The preparation is going well for my upcoming barefoot marathon next month in Colorado. April turned out to be a great month for mileage since the weather cooperated so nicely. I was able to run a "full schedule" which is 6 days a week with an average of 8.48 miles per day! I always take Sundays off as a rest day which works really well for "going long" on Saturdays. My favorite route is a 7.5 mile loop (with spur) containing about 3 miles of the smoothest asphault around (Hinkle Road) as well as some not so smooth areas. It's a good combination which lets me challenge the feet in the beginning and then reward them with the smoother pavement toward the end of each run. The 7.5 mile length gives me a good "base" mileage each day and it is always easy to extend the workout if the feet and weather are cooperating.
|Michigan 8 Miler - Rough Pavement! Ouch!|
|Last snowy footprints of season...I hope!|
This upcoming marathon will mark my second in the state of Colorado but will be my first barefoot attempt at a Sub 4 Hour marathon. I still have 5 states left in the "50 Sub 4" challenge...I think it may be a stretch to try to complete this thing barefoot, but I really like gearing up for the challenge and don't want to go back into shoes just to complete it. The speed is coming back so I think it is a perfect time to give it a shot. Please say a prayer for me on May 18 as I make the attempt at the Kaiser Permanente Colorado Colfax Marathon. What a mouthful! Kaiser is the sponsor, obviously, and Colfax is the name of the longest continuous street in Denver, on which a portion of the race is run. I will be flying out the evening before the race and flying back on Sunday evening. I'm using Frequent Flyer and hotel points so the whole weekend is free other than my entry fee. Hopefully the altitude won't be an issue although I do expect it will slow me down a little. There's less available oxygen in the Mile High City, but I'm hoping there will be just enough! Stay Safe Out There & Enjoy the Spring Weather, Barefoot Dan April Mileage = 220.5 Miles