Monday, February 28, 2011

February 28th, 2011 – 2.99 Mile Run

The continued prayer is, “Lord keep me focused. Keep my mind stayed on You. Help me to bring You praise. I know You believe in me. Please help me in my unbelief. Amen.”

This was a great run. It was experimental. I had just received my 5-Fingers in the mail today!!! After reading “Born to Run”, I wanted to try running barefoot. I’d tried a barefoot run before and it felt great.

However! My Southern Baptist upbringing dictates that I can’t run around barefoot in public. A lady *never* shows her naked feet in public! So I thought these would be a great option.

All the articles I read about barefoot running said to start off very slowly, so I wanted to do an easy 3 miles. The previous barefoot run was 1.77 miles and that went very well. Three miles should be OK. If I had to walk the last mile, I had already decided to be OK with that.

I don’t know that I will be able to wear these with every workout, but I was really surprised at the way my body responded to them.

For one thing, it’s actually more comfortable to maintain a faster pace. Getting slow and sloppy hurts immediately so my form had to stay tight. Secondly, I was really surprised that there was no pain at all for the first two miles.

As I was working on mile 3, I noticed that I could hear my footsteps when previously, I could not. Hmmm…..

So it seems that as long as your footfalls are virtually silent, you’ll be OK. If you can hear your footsteps for 3 miles, you’re beating yourself up pretty badly.

By no means have I taken hold of the whole barefoot running thing, but I think it’s a good thing and I’m on my way. Good workout.

1 comment:

  1. I also love my 5 fingers, but I love racing on the montain trails and I can't do that in 5 Fingers, so i use them at a training tool, like I would hills or speed work. I aim at a couple of easy runs a week in them and love it. Good luck