Today I ran my first half marathon barefoot, my time was 1:51:06. My town has this half marathon yearly, it’s a great race, with a great course. I ran the race last year shod with a time of 1:48:31, I really wanted to match or beat my shod speed but it didn’t happen. But I had a goal to keep a 8:30 pace in which I achieved, technically I had a 8:28 pace, but who’s keeping track. The temp was 85 degrees and humid at start time which was 8:30am. I kind of enjoy running in the heat.
A few positive things I noticed, the first uphill and downhill running. I have always enjoyed running hills, running uphill barefoot seems effortless now. I have been doing a lot of downhill running where I live and this was the first time I had a change to judge my form and how efficient I was doing compared to other runners. I seem to have mastered the art of running downhill barefoot. I noticed a lot of breaking action going on with other runners, I certainly remember doing the same in shoes. Now I just it let it rip, increase my cadence, and keep up with the flow of my feet. I lean in a little to completely keep my weight on the forefoot. And lastly going the distance with less fatigue in the legs.