Minimalist Running: First Try
You know these pretty blue shoes I got?
|Yes, yes that's a harry potter poster behind me.|
So I did some research. I watched this video:
I'm not ready to convert 100%. In 10 years of running, I've never had much trouble with injuries. I think this is because I already don't strike with my heel too hard and have shorter strides already. But still.. I wanted to try it.
I knew that I would have to go into this slowly. We tell our customers that when we sell them the Minimus shoes. So I did a half mile. I felt
Some things I noticed:
- It's a much "lighter" and quieter way of running. A lot less pounding. If you were on a treadmill, you would be noticeably quieter.
- It made me run with much better posture. I felt almost like I was leaning back since I'm so used to leaning forward when I run. Both of these things are talked about in the video above.
Both of these things got me thinking.. maybe this is a much better way of running. I was looking at some pictures that James took of me running my last half marathon and look how much I am leaning forward toward the end of the race:
|Not my prettiest moment.|
So maybe barefoot running could fix that?
The day after my first barefoot run: Oh. My. Goodness. I could barely walk. It was a very delayed and extreme soreness. All those little stabilizer muscles in my foot, shins, calves.. so. much. soreness. Not a bad-I-did-damage pain, just like I had really worked out muscles that I usually never use. From just a half mile. And then the next day, I still had a ton of soreness. Two days of crazy soreness from a silly little barefoot half mile.
Okay so.. I don't want to sound too arrogant. But my long runs are usually around 10 miles on the weekends lately. That's more than the average joe that walks into my store. If .5 miles has me moving like an old lady for 2 days, then I can't even imagine what an ignorant barefoot 3 miles would do to a every-once-in-a-while runner.
Maybe if I did more yoga and/or did more calf strengthening exercises I would have been better off. It does concern me that all those little muscles are apparently that weak. Maybe if nothing else, I will work up to barefoot running once a week for about 3 miles. It's just going to take me a little while to even get up to 3 miles. :/ Not gonna