2013 is the Year of the Half Marathon   Leave a comment


For me at least. I think I’ll be doing at least three this year. I think I can do it. I’ve come up with (which means I Googled) a pretty neat training plan to help finish with respectable times.

So for this year, I decided to join the Run United Trilogy. The first leg’s schedule was moved to March 17 (not March 24, which is what’s indicated on the image I attached on top of this post). Check out the medal that I could get if I finish all three!


Which bolts together to form one gigantic mega medal!


I want that.

It’s a great gimmick, really. To have medals that would only be “complete” if you finish the whole series. Basically insures runners would keep registering in the races! Genius.


Posted February 11, 2013 by Barefoot Yayan in marathons, run united, runrio

Return of the Come Back!   Leave a comment

Last December, a cousin of mine that lives in Australia invited me to join them run a 5k race. He paid for my reg fee. Of course, I said yes. It was free!

As expected, I did poorly. Clocked an official time of 31:05. I felt overweight (even more than I already was). I wanted to go under 30 minutes but my lungs weren’t able to sustain the effort. My muscles felt fine though, which is great.

I was surprised to see a lot of barefoot runners that morning. I think I saw at least 20. Two years ago, I mostly only see one — me. I posted a picture of me running towards the finish line, with a fellow barefoot runner no less, at the bottom.

I think this run pulled me back from my running hiatus. The feeling I got before, during and after the run was incredible. I missed it. I really did.


Posted February 7, 2013 by Barefoot Yayan in barefoot running, race results

2 Years Absent   Leave a comment


Wow, I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since my last post. To be honest, I entirely forgot about this blog for most of those two years. My life got very busy (not really an excuse). But worry not, I won’t ¬†write about it here.

The thing that bugs me is that I also stopped joining running events the past two years.

But I didn’t stop running, thank goodness. I kept running, albeit less frequently. I stopped looking at how fast I was or how long the run was. I just ran. Almost with no direction.

And now 2013 is here. And I’m trying to get back to “serious running”, whatever that means. So watch out! Maybe I’ll figure out what “serious running” means as I go along.

Posted February 6, 2013 by Barefoot Yayan in musings