There is a great write-up from John Yohe at John’s Barefoot Running Blog on his running the Detroit Marathon barefooted. I really don’t know how he managed to reproduce his thoughts from the time, but it is a great read.
Here are a few snippets, but go read the whole thing.
He starts out:
I’m exhausted already. I had to get up at four o’clock in order to drive from Jackson to be here in Detroit at six. The race is at seven, and already parking is congested. But I fine a good spot, close to the finish for a quick get away. The one time I decided to actually get a hotel room the night before, planning way ahead so as to ensure getting a room, the hotel goes out of business a month before. Ok, well, that’ll save me a hundred buck, but man, seeing as how I was nervous the night before, I’m not running on much sleep.
A few comments about the runners around him:
And oh yes, the comments on my feet are happening all the time. More gasps. More, “That guy doesn’t have any shoes!’ said from ten feet behind me. I wish people would at least acknowledge that I can hear them. But, I do have to say that I might have been wrong about me being the first most people have heard about barefoot running. I’m getting lots of “Good job barefoot runner!” comments as well, meaning that people know the phrase “barefoot runner,” meaning that the idea, the concept now exists in the mainstream, as a ‘meme,’ meaning that, if people know the term, it may be coming into more widespread acceptance. That’s my theory anyways.
More comments (I guess I enjoy these the most):
A guy passes me on the left. “Man, you are crazy.”
I nod and say, “Thanks.”
He laughs and goes on.
I pass two women and get the gasps, but one says, “Wow, that’s stupid.”
Ok, I can’t not say anything. I turn around and say, “Thanks, I can hear you.”
Their eyes go wide. The one who spoke says, “I love you and respect you, I just wouldn’t do it myself.”
I wave. “Fair enough.” But as I’m pulling away, I hear her say, “They say that only fifteen percent of people are able to do that.”
Wtf? Whatever lady. Keep living a life of excuses.
And how did he do at the end?
Well, go read it.