Since I’ve discovered that minimalist footwear helps me run without injury, I’ve been slowly increasing my range. Today, almost without realizing it, I break the 10 mile mark for the first time. It’s a cool, breezy, cloudy day that’s a little too cold standing still, but feels great in motion. I’m still curious to explore more trails in the Red Cliffs desert reserve, and each new trail draws me a little further. Early on I run a mile or so barefoot, but my feet are still a little tender today and I feel more relaxed in my Vibrams. My pace feels easy most of the way, once or twice almost effortless. Toward the end I start to feel the stiffening at the boundary between my quads and hips that usually limits my running. I arrive home knowing I’ve pushed things, but I’m still quite surprised at the total from the GPS track: 13.7 miles, more than half a marathon. Woohoo!