Time: I think 26:50 something. Or maybe 27:something. What does time really mean, anyway?
Place: There is no first, there is no last, we’re all just drops of water in the river.
Yeah. So, on the trail I didn’t think about blogging or podiatrists or my upcoming workshop or any of the usual variety of topics that pop into my mind on the road. It was always like that a little bit running trails in shoes, but barefoot I was overcome with this strange sensation. Very unfamiliar to me. “Focus,” I believe is what they call it. I totally see how people who have this “focus” are able to get things done. But seriously, to not be scattered and paying attention to only one thing all the while moving yet staying relaxed, I guess I have to say it was meditative. Previous barefoot trail runs have been very slow, with lots of stopping and starting. This was a consistent 9 minute mile effort, just rolling on through.
There was a little bit of greenway to and from the Big Loop entrance. On the to, I took it really easy, hanging out in the middle where I started. On the from, I sprinted like crazy. I had stayed vertical the entire time on the trail, and by the time I got to the greenway my legs felt like the thin wheel of a road bike.
At the finish, I hung out with Dena, who beat me by a minute or two, and we cheered the finishers on. Iris the Wife finished in style, wearing her lovely new skort. Once fellow MadMayoites Jack and Royce crossed the finish line, they directed me to their vehicle for some proper hydration. We hung out for a bit, watched the awards, then left for home, hoping the possibly on coffee machine hadn’t burned down the house. It hadn’t. It was off.
You should check out the official race report over at the cult I mean club site. Jamoosh, I hope you don’t mind I’m making another LMB print for a good cause. Jack won his age division, but they didn’t prize that high… ha ha. No, seriously.
In summation, I had a great time and everything feels good. Well, except my head. 9:30 is a little early for proper hydration, I guess.
UPDATE: Watch some footage of The Pineland Farms Barefoot 5k (NOT the race I just ran. This is in Maine, I think)!