Day 134 mile 134: Running Barefoot @ the Beach. The allure of barefoot running is an enduring phenomenon, but one to which I have never fully subscribed. This is largely due to living in an area where the terrain comprises significant amounts of sharp rocks and sheep droppings! Nonetheless there is a very instinctual, almost primal draw to running with no shoes. Rather like fire or dancing, for me there is something deep down which feels right about it, in-spite of the barriers which our cluttered c.21st minds, bodies and culture seen to throw in the way.
Today the sun is out and the tide is turning, providing a clear expanse of pristine sand. There is a strong wind coming from the west, which makes running feel like flying or swimming, depending upon the direction of travel. The sand, caught in the rivulets of the wind, tingles on any area of exposed skin and sunglasses are a necessity due to this particulate onslaught.
There is something joyously childish about running across the beach with no worries about getting shoes wet, and legs that feel lighter than memory suggests they should. All in all, massive fun!
Thanks to the people of Penmaenmawr and most especially the Sailing Club, none of whom ran off with (or ‘tidied up’) my trainers which I left on the slipway in order to do this. It was very nice to still find them there when I got back 🙂
I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.
Distance: 1662.5 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!