Saturday was a gentle road run in the Filas of about 6 miles, running the last hill back to home barefoot (the hill as about 400m long).
Feet were still a bit sore from the old blisters.
On the Sunday a longer excursion off-road on the South Downs. About 15 miles in a steady 2hrs20. This route included quite a few very steep hills over the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.
I was wearing new Inov8 Roclite 315. These fit in well with my new ideas of what running shoes should be like: low heels, minimal support and cushioning. The terrain is hard and flinty in places and certainly gives the feet a pounding, especially the long final descent on a very stoney, uneven path.
I did plan, after the run, to run a few hundred yards along the road with no shoes. However, it didn’t happen, exhaustion put paid to that idea.
Very interestingly, the following morning, my feet and ankle felt surprisingly good. Usually, after getting out of bed, especially the morning after a run like that, I’d be limping around for a good 10 minutes. Coincidence? We shall see.
Now the blisters are gone I’m going to run barefoot more frequently, but shorter duration. I think that making the feet too sore to run is counterproductive.