This is my toe after today's barefoot run.
5k - 20:56 (Sept 30, 2012)
7k - 28:40 (Nov 18, 2012)
10k trial - 43:08 (Mar 29, 2013), 42:05 (May 05, 2013)
FM - 3:09:28 (May 19, 2013)
David Lu - Glad you tried barefooting, but you really sound like you over-did it.
It does feel good, but you will change the way that you run when you are barefoot. I am still having calf pain when I am focusing on a "barefoot" form. My milage has gone way down these past 5 weeks because I dont want to injure myself. Calves, Achilles, Arches, all need time to strengthen.
If you are in pain tomorrow, its not "barefooting"'s fault, you did too much too fast.
RUN SAFE. Barefoot 1st attempt: 6/9/13. PRs: 5k, 10k, 6.55 =8:16 pace.
SUN 4/27 Simsbury River Run 10K
5/25 Memorial Day FM 6/1 ING Iron Horse HM 10/11 Hartford ING FM 10/12 Rhinebeck Fall HM
One more thing David Lu, you might want to read Barefoot Running Step By Step before putting in too many barefoot miles. It will help you know what you can expect as normal and what changes you can do when you - oh- I dont know - get blisters on your toes.
I am not blaming that the barefoot running has caused the blister. I just gave the truth of my experiment. At the beginning of my run with shoes, I got blister too. It is not a big deal. It will heal soon and toughen up.
I agree with you that I ran too much for the first time barefoot.
Today I tried barefoot again. I ran about 3/4 mile on asphalt. It was nice smooth but the surface was warm. I didn't feel the same muscle lightness as the last time. No further blister! The previous one is still keeping at bay.
3/4 a mile is a nicer transition. I did my last group run barefoot - I have been trying to do all of them that way, every Wednesday, and one more BF run thrown in during the week. Week 4, I was up to 9 miles BF, but this week, aiming for limiting to 6. My feet are toughening up, and I am thinking about form on all my runs. Today, I heard my feet scrape the ground a couple times - all I could think is, that wouldnt have been good barefoot ! - I get pretty crappy about my foot form when Im getting tired. This heat/humidity in the Northeast is making it hard to train. 8.3 miles with shoes today.
HOW IS EVERYONE DOING WITH BAREFOOT RUNNING? (David Liu?)
This week I did 4.5 unshod, then walked a couple min and added another 0.75m - it was great weather, but still I formed a couple decent blisters. Tonight I did my group run, as usual unshod 3.13m in 28:02. It wasnt a race, but close to my race PR unshod. Feet seem to be responding well to the acclimation. I formed 3 tiny blisters tonight, but didnt realize it until much after running. I assume these will quickly disappear leaving only slightly thicker skin behind.
I loved the temperature tonight, and the path was shaded mostly. Some gravel spots, but few. Feet look dry, but feel great !
So far so good. I still continue doing it. In the last two days, I ran half mile and 1.5 miles. Yesterday on my barefoot run, my speed was the same as with shoes on (7:40/mi) but I felt using less effort. Once my feet toughen up, I think I am able to run faster probably.
MTA: correct misspelling.
I have been running barefoot for over 12 years now. Shoes started to cause injury in my knees and hips. I can run all day now injury free. I think almost anyone is able to barefoot run if they start slowly and do the right conditioning for it. Barefoot running is very different from running in shoes. I wrote an ebook for beginners based on my experience. It can be fairly hard core depending on the running conditions. It just takes awhile to adapt.
Feet are feeling good - blisters healing quicker and smaller ones forming. week 7. tonight was longest BF run yet. 6.6 miles. I started slow, but added speed for a nice downhill finish. Feet looking more dry than sore / red after recent runs.
Will run for scenery.
Okay, not barefoot, but I recently switched to minimalist shoes for trail running (NB MT110). Heel drop is 4mm.
I already had a decent forefoot landing, and after a test run or two found that I had zero issues with calf pain etc.
Two big changes :
1) Having all that heel rubber out of the way made for instant improvement in downhill running control and confidence.
2) Having a roomy toe box allows my toes to move around (like seaweed!) with each step. My right foot (slightly larger) is usually scrunched up and I could tell that for a week or so it was adapting to a new, uncrumpled way of running.
3) They are so light I feel like sprinting !
Okay, that was 3. So sue me.
IT WASNT ME!
I've got a fever...
You can get nearly all of the purported form benefits of barefoot running (without the gnarly pictures of feet) by simply increasing turnover.
On your deathbed, you won't wish that you'd spent more time at the office. But you will wish that you'd spent more time running. Because if you had, you wouldn't be on your deathbed.
7 weeks into this and I am enjoying it thoroughly! There have been some "hot spots" or tender spots on my feet after runs, but hopefully I can keep working on form. Like a lot of runners, I have this idea that I want to go faster. I have been trying to keep my milage within my training plan, but when I "push" to go faster, this is where most of my friction seems to come from, or at the end of a run when I am not able to keep my form as good as Id like.
I have 4 upcoming races. 8/18 5k. I plan to do this BF.
9/28 MUD 5K I Plan to do this BF
9/29 HM. Not sure yet. My max milage so far has been 6.6 (half way there!)
10/5 10 miler. This is in Disney ! - I think BF could be cool, but not sure how my feet will be after 4 days of walking around on vacation.
Also- bought a spare pair of water shoes at CVS 30% off. I know that 88 degrees is too hot for me to run bare on blacktop, but how low can I go?