Barefoot Rick's Garmin Marathon Report - April 21, 2012
20,000 Barefoot Running Miles at the Finish!


How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news ... Isaiah 52:7


*Ran the entire distance


Temperature at start -  43 deg F
Temperature at Finish - 61 deg F

Finish Time - 5:31:24
Pace - 12:39
Age Group 55 to 59 Males - 25 out of 27
Overall - 515

77th Marathon (26.2 Miles or Ultra Distance)
59th Consecutive Barefoot Marathon Since April 2004

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482 Rick Roeber 56 M M5559 515 25/27 305/329 5:31:24 12:39


This marathon was a perfect example of under training. In order to cross the finish line at exactly 20,000 barefoot running miles since I first started running barefoot in 2003, I had to cut my mileage way back the past few weeks. This was not good for race day. I ran my slowest ever marathon at 5:31:24. In addition, I was swinging my grandson on a swing the week before the race and threw my back out. I couldn't even bend down most of the week due to the pain. So, by mile fifteen I was leaning to my left to compensate for the sciatic pain on my right side.

So, it was a "perfect storm" for my slowest ever marathon.

However, it was awesome that my friend Jake Jacobson from Garmin was emceeing the event. He gave me great props coming in at the finish and really spoke highly of Samaritan's Feet and the work they are doing providing shoes and socks to children globally. A welcome surprise was seeing Graham Gibbs at the finish line who works for Samaritan's Feet. He had driven all the way up from Springdale Arkansas to see me come in. In addition, my good friend Eldon Miller stuck around to see my come in also. (He came in with a 4:27 finish! Awesome!)

It wasn't pretty, but I got the job done. I kept thinking I had to finish, not only because I have never quit a marathon, but also for the children who were counting on me to make the 20,000 barefoot miles. If my not finishing meant that someone wouldn't give to the cause, then I would feel somehow responsible of depriving these children with the kindness which Samaritan's feet provides.

All in all, a tough day for me, but I hope a blessed ending for others who will benefit from my barefoot running.

*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.

At the finish line with Graham Gibbs from Samaritan's Feet


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