I hear you Jeepman, and I'm more than happy to listen to my feet on this one. I just wish they had started talking to me before I stopped running!
Strangely enough, my left foot developed the same problem for an hour or two yesterday (Three days after the run, believe it or not!), but both feet feel OK now while walking and I think I'll be running again in a few days.
Yes, I know this is a classic case of TMTS, but in my defence I've actually been walking and running around barefoot for a long time. I'm in the habit of taking long barefoot walks carrying my daughter on an almost daily basis, and I frequently run about quarter of a mile barefoot to the beach and back when I check the surf a few times a week. I figured this covered the first couple of steps in your typical 'couch to barefoot running training plan', and I was prepared to be ultra-conservative and stop at the slightest sign of discomfort with my feet.
That said, my next forays will be shorter, and I'll ramp it up slowly. My biggest problem will be knowing when to stop to avoid damage, but I'll probably start with 500m, then 1km and then go with the 10% rule. I like the look of this plan - http://runningquest.net/2009/10/16/12-step-program-to-run-shodless/
- starting with step 6.
A couple of questions:
- Should I opt for road running over hard sand in the first instance to improve technique? I'd prefer the sand because I enjoy running on the beach, but I do want to get my running technique sorted ASAP.
- My only blister was a very small one on the middle of my big toe - what does that say about my running style? Too much pushing off with the toes?
- The heels on my old work shoes (now abandoned since I got my vivos) are heavily worn on the outside only - on a 30 degree angle. Does that ring alarm bells for anybody in terms of pronating, and if so, do I need to do anything special?
And lastly:, most importantly:
- If my 12km Run is in 8 1/2 weeks, can I get there in time if my goal is only to finish, in VFFs, or should I do more training in shoes and forget the barefoot option for now? I know it's a short time to get up to speed, and just developing the endurance is going to be an effort on my part. I'd love to do it, because it is a fundraiser for a hospital that has helped my little girl, but I'm also prepared to be realistic and avoid injuries.