'll go out and run 6 to beat it by 1 and then go from there. Well, I kept praying, and He kept answering and I extended once, twice, three times to go a full 20.18 miles (which is my longest ever barefoot training run...I have gone barefoot longer but only in a marathon race, not in training). Again, I couldn't even believe it as I was doing it!
Here are the log entries for the week:
|13.77||2:10:10||0:09:27||60||Mon||Westfield IN - 5:47 am|
|14.36||2:21:54||0:09:53||73||Tues||Westfield IN - 3:37 am|
|15.3||2:33:54||0:10:04||72||Wed||Austin TX - 3:37 am|
|14.1||2:32:13||0:10:48||79||Thur||Austin TX - 2:18 am|
|12.65||2:07:00||0:10:02||63||Fri||Westfield IN - 4:40 am|
|20.18||3:30:57||0:10:27||72||Sat||Westfield IN - 4:22 am|
And even though I felt like giving up at least three different times this week, He never gave up...I was glad to have stuck with it, the weather held out (no rainouts) and the body just kept recovering. I'm pretty stiff and sore while writing this but believe it or not, the feet don't have even one blister.
Half Week =34.86, Week 1=70.04, Week 2=16.94, Week 3=39.68, Week 4=90.36 miles
August Monthly Total = 251.88 miles
* Week 4 and Monthly total break my previous records IN SHOES of 75miles and 221miles resp.
Barefoot running is a pretty good metaphor for life...just take it one day at a time, and you never know what you might achieve!