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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Run #110

Today's run was in two sections: Barefoot and Shoes On.

Barefoot:
1.12 mi 14:16 (12:45/mile)

This was my second barefoot run, and it felt GREAT! Wow. The asphalt of course still hurts some on my feet, but it's really not bad. Concrete sidewalks feel pretty good. I love that I can feel myself improving my form. I feel LIGHT without shoes! The weather feels so much cooler without shoes! I felt like I could just go and go and go.... Even though I was thinking more about what I was doing (since this is still so new to me), the running just felt so much easier. I kept it short (trying to ease into it so that I don't injure myself), then stopped at home and put my shoes on for the rest of my run.

Happy moment--the feel of cool grass on my warm feet as I was running. Awesome.

Shoes On:
1.95 miles, 21:40 (11:10/mile)

Oh man, I was bummed putting those shoes back on! My feet felt SO HEAVY. I was so much warmer than I had been barefoot. I know I need to ease into the barefoot running for the sake of my soles and my muscles, but I am really anxious to be running barefoot for the whole run. Overall my shod run was decent; it was just more difficult and less enjoyable than the barefoot portion!

Total: 3.07 miles, 35:55 (11:41/mile)
77 degrees, 84% humidity. Started warm-up walk around 6:30; finished everything around 7:15. Sun was up & not covered by clouds. The weather felt good without shoes on, and runnable but icky with shoes on.

2 comments:

Lola said...

Have you considered transitioning using something like this? http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/ I've heard great things about them - but I have not used them so I can't commment on them.

I've run into two runners wearing them and asked them about them- they love them.

I overpronate so badly (probably due to weight at this point) that I really need stability in my shoes- but I certainly see the draw and benefits of barefooting it!

Hank said...

Beth,

There's a lot of info out there now on BF running. http://groups.google.com/group/huaraches/topics?pli=1 for example. I started in April of last year and I haven't used running shoes since last March. I wear aqua sox when I need some protection and even those feel heavy on me. I'm thinking about getting the Vibrams, but I haven't decided yet.

Focus on proper form and let your lower legs strengthen as you slowly increase your distance. Form is extremely important. And as you've seen, the fun comes naturally.