It’s going to be an exciting weekend!

I have my very first BRS (Barefoot Runner’s Society) race on Sunday – the Tannenbaum 10k in Toronto. I’m hoping to pick up my race kit tomorrow afternoon, and my outfit is finally complete!

I got my official BRS shirt in the mail and a couple of days ago I got my much-awaited red plaid running skirt from runningskirts.com.

I’m wearing two layers of leggings with my skirt and VFFs, plus 2-3 additional layers under my BRS shirt. It’s not a significant distance, but I may be standing around for a bit before or after the race, so I’m preparing for cold. Expect a race report next week with pictures!

I also signed up for a lecture this Friday night on Whole Foods Preparation that I’m excited about (yes, I’m a nerd). So if it blows my mind I’ll be blogging about that next week too.

I’m starting my Sport Nutrition course next week, which I’m very much looking forward to as it relates to my running and training. There’s not very much information out there as far as living holistically on an athletic level. So I’m expecting to write more about that.

Then next weekend there’s a 10k Fun Run in Peterborough that I’ll be running in my VFFs with another BRS member (no timing, no registration fees). And within the next few days I’ll be getting the official BRS Stamp of Approval on my blog (yippee!).

As if that weren’t enough, I have some GREAT NEWS! This summer I will be participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker Race in Ontario. It’s a 100k two-day hike. I will be part of a barefoot team, and when we finish we will be the first barefooters to EVER complete this race. I heard that someone who finished this race said t it was very mentally challenging, and the hardest decision was whether or not to sleep. It’s going to be quite the adventure!

We are still looking for one more person to be part of our team, so if you’re interested in joining us please visit the website for details and email me at vanessaruns@gmail.com. Keep in mind – this is a hike and not a run (although how insane would it be to actually run the entire distance and finish in one day instead of two??). Don’t wait too long to nab this spot because we want to get in a shorter hike over the holidays and talk about the race. We also need a team name – any ideas??