Barefoot Runners


Transitioning... And laughing like a child... (Read 210 times)

    So I wasn’t running for over three months…
    I was running rather consistently in the first months of this year, and trying to follow most of Ph. Maffetones advice. Meanwhile, I tried to make a transition to barefoot running by adding more barefoot-yards to each run.
    During the last weeks, I could easily run about one mile barefoot on rough asphalt.

    Never felt sore calves during that process, maybe because I had been focusing on ‘barefoot form’ while running  shod in the cold wintermonths.


    But then my garden started asking for my time… From the beginning of spring, I spend hours after work in my garden, and I didn’t find the time to run, unless I let go of some sleeping hours (which I needed too).

    And now, back home from our tour through the South-West of the USA, I’m starting to run again, but (only) barefoot this time...


    I ran barefoot about 100 yards on Monday evening, and 200 yards on Tuesday morning.

    Unlike it was in early spring, when I was adding barefoot meters to my normal runs, my calves felt a bit sore now, probably because I haven’t been running for a few months.
    I guess it makes sense to transition like I’m doing now, by only running barefoot, but on the other hand… running only a couple of hundreds of yards feels so…. so nothing…


    It is hard to resist the temptation to run farther than I have been told to do in the first days of my transition…


    Yesterday, I went out again, and I only ran slightly more than early this week, but after about half of the distance, I had a mental image of a child, running happily, just for the joy of moving.

    More or less consciously I tried to mimic the posture of that child… Only slight adaptations of the form I was running in, but for one reason or another it made a huge difference in how my running felt… And in only seconds I felt joyous like a child, and ended my short run with a big, big smile on my face…


    (Oh yes… no sore calves today.)

    Running in Belgium




    Half Fanatic #846

      Good job, Ann!


      Before long, those short little jaunts will become longer ones.

      Sounds like you have adopted a natural running form.



       I ran half my last race on my left foot!               I don't always roll a joint, but when I do, I roll my ankle


        Yes, let us strive to run like children! Smile


        Your post makes me happy.

        Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject. - S.J.