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Nasty, thorny nature (Read 684 times)

Ed4


Barefoot and happy

    Last night I jumped off the road to avoid a car (stupid aggressive drivers on curvy country roads), blinded by their high beams.  And i landed on a giant pile of what I think were horse chestnuts. 

     

     

    This is the worst thing I have ever stepped on.  I have dozens of thorns in both feet, ranging from quarter inch down to wispy, hairlike ones that itch like crazy.  They're extremely fine, piercing even my heels.  So far I've managed to get about half of them out.

     

    This happened seven miles into a twelve mile run.  I finished anyway.

     

    Next time somebody tells you that we're only meant to run barefoot on "natural" surfaces, you might want to remind them how brutal nature can be.  I'll take the city any day.

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    Blaine Moore (MM#2867)

      Ouch!

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        Yeah. ouch.

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        Prince of Fatness

          Looks like sweetgum, but yeah, ouch.

          Semi-retired.

            That makes me wince just looking at it. OUCH!

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

              When do we get to see pictures of your feet, and the size of the thorns you pulled out.

               

              And, OUCH.

              Creator of RunForth@robraux | shodless.com

                Ooh, and I thought the occasional cocklebur was bad.  My sympathy.

                Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.

                  Good Gawd, are we sure those aren't some nasty invention by an irate shod runner who has had it with all these barefooters?

                   

                  I keed, I keed.

                   

                  On a barefoot nerd note, being able to run an additional five miles on thorned-up feet without aggravation is a good form check.

                   

                  Still, ouch. Nature sucks.

                    No pictures, it never happened. And even then it is doubtful.

                     

                    Ed4


                    Barefoot and happy

                      Yeah, I should have taken a picture. 

                       

                      I did go back and find that damn tree.  It's not horse chestnut, it's sweet chestnut, which is even nastier looking:

                       

                       

                      I'm back to running, though there are still some residual bits that I haven't been able to get out yet.

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                      Ed4


                      Barefoot and happy


                         

                        On a barefoot nerd note, being able to run an additional five miles on thorned-up feet without aggravation is a good form check.

                         

                         

                         

                        It was pretty horrible, but I did manage to avoid damaging anything else.  I was afraid my gimpy form would lead to other problems, but apparently I held it together well enough.  Though it was a slow five miles.

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                        Oh roo roooo!

                          I was going to say, your first photo is indeed a horse chestnut, as we have one in our yard, but the description of the tiny hair-like thorns in your feet did not fit...you found something WAY worse!  Holy cows!  Hope you recover soon and completely.  Man, that is ugly....

                             

                             

                             

                            It was pretty horrible, but I did manage to avoid damaging anything else.  I was afraid my gimpy form would lead to other problems, but apparently I held it together well enough.  Though it was a slow five miles.

                             

                            I've stepped on those as a kid. I think there's a piece still in my foot ;-)

                            Creator of RunForth@robraux | shodless.com

                              Ouch.   That pretty much sums it up in my brain.

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                                I'm still chewing on the 12-mile barefoot run!  I'm up to about 2.3 miles at a time, and then I need a day off afterward!

                                Matt

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