DAY 28 - Happy Knee
|My happy knee|
I ditched the fingers and did a very short run completely barefoot today. Only about two miles. It wasn't much, but I didn't even get a subtle twinge of the swelling and discomfort I've been dealing with lately. So I considered this run a success, albeit a small one. The back of my heel started feeling a bit tight and sore towards the 1.5 mile mark which really wasn't a big deal. I hadn't planned on going far anyway. So that never amounted to much either.
I think I can confidently say without a shadow of a doubt that running completely barefoot (and when I say barefoot I really mean sans ANY shoe - I know there's a camp of people who would call VFFs barefoot) creates much less impact than running with a protective layer on the sole of the foot. I would venture to say that even a thin protective layer gives a false sense of security (at least for me) and there is more chance that you will hit the ground harder while wearing even a minimalist shoe. Even if you try to maintain the light barefoot form I think its hard to judge your landings with all that rubber in the way.
I will admit that I have a propensity to geek out on different subjects on occasion, so, if you can hang, keep reading. If not, hey. I won't be offended. Go read some other blog, surf the web, or check out some porn. Really. I totally understand.
So I was thinking (yeah maybe a little too hard) on my run today. I wonder. Now that we've kind of gotten past the whole heel-striking running shoe form vs. forefoot/midfoot running form what's the next comparative study if we are all running with a midfoot strike? I wonder how much of a difference running in minimalist shoes is versus the naked barefoot running even with similar form. My knees tell me there's a big difference. Hmmmmm.
I'll bet I'm thinking a bit further into this than need be. You all know already, I'm a freak. So maybe I'm just the anomaly. The rest of you are normal and probably don't have any pain issues with the minimalist shoes. Maybe I'm just a glutton for pain and punishment and even crave it subconsciously when I think I'm trying to avoid it. Yikes. That's a seriously disturbing thought.
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