A necessary evil perhaps, and my only option for running, working where I am at the moment.
So, a new opportunity, time to practice barefoot treadmill. It should be interesting – controlled conditions, even surface.
In fact it’s so boring that I ended up practising ‘jazz hands’ to my reflection in the window in front of me while listening to rousing musicals on my iPod. Yes, that boring.
But it did give me a chance to compare off-road shoes v. Vivo Barefoots v. barefoot.
Without the change in terrain, incline, surfaces etc. I found that I started to heel strike in the off-road shoes and really had to concentrate on forefoot landing and trying to propel the belt backwards beneath me.
The Vivos were fine, I was immediately more in connection with the ground and my forefoot running style returned.
Barefoot was good but even my feet got bored, so I had to try a bit of hopping and jumping to the beat and even trying to run in slightly different directions, rather than dead straight on, without falling off the belt.
On the first day I had to stop earlier than I had intended as my pads were starting to smart. On the second and third I could run further but the 2nd and/or 3rd toe on my left foot felt like it was taking a hammering.
Despite my rant I am as bad as the rest of you and got quite excited when I went over 2.5kms on one day, and 3.5 on the next. Then I remembered that they are kilometres, not miles. That wiped the smile off my face.
Time for some summaries:
Total miles: 5.5, cross-country, some woodland, dry but dark
0 barefoot, o transition
Total miles: 17, all on blessed treadmills, indoors, with MTV behind me and the option of random channels on the display in front.
Barefoot miles: 8
Transition miles: 3.5