- Total weekly miles
Rubbish week this week due to a bad cold. Grand total of 2.5 hours of running, roughly 15 miles.
- Number of running sessions
2 runs, one of 90 mins, the other one hour.
- Total weekly barefoot miles
About 2.5 miles barefoot this week. I took my sandals off for the last mile or so home for both of my runs.
- Number of barefoot running sessions
- Running terrain
Mostly flat, on a mixture of pavement, dirt tracks and road.
- Ground surface of barefoot runs
Pavement and road.
- Runs in minimalist shoes, e.g. Five Fingers.
Lunas with leather laces for all my runs this week.
- Weather for barefoot runs (rain on road?)
Warm and dry both times.
- Condition of skin on feet — hotspots, blisters
Fine. No problems from the couple of miles I ran.
- Interesting/amusing comments received during the week: e.g. ‘You’ve got no shoes on!’
None. I saw another guy running with VFFs on, we passed on the pavement. I said hello, but I think he was intimidated by my bare feet because he blanked me. Maybe he was feeling hard-core, out running “barefoot”, and then saw me, actuallybarefoot, and thought, wow, look at that weirdo…
- Treading on nasty things: e.g. glass, thorns, poo — how you dealt with any
- Changes in your running style that you’ve noticed.
None really. What I said last week still stands, I feel comfortable at this slow pace, and my running form is good.
- Injuries incurred, or reduction of existing symptoms.
- Useful tips and nuggets of info you’ve picked up along the way.
I know the old adage is that if the cold is below the neck, you rest and if it’s above the neck, you train through it. But I’ve got my own slant on that… If you have a cold and you’re not an elite athlete, just pack it in for a couple of days. Running is supposed to be fun! There’s nothing fun about dragging yourself around leaving a trail of luminous green snot behind you. Whether the snot is from above or below the neck is pretty much irrelevent!