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It's simple, I love running and most of all I love running in bare feet!  While I did start in shoes like almost all runners, I quickly moved into barefoot shoes.  Then, after about 5 years of road marathons I took the plunge and threw the shoes away altogether!  Since then I have run two road marathons in bare feet without a scratch.  Rocky trails were much harder and after about a year of trying I couldn't get past 25km without doing damage so I'm now back in minimal Vibrams which seems to be the perfect compromise.  I still do grass oval speed work barefoot which is awesome.  Nothing better than running bare footed!

 

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Saturday 28th July 2018
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By JP

GNW part two—taking on the Jungle!  Man I was so excited for this stretch.  My coach made it very clear that I was going to get lost through this section so be super careful and take note of where the trail ended before I got lost.  Obviously I trust her instruction but I had no idea how true those words would be!



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Category: Training Runs
Saturday 21st July 2018
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By JP

Since I signed up for GNW50K my coach thought I'd better spend some time out on the course and I couldn't be happier as I had been itching to check out some of the GNW.  Now with Raffertys out of the way it was time for some new exploration.  The first leg I was to explore was from Wakefield Rural Fire Service through to Heaton

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Category: Training Runs
Saturday 7th July 2018
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By JP

I had been super excited for this event as it was officially my longest trail race to date and a taste of a longer event.  In the weeks leading up to the race I had been spending quite a bit of time on course just to be prepared plus it's simply spectacular coastline.  Speaking of being on course, we've had so much rain the last

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Category: Trail Events
Sunday 6th May 2018
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By JP

Now that I'm back in shoes I've been able to really pick up the kilometres and get out exploring rocky areas I couldn't before. Well, I could but it was slow and after about 20km I would get tired and kick the end of my toes off and that's simply not fun.

With the Rafferty's Run coming up I thought I might spend

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Category: Training Runs
Sunday 15th April 2018
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By JP

It was the anniversary of meeting my mate Duncan, a.k.a DD, so we thought it best to do a last minute sign up for NewRun.   Last minute being we were both pretty trashed from racing the previous week.  As is typical with DD we planned for this to be a shirtless run but I had no idea he was planning for this to be a shirtless and budgy

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Category: Road Events
Saturday 7th April 2018
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By JP

My first official trail race!  Since committing fully to trails after Melbourne Marathon last year I had eagerly looked forward to my first event.  I did enter the lottery for Six Foot Track but with my typical, non-existent luck I failed to win a spot although around 70% of entrants do get in.  This actually worked out for the best

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Category: Trail Events
Saturday 17th March 2018
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By JP

Well, it was a bloody hard decision to give up on this barefoot trail quest but I after the last couple weeks of injuries I feel it's time to let it go. 

In the last couple weeks we've seen the last of daylight saving time and the mornings have been quite dark so a headlamp has become a necessity again.  This fateful

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Category: Training Runs
Sunday 18th February 2018
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By JP

What better way to spend a Sunday lunch than running around in your undies.  I for one couldn't think of a better way so I signed up for Cupid's Undie Run 2018.  Although much effort was expended I couldn't convince any of my friends or colleagues to join me.  Not even the lure of supporting such a great cause as trying

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Category: Road Events
Tuesday 6th February 2018
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By JP

Well, it's been a few months since my last barefoot trail update and man has it been a roller coaster!  Plenty of highs and lows but my love of trails is growing significantly, which is awesome.  Road running is officially dead to me! Well, I will still run a few events here and there but trails are definitely the focus.



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Category: Training Runs
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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By JP
So for the last few months my coach, Melissa, finally roped my in to running some trails with the Night Owls & Possums (a branch of the Wooters).  Turns out trails are awesome and the Wooters are a great bunch of people.  This has only taken place on Friday nights and I have been running in
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Category: Training Runs