I still feel like I am running on empty but was determined to get up and get out to see if it helped.
I have started to potter round the house for 10 minutes after I get up so that I am not throwing myself straight into it. That could prompt a long discussion about warming up but I will save that for another day and another post.
I was a little concerned because my calf was reminding me of its existence as I set off but I forgot about it within a few strides. In fact if anything, I noticed a slight tightness in the outside of my right shin and a little tension in my right arch as I got going.
The floor was slightly damp and I felt the burn almost immediately.
I am becoming more confident about that and knew that it would pass as I got into it and it proved to be the case. I forgot about the burn as I heard a runner approaching me from behind. He did a couple of double takes as he passed me and said,
“Barefoot, is that deliberate?”
I could have replied by thanking him for pointing out that I had put my shoes on my hands by mistake but his manner was not unkind, just curious.
I have taken to replying by saying that it is to do with rehab for my calf injury and most people accept it and move on.
I was pleased that I had heard him coming from a way off and enjoyed trying to run as quietly as I could and looking at the contrast in our styles. His was quicker but mine was much more fluent and sustainable.
I decided to go a little further this morning and try something new. I headed off down the local A-road (A666). I have commented in the past that I find the amount of road debris on the pavements a challenge. It is the little bits of broken tarmac thrown up by the big lorries that give me most pain. I crossed the road and found that the pavement is shocking. I was really surprised at how much my feet could stand and although I slowed a little I felt that I could keep going.
I am becoming an expert on the quality of tarmac on our local roads. I took a right turn into a road that I have driven and cycled hundreds of times. This morning was the first time that I noticed the cheese grater quality of the road surface.
I passed my daughter’s school teacher walking his dog, said good morning and sped up a little. I was pleased to say that I felt like a could have carried on for quite a while.
The last section back home is a very steep winding half mile. I was thinking about how steep one of the switchbacks is and then daydreamed off. I came to with no recollection of the steepest section. It just shows that little pitter-patter steps really help up hill. The same thing happened on another steep section just before home. Either it helps or I am blocking out the trauma of running uphill.
I am feeling like a barefoot 5k might be a possibility.
Great to have a comment on the metronome page from a runner that is going to have a go. It certainly had the biggest impact on my progress.
I am looking forward to stretching out in my shoes tomorrow and going a little further.