Barefoot Running and Relays

The 24 Hour Ragnar Relay
I'm in that rare fleeting space where I've caught up with enough sleep to be in a completely functional and conscious state. That will change in the weeks to come when my calendar becomes a living, breathing entity. I've been thinking a lot lately. About schedules, sleep, life, and running. I just haven't had the time to run as much as I would like. And now that the crap weather is engulfing my barefoot running opportunities I could whip out my VFFs but what I really want to do is run barefoot. < sigh >

At any rate, I was happy to see barefoot running given some credibility in the news lately. Yup. I'm part of that group of crazies (the Barefoot Runners Society), but now that Katie Couric has given us the wink-wink maybe people won't be so disturbed by my naked feet. I can only hope.

I've been toying with the idea of doing the Ragnar Relay in September 2011. Thanks to Jen at Lips, Hips and Asphalt I've been inspired to look seriously into this. The 24 hour relay route here in Nor Cal sounds beautiful! It would start in San Francisco and travel up to Calistoga in Napa Valley. I'm still not sure how the logistics of something like this is handled (like the transportation and coordination) let alone the fact that I don't even have 11 runner friends. Ok. So the whole thing eludes me still. If any of you have ever done something like this, please share your experience. I would love to hear how it went and how you liked it. Running barefoot in a relay like this would be a great accomplishment for me. We'll see how seasoned a barefoot runner I've become by then. September of 2011, if all things go as planned, will be my first year barefoot runniversary. What a way to celebrate!
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Comments

  1. Check out my blog post from this weekend about a relay race I did called the Ghost Run. There are some of the elements you'd have to deal with in there, just on a smaller scale. I'll post something about my experience running the Cape Cod Relays years ago. That will shed some additional light on things for you.

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  2. Thanks Ken. Checked out your blog and you guys did awesome! Congrats on a great finish! I've done the California International Marathon Relay, but never a 24 hour race. My husband did a 24 hour mountain bike race in Cool last year and the vibe around the entire race was so incredible. He said it was an amazing experience. A lot of bonding took place among the riders and there was a constant feeling of celebration (albeit slightly sleep deprived). It just sounds inspiring.

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  3. I've done the Ragnar twice now and it is my all time FAVORITE race! There's nothing out there like it. It really reminds you that running can be a team sport and it is so fun! There is serious sleep deprivation but it's worth it! That blog was mainly for us to communicate on. But you can read about the whole experience on my other blog Why I Run. There's a link on the side bar for the experience. I hope you find a team and do it! You won't regret it!

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  4. Thanks, Jen. I have a couple people who are totally in for the relay in Sept. Now we just need to find the other 9. Hahahaha! You totally inspired me! I'll check out your other blog. Thanks so much!!

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