- Total weekly miles
- Number of running sessions
4 (3×60 minutes, 1×120 minutes)
- Total weekly barefoot mile
- Number of barefoot running sessions
- Running terrain
Mostly flat, on a mixture of pavement, dirt tracks and road.
- Ground surface of barefoot runs
Mixture of pavement, grass and dirt tracks, but I tried to stay on pavement as much as possible. Need to keep this up to try and toughen my soles.
- Runs in minimalist shoes, e.g. Five Fingers.
Lunas when not barefoot.
- Weather for barefoot runs (rain on road?)
All three runs in my Lunas were in gale force winds. My barefoot run mixed heavy rain (for the whole 2 hours) with the wind. I’m quite surprised how much the wind can affect the speed at which you can run at a constant heart rate. I constantly had to slow down when going into the wind and rain. Very annoying, and resulted in a lower mileage than I expected for the time I was running.
- Condition of skin on feet — hotspots, blisters
- Interesting/amusing comments received during the week: e.g. ‘You’ve got no shoes on!’
A couple of nods from other runners. Lots of comments from people who thought I wasn’t looking at them while I ran past, in the “look at him!” sense. But as always, I just kept running.
- Treading on nasty things: e.g. glass, thorns, poo — how you dealt with any
None this week.
- Changes in your running style that you’ve noticed.
Very difficult to keep a steady cadance or pace this week while keeping my heart rate steady at 144bpm. My diet’s been a bit rubbish this week, far too many crisps and sandwiches, so that might have played a part. But I think the weather didn’t help. So generally I felt much less smooth in my running style than normal.
- Injuries incurred, or reduction of existing symptoms.
None from running! I tweaked a calf on a bike ride over the bank holiday weekend, but this went away with a couple of days of rest. No running-related injuries.
- Useful tips and nuggets of info you’ve picked up along the way.
I planned to do my whole 2 hour run barefoot, but it was a bit chilly and wet out when I started. So rather than start barefoot, I started in my Lunas to give my feet a chance to warm up. About 2 or 3 miles into the run, I took them off, and was able to complete the rest of my run barefoot. So giving yourself 10-15 minutes at the start of the run with some kind of footwear on can help you deal with cooler temperatures.