Friday, March 4, 2011
Why walking on goat head thorns are not good for you.
After leaving the goat head infested gravel, I remained barefoot and started running on the road. The longest that I have ever run barefoot is about 3 minutes. My feet have become very tough on the bottom as I have been running in huarache sandals for the past month. I ran for another 25 minutes and it really felt good.
Yesterday, I grabbed my huarache sandals and carried them in hands while I ran around the neighborhood barefoot. I was mindful again of the goat heads. I stay clear of the rail road track area.
What I find so interesting is that I feel like there is less chance of getting any injuries because one has to run light footed. My strides is about half of what it used to be-but much quicker!
I feel like a sneaky cat while I am running unshod. I have scared a few people because they do not hear me coming. I have to be extra careful because them goat head thorns blow off peoples lawns onto the road.
This barefoot running this was sort of an accident. I was getting tired of running in shoes that weighed close to 1 lb each and a friend asked if I ever heard of Vibram 5 Fingers. Nope, never heard of 'em. I looked online and found out that former Olympic marathoner, Mark Sisson wears them. I bought some and then rest is history.
My biggest fear about running shoeless are goat heads and glass.