Back in April, right before the start of my first 100k at the Free State Trail 100k, I was sitting on the ground tying my Luna Sandal Leadville’s, and a dude walks up to me and asks how they were working out for me. I replied I was pretty new to them, at least for trails, but they seemed to suffice and cover my gripes with other minimalist foot gear. As I continued the chat with this guy, his name being Joe Prusaitis, I found out is not only the race director of the Rocky Raccoon 100 and many others, but also a highly experienced ultra runner himself, running as crazy as the infamously difficult Badwater Ultramarathon. He was really nice, giving me pointers and what not. Flash forward to my decision to run a 100 miler, and meeting him that day guided me to this race. That and I FLUV the Beatles. Continue reading
It all started with me pacing back and forth in front of the front door. The voice telling me to take the day off. My legs and feet were hurting. Do not run, it would say. The…
The first time I ran completely barefoot in maybe half a year was with my friend Chad. He had decided to maybe run the Kansas City Marathon half in his new KSO’s, barely running previously more than a few miles. I decided to go out with him, even with my achilles tendinitis, and to do it bare since I had delayed that for far too long, and at night. I put my headlamp on, and we were off. I wanted to make sure he was running in good form in the VFF’s so I could suggest a basic amount of running to make sure his body didn’t self destruct in a half marathon. It was a month away. I doubted I would be running in the race at all with my legs. I mean, I had not run in over a month. That would be crazy.
No baby here, just me returning to Kansas City, Missouri. My contract had ended at the free health clinic I worked at in Miami-ville. And only after a couple days following the drive back, I was ready to hit the new old roads. But as I learned, my old home was a different terrain than I was used to.
The Corporate Run
Well, this was more of a Corporate Run in Place. My friend Valerie’s mom worked for a company involved in the race and she took the liberty of signing both her daughter and myself up for free! Now at that time, Valerie was not gonna run with others in anything no matter what. An impossible idea. Her friends have asked for years. Valerie would do nothing she didn’t want to do, and this was something she simply would not do. So this was an interesting predicament. With constant pushing and convincing, she finally yielded after about a month of my better than previous negotiators annoyances and I was finally gonna run a race together with a friend! Continue reading