Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Three in Five

I have reported here and elsewhere before that I have only done two half-races barefoot, removing my shoes half-way through an 8K XC race and a road 10K. However, last Tuesday, I did an entire 5K XC race barefoot, winning my age group in 20:25. I almost chickened out, after warming up barefoot and then putting on XC shoes. But the shoes felt restricting, and I figured if I ran barefoot it would actually force me to go easy. See, I wanted to recover from The Double Trouble 30K trail race I had done two days prior, where I also won my age group (wearing XC shoes). Then I completed a The Sunset Classic 5 mile road race on Thursday, my 3rd race in 5 days, in 31:30 (shod).