A fun filled day today, starting with a gentle hilly jog to work of 7.6 miles. No barefooting, but lots of thinking about it. Mainly how much I was beginning to dislike running in clumpy road shoes.
I was thinking that I would quite fancy some road shoes similar to my Inov8s; they are just the sort of minimalist shoe I could do with for the longer distances on the road. Low and behold, when I get to work I see a friend of mine has sent me an email detailing a personal message that Christopher McDougall sent the head designer of Inov8 shoes. In case the link goes out-of-date, it says simply:
You inov-8 guys were
on the naked truth long before I was.
So, I feel like I’ve got official approval to wear my shoes as the occasion fits — on the road too.
Anyway, back to today.
Training didn’t stop at my morning run; in the evening I cycled 50 mins to the local all-weather track and ran another mile barefoot. This was the track that made my feet quite sore after 4 laps before. This time, it was much better, and 2 hours later, the soles of my feet don’t feel as if they’ve done any barefoot running today — the feet seem to be getting used to it! Long way to go still, but today is the first time I feel like I might, one day, be able to run barefoot for a good few miles without ripping my feet to shreds.