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Long Run on Largo Playa…

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I ran and ran and ran on the endless beach, padding along in my bare feet… Anadi by my side for nine miles; it was easy to run along and keep running, each step the sandy same…

Another ‘longest ever’ run for me barefoot – just over thirteen miles… It is becoming easier and easier to run further and further, especially as now I feel no pain in my body… None of the hip or knee pain; frequent visitors in the past…

My feet were tired by the end, but I am still in transition… My feet will guide me.

I would like to emphasise that barefoot running isn’t necessarily a magic ‘cure’ for all ills…

I tried to ‘go barefoot’ a number of times before this last year… This time I have transitioned without the ankle, achilles and calf injuries I sustained then.

I rushed the process before; I was still unravelling that pattern within me… It took a long time; a lifetime of running, but eventually I have let that part of me go…

That part ‘of me’ which of course was not me, but an aspect of my ‘created self’… An aspect I held onto often unconsciously, because I clearly saw it was a chimera to try to ‘make me’ –  ‘get to’ – where I ‘wanted’ to go…

Trying to ‘make’ things happen, mistakenly thinking there is somewhere to ‘get to’, and ‘wanting’ this mythical prize, are all energies that do not serve us, they can keep us trapped in an endless disappointing cycle…

When we let them all go, and instead stay in each moment; focus on the step in front of us; listen to our inner guidance moment by moment… Then instead we can look up and see our future unfolding and our past melting away…

Being barefoot connects us to the earth… Feeling the grass, the earth, the sand, the pebbles on the beach beneath our soles cannot be anything but beneficial… We feel the earth’s energy and the earth feels ours… And so it can be a place of healing, clearing, of being fully and wholly in the step; in this very moment…

More and more we can feel and experience that there isn’t anything else but now…

And walking barefoot too, allows the mind to still, slows the pace down; ensures we take care of each step, watch where we place our feet, feel the ground, the imprint on the earth…

Over time the muscles in the feet start to strengthen with use – and exercises can help too – as we open to a new practice…

And as the feet strengthen they may want to run and dance and jump for joy; the lightness of spirit expressed through greater lightness in the body…

So, my observation isn’t so much that barefoot running cured my injuries…

It was more that through my main focus being one of inner work, inner clearing, letting go of all that is heavy and outdated within… Lead me to ‘go back to the beginning’ and to take my time, most importantly letting go of my ‘self’…

When we let go of parts of our created self, there is of course much more space… Limitlessness… And in this space for me, there has been an unfolding that has shown up in my feet…

As they have trodden this new path, there has occurred a strengthening of muscles in my left foot and in the top of my hamstring and into my glut…

The inner process made manifest in my physical expression…

And so I am enjoying feeling the earth beneath my feet and my running steps are extending steps, light steps that are leading me home…

Treading lightly, leaving no trace…

 

 

 

I have been running all of my life – it feels I was born to run. In the running step I experienced freedom and my true expression. I came to see that I needed to ‘get out of the way of myself’ and let my energy flow through the running step; allow it to express itself in the dance and the motion of running. I ran for England and GB for some years. My first international was in 1979, a three mile cross country race; and I continued to run at international level until 1993. Two of my best results were first place in the Dublin City Marathon in 1985 and 7th place woman, 3rd British woman in the 1986 London Marathon in a time of 2.36.31, which gained me selection for the Commonwealth Games.

As a little girl I ran barefoot for many years, and then I put on shoes to race around the world. Fifty years later I am travelling the world as a nomad with my husband Anadi and I have taken off my shoes and I am running barefoot again….

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