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Barkley Fall Classic, Big Backyard Ultra
Chris Gkikas ran: My barefoot solo 50k ...
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- 23 miles
- 06:10 time
- 16:04 pace
- 2210 calories
My barefoot solo 50k attempt this morning was technically my first DNF (did not finish,) but if you forget that for a minute, I shattered all my personal records in one long, challenging run through Myakka River State Park. Given the circumstances (I lost the trail and ended up five miles in the wrong direction on a sugar-sand road that destroyed my knee, and got chased for MILES by a very aggressive flying insect... "best pace, 5:54") and the extreme weather (91F, 70% humidity, torrential downpour, then more sun) I am lucky to have finished 23 miles, all barefoot except one, in just over six hours. I learned a lot of lessons about fueling (Gels are fine,) wild animals (carry a stick, at least,) fear (I have a touch of it, especially when I heard the wild boars in the bushes,) hydration (one cannot carry too much water,) heat stroke risk (no more shadeless summer runs of this distance in Florida,) God (i.e. a park ranger planted that truck with the life-saving cold water when I started to get dizzy,) and myself (I have a long way to go.)
Here is a public link to the photos I uploaded to Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151001431709747.482895.774024746&type=1&l=175bdc0ad0