Running To Thailand

I have joined a team of people based at Oundle School aiming to run 5,924 miles in six months. It is the distance to the Rainbow House orphanage in Bangkok, where our organiser is taking a party of Oundelians to visit. The orphanage is one of the projects run by CCD Thailand (Christian Care Foundation for Children with Disabilities). Whilst I have not visited the orphanage myself, I went to Bangkok 18 months ago and was struck by significant difference between my life and that of many Thai people living in this megacity. The next visit will be the second the School has made. Our connection is via Gordon Montgomery, Head of Community Partnerships at Oundle. He used to teach in Bangkok for many years. To be a disabled orphan in such a place must be very difficult and the opportunities to improve quality of life offered by Rainbow House seems a more than worthy cause for me to engage my feet.

I used to run a lot. Now I do not. I have 50 miles under my belt as I have been getting back into shape before the winter months kick in. You can see my tally grow on this google sheet, and photo evidence of my runs here.

Adding miles to the tally is much easier than adding money – if you are able to spare some, please donate via the team page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/2018RuntoBangkok.

Here I am, in the sun, post afternoon run!

And, in case you are wondering, all miles so far have been barefooted. I am interested to see how deep into winter my naked feet can bear…

Many thanks for your donation and support. I will keep posting updates as the miles keep passing under my feet. I would really appreciate you passing this on to anyone you feel would like to contribute to the cause.

Dai x

Running To Thailand

One more step

TL;DR: Dai has a barefoot adventure

Being barefoot brings burden. You have to set your own rules. Some are die-hard – never a shoe in sight of sole. Never compromise. But that’s not my way. I wear my naked feet when I feel it’s okay. By default my choice is to be shoeless. But some things require footwear: football, cricket, tennis, uniforms. It would be misrepresentative not to expose my wrestle with pushing to be footloose everywhere I go. But there are expectations to meet. I am not the type to live beyond the influence of social expectation. Continue reading “One more step”

One more step

Going Barefoot Presentation

This evening, I am doing a presentation at school all about going barefoot. This post provides links to resources I will use in the talk, and a few more that might be of interest. If you are thinking about going barefoot, I thoroughly recommend taking it slowly and reading/watching the media in this post, but also pursuing your own search for other advice by barefooters much more experienced than I am.

Feeling Nervous

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Going Barefoot Presentation

Eleven miles barefoot

On Friday I received a pair of huarache running sandals for my birthday.

my new running sandals
my new running sandals

So, on Saturday I punched a toe hole in them, tied them up marathon style and went for a test run up to school and back to collect my livescribe pen. Only one and a half miles. My feet were cold for the first mile but otherwise it was all good. The sandals are really comfortable. It felt a little vulnerable and exposed – and odd seeing my naked feet on the pavement. I’m not convinced I tied the sandals very well and I’ll be experimenting with them until I get it just right; the thong lace was a bit tight I think. Continue reading “Eleven miles barefoot”

Eleven miles barefoot