Might need to toughen up the feet as well. Running barefoot is more about realizing how far is too far and stopping before the blisters form. I have the same problem as I try and push past the pain and keep moving. There is a sensation that usually is an indicator it is time to stop and that is a burning sensation in the feet. Once the feet start to feel hot it is probably time to put on shoes and head home.
I attempted to run 5 miles on Saturday and came up sort. I was listening to my body for once and stopped about 2.77 miles. The ground was extremely hot and I could feel it through my Bikila. Instead of having to go through blood blisters again I decided to stop.
I skipped Sunday to let my feet rest and ran on Monday. I got in my 2.2 mile route with the dog. I ran it in about 20:00 minutes. I had to stop and let the dog pee. I am starting to think that the design of the Bilkila is causing some calf tenderness after runs. I am haven't really looked at them closely, but I wonder if the forefoot is lower to the ground than the heel. That might explain why I have calf pain after runs, because I am running more on my forefoot.
I was starting to like my sprints until they gave me a massive blood blister on my left foot. I think I am going to run in my bikila till my feet fully heal then try the barefoot route again. The temperatures are starting to cool so I don't have to worry about heat acclimation.
I ran 2 miles last night with the dog in my bikila. The dog sandbagged it as usual, but it was still nice to get out there and run some miles.
I tried to run 4 miles in my huaraches yesterday. I say tried because they broke 2 miles in and I had to run the rest of the route barefoot. I am finding that my current huarache setup is not working out. They loosen when I run and still give me blisters because they slide around on my feet. I guess they are going to turn into my everyday weekend shoe for the summer. At least I know when I put them on that some of my proceeds were donated to the Tarahumara.
I guess I am going to start running in my Bikila if I feel I need some protection. This could all just come down to a form issue, and once I settle in to good form footwear shouldn't be such a hard decision. Well the huaraches are never going to be a running shoe for me unless I do something to them to prevent blisters. I think with perfect form they would still cause blisters.
I am finding my huaraches difficult to run in. That could be due to the fact I am no longer using the nylon rope it came with and the leather laces I have are really meant for shoes. I think Barefoot Ted is on to something with his Luna Sandals. Leather would feel a lot better on soles of my feet than rubber. I am having a difficult time finding a balance on the tying method I use. It is either too tight or over time it loosens. I need to find a better method or just run barefoot or in vibes.
As for the Evoskins I am not sure they are worth the $60 when I have 6 pairs of vibes to wear out. Also I think I might go down the cheap route and start buying some aqua socks to run in. Not really sure how long they would last though. I am not doing a ton of mileage right now, because I keep injuring my feet. I am not giving them proper time to heal.
For me I think my next minimalist purchase will either be the Run-Mocs or nothing at all, and just use my vibes till they are worn out completely.
The race went well. Unfortunately, I did not run the whole thing barefoot. I decided to switch to huaraches at the 33.3 mile mark. The gravel on the course was more difficult than I expected and would have slowed my pace too much. I should have a full race report very soon!
Maybe this is a sign I need to stop running barefoot around my neighborhood. I have yet to find a way to keep from blistering my feet without running extremely slow on my sidewalks and streets around my house. I might try running in my huaraches more and see if that lets me increase the mileage and speed without having to deal with blisters on the pads of my feet. Still the mileage you get out of your bare feet is impressive.
I am looking forward to the race report and thanks for the discounted price on the new edition of your book. I look forward to reading it when it arrives.
Jason, I feel your pain. I am nursing some blisters at the moment and I am trying to actually let them fully heal this time. I am hoping that once they are healed, shoes will no longer be a necessity. I am on day 4 of not running and it is really starting to get to me because we have had slightly milder temperatures this week.
Glad you are running it in Ohio. Then I can get some feedback about Ohio heat. I would venture a guess Michigan is close, but a few degrees higher in temperature with a little added humidity can make a difference.
Good luck on your race. Can't wait to read the race report on your blog.
I ended up running barefoot in the grass a little last night. Took the dog to a park that is in walking distance of my house. I think I am starting to realize my stride is not short enough. Once I was able to relax, because there wasn't any harsh terrain to worry about it seems as though my foot falls where shorter than I am used to running in Vibrams. I think while I let the blisters heal this week I might run around the park a little more and try and condition my body to relax.
