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Since I have the Beach Running World Championship this coming Sunday in Cocoa Beach, I decided to get over to Siesta Key this morning and put in a few more beach miles. I kind of thought I would pretty much have the place to myself on a Monday morning but found quite a few people out walking and running when I arrived. It was then that I realized that on Siesta Key, most people are either on vacation or do not work.
As I did on August 25th, I wanted to get some barefoot miles in. I headed north with shoes on and at 2 miles stopped and pulled off my shoes. I continued on with a shoe in each hand.
This area of beach is very hard packed sand. It is packed hard enough that there were actually a few bike riders on the sand experiencing no problem at all. The section of Turtle Beach that I ran on in August was much softer. I was forced rather quickly to a forefoot strike. Any heel strike at all was very noticeable.
I got almost 3 miles north and then had to turn back and head south. At about 45 minutes I stopped at the public beach shelter for a rest room break and water. Of the 5.5 miles about 3.5 were barefoot. This more than doubles the amount of barefoot I completed in August.
I was thinking that I might try to do the entire 10K beach run next Sunday barefoot but after today will not even try. I plan to run the 5K out with shoes on and then take off the shoes and run the 5K back barefoot.