balsam0, It's always more fun when your partner shares your activities. Can you get your girlfriend to join you on a run?
I have been trying. She claims she can't stand to run because of her asthma. I have been trying to get here out there to give it a try. She wears VFFs as well and I think once she tried it semi minimal it might be a different experience. Micheal Sandler mentions he had asthma when he first started out, so I know it is possible for her to overcome it.
I didn't get in a run last night. I had a pretty intense workout at my dojo. 2 hours and 15 minutes of total training. Skipping dinner is not ideal for that much activity. I was really starting to feel malnourished.
I got in a little over two miles yesterday. Ran in my sprints. Still trying to let me feet heal from my last barefoot run.
I really need to start setting some time aside for longer runs. It is really hard when my weeks are jam packed and I only see my girl friend on the weekends. Then I feel bad when I take 1 hour plus to run. I guess it is better than sitting around and watching TV. I am sure she will understand.
Thank you for the advice. I think my next barefoot attempt is going to be without the dog so I can focus on form. I might have to slow my pace since and increase in speed will increase the wear on the pads of my feet.
More and more I feel like Vibram owes me a few free pairs, because of all the free work I do for them. Mainly I get asked how do I like my shoes, I am either at the gym or the finish of a race when that question is asked. I then proceed to explain how much I love them and why. That usually consists of mentioning exerts from the Lieberman study.
I do find it funny that someone I was talking to about them thought they could be found at a Finish Line (large shoe company retailer). I explained they arw going to be at specialty shoe shops. Places that carry hiking boots and outdoor gear.
I run between 5 - 7 minutes a km. I might try staying on the smoother surface the entire run. I am confident it is a form and lack of pad development problem.
I ran my normal 2.2 mile route with the dog today in my sprints. I really wish there was more time in the day so i could run longer. I find it difficult to make sacrifices to run. I really enjoy it, I just find I usually miss out on doing something else. In this case it would have been a missed opportunity to spend time with my brother. I think I am in need of a running partner so I can have someone to share the experience with in that moment.
I do enjoy the opportunity to share my experience with everyone that post in this thread. It is very inspiring and makes me strive to be a more efficient runner.
I am struggling getting used to the heat running barefoot... I think my problem might be that i am still pushing off, or the terrain I is just to harsh.
How hot is it where you're running? What kind of surfaces do you run on?
I run on Sidewalks, Blacktop, and grass to let my feet cool down. The blacktop is much hotter than the sidewalk, but the sidewalk is made with concrete and rocks as filler. It hasn't been resurfaced in years (sidewalks). I would be far better off staying on the blacktop but I do not trust motorists in my area, plus the roads are pretty narrow in some areas. The temperature for my barefoot run on Sunday was about 30C. I want to say the humidity was about 60 - 70%. Ground temps were not pleasant for my feet. If it is in the about 21 - 25C I can easily run a 5k barefoot with minimal issues. When it is 30C or more I can barely run a mile without blisters starting to form. This could be related to form though. I may not be picking my feet up quick enough. Also I take the dog with me and he doesn't help because he runs slower than I do which pulls the left side of my body back slightly.
Once my feet heal and are 100% again I might give it another go without the dog and focus on picking my feet up quickly.
Classics are an unusual fit. I had followed the chart that Vibram provides and sized up. I learned a hard lesson that go with the size you would wear in a KSO first and if that is too small then size up. I learned the hard way and experienced the same blisters you are referring to in my sprints. Same size as my classics at the time. I would guess I would have ran in the same problem if I would have ran in my classics instead.
My suggestion would be to try it out barefoot and see if you get the same results. Perhaps it is your form, the shoe, or the fact your pads are still toughening up.
For you feet not much. Although you will have less ankle and knee pain. Also you could look at it like this, would you do a long bicep workout then put a cast on after? That is essentially what you are doing when you put the shoes back on after an initial barefoot run. It isn't a direct comparison, just trying to paint a picture.
Your foot might thank you though in the long run. You could always just do leg workouts at a gym or ride a bike. I know the feeling though as I am struggling with running barefoot and wanting a lot of miles each time I run.
Good to see you back Cassidy. If you want to take it slow. Run barefoot on man made surfaces. The pads of your feet won't allow you to overdo it if you listen to them.
I ran my normal 2.2 mile route last night in Sprints. Took my Iphone with me to time it. I actually did pretty poor. 9:30 mile per minute pace. Here are the results http://runkeeper.com/user/balsam0/activity/12532227. I really wish I could maintain a 8:00 minute per mile pace. That is something I will have to work on without the dog. At least he didn't have to stop this go around. I think he is finally starting to learn that we don't stop when I am running. I had to slow down a little bit to get him passed his usually stopping points.
I was able to run my rugged 2.2 mile route barefoot last night. I find it very difficult to stop and start back up while barefoot. It is almost like my brain has time to tell me I am insane for doing this. The reason I stop is I have a male dog that has to mark his territory every 20 ft. I usually only allow it twice during the 2.2 mile run. Sometimes he gets in 3 stops depending on my mood. I should have time the run with my watch. I felt I ran it at a semi decent pace, judging by the time that was on the clock when I got back home. I really need to consider investing in a Garmin 305 or 310. I know it isn't ideal when running barefoot because it takes away from the balance. I just want a way to record my progress. I have created some goals I would like to achieve in the near future, and it would be a lot easier to gage my progress with something a little less cumbersome then say an Iphone.