Tuesday 28th April 14
A mile barefoot this morning. The accident that I had with a gate a month ago has left its mark on me. Not only have I still got a big scab on the back of my leg but I also picked up a niggle or two in my right calf. I think that the pain made me run differently and I am going back to basics. I had bout a week off and I am going to revert to my old principles and layer my running.
The base layer is barefoot. I enjoy shod running but only on top of a solid foundation. I have done a fair bit of running recently with my son on some rough and rocky trails. I can manage them barefoot but not at the speed that he runs so I wore my Vivo Evos. Not a problem but we ran consistently together and so I have neglerefoot base layer and it showed.
My next few runs will alternate between barefoot and shod and I am not going to go any further shod than i cam manage barefoot. that means back to a mile shod for my next run.
I am going back to the way I was as a complete beginner because this morning my barefoot mile was a challenging one over rough ground and I could have gone much further but I am in no hurry and chose not to. I expect to be back up to decent mileage over the next few weeks. I will feel much more secure with some decent barefoot running behind me.
Barefoot Beginner is now nearly 2 years old and I have learnt so much about what works for me. I know that I can sustain my running over the coming years wihtout getting into that spiral of doing too much and injury. In the past, I owuold have tested myself to destruction and been out for months. It feels completely different now. iIhave a set of principles that are keeping me safe and running. I hope to keep learning and running safely for the rest of my life.
Friday 2nd May 14
A mile in a new pair of huaraches that I am trying out this morning. They are made in a traditional way and getting the lacing right was interesting. I ended up with my right foot too loose. I was slapping and I ended up with fatigue within my foot. The left foot was just right and became an extension of my leg. Walking around in them beforehand, I was worried about the thick leather lace but it was not an issue when running. I went over some very rocky ground with no problem. I like them. As my barefoot miles build up again, I will also increase my miles in them.
Our facebook group went through the 1000 member mark last night. I said I would launch our forum when that happened so have done so. I was overwhelmed by the number of people who have signed up. Not many comments yet but that is bound to come. I will just persist until it works. Pragmatism, America’s gift to the phikosophical world. What is ‘true’ is what works and replaces theoretical constructs. I am on the case, I will just keep tweaking until I find what works.