The weather cleared and we had a beautifully sunny day for barefoot running today. The Northwest Barefooters met on the lancashire coast near Formby.
Each month a different runner organises the route of around 6 miles or so with careful instruction that the finish must have cake and refreshments. This month was the turn of Danny and he didn’t let us down. He chose a route that took in woodland trails, grassy footpaths, sand dunes and beach.
On arriving, I was greeted to a squatting demonstration going on the car-park. There is alot of chat going on about squats at the moment and I must admit that I find them really tricky. I have exchanged a few messages with Tony Riddle over the past few days and am putting together his excellent videos in one place so that they are easy to find.
We were soon off. I set off in my new Xero Sensori Ventures with the intention of finding out a little more about them for an upcoming review. I took them off in the first minute of the run though and ran barefoot the rest of the way. It was such a lovely day and the terrain was so inviting that it seemed crazy to have anything on my feet.
I really enjoy our group runs. They give me my hit of camaraderie that I miss from not being a member of a running club at the moment. I get alot of pleasure from running as part of a group and as we wound our way through some long grass, we resembled a group of persistance hunters (at least in my head). We were running at that sustainable, run all day pace that seems natural when barefooting and Danny was leading us single file with a relaxed barefoot style.
The sand dunes were excellent fun and then it was onto the beach and a paddle (one of us actually dived into the waves and went for a swim!). Then back to our starting point. I had brought a couple fo pairs of Freet with me and there was a bit of a trying on session before making our way in to the 14 real ale handpumps and chocolate brownies.
I got a message from Greg on my return asking if we could swap our planned runs so it looks like Bolton will be December’s outing. I will be out next weekend trying to find a route from a good cafe.
If you would like to join us next time out, then you would be very welcome. You can visit our page on Barefoot Beginner and join our Northwest Barefooters facebook group. You will be made very welcome.