Well, I finished the Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run this weekend! While I did not meet my goal of running the entire race barefoot (I decided to wear huarache sandals after mile 33.3), I did set a 100 mile PR (27:48 or so).
It was an awesome weekend! Tons of thanks goes to my excellent crew consisting of my wife Shelly
, Jesse Scott
, and Barefoot Art. I met a ton of wonderful people, got to spend time with friends I don’t see often, and experienced the full Burning River course. A full race report will be forthcoming, but here are a few highlights:
- I wore a kilt for the entire race,
- My “Mike’s Hard Lemonade and chia” iskiate worked as planned,
- I realized drinking 92 ounces of beer the night before a race and getting four hours of sleep is a bad idea,
- I am considering abandoning my goal of running a barefoot 100 miler and focusing on getting competitive,
- I am very good at powering up hills, but equally bad at running down hills,
- I need to do more back-to-back long runs to reduce the amount of walking after the half-way point,
- I am capable of a pretty good kick, even at the end of a 100 miler. Thanks to Jesse’s inspiration and Shelly’s leadership, I managed to crank out a 12:00 pace for the last 4.8 miles, highlighted by a 6:45 sprint over the last 100 yards.
Photo courtesy Laurie Colón
The race report will be written over the course of this week and will be posted here. Check back often.
In other news…
The second edition of “The Barefoot Running Book: A Practical Guide to the Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running” is almost done! I am very excited; this edition is a significant improvement over the first edition. To celebrate, I am offering it for only $9.99 + shipping and handling for about two weeks. For those that order it, the book should arrive from the printer around the last week in August. I will ship them as soon as they arrive.
Just a reminder- you can win a copy of Daniel Howell’s excellent “The Barefoot Book” by following these directions before August 4th (this Wednesday).