No barefoot running today, although the calf muscles did get a good workout at the evening’s session at the running club. A short pyramid session with 1, 2, 3 and 4 minute bursts then back down again. These were done pretty much flat out with equal recoveries, so the shorter reps were done quite fast. Again, running in Terrocs meant that the calf muscles were working hard to maintain a ‘barefoot
This was quite a significant run. My longest road run for over a year, 14.5 miles on almost flat road; run in Terrocs. I was planning to run the last 2 miles barefoot, but decided against; it got quite dark towards the end and I couldn’t really see where my feet were falling. In hindsight, this was probably a good thing, because running that far in my low-profile Terrocs put more strain on
No run on Saturday due to migraine, not a hangover.
Sunday’s run was a mixture of very hilly trails and hilly roads — 12.5 miles in total. Final three quarters of a mile was completed after removing shoes and socks — it’s becoming a bit of a habit now.
Road surface was a lovely and smooth tarmac, quiet country lane. Pleased I was able to do this because after my last barefoot run on
Most of us who run have a lot of time, energy and miles invested in our current state of fitness and we don’t really want to sacrifice any of that as we start to run barefoot. We know that we should start gradually, yet we don’t want to cut our mileage drastically and lose our investment.
Our feet have got used to the protection that running shoes offer and our running gait has evolved
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
We had a prospective new member run with us at the club last week. He’s young, plays a bit of football and runs a bit of cross country. He was running in shoes that looked like the sort he might wear when playing football on grass or an artificial pitch; very little cushioning and no real support (and the necessary branding logo of course). After the run the usual questions were being asked