Tag Archive for Barefoot

Day 319: More Barefoot

Run was after work this evening. As part of my build up to running my last few runs completely barefoot, the shoes and socks came off for the last mile and half. I’ll do a few more this week. The run was pretty good apart from one pesky toe on my right foot which developed a bit of a blister, need to work on my technique a bit.

Groin is feeling looser but still a bit problematic, better get my next physio session booked in soon.

Day 319
Miles 3.01
Miles so far 1083.38
Miles to go 11.62
Trainers Nike Get ‘Em Off

Day 306: I was very brave

Went barefoot this evening for a mile, IN THE DARK with dangers of dog shit etc lurking In the shadows. Apparently if you can run barefoot in the dark you are more likely to find a natural foot placement more quickly. That may be a load of crap but I thought I would give it a go. Only 59 days left so I really need to get back on it if I am going to run 3 miles barefoot before the challenge is over.

Day 306
Miles 3.26
Miles so far 1042.01
Miles to go 51.99
Trainers Nike Naked Feet

Day 82: Kick off your shoes

Within half a mile of setting off my right foot/ankle really started to hurt. I’ve been reading a book about barefoot running and within there was a story about a guy who was running with his son who complained of a sore knee. He told him to take his trainers off and within a few metres the pain went away. Chad who is also doing the challenge runs barefoot and has a few times encouraged me to ‘kick off my shoes’, he also knows I have a growing interest in it and up until my calf injury had been starting off including a couple of 10 minutes barefoot in my runs a week.

So after 1.5 miles I took off my trainers and ran a mile barefoot and the pain quickly went away. I was conscious that I shouldn’t overdo it as I am not used to it so put my trainers back on and ran real slow for last mile. Let’s see how I feel tomorrow but I think some serious consideration needs to be given to this… I did tread on a spiky conker though and it bloody hurt!

Day 82
Miles 3.38
Miles so far 271.18
Miles to go 823.82
Trainers Kicked off my A Sic shoes, and I boarded the plane

Day 52 – RSD 71

Happy Saturday afternoon and went out for a late afternoon run. Still taking it easy pretty much all this week and just running the 3 miles. More of a rest week I guess you could say. Anyways, here is a good power smoothie to enjoy for breakfast along with a big bowl of oatmeal. This will fuel you well into the late morning hours and up till lunch, no problem.

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The ingredients are:
2 bananas
baby carrots
frozen blueberries
flax seeds
organic peanut butter
purple and green kale
frozen mango
hemp protein powder
almond milk

I just toss in a lot of blueberries, a couple scoops of the flax seeds / hemp powder, a handful of carrots, a few mango chunks, a table spoon of the peanut butter and enough almond milk and ice to blend.  This will give you TONS of energy and aid with recovery as well.

I always team this up with a big bowl of oatmeal.
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Oh yeah, and my run from yesterday finally posted to Garmin during this upload so I posted both runs in below.


Miles Today 3
Miles Completed 182
Miles to Go 913

Day 51 – RSD 70!!

What’s up with the Garmin Connect site? My run failed to upload this evening, which bugs me! So, I snapped a picture of my watch with my miles and time. Today is Friday! Yes, yes it is. K, so as promised here is a great recipe for you guys to try out that my wife made for me tonight. The sauces are absolutely fantastic! Very, very good. This one is a bit of prep time and takes a while to make but once it’s done it will last a couple of days. It’s filled with veggie goodness.

Here is the link to the recipe

Here are the ingredients

For the potatoes:
1 1/2 lbs yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
Fresh black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Enchilada sauce:
4 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced medium
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (use 2 if you like more heat)
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons dried oregano (Mexican, preferably)
2 28 oz cans whole tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon agave nectar

White sauce:
1 cup cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
3/4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch

For the filling:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, quartered and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups cooked pinto beans (2 15 oz cans, rinsed and drained)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

For assembly:
18 8 inch corn tortillas

Optional toppings:
Fresh chopped cilantro

Here’s a picture of my wifey putting the white sauce on top prior to going into the oven.

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In the oven

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I will start posting up more recipes on a daily basis (will try!!).  Stay tuned for a good morning power smoothie recipe tomorrow.

Also, I am celebrating 70 days of running today and enjoying all the benefits of running and living a plant based lifestyle!  Just one of the many benefits other than low lipid levels, low BP, increased energy and recover time is you become very lean and melt away all the excess fat!  Also another little side effect is that your flag still raises as if you were a teenager!  LOL!  Figured I would toss that in there since Nathan made that amazing run diagram!  Which was just AWESOME btw!!











Oh and the finished product was delicious!!  The best part, eat as much as you want!








Everyone have a great weekend!


Miles Today 3
Miles Completed 179
Miles to Go 916

Shot from today’s run.
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Day 37: Phew

Weeded the front garden, cleaned both the cars, inside AND out then went for a run in the heat…… Phew, get me!

Did 5 mins actual bare foot today, the transition begins.

Day 37
Miles 3.25
Miles so far 121.8
Miles to go 973.2

Day 26: Do you often see me running? It’s not unusual!

Went to see Sir Tom Jones last night, I love him. Not in a throw your knickers on the stage type love but love his voice. It is immense. The fact that he was performing just across the road from me made it even better. The man is 72 and, unlike all the other ageing rockers who should just give up like McCartney, Elton and Cliff, he still sounds brilliant. He did look a bit less nimble on stage and it made me wonder whether he might be doing the 1095 challenge as well.

The achilles is bearing up and after starting to read Barefoot Running by Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton I have realised I may have adjusted my landing a bit but I am doing it all wrong. Made a few adjustments today which seemed to help from a comfort point of view but need to read the book properly if I am going to be serious about making the transition to barefoot running techniques. Does anyone know of any classes that teach proper technique?

Day 26
Miles 3.3
Total Miles 86
Miles to go 1008
Trainers Asics GT2000