DAY 22 - Lightening Fast Superpowers!
Because I was hoofing it in my VFFs today, I was able to push myself a little more than usual. Getting back down to my old shodded pace feels really good. Once my cardio gets going I find myself in the perfect rhythm to obtain that elusive runner's high that I rarely get these days while barefoot running. I just don't go fast enough when I barefoot. I often don't even feel like I've just ran 5 miles. When I ran shod things were totally different. I would always push my pace towards the end of a run and end up anaerobic, which felt great. Its been a long time since I've been in the state of anaerobic. Its a beautiful state. You should visit sometime.
Today, after having ran 5 miles at an even faster pace than normal I decided I had enough energy to do some speedwork and play around with my form a bit. The thing about running barefoot or minimal is that it requires immaculate form, which in turn, as I found out, really allows you to kick some ass with speed. In fact, when I kick up the cadence (and pay close attention to my form) I feel like my legs are unattached and they're taking me for a ride. I teeter on losing control because my legs go so fast. I can adjust how fast I go with my lean and lifting my feet. Its amazing how light I feel when I do this. Its like I have lightening fast superpowers. You know that punk, blond chick from the television show Heroes? Yeah. Its kinda like that. Way cool except for the fact that it feels like if my legs could go any more roadrunner they'd fall off. And I need my legs.
So while I'm paying extra close attention to my form (I'm still slightly sensitive about the raw parts of my feet) I made a discovery. As my pace gets faster I have a tendency to supinate or rotate the sole of my foot up so I'm landing on the outside right where the raw part of my foot is. This seems to go against all the laws of my body since I'm a serious pronator. To me, this is freakish and weird. Like I've just broken the barrier into bizzaro world where everything is opposite of reality. Not sure how I'm going to correct this freaky form fail, but at least I figured it out. For now, I will just have to pay closer attention as I increase my speed.