My last post and back to the Bristol Half Marathon. Come 2011 I ran it in my Evo II minimalist shoes. I ran a minute slower than 2010 but came 100 places higher up the field – so a great result.
However, my calves were incredibly stiff for the three days following the race. This is the one area where I find barefoot or minimalist running has a detrimental affect on my body – road running. I don’t think it is the hard surfaces but the monotony of action on the body – there is very little change in terrain, pace, camber or motion and my calves seem to take a bashing.
A lot of it is probably my lack of training on these surfaces, but this is not where I enjoy running most. For me it is the woods, fields and hills of Somerset where I find barefooted joy.