I would be shocked if it took your blood blister few weeks to heal before you could run again. I am far from an expert, but do have lots of blister experiences. When I was big into adventure racing or when I was still in military I had to keep going when I got blisters (blood or regular) and they were part of the deal. I find as long as I give them proper care (keep feet clean and dry, cover blister area with padding to stop friction (bandaid, blister patch, or gauze and moleskin), and let feet air whenever have chance, and make sure I am not constricting blood flow), I heal quickly even as I keep running or hiking on it. It may be sensitive for a couple days but will dry out and heal. I still do this when I have managed a VFF blister (not often) and still have pretty feet, ha.
But maybe it is because I am too stubborn NOT to run - since I am a pretty avid runner - that in your situation I would probably just wear less or non-minimalist shoes for a few days as it healed with proper foot care, as you can still focus on proper foot strike and form in most neutral shoes, or really protect the blister and wear VFFs still. It might burst but just make sure to keep it really clean and sterile.
So, I can see taking a few days off and is probably smarter than my "keep at 'er" mentality, but a few weeks off would likely be unecessary unless you have some condition that limits healing.
YMMV, and this is certainly not medical advice, ha! I may just be a sadist or a bit obsessed with running!
I have other blisters that need healing. I have never taken the full time to let the heal. I figure if I take off a week or so and wait for my feet to be ready for barefoot running this will slowly become a non issue and I won't have to take breaks. Although the weather is really nice today and I might have to see how it handles with the band aid.
I did 5 miles in sprints on Sunday. I think I really need to let my feet fully heal before I run again. I ended up getting a blood blister on the bottom of my left foot. I was wearing sprints so now I am torn. What minimalist shoes do I run in now? I think my problem is I didn't listen to the warning signs. I think about about mile 3 my feet were feeling the burning sensation. It wasn't the good burning sensation either, telling me I am strengthening my pads. It was telling me to stop asap, but I kept going. Now I am probably going to be sidelined for a few weeks to let it heal. I think this time I am going to let this be a lesson and not run on it till it is 100%.
Just wait till you get in the 6 pair range and you look at your collection and wonder why you started in the first place. I have the best pair of shoes, and they were free. Why did I spend $80+ on shoes when your bare feet are your best minimalist shoe option. I am just hoping that some day shoes will not be a requirement at work. Having to put on smelly classics each day is getting rough.
Huaraches are only $20 I would suggest picking up the materials to make them. They are my go to shoe in the summer on the weekends. The slip-on method makes them easier to get on than VFFs.
Ran 5 miles last night in sprints. It took me 50 minutes total, but I had to stop twice to cross the street. That is one of many reasons my time is slow. I am hoping to run an eight minuter per mile pace.
It was pretty hot and I really need to work on picking my foot up and landing softer. When I finished the run the forefoot pads of my feet were pretty sore. After I hit the 3 mile mark my form goes out the window. I should take more time out of my day for longer runs. It only took an extra 30 minutes from the amount of time I usually run. Plus the upside is it wouldn't take as long if I could run it faster.
Well I ran my typical runs over the weekend. Today I tried a barefoot run and it was mostly enjoyable. I tried putting the landing gear down, as Micheal Sandler describes in his barefoot running book when the terrain gets rough. It didn't help, I still ended up with some mild blistering on both feet. I am leaning towards the soap I use in the shower as the culprit or I am running to fast while barefoot on pavement. It could also be both scenarios. The reason I suspect the soap is, because I am afraid it has a moisturizing element to it. The bottle doesn't describe it as such, but it does contain aloe. I hope that isn't softening up the pads of my feet. I felt like the form is getting better and I am picking up my feet rather than pushing off.
If those two scenarios are not the issue then the only other two things I could think of is, I typically take the dog with me or I am not cut out for barefoot running. The dog is causing a slight imbalance because he likes to sandbag it for some reason which creates a pull on my left side. I have the laziest husky/shepherd mix. The last thing and I hope is not the case is maybe I am not cut out to run barefoot. I highly doubt that is the case, but I want to run not have constant blisters that keeps me from running. I probably should have waited a little longer before I went for another barefoot run. 1 week to heal blisters, in my case, didn't appear to be enough time.