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.