Bob Allsopp ran: Woke up to first fros...

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  • 13 miles
  • 01:44 time
  • 07:51 pace
  • 1451 calories
  • 452 ft climb
  • 187 max hr
  • 167 avg hr
    • Currently 5/5 Effort.
    effort 5/5
great Barefoot Perkins Great Eastern Run 13.25 mi 01:44 07:51 pace

Woke up to first frost of the year - Just great! But forecast was for sun and luckily it arrived, warming the 1°C to about 8°C come race start, and thankfully drying the roads - perfect conditions.
A bit of banter with my pen neighbours about my lack of shoes and we were off. The first few miles were quiet, with a few muted comments from running pairs. I seemed to be overtaking a lot of people with little bursts of speed and my average pace was looking good, but at this point I just thought 'time in the bank' for later.
At 6 miles I took my one and only gel but soon hit a half mile of awful road surface. This seemed to be a topic of conversation with fellow runners and I enjoyed answering the questions from then on. Further along was a half mile of freshly laid section still strewn with loose chippings much to the other runners entertainment! I had to stop briefly a couple of times to remove stubborn stones.
I started to tire at mile 10 but so were other runners, and I carried on overtaking knowing I could maintain my pace for the final 3 miles providing the roads stayed tolerable. They did, and after a 7:35 min / mile final mile it was a sprint finish on cool wet grass.
Apart from all the encouragement I heard a lot of the spectators commenting "There's another barefoot runner" later in the race. Unfortunately I didn't see him / her / them but it would be great to find out how they did.
I had a 4.5 minute wait to cross the start line due to the 4,500 runners but it meant I overtook a lot of runners - 328 runners in the second half alone (according to (I didn't count!)
Feet feel OK considering the pace, no blisters and hopefully good for my barefoot run on Tuesday.

  • Ape

    Outstanding performance! Sounds like you ran it perfectly and dealt with the tricky parts well. Congratulations, Bob!

    over 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Chris G.
    Chris G.

    Bob, this is exactly how I want my Sarasota Half Marathon report to read in March. Well done, man. Wicked pace.

    over 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Bob A.
    Bob A.

    Thanks guys. Soles on the mend today but quads tired, which I've not experienced before in the vffs. I was less than 3 minutes off my PB from last year in vibrams so definitely pushed it!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Clay W.
    Clay W. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Awesome barefoot race!!!! Congratulations!!!! That pace is amazing!!

    over 6 years ago