DAYS 16 & 17 - Speaking of Barefoot Running...
|My VFFs at the Merrell Mud Run|
That being said, I finally had a chance to expound on my running geekery with total strangers today. I like to think that I'm educating the public, however, I'll admit I tend to get a little nerdy about my passions and barefoot running is no exception. In fact, as I'm writing this, I'm sitting in Starbucks shortly after a random conversation with a fellow about barefoot running, VFFs and tribes in Burma. The lady I spoke to before that just thought my five finger shoes were "cute." She had virtually no clue that they were used for running despite the fact that I was still wearing my workout gear. I seriously questioned her taste in fashion. Prior to that, my run this morning was hijacked by a fellow runner who had some beginner experience running in her VFFs and was teetering on the edge of re-learning to run after back surgery. I certainly won't say I'm an expert BFR as I'm still learning at this point, but it was nice to be able to share my experience and knowledge on the subject to someone who was genuinely interested and open to exploring the minimalist/barefoot option. I felt like I achieved my good deed for the day.
As for my running...that run this morning was back-to-back with one I did last night and was 2.82 miles. My run last night was mostly minimal due to the water and puddles everywhere so only about 1 mile of it was barefoot (total 3.81 miles). Things seem to be sorting themselves out with my calf muscles and blisters. No blisters now, but I still get a few hot spots which are probably due to my form being not so great. I've officially signed up to run my first barefoot 5k race on Turkey Day (The Folsom Turkey Trot). I'm crossing my fingers things won't change much between now and then. I'm feeling really strong and solid with this transition now.
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