I have been doing most of my runs barefoot including one last Thursday right after I had my final wisdom tooth pulled..HA! It’s been wonderful and a real learning experience. I’ve also split a couple of my runs doing the first half or so with shoes and the final couple miles barefoot. This caught me in one wicked rainstorm last week that I LOVED!! I’m learning…keeping my pace slow and concentrating on landing lightly and not on my heel. I’ve had no real pain although there have been a blister or two that went away within a day. I wish I’d started this earlier in the summer…with winter right around the corner and no treadmill….I wonder what I’ll do with this new found interest.
Lil T and I headed over to the trail and got down to business. I knew this was not going to go well when she was already bitchin before we’d hit a quarter mile. By the end of the two mile trail I was on the phone with Skip telling him to come get his daughter before I threw her in the pond. He did and I didn’t.
After they left I tossed my shoes in the car and headed back to the trail. There were a number of people out tonight…that’s one thing I don’t like about being barefoot..it attracts attention..and I’m WAY not into that. Oh well. The farthest I’d gone barefoot was 2.1 miles….tonight I went 3..mistake number two. No pain..just heat feet..if that makes any sense. But I don’t run again till Thursday and it’s my long run which will be done in shoes to the tune of 10 or 11 miles…depending. This damn hole in my mouth from the wisdom tooth is taking it’s time to heal…as these things do.
So here are the things I noticed on this evenings run.
I was much more relaxed once I lost the shoes…I don’t know how much this had to do with Lil T being gone but there it is.
I pay much closer attention to what I’m doing without shoes on. You’d think this is a no brainer but you never really notice how ‘out of it’ you are until you try it.
I do NOT pronate at all without shoe on…and I noticed I pronate LESS with shoes on since starting barefoot running.
My pace was much more consistent barefoot….my graph of my run from my Garmin wasn’t choppy at all compared to the two miles I ran before ditchin the shoes tonight.
In kid news..
Dom had his first cross country meet last Thursday and wasn’t last. He ran the 1.5 in about 16:30 which is a minute faster then his goal time. So proud of that boy..he puts his heart and soul into it…and I do LOVE to watch my children run.
Dom before his first meet.
Getting ready to finish. He wanted to run it barefoot but coach said no.
V is doing better with football. He’s getting play time and really throwing himself into the training and games. He loves the game and against my will...I am trying to learn a little about a game I have NO interest in...HA!
That's V..turned around wondering who's hollering at him.
So skinny...almost loose him when he turns sideways...and always with the arms crossed.
So that’s it…my observations from the evening. Hope everyone is having a wonderful relaxing week!