Why Barefoot??

Because being barefoot to me is being raw. Feeling every sharp rock, lush clover, spiky thistle, cushioned blade of grass, slimy covered stones, fragrant feathered flowers, cereal of sand, bead of water, element of litter, and the mash of mud.

Being Barefoot is the promise of prancing in the moonlight, leaping in the waves, running through a meadow, dancing on the porch, and doing all this while enduring a long journey to the end.

Monday, September 6, 2010


I am still processing. But here is what I have got so far.

This is a picture of me when we left Thursday night, I am full of emotion.

My foot started hurting at mile 3. There was a lot of, "My foot hurts BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER." I also started saying to myself "HELLO, HURTING FOOT COME AND RUN WITH ME TODAY." It made me think of this quote.
"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." - Michael Jordan

There was a person in a wheel chair cheering along the route, and it made me think "I can't believe I get to do this." It made me think of this quote.
"When life's problems seem overwhelming, look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself fortunate." - Ann Landers

Just in case you thought that this was something totally fun, and easy for me to do just look at this picture near the end of the race and you will see another story. It made me think of this quote.
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." - Winston Churchill

What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination. - Zig Ziglar


  1. CONGRATULATIONS! You are an inspiration.

  2. I knew you could do it!!! Ya Hoo!!!
    The joy in the journey thing,you've got it!!
    It's the becoming that is important isn't it?
    Wow is all I can say, Way to go Barb!!

  3. This is so great Barb! I need to push myself like you. Bring on the 5k!

  4. Way to go Barb! I'm so proud of you!

  5. I am so proud of you Barb!! Thanks for the quotes.

  6. Congratulations Barb! You are so inspiring. You are my hero!

  7. I thought of you on Saturday and wondered how the race went. Good job for finishing, even with pain.