by Sarah Barber
Most runners have dealt with blistered feet, ingrown toenails and athlete's foot. But pickled feet ? The term pickling implies all sorts of gnarly preservation processes involving anaerobic fermentation and lactic acid production—generally things that should not happen to one's feet.
Leave it to local ultra-runner and race director Emily Berriochoa to design an extreme running event entitled Pickled Feet 24 and 12 Hour Runs. Yes, it's exactly as it sounds. Solo participants can choose to run for either 24 hours or 12 hours, beginning at 6 p.m. today or 6 a.m. on Saturday, respectively. The course for these dedicated ground-pounders is a 2.5-mile loop at Eagle Island State Park, which they will travel again and again and again. And again. Until their day or half-day of running is over, and it's time to examine the subsequent pickling.
I'm not crazy enough to attempt even a 12-hour continuous shuffle, but I plan on jogging for several hours on Saturday morning in order to see whether my ultra-runner friend still looks as studly after he's spent all night literally running, instead of just running through his girlfriend's dreams. On Saturday afternoon, I'll volunteer at the medical tent—a post that promises to be an even more interesting spectacle. Stay tuned for a field report by Sunday evening. Hopefully, this Peter Piper won't be picking a peck of pickled feet.