Distance: 1-2 miles
Objective: Stimulate feet to grow padding
Tuesday Tempo Run on Wednesday – 4.5 mins BF, 22.5 mins shod, 3 mins BF. Felt like a struggle and good simultaneously. Nice and cool yet sweated copiously.
Thursday Hills – 4.5 mins BF, 23.5 mins hill sprints, 5 mins BF. Either I just missed a skunk (or he missed me), but I got a nice whiff each lap.
Saturday LSD – 6.5 mins BF, 43 mins LSD, 5.5 mins BF a real struggle of a run, already humid at 4:30. Kept going though wanted to quit many times.
XLMIC asked last week: “(D)o you run on asphalt, concrete, grass, dirt, gravel or carpeting when you run barefoot? How fast do you go?”
There are two schools of thought when starting barefoot running:
Find the softest surfaces you can find and BF more comfortably.
Find the roughest surface available so your feet get used to it and form needs to be perfect for it not to hurt.
I, of course, chose 3. Sidewalks, which are somewhat rough but not like running on gravel. I’ve run BF on grass and can tell that my form is much more sloppy. Speed varies depending on how dark it is, how I feel, etc., no different than shod running.
Overall, I’m still not totally convinced. I don’t mind BFing it, but still prefer shod running. I’ve found that I prefer the 2nd barefoot portion over the initial, probably has something to do with being warmed up. Sometime in the next several weeks I’m going to try 2 new things:
Embedding the barefoot portion, rather than at the start and finish; and
Run barefoot on trails.
I’m thinking either one or both will make a profound difference.
It’s Independence Day, we’re celebrating out at the Boondocks (my in-laws’), probably grilling and hanging out by the pool. Tomorrow we’re headed out to Union Pier for a couple of days, really looking forward to further exploration of the area and trying out the Boogie Boards we got for the kids. Surf’s up!
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!