Thursday, October 14, 2010

Barefoot running take one

I know, it's all the rage! It's the reason I went to a minimal shoe like my Nike Free, it's the reason I am dying to try Vibrams or even Huarachi sandles! I blogged a little about it this summer, but didn't take the time or effort to really get into it! Well, this week I did!

Before:

After:

I took the opportunity to make my middle two miles of last nights run: Barefoot! I have run a little around the grassy edge of the lakes and trails sans shoes, but this was two intentional miles and on asphalt to boot!

I wanted to pay attention to how my legs felt, how my muscles felt, not specifically how my feet felt, because they were, well, running on pavement! Luckily the tiny rocks were few and far between since I ran on the Greenway, which cuts through town and is very well maintained.
I felt strong and I felt like my quads were engaging in a different way. I of course try to run with a mid to forefoot strike, in all honesty I don't really do that well with it! I tend to strike more flat to mid than I would like, even on this first run. I did try and focus my body over my hips a little more and shift my center so that I was leaning or falling forward a bit more. Part of me felt like I was relearning my gait and I am sure that I was slightly! My feet felt quite strong also, I thought activly about splaying my toes as I came down to strike and about driving my knee's up.

It wasn't any harder than running in my shoes, actually felt better and different on my legs. Also, my calfs were not overly sore today and I am going to attribute that to having already switched to a more minimal or reduced shoe. I did get one BABY blister on the ball of my right foot--I just need a little toughening up!

Runners feet!

I met up with my friend Nicole afterwards for a little dinner where I had a big fluffy wonderful cappuchino and grilled chicken sandwhich and greens!


A little video (a little dark) of my post run, first real barefoot experience!
Enjoy
video

4 comments:

Read/Write/Run said...

Mary,

I just started a blog. I'm trying to get a group of people together to share common interests like running via blogging. Would you be interested?

I'd like to comment about running barefoot. I have a lot of reservations about doing that. Could it aggravate plantar problems,cause cuts on your feet, or more stress on the foot and lead to injuries? I wonder. I did notice that you can buy these glove fitting like slip-ons that provide some protection. If I tried, it would have to be with something like that. I had a bad case of plantar three years ago and it really messed me up for a while.

Feeling comfortable running has a lot to do with how your feet feel in my opinion.

Stop by and check out my blog. I'd appreciate any comments on things.

Thanks,

Ken

Shan said...

Can you believe, the thought and description of running barefoot on asphalt (on anything, really) actually makes me queasy, due to the fact that my own feet are arthritic and prone to the plantar fascia becoming inflamed from the way the arthritis in my toes makes me alter my gait? Sometimes just walking barefoot around my house on linoleum makes my soles feel tender. Youch! Shudder. ;)

My Life and Running said...

Mary, one of my favorite bloggers is an Ultra runner who's exploring the world of barefoot running. (He just ran the Firetrails 50 miler in Evos!). He writes some fantastic reviews too. If you're interested... http://www.runningandrambling.com/

Good luck toughening up those feet! :)

Kim H. said...

I just bought some vibrams and I am liking them so far. I don't think I am brave enough to run completely barefoot--I'm too worried about stepping on an unseen rock or piece of glass.

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