I wasn’t planning to run at all on Monday but the weather was perfect and I thought it worth doing a short run. It’s been a while since I did any real barefoot running so it was about time I gave it another go.
Last time I went out barefoot I covered 1.5 miles so this time I thought I would try for two. It’s important to note that even though I’ve been running in zero drop shoes for almost 3 years, the transition to real barefoot has involved a similar progression, gradually increasing distances – at least it has for me.
The course I planned was all road although there were many sections I could have run on some grass but chose not to. Some of it was smooth (and those were my favorite sections) but some was quite gravelly or just very rough and those parts were tougher. I did stop a couple of times to brush off the bottom of my foot, or just to check how my feet were handling it (at one time I wondered if I was going to have to stop completely).
One nice thing was that, although I was also running in a skirt, the only comment I got was about the fact I was barefoot. Perhaps the bare feet were enough to draw attention away from the skirt.
It seems that I didn’t do any real damage to my feet – they were a little sore on the bottom for a little while but it wasn’t a problem.
Next stop barefoot 5k?