Another barefoot run with a 1:00 run and 1:30 walk interval. Once again, felt excellent. During the run portions, I was averaging between 9:30-10:00/mile, which is awesome. If I can keep that up, I’ll be tickled pink. Hell, if I can keep it around 12:00/mile, I’d be thrilled to pieces.
Running barefoot (or at least, with the Vibram FiveFingers on my feet) is awesome. I love the attention they get (my neighbors are still even noticing them and asking about them), and I love the way they make me run. I’m totally upright, and I can feel that while my gait has shortened, my feet are moving much faster.
I’ll say this – my calves were hella-sore yesterday from Tuesday’s run, and they’re pretty sore today, but its not an “oh, I shouldn’t have done that” sort, its more of a “cool – I had a good workout'” sore. I have noticed that my right calf is sort of tightening as I run, so I’m paying close attention to that, though I don’t think it was the shoes … that started around mile 9 of the half two weeks ago, and I was wearing regular old sneakers for that. I may hit the internet to see what the pain might be, but I’m a big baby, and if I see something like “could be cancer,” I’ll be pretty convinced that I’m dying. Maybe I’ll just see if I can work it out on my own.
In the meantime, I’m really pleased with this first week of running barefoot. I think that I can see myself running this way pretty permanently. Its nice to be already excited for the next run – I felt like I had lost that during the last few weeks of my training recently. I’m glad to have that feeling back – I like running just because I love to run. I’m hoping to keep that up a little longer, and see if I can’t slowly get back up to maybe 6 miles on the weekends and keep it there for a little while. I think that’s where I’ll be the most comfortable.