Barefoot Rick's Dallas White Rock Marathon
Report - December 9, 2007
I often wonder how frustrating it must be as a weather person, to attempt an accurate forecast. For a week previous to the
marathon, meteorologists were scratching their heads whether a cold front would
push itself in for Sunday's marathon, or whether temps would stay in the 70s or
80s as it had been the week before in Dallas. Well, turned out that the front pushed
through and we had perfect 50 degree temps at the time of the marathon start. We
would experience tumbling temps the rest of the morning as the front gained
strength with occasional showers. (Not enough rain for me ... no significant
puddles. As many of you know, I love playing in the rain!)
I got to meet up with a couple of FCA Endurance runners from the
Dallas huddle. Jerry and Tom are great guys and it was great chatting with them
before the race. Tom was running the half-marathon which started at 9 a.m.
versus my 8 a.m. marathon start. I left their company a little before 8 and went
to line up with the 4 hour finisher group. I figure that is always a prudent
place for me to start -- not too fast, not too slow.
No F-15 fighter jet flyover this year as in previous years because of the
light fog and low cloud ceiling. We were off shortly after the National Anthem,
right at 8 a.m. It only took a couple of minutes for the 4 hour group to cross
the start line.
Mile after mile I ran, talking to runners, high-fiving kids, and
just generally having a great time with the cool temps. It was great to be able
to talk about the Lord Jesus to several runners as they asked why I ran
barefoot. I explained that God had given me a gift to be able to run long
distances, shoeless, and that I was now using this gift to
provide wheelchairs to crippled folks throughout the world though the
Wheelchair Mission. I explained to them that through my bare feet and my
running I was attempting to make others mobile. I always gain so much strength
by sharing with others along the way.
It was basically another "cruise
control" marathon for me. I didn't push myself really hard but just enjoyed the
journey. As I have said in past reports, it is more about what I do and who I
meet in the 26.2 miles rather than how fast I finish. It is not a race, for me.
It is not to be gulped down like Coca-Cola but it is to be savored like a wine.
Kind of like living. There's really no need to race toward the finish, but to
merely pace ourselves to the finish line that the Lord has destined for us all
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Finish Time - 3:49:08 (8:45 Pace)
33rd Consecutive Barefoot Marathon Since April 2004
7th Dallas White Rock Marathon
4th Consecutive Barefoot DWRM
*Ran the entire distance
*I am a marathon
runner and do not prescribe to a run/walk method for MY
marathons. Likewise, I do not judge anyone else for "finishing"
a marathon in whatever way they can propel themselves across the
finish line, whether it be walking, crawling, etc. All marathon
finishes are notable in their own regard.
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