Friday, March 12, 2010

"Barefoot" Running

Here's how I feel about it so far. I'm noticing that my calves are less irritated after each "barefoot" running session. I've had 5 so far. I ended up running back to back days to avoid the treadmill. I knew we had rain coming, so I did a 4miler yesterday instead of today. My calves are a little sore, but nothing serious. Considering that they had no rest, they feel great. I'm still not hobbling downstairs or busting out the liniment. When I ran in my stability shoes last Saturday (to supposedly give my calves a break), my left foot got irritated. I've been cracking my left ankle ever since. It was harder to run properly on my forefoot. With that being said, I think I'll be switching to EVOs (Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot EVO) as my primary running shoe. They just feel better. I'm still easing into the EVOs and back into running in general. So I'll be increasing mileage slowly. Don't expect a 10miler from me any time soon :)

In case you care, here's what I did since my last post. And yes, I'm still going strong with yoga, 13 days straight. Namaste.

3/9 - Yoga Meltdown Level 1 (34min)
Swim (1700yd - 49:09)

3/10 - Yoga: General Practice w/Backbends (38min)
3mi Run (27:36 - 9:12 pace)

3/11 - 4mi Run (See below)
Weights (11min)
Yoga: Hip Mobility (30min)

3/12 - Shimmy (21min belly dance)
Yoga: General Practice (46min)

Route:TrackElev. Avg:36 ft
Location:Willingboro, NJElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:03/11/10Up/Downhill: [+0/-0]
Time:04:42 PMDifficulty:1.7 / 5.0
59 F temp; 64% humidity
59 F heat index; winds N 5

Distance: 4.00 miles
Speed:6.4 mph
Pace:9' 20 /miHeart Rate:172 bpm (Avg)
Calories:448193 bpm (Peak)
Cool Down = .55mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
Heart Rate (bpm)
Heart Rate Zones
In Zone
In Zone
Zone 5180 - 2000h 07m19% 0.83 mi
Zone 4160 - 1800h 28m75% 2.99 mi
Zone 3140 - 1600h 03m8% 0.32 mi
Zone 2120 - 1400h 00m1% 0.04 mi
Zone 1100 - 1200h 00m0% 0.02 mi
(none)out of range0h 00m0% 0.01 mi
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Heart
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 45+0' 256.1-0.31590 ft
29' 29+0' 096.3-0.11730 ft
39' 16-0' 046.5+0.01760 ft
end8' 49-0' 316.8+0.31820 ft
Versus average of 9' 20 min/mile

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trifitmom said...

i am reading born to run about barefoot running

where did you get all those great graphs and charts ???

Christie said...

I've heard about the book but haven't read it. The graphs are from It works with some cell phones and Garmin.

Scott Keeps Running said...

I started adding barefoot running into my training before winter hit and I enjoyed it and saw some immediate benefits. It's still touch on the rocky trails I run on and gravel paths, but grass and clean concrete seem to be very doable.

Christie said...

So far, I've only used them on the track. I'd be interested to hear about the immediate benefits you've noticed.

DawnB said...

I remember running barefoot as a kid in the country, I loved it maybe one day I'll get back to that.

mrjwhit~ said...

Running sans shoes is a hot topic. I've heard the benefits and the reasons against both sides. Keep it up. I am very proud of your running.

I moved my blog to Not blogging on my fitness as much, but I do sprinkle in some fitness thoughts every now and then.

peter said...

I have a friend at work (faster than me) who swears by barefoot running (nus pieds he calls it--he was born in Europe). I have been bedeviled by ankle issues, so I dunno if this return to nature (striking the ball of the foot as is natural rather than the heel first) would help what ails me--but keep up your good work! Namaste.

prashant said...

great graphs and charts
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I Run for Fun said...

I am sort of transitioning to a more minimalist running too...inspired by the book Born to Run and necessitated by injury. Glad to know it is working out for you. It's a great book, by the way.

Amy said...

Great, I was entertained by the post. I learn more things on it. Thanks!!!