I had a wonderful 4.7 mile run on Friday. I was planning on running around a pond for a few laps, but that route was closed for the upcoming 4th of July fireworks. I then found myself running through a creek. At some points it was up to my waste almost. It was really nice to just hop in there with my sprints. It was really exhilarating to be sloshing through the water. I wish I was barefoot because I did manage to lose my footing and bash my knee on a large rock. It didn't feel great and there was some swelling and a cut. I was able to finish the run because my form was where it should have been and it didn't cause any further discomfort in my knee. It still hurts today and the only reason is due to the gash I sustained.
I ran on Saturday and Sunday as well, but the dog caught my on the way out the door. I only ran 2 miles those days to get my dog some exercise as well. I feel that is his limit in the heat we have been experiencing. He also likes to pee on everything slowing me down and affecting my form in the process. I did manage to get out there and do some barefoot running to get used to the heat. That is a process that is going to take some time. Blacktop has to be 10 - 20 degrees (Fahrenheit) hotter than the air temperature.
I have ran into a new snag with my barefoot running. I have two blisters on the inside of my second toes. The one on the left is rather painful, because I thought I had something between my toes and removed it. That happened to be the loose skin, ouch!
I know what the problem is from, but I am not sure how to correct it. When I step down my big toes spreads out and that spread makes my second toe rub against it. I have bunions on both feet and therefore my big toes point inward slightly. My right foot isn't as bad as my left and the blisters isn't as bad. This is weird though because this is the first time it has happened and I have done a 5k before barefoot without this problem. I think I was running faster than I usually run and that might have been the cause. Once it heals I guess I could try and prevent it from happening altogether. I am thinking I could try picking my foot up sooner. That just feels weird, that could mean it is right though since I am not used to it.
Well I ran another 5k on Sunday. I finished 25:33. I am please with the finish, but getting under the 25 minute mark is going to be a challenge it seems. The issue this race was the heat. I think it was in the high 80s for a 9:00 am start time. I wasn't able to run this race barefoot, because I was not able to get my pads developed to handle the heat. I am hoping to get back to my barefooting starting today. I took yesterday off to recover. I still manage to get a few blisters running in Bikila, again I think that was due to the heat and not the shoe. My feet were still a little tender from a few test barefoot runs I did earlier in the week.
Yesterday was a terrible run. I started out the door and my dog caught me so I decided to take him with me. I wanted to take him for a walk after my run, as a cool down of sorts. I started off barefoot hoping to run another 5k for a test, and I never got close. I made it 1.68 miles before calling it quits. There was something good to come out of it though, I managed to jump into a pick up soccer game (football for you Europeans) and play some barefoot. It was an excellent day for some speed work and I had fun at the same time. The best part was, I may not be able to do a few things because of the lack of traction on my feet, like defending a cleated player and rolling my foot over the ball, but I had fun and stayed injury free. I did tweak my ankle a little at one point during the match. It wasn't serious to cause an actual injury. Something to keep in mind next time I play. The goal is to run by there again next Wednesday and see if there are playing.
They aren't very comfortable without VFFs on. I have worn them barefoot and it was pretty terrible experience. It is nice if you plan on going somewhere and wear them over your VFFs and take them off after you get there. That is what I have been doing lately. Works out pretty well.
I think it is official, I just might be a barefoot runner now. I did a test 5k last night and I was able to make it home without blisters on my feet. I will be running my 5k this Sunday barefoot. I am hoping my RoadID makes it in time or I will be carrying my racing chip.
I started off the run not knowing how far I was going to run. It wasn't a great pace, but when you are going to be running for 4+ miles you tend to take it easy and enjoy it. I would have ran further than the 3.1 miles, except it was getting late and my body would be fighting off fatigue due to lack of sleep. I must say though, I had a headache most of the evening and as soon as a settled into a comfortable pace it was gone.
Alan thank you for the encouraging words, as Nike would put it, just do it. I don't know if I can beat my time of 25:25, but a sub 27 is my current goal right now. I am not expecting the course to have many hills, but I am not able to pickup my race packet till Saturday so that is the only time I will be able to figure it out.
After speaking with my father on Saturday I have some pretty tough goals ahead of me. I am not to worried if I make them and the reason I have set these tough goals, is because these are my father's person best runs.
5k - under 21 minutes 10k - under 38 minutes ( My father ran more 10k when he was younger, because there weren't many 5K available.) Marathon - Under 4 hours
I would like to do that all barefoot so I can prove to him that it is possible to be competitive and barefoot at the same time. The best thing is that hopefully none of those achievements will leave me injured.
I got my official time of 25:25 for my first 5k. I also might have finished 3rd in my age group. I think there is a correction that needs to be made on the website. A female ended up in my group. She did have a better time than me and was still in my age group, so I am not sure if I should be proud.
First 5k in the bag. I ran it in 25:30 unofficially. It was raining hard the whole race. I ran in my Bikila and i was seriously consdering running barefoot. My only concern was my feet getting soft from the rain and blistering. I would have hated to dnf on my first race because of blisters.
I think the winner of the race finished between 15 and 16 minutes. That is extremely impressive. Something I will never achieve, but it does give me something to strive for. I could have pushed myself harder I think. I finished ready to run to run another race.
I have a 5k next Sunday and the plan is to run barefoot. After that i am going to try some 10Ks and maybe a half before the year is up. I don't think i could convince my dad to go for the half. He keeps playing the old excuse.
Lose the water bottle. You don't need water for a 30 minute run.
Lose the IPhone. The fewer the gadgets, the better the experience.
Lose the credit card. Carry exact change to the Taco Bell, and spend it all.
Lose the bag. Eat your meal at the Taco Bell.
Lose the shoes. Go barefoot.
Do all that, and, though you may not be faster, you'll have more fun. (Knowing you, though, you'd probably be faster. )
I love the suggestion, but I don't think the people at Taco Bell would let me buy food from them if I was barefoot. I would still run into the issue of where to put the money. I might be able to squeeze it into my key pocket in my shorts. $4 doesn't take up that much room.
I will be running a 5k on the 29th barefoot. Which reminds me I need to pick up an ankle road id to carry the chip.
wait - couldnt the taco bell have to been to blame for the slow down?
I carried it back to work. I didn't eat it there. The added weight and the fact carry a bag while running is a little strange. Not to mention I already had a Iphone strapped to my wrist and a water bottle in the other hand. I need the Iphone for runkeeper and the water bottle was used to hold my credit card. I have really been thinking about investing in a Garmin watch, but I don't pay for my Iphone so I figure I might as well use it while I have it.