Yesterday evening was an easy road run with my local running club of about 5 miles in the Filas.
This morning overcome by a rush of wisdom I ran barefoot on the road for a strictly limited 10 minutes only. This was on the tarmac road from home. I was assessing the road surface this morning (something I’ve become accustom to doing lately). It starts with quite a coarse (but not too sharp) aggregate surface then on to a slightly smoother and more comfortable one utilizing smaller gravel particles. It is quite an old surface and has thankfully been worn quite smooth over the years. Indeed, running on it again today after the all-weather track at Lewes Leisure Centre, I’d say its actually kinder to the feet than the coarse track rubber compound.
Anyway, 10 minutes (just under a mile and a half) seemed perfect. Some 2hrs later, I can certainly feel that the feet have done something, but they aren’t sore — another half mile might have changed the story.
Below, for those who are interested, is a picture of the feet, showing the various points that have been taking the strain— click on the (deliberately small) thumbnail for a more detailed picture (but don’t tell your friends what you’ve been looking at)!