Friday, March 12, 2010

March 12, 2010

Quick note - got in 2 BF miles today - really slow running - 10:12 first mile and 9:20 second mile (and tried to go fast!). Not sure what the problem is, but no foot pain, no blisters, so will keep on running slow. Better than being injured.

Lots of rocks and still some ice on the ground - will run again Sunday and try for 2.5 or 3 miles.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Back on track

OK - The weather finally broke in northeast Ohio, and I've been able to get a small amount of barefoot runs in. On Sunday I did 2 miles in 19 minutes (slow, I know, but lots of snow and ice still on the ground), and Wednesday I got in 10 minutes for a little more than a mile. (still lots of snow and ice).

So, conditions are far from perfect for bf running, but getting there after the worst winter in memory. Also Ken Bob may be coming to Massillon for a barefoot running clinic in June! Very exciting - hopefully I can run more than a couple miles with him by then.

Finally, goals - my earlier goals got blasted away with frostbite in January, so a new, more moderate goal is a 5K injury-free in the spring, (no set PR time), and an injury-free 10K in the fall. That's it - no more, and less if necessary. For weekly goals, I'd say working up to 10 miles a week in April would be pretty great.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

12/19 update

Well, I had my first snow run barefoot. It was actually really pleasant - about 29 degrees out, and a coating of a half-inch of snow at the most. My feet turned red, but seemed to have a good deal of feeling most of the time. A little bit of pins and needles when warming back up, but nothing too extreme.

I ran 2 miles in 18 minutes. I stopped and talked to some nice guys running and told them all about barefoot running. All in all, very pleasant and much preferable to running in the rain. Little bit of tenderness throughout the day, especially where I had earlier injury, but nothing too bad. Ready for my next barefoot 5K!. So that's 4 miles barefoot 12/13-12/19. My goal for 12/20-12/26 is 8 miles barefoot. Long-term is back to 5 to 6 mile runs and 25 miles a week by the first 5K in March.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Running update 12/14

Alright, still barefoot running. I did 2 miles on 12/13 in a time of 15:40. The first mile was 8:30 and the second mile 7:10. I can say that wet & cold is very damaging. I had a very minor repeat of my earlier injury, and will keep me from running for a few days. To repeat: no fast running in the winter, especially with numb feet. To easy to make a form mistake that scrapes the skin right off my feet. Which it did before, and almost did on this run. So, my new dedication is to not run faster than an 8 minute mile. If I stay injury-free at that pace, then I can increase. But the 7:10 caused injury, so I've got to slow down. I'll start my mileage log back up (FWIW, i'll start it again 1/1).

12/13-12/20 - 2 miles barefoot
Record week: 22 miles in 4 runs
Speed PR's: 1 mile 6:08 D'allesandro 5K
5K - 20:18 D'allesandro 5K
Distance: 5.75 miles barefoot, all road 10/10/09
Gravel: 12 minutes on crushed gravel 12/1/09

2010 Goals: - No injuries (not one)
1000 miles barefoot (20+ miles every week)
Complete 5K, 10K, 1/2 marathon injury-free

Monday, November 30, 2009

Barefoot 11/30/09

Okay, since last post, I ran 8 minutes barefoot on Friday, and 10 minutes on Sunday. Friday set a cold temp record, at 34 degrees. Sunday set a gravel record with 10 minutes on all crushed gravel.

Feet feel good, still a little sting on the sides from my injury, but getting back into the swing. Should be adding a mile a week, and back up to 4 or 5 miles by New Years', and double digits by next years' race season.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Back in barefeet!

Wow, my last post was Oct. 26 - and I haven't run barefoot since Oct. 17th! My recovery is really just beginning, and it's been a month since my wonderful & awful first barefoot 5K.

Well, my feet are finally healed on the side, pretty much. I can't believe it took a full month. Unfortunately, they are pink and very, very touchy. I have lost most of the callus buildup I spent months acquiring on my feet.

According to Gmap I ran a whopping .43 miles barefoot today, and felt every step. 3:53 for .43 miles, probably an 8:30 pace which sounds nice at this point. I then went on to run 3.2 miles in my VFF's, but I'm not counting that. BF mileage only. I don't think I'll run another BF race until next year, but let's hope I'm a little more prepared for that one. Over & out

Monday, October 26, 2009

Barefoot Running 10/26

Okay, a lot has happened since the last post, none of it good! I got one 5.5 mile run in; it may have even been 5.75 now that I think about it. But then on the 17th I ran a 5K race. It was wet, and cold. My adrenaline was pumping because everyone was high-fiving me, and telling me how crazy I was, etc. Inside I was laughing, because a little 3 mile run is a walk in the park for me barefoot.
Or so I thought - I couldn't feel the ground, and I ran with such bad form that I wound up opening up huge, awful blisters on the bottom of my feet. I mean, you didn't even see a blister, it was just straight up bloody mash on the outside of my feet.
Basically, I supinated just like a runner in shoes would, and had terrible barefoot form. Now, on the 26th, 9 days later, I sit on the couch, unable to put on shoes or do much of anything as I wait for my feet to heal. It will probably be a month before I even get back up to 3 or 4 miles. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Moral of the story: Always, always run with your whole foot feeling the ground, and knees nice and bent low. The barefoot form I have in practice was fine - I wouldn't have run any slower if I used it. So, that's it - my barefooting ground to a halt on the 17th, and won't be back for quite some time. I'm not giving up though, it was my fault, not "barefooting"'s fault. Oh yeah - at least my time was good 20:18 PR,at a 6:34 pace. Wait 'til I'm back in shape!!