DAY 12 - Risking Dishpan Feet
|Running barefoot on a wet day.|
Ran another long barefoot/minimal run today, YAY! 5.43 miles again. Its was less than mojo though and I attribute that to running in my VFFs. Don't get me wrong... I like my VFFs so far (at least better than my old shoe blocks), but my form is just not the same in them as when I'm running completely barefoot. I wouldn't have worn them in the first place if it weren't for the wet weather, but I sucked it up and did it to avoid the dishpan feet I've heard about.
The first mile was...meh at best. Then it degenerated into knee pain and knot monsters in my left leg. WTF? Why just my left leg? My right leg needs to have a serious talking to my left leg since it seems to know how to run. So I paid attention. Seems like when my left leg lands it wants to roll forward toward the ball of my foot before bouncing back on my heel slightly. Weird. My right leg does a nice mid-foot landing then rolls back lightly touching my heel to the ground. Great job, right leg!! You get an A+. Left leg, you need to take remedial barefoot running 101.
So, I tried to concentrate on not rolling forward from my midfoot landing on the left leg. This was hard to do and my focus was compromised. I just wanted to run, not think. I needed a break. So I pulled over and stripped my feet of the VFFs. Within about 10 steps I noticed the knee pain was completely gone and the calf pain was simmering down a bit. Within a half mile, I felt good. Got my fi-yah back! Finished my run sans pain. Checked my feet. It was all good. No blisters. No tore up feet. This mama was happy!
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