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About morrna

I'm just a guy dabbling in discovery and expression through writing. I've had a long hiatus from my blogs on Wordpress, but I am thinking of picking them up again.

Shanahan Trail area

I have had quite a few barefoot experiences since I last posted just over a month ago. I have had some of my first barefoot walks and hikes with others: short walks with my parents, a hike up to see fireworks with my friend Blake, spending much of a camping trip at Fulford Cave barefoot. That might be a topic for an upcoming post. Right now, I want to give an update on my last walk in the Boulder foothills, which started up Shanahan trail.

This is the route I walked on Sunday. The numbers mark the distance from the beginning in kilometers.

This is the route I walked on Sunday. The numbers mark the distance from the beginning in kilometers.


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Saddle Rock

On Tuesday morning, I biked up to the Gregory Canyon trailhead in the Chatauqua park area, and I walked up to Saddle Rock along its eponymous trail. The rock is at 7000 feet, and I climbed 1200 feet to get there over 2 km. This puts it over my distance for the Sanitas Valley trail, and it is definitely much steeper. I took my time and enjoyed myself, taking an extended break up on the rock with a view of the continental divide.

Saddle Rock, viewed from one of the lookout points below it

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Challenging my Endurance

I ran eastward on the Boulder Creek path this morning. I decided to run out until somewhere around 3 or 4 km from home, turn back, and push myself to do as much of the return trip as possible. A flooded section turned me around just before 55th Street, which is actually at 4.8 km, and I managed to keep running all the way back home, for a total of 9.6 km.

9.55 km round trip along the Boulder Creek path, marked out on gmap-pedometer.com

9.55 km round trip along the Boulder Creek path, marked out on gmap-pedometer.com


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Sanitas Valley Trail

Back on 25 May, I walked up the Sanitas Valley Trail. I mentioned it in my post about making bike pedal pads. I was busy after that walk, so I did not write about it immediately, but I did take some pictures that might be worth sharing. Continue reading

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Cherry Creek path run

I was at my boyfriend’s place in downtown Denver this morning. He tends to sleep in the mornings, and I usually feel energized by the morning light streaming in the window, so sometimes I get out and do things while I let him sleep in. One of the perks of running barefoot is that my running shoes are always with me, so today I decided to go for a run.
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Back up to 5 km running range!

Lately, I have been taking it easy on running. I noticed some sharper pain creeping in on my left foot at first, which seemed to sort of wrap around the inside ankle and under my foot. Something similar popped up in my right foot as well. At first I assumed I must have stressed something by trying to run to trailheads, do some trail walking, and run back. I always prioritize avoiding injury and letting my body recover at its own pace, so for a while my maximum running range has been 3 km, and most of my runs have been less than half that.
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Bike pedal pads

I consider myself very lucky to live in a place like Boulder, where there are some trails that are easy to reach on foot. To take full advantage of the foothills near the city, however, it can be helpful to ride a bike to a trail head and walk from there. Continue reading

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Splinter

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bridge at the entrance to Eben G. Fine park

My usual run is west up the Boulder Creek path, with a small loop around Eben G. Fine park, and then back. There is a bridge across the creek at the entrance to the park with thick wooden beams as its surface. The wood has seen better days, for sure, but I have run across it dozens of times without incident last year and this year. Yesterday, for the first time ever, it gave me a splinter.

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Anemone Trail

In my first post, I mentioned my walk up the Anemone Trail on Sunday. Checking with Google Maps Pedometer, the total round trip turned out to be just under 5 miles, with about 1.3 miles on unpaved trails. Continue reading

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Hello!

Yesterday afternoon, I set out on a walk up one of the foothills here in beautiful Boulder, CO. I carried a small pack with nothing but my journal, a thermos of tea, some snacks, and my cell phone in case of an emergency. It was comfortably warm for shorts and a t-shirt. A spring was in my step, and I felt free as a bird, not least because I was not wearing any shoes.

I had a great time over the next six hours, taking my time and stopping frequently to snack or to write. I even did some yoga near a peak in the woods, which felt really good. It was my first hike on a dirt trail this season, and my soles were pretty sensitive by the end of it. Picking my way slowly and carefully down the mountain gave me plenty of pauses to appreciate the beautiful views, the sounds of crickets and birds, and the feel of the evening breeze, so I count it as a win. The smooth concrete of the Boulder Creek path felt like satin after enduring the gravelly trail, and I made it home with no permanent damage. It was a wonderful experience that leaves me wanting more.

During that hike, it occurred to me that it might be fun to make a blog to share my experiences. This is only my second summer barefooting, and it would be nice to have a place to record my excursions and keep track as my range and strength increase. I have also been meaning to dig up some of the research and sources that originally got me into barefooting, and this would be a good place to post some of those along with my responses.

I snapped a few photos on that hike, one of which turned into the header above. Yes, those are my feet! The title “Happy Feet” seemed like a good choice, because although there are plenty of potential benefits of walking and running barefoot, the bottom line is that I do it for the sheer joy of it. Hopefully I can express some of that joy in written form well enough to convince a few of you out there to give barefooting a try. Thanks for reading!

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