Wed 1st March
Wednesday starting with a one mile barefoot run and it is getting lighter. Cold though. I do enjoy running in the bubble of darkness most of the time but I was glad it was light. I like the dawn chorus. plenty of tree debris on the floor.
Thursday 2nd March 17
Woke up late and so just ran a mile in shoes this morning.
Fri 3rd March 17
5 miles in Altras and was full of running. A slight niggle in right calf during last half mile. I am a week and a bit away from talking to cardiac support group. Thoughts are that it should be about the impossible becoming possible, my character as one of life’s enthusiasts, not simply believing the experts. I also need to think about closure and reintegration back into a running club. Like the hobbits returning to the shire. I might end up with 3+3 model of running days. i thank it would work. Metronome was also the key.
Sat 4th March 17
Decided not to run this morning which felt like a big step. I had committed to running everyday for a year again but this time inches. I then thought’What is the point of that?’. It won’t move me on as a runner and I have already found out that I struggle and need some barefooting so I am now going to adopt a 3 shots +3 barefoot strategy and see how that goes.
Sunday 5th March 17
7 miles in Altras in the pouring rain. Ended up along canal and over the top of Healy Nab. Goos fun. I reckon that my talk to the cardiac group will be about my journey from impossible to possible via some stages and artefacts.
Intro – Why I run. Keeps me level. Couldn’t accept that it was over for me. Like the Yorkshire man who invented gluten free beer.
1 – Proper running shoes – Chi running and metronome (passing 2 women beaumont rd). Total fitness. Graveyard of broken runners.
2- The excitement of ordering the Vivobarefoots (Vivos) (caravan)
3. Born to run – Tarahumara – Xero shoes and then thinking that it is all about shoes. Luna’s, Chain mail, socks, Runamok, Vibrams, huaraches.
Coaches saying that you need to do it a certain way but most are selling something.
4. Barefoot Ted. Walking dog. – Exercises.
5. Readiness. Dumped the whole thing and started again. 40 second run ( leave it a day) Ken Bob’s book with Ron Hill. A role model. Don’t need to be from Mexico to do this. Wrote an ebook which has now gone all over the world.
6. The cold, Cold induced vasodilation. Thought that I had better run everyday to get feet gradually used to the cold. before I knew it, I was every day.
7. Meeting people all over the place. Carlisle. Woman at Rivington
8. barefoot marathon – Wiman at 15 miles blisters – Emotion at the end.
9. Alex’s Kasher but not for me. Back into shoes. Barefooting is not a religion. It was a means to an end. (altras). Every day for a year.
10. Got injured. Proper setback. Went back to barefoot.
11. Next step is to join a club. The road to injury free running.
12. Readiness. Impossible gradually becomes possible. What can i do rather than what can’t i do. Don’t beat yourself up.
Monday 6th March 17
A barefoot mile to ease of the right calf niggle.
Tuesday 7th March 17
5 miles in Altras with a bit of a calf niggle going on. On the surface but didn’t get any worse over the 5 miles. Spent a good while today talking about us being a running animal. Someone started to talk about a supplement you can take for your knees and I went off on one about money being the enemy. We always try and buy our way out of things. Little metronome arrived today. Going to run with it in the morning.
Wed 8th March 17
A ,ile barefoot this morning just as dawn was breaking. It would be weird to have silence at that time. Birdsong was deafening.
Thursday 9th March 17
Decided to have a change from usual 5 miler and head up to the Entwistle now that there is a little bit of light in the morning. At the last second decided to turn to leisurely run into a time trial, clicked watch and set off. No warm so was slipping onto oxygen debt quickly. Backed off and grinned. Sometimes doing the daft thing is just the thing you need to do to make you feel alive. If we listen to the experts all the time, life might become dull and common sense is a race to the bottom. Made 2 mile point in 15mins 38 secs and the whole way round in 19 mins 08. Not sure how this compares with some of other times but I was pleasantly surprises seeing as this was the first proper blast in a while. I know that on a less windy day with a warm up and better pacing, I could bring that time down. 2.3 miles.
Friday 10th March 17
A barefoot mile this morning in the daylight.
Sat 11th March 17
A rest day. It feels weird and I am not sure that it is a good thing. I think the barefooting helps keep things loose and stretched. We will see.
Sun 12th March 17
Dan’s birthday and a 9.5 mile run this morning. Spring gas sprung and it felt good. No calf issue. If anything, my left quad was protesting a it. Not sure why. Lots of thought on what to talk about with the cardiac group on Wednesday. Experts, money, human evolution, wheat changing out migratory patterns, sleep, food, toilet habits, electric lighting, seating. We have forgotten that we are animals. Need to narrow it down so i cover what I really want to say. What would my elevator pitch be or what would i say in a 20 minute car journey. It is that disbelief that I feel that want to overcome. Common sense is a killer. What is common sense anyway. Knowledge isa good thing but experts often are not.
Mon 13th March 17
A barefoot mile in the damp conditions. Feet burning after 400yds this morning. Not sure why. Rocksalt? Damp? Long run yesterday?. Felt better for it at the end even if I didn’t fully enjoy it. Moon was huge and low in the sky.
