This was not a totally barefoot run, I merely added a barefoot section to the end of my 7-mile road run this evening. With a mile to go, I ditched the shoes (Filas) and socks, and ran up the hill home. I have to say, the feet were a little sore, probably a hang-over from the longer run in aqua shoes just 2 days before — also ending in a short barefoot section.
Of more concern is a noticeable tightness in the calf muscles. This is almost certainly a result of the aqua shoe run; I will have to be a bit careful now. It has made me think hard about the transition from shod runner to barefoot runner; in particular the potential dangers of running in aqua shoes. I don’t think it’s a big problem for me at the moment, but, as mentioned, I do need to be a bit careful.
The subject of transition to barefoot running warrants a separate article which might interest anyone who is looking to start barefoot running whilst maintaining their current mileage.