It was much easier to post on Fridays when I had my track sessions and I could just mail it in. Instead I'm feeling the pressure of a strong followup after I made a big splash earlier this week with posts about going barefoot, my first barefoot run, and then not advocating that you go barefoot -- but also not advocating that you shouldn't go barefoot.
Hello? Did you guys totally ignore the part where I announced my next marathon?
In other developments: My abs hurt, either from doing situps too soon after running a marathon, running barefoot, or eating too many cookies.
Wherein you people get your overpriced synthetic socks in a bunch over someone going barefoot.
Jess shared similar concerns about my going barefoot as many other commenters (including the Al and The Enthusiast, which totally sounds like a sweet band name): "I like not having to worry about stepping on needles or some other crap like that ... shoes all the way."
Answer: I read (and watched) this very helpful posting from the New York Times' Roving Runner, who asked Born to Run author Christopher McDougall the same question. “I’ve got this special equipment I like to use,” McDougall said. “They’re called eyeballs. I see a rock, I just step next to it. There’s a lot less out there than you think.”
X-Country2 is not down with my frugal running habits: "Half the reason I run is because I love shopping for running apparel. I'll save elsewhere in my life."
Answer: And that's totally cool. I choose to save for life's big-ticket items ... like a new banjo.
Happy Hour is nearly upon us, teammates. Have a finely brewed weekend and good luck to all you racers -- especially those running the Towpath Marathon and the Chicago Marathon. Run well and drink well. Cheers!