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New Haven, CT 20K Road Race 2011

I ran a 20k on labor day, time was 1:43:29.  This was my third consecutive year running this race, second time barefoot.  This race has some special meaning because the first time i ran it I was shod, that following week is when i took my first barefoot run, which was a mile, and the transition began. The first year i ran it was the last race i would wear “traditional” running shoes.

Last year I ran it at 1:33:27, but I was on a mission to beat my shod time, which I accomplished.   I didn’t really train for this race.  I ran a 10 miler 3 weeks before the race, I was out to have fun which I did.   For the first time I decided to take it slow in the beginning, and see what would happen when I picked it up at the 6 mile mark.  By mile 10 I was passing people with ease, it was very humid as well, and felt really strong and refreshed after the race.

It’s really fascinating how it looks I am heel striking in race photos, but I’m not.

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2 thoughts on “New Haven, CT 20K Road Race 2011

  1. Great Inspiration – thank you
    I have started to make the transition from Shod to Barefoot. I am probably doing too much too soon but now that I have had a taste of barefoot running I don’t like the feeling of shoes but my feet are still not used to barefoot!
    I am running a marathon of Km’s each week for 2011 to raise money for Parkinsons so I have to do the miles. Trying to transition to barefoot while still keeping up the miles is a challenge but one I want to accomplish.
    Thank you for your blog. Every little tid-bit of advice, inspiration and instruction is great.

    Posted by Richard | September 13, 2011, 6:10 AM

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