“Shit…I’m going to die in a fire.”
Thanh pointed out, “You have wet mud all over so you probably won’t burn right away.” Pretty reassuring, actually.
Piled no more than one foot tall, no more than two feet wide, was a row of burning wood. It clearly wasn’t made to be a substantial obstacle. Just a last “haroo!” that made for a great photo opp as you jumped through fire like an action hero. Any other day, it should have barely elicited a quick glance before a quick hop over. But at that moment, it was like Springfield Gorge. “You can always do burpees instead,” Thanh reminded.
“No, no. I can barely stand up right now. No burpees. I can’t do burpees.” Every single muscle in both of my legs were at their very limit. I had trouble standing.
TL;DR: For 3.5 hours, in these cold, foggy hills, I had pushed myself further physically than I ever had in my entire life. (Warning: long post ahead.)
Taken about halfway through. Is it just me, or is there something about this photo that makes it look like we’re now dead?
My friend Andrew Rademacher of Leming Footwear asked on his company’s facebook page:
Have you managed to convert anyone to minimalism? Or have you just been met with a wall of rejection? It seems like everyone anti-minimalism goes to a convention together because every reasoning always ends up with “We were not meant to run on hard surfaces.”
I’m counting 9 people total that I’ve gotten to go minimalist. The common denominator among these 9 is that, while skeptical, they were all willing to just take off their shoes and give it a shot. If someone isn’t even willing to give it a shot and see for themselves, I don’t bother trying anymore. No amount of evidence nor reasoning from me would convince them otherwise.
Final note…100% of the people who were willing to give it a shot are now minimalist walkers/runners.
This is probably true of most unordinary and extraordinary things.
No damage, brah! Just a bit dirty.
I ran my first race/marathon on Sunday March 21st, 2010 and I finished it completely on my bare feet. Continue reading