Tues 14th March 17
5 miles in Altras. Now blocked out the talk for tomorrow and run through it. 40-45 mins which is a bit long. I need to be a bit more slick.
Intro – Why I run and how broken was I. Goal, strategy tactics.
Wed 15th March 17
A mile barefoot this morning. I went to talk to Bolton Cardiac Upport group tonight. I really enjoyed it. they made me feel very welcome. It turned into a talk about rehabilitation. I bought my first running shoes. in Bolton 30 years ago. and have been trying to fix myself ever since. I also spent the first 5 minutes trying to convince them that i was not a mad man and that was Bolton though and through. the amount of money I have spent over the years on running shoes runs is high. Only someone desperate would spend £140 on shoes and then put a £100 pair of insoles in them whilst spending money each week on physic and paying for a running coach to teach you hoe run. Why would supplements containing sharks cartilage help your knees. Always someone ready to sell you a solution. Took a metronome and talked about polar bears and camels adaptations and how we are adapted to be a hun ting, running animal.
The whole business about the soles of the feet is a red herring, it is about the lower leg and structure of the foot. Experts, common sense, money, running being therapeutic rather than destructive came up. Going up and down stairs was important to them too. Good fun. I said that I was going to find a running club locally next week so i better get on and do it. I also showed them all the shoes that I have. Love them but they don’t help unless you can run right. I am going to have a go in them soon.
Thursday 16th March
5 miles in Altras this morning. I am not sure that I have go the balance right. I might need to do one of the 5 milers during the week barefoot. can’t see the point in running a mile any other way than barefoot. Might as well not go.
Friday 17th March 17
A mile barefoot. Cold and wet. Feet freezing by the end.
Sat 18th March 17
7 miles in a storm this morning. Ran in Vivobarefoot Evos because I fancied a change and wondered how I would do. Started off OK but then felt it in my calf. It begs the question. is my running therapeutic or destructive. I was asked yesterday by a runner if they should do any exercises in between the barefooting. I answered that the barefooting is the exercise in itself. it should be the things that fixes you. Was my run therapeutic this morning? i don’t think so. It felt destructive. My calf and hip were protesting rather than thanking me for the run. Running should be good for you.
Mon 20th March 17
A big moment. I went and ran with Burnden Road Runners. It is over 20 years since `I ran with them last. I had told the Cardiac lot that competing the circle involved reconnecting with a club. Burden are local and run on a Monday night. I had a few butterflies. 5miles flat we were told. Turned out to be 6.5 miles with a bit of up and down which suited me well. Good to chat to folk as I ran. Not hanging on by the end. they do a track session on a Wednesday. I might give it a go next week.
My calves were pretty tight. i think that it is running in shoes and then having a rest day. I think I need to tweak that. Was tonight’s run therapeutic. No – but it was great and worth it.
Tuesday 21st March 17
Quads sore and calves tight. Looking forward to the run this morning. A mile barefoot to loosen things up.
On a scale between -5 and plus 5, how therapeutic is the run. -5 is really destructive. +5 is really therapeutic.
Last night would have been about -3, I think. Need to do this a lot so that I can calibrate it. -3 left me with sore calves in the morning and sore muscles in the night.
I think this morning has stretched things out nicely and I would give it a +2. No niggles whilst running and calves feeling better now that I am back. A proper therapeutic run. It is not the exercises that you do between runs than are the therapy, it is the running itself that should be the thing that helps.
Wed 22nd March 17
5 miles in Altras this morning after a good night’s sleep. felt sluggish and slow to start with but ran 45 mins (9min miles) which was pretty good seeing as I was making an effort to handle form and stay steady and not too fast. Calves are OK. Therapeutic? Good question. I reckon neutral (0).
Thursday 23rd March 17
A mile barefoot. It was cold and it felt like I was up on my right foot a bit and not letting my calf stretch out. I made myself go slow and it was OK by the end. (+1)
Friday 24th March 17
4 miles round the Entwistle and Little Wayoh this morning at 6am. Glorious weather. The sunrise was amazing over Holcombe Tower and across the water. Pleasure to be out. The air was still and crisp. (-1) Feeling it in right calf a little. No issue but needed to concentrate. I had forgotten how I used to favour my left leg when going up and down steps etc and that my right quad used to be be much bigger than my right because I was worried about my hip. it was going up some steps this morning doing most of work with left leg that I remembered. Habit.
Sun 26th March 17
A mile barefoot before the market this morning. The clocks going forward made it tough to get up.
Monday 27th March 17
Another barefoot mile and the therapeutic nature of the running seemed to kick in. I feel fine and legs feel good. Felt very unwell during the night and thought I might be sick. The running helped.
Tues 28th March 17
5 miles this morning in Altras and I was full of running. Nice morning again. A few days in between with a couple of barefoot sessions seems beneficial. i think that I am not too well and sleep is catching up with me in the evenings.
Wed 29th March 17
Going to barefoot a mile but waiting a bit until it gets light.
Thursday 30th March 17
5 miles and full of running. Set off and felt really heavy legged but picked up alter.
Friday 31st March 17
A rare rest day to finish off the month.