Saturday, December 11, 2010
Barefoot Running In The Dark
It's been a painful transition as my toe and calf muscles have not had this kind of a work out since I was in junior high school.
On Monday, I carried the 5 Finger shoes and ran barefoot for 3 minutes in the dark on the road. It was an experience trying to feel my way on the black top road. The night was warm and everything smelled so good. I ran past the corn field and could smell the moist black soil. Everything was so still except for the rustling of the fall leaves that crunched under my feet.
After a short period of going sans shoes, I slipped on the Vibram's and ran another 25 minutes over rocks and rail road tracks. I repeated this exercise another 2 times during the week.
On Friday, I walked barefoot with my wife and kids for 20 minutes and then transitioned into the minimalist shoes.
Today, I carried my heavy running shoes while I ran with my toes wiggling in the Vibram's. After nearly 40 minutes of running on the dirt levy, I decided that it was a good time to stop before I felt any pain. I put the heavy running shoes on my feet-14 ounces each! I was missing the freedom and lightness immediately.
The run in the 5 Finger shoes felt totally natural and I did not hurt. Conversely, running in the clod hoppers felt like I was being restricted. I look forward to the day that I can run totally bare!