DAY 21 - My Giddy Ritual
|Diagram of a beginner barefoot runner|
After logging my run in my Daily Mile account I head upstairs to take a shower. I never look at my feet right after my run. I save this for my pre-shower ceremony while the water is warming up. I don't know why, but I get kind of giddy at the thought of seeing how my feet fared after any given run. OK. I'm not sure giddy is the right word. I don't get all freaky, mad-scientist-like and rub my hands together, but I honestly feel like I'm sort of peeking at an unwrapped present. Will it be an unidentified embedded object? A friction spot? Some peeling skin? A blood blister? I know this sounds kind of gross. Really what I'm hoping for is none of the above. Its exciting for me because honestly I have yet to look at my feet after a long barefoot run and see, well... nothing. Its always something. So the day I finally look at my feet and find nothing but a thick layer of plantar skin that's been buffed and pedicured to a nice smooth and callous-free finish will be a great day indeed. I will have come a long way.
So yesterday I completed the ritual again after my 5.5 mile run. I'm sad to say that I have not arrived, yet. My feet still have a couple blisters. Funny how, for the most part, they feel like they're getting better/tougher, but they sure as hell don't look any better. In fact, I still have "leftovers" from my very first weeks of barefooting. Those stupid little black callouses that wrap around my second and third toes that were once drained blood blisters are of little consequence now. No hurting. No soreness. Not even sensitive. They just look ugly. For some reason they are still black. So I performed a little barefoot makeover and trimmed those suckers back to the new skin. Now they're looking pretty close to normal. Lets hope they stay that way.
Then there's the spot where the unidentified embedded object was. Remember that one? A good soak in the hot-tub and a happy hour later... gone. But the dark spot is still there where I performed painful surgery to dig the damn thing out. Maybe scar tissue? I don't know. Very suspicious.
And lets not forget the WTF?? spot on my second toe in the crease of the fold. Huh? A blister? Not quite. An embedded object? Not likely. So what is it? Fuck if I know.
And the most painful of all spots on my foot. The farthest outside spot right under my pinky toe. This spot is the magnet of all things pointy. I swear, if I'm going to step on something sharp and jabby it will ALWAYS target itself to this spot! And not just once on my run, but two, three or four times just in case I didn't quite feel it the first time. Its always better to step on something stabby in a raw and tender spot, isn't it? I think not.
Now that my runs are getting longer I'm hoping I will have more time to focus on my form. I have a ways to go (the bottoms of my soles will attest to that). My goal? To get to a point where my soles are no longer like road maps of previous barefooting hazards, but rather a smooth, buffed canvas of dirt and road that I can actually wash off in giddy ritual at the end of every run.
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