Barefoot update

My feet hurt.

Not exactly unexpected, but here I thought I was taking it easy.
The other day I had purchased and received some Invisible Shoe running sandals.

I was all excited to use them as my feet have been tenderized on the tiny road pebbles.

So I strapped in, and took off.  Running was definately a bit easier, and it seemed I could focus more on the running itself, than worrying about the abuse on my feet.

As I approached the turnaround at the end of the road, it felt like the burning lungs I’d get from running – wasn’t really there.  In fact, I felt like I was in a  rhythm where all I needed to think about was moving my legs, and the discomfort had passed.

My guess is that I got too cocky here.  On the way back, I could feel my right arch starting to feel pains, and the top of my left foot (tendon?) was beginning to throb.

No problem, I thought.  I’ll tough it out and finish my run and be the better man for it.

That was not the way to go.  After stopping and resting a bit at home, I began to hobble.  I could barely walk down stairs with weight on my left foot, and my right arch felt like it needed a serious massage.

To the internet I went, and I found that despite what I thought was taking it easy – I probably was not.

Most people say to start out easy with the barefooting at one quarter to one half mile at first.

That seemed pretty paltry to me, so I pushed it to around a mile and then just over within days of starting out.

Turns out it isn’t just your soles needing to toughen up, and just your arches and muscles accomodating the change, but you actually run different, and that can affect your feet differently in turn.

Needless to say, I think I’ll run 3/4 mile barefoot to the end of the road, then slip on some regular shoes and keep going from there.

If I only get such small amounts of barefooting it’ll help my feet, but doesn’t do much for overall exercise, so my hope is the shoe running will allow for that to happen.

Time will tell :)

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2 Comments

  1. Posted May 29, 2011 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    Erich,

    Have you thought of switching back and forth with SNEAKERS? Just a thought from a guy who used to get shin splints from running distance barefoot on the pasture.

    Steve Mac

  2. Posted May 29, 2011 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    I’m taking a strong consideration of it. Problem is however I don’t have any running sneaks. I do have trail sneakers, I can make do in a pinch for now.

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