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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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Sunday 14th October 2012
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By JP

This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life!

Up at 3am for a 6am flight, I was on my way.  I arrived at the Novotel Melbourne around 8am, and quite surprisingly, my room was already available.  My room was right up the top floor overlooking the atrium which was a pretty good view of the shops and

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Category: Road Events
Friday 12th October 2012
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By JP

Final training run is now over, which now only leaves the marathon in two days time... 

 

This final training run concluded the gruelling sixteen week marathon training program.  In my opinion, as a very unprofessional runner, it has been a bloody long sixteen weeks!

 

In two days time

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Category: Training Runs
Saturday 29th September 2012
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By JP

Decided to do this long run on Saturday morning before heading to Whippfest for the long weekend!

Lately I've been covering fair distances on an empty stomach, without any sustenance along the way — typically up to the 16k mark.  To be honest, I didn't think 8 extra k's would be too much to handle, but I was

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Category: Training Runs
Sunday 23rd September 2012
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By JP

I've got to say, the lead up to this run was nothing short of nerve–racking!  After having last Sundays long run (24K) off, I was feeling fresh and ready for the 35.5k run ahead — or at least I thought I was!

 

I decided it was a wise move to get up early and tackle this run before it got too hot. 

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Category: Training Runs
Sunday 9th September 2012
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By JP

After the brutal experience of cracking the 30k mark last Sunday, I was a little apprehensive about how things would go today — especially since the k's during the week had also increased marginally. 

Kicked off about 8:30am on Sunday morning after a decent bowl of oats and dried fruit to help spur me along.  I

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Category: Training Runs
Sunday 2nd September 2012
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By JP

As previously noted, this week again is breaking ground distance wise, with my first of two 32k long runs.  The weather was picture perfect — sun up, birds singing, you know how the rest goes.

This run kicked off like every other run, taking a few kilometres to warm–up.  After the typical 10k warm–up period,

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Category: Training Runs
Sunday 26th August 2012
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By JP

The next few Sundays will mark the longest distances I've ran — hopefully! 

This Sundays run at least was a great success.  Nice and sunny, bearable wind speed, and other friendly runners along the way.  One thing to note that was quite funny:  I was 5k's into the 29k and had just reached my first

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Category: Training Runs