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Distance Runners are Nuts

For those who think marathoners are wimps:

Paul Keeley, a U.S. Marine at the South Carolina Military School, wants to run the Boston Marathon unshod next year. Last summer, he began training by pounding the streets of Charleston, S.C., in combat boots, hoping to nurture some preliminary calluses. He took off the boots this fall but soon landed on a surgeon's table for an abscess in his middle toe that required draining. Mr. Keeley, 18, says his calluses had hardened so well that he felt no pain when a pine needle or some other sharp object penetrated his skin and worked its way to the bone. He says he's still on track with his barefoot-in-Boston plan.

"Barefoot running isn't for sissies," says Jonathan Summers, a 37-year-old Boston horticulturist who took up the regimen this summer after seeing a couple of unshod runners pass him by at a local 10K race. "It's like running on sandpaper."...

Paul Keeley, a U.S. Marine at the South Carolina Military School, wants to run the Boston Marathon unshod next year. Last summer, he began training by pounding the streets of Charleston, S.C., in combat boots, hoping to nurture some preliminary calluses. He took off the boots this fall but soon landed on a surgeon's table for an abscess in his middle toe that required draining. Mr. Keeley, 18, says his calluses had hardened so well that he felt no pain when a pine needle or some other sharp object penetrated his skin and worked its way to the bone. He says he's still on track with his barefoot-in-Boston plan.

"Barefoot running isn't for sissies," says Jonathan Summers, a 37-year-old Boston horticulturist who took up the regimen this summer after seeing a couple of unshod runners pass him by at a local 10K race. "It's like running on sandpaper."

Posted on December 27, 2006 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

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Ummm... You have the excerpt pasted in twice. May want to fix that...

Posted by: Randomscrub | Dec 27, 2006 3:11:35 PM

Hmm. . . let's see, "my feet are so out of touch with the rest of my body, that I didn't even realize that foreign object was causing me a great deal of actual damage."

He's a reservist, they do things like that. When I was active, I'd occassionaly run into a reservist out and about, and they were always doing something "tough." I always assumed that it was to make up for being part-time.

Though of course, "part-time" now a days doesn't always ring true.

Posted by: Ray G | Dec 27, 2006 7:01:25 PM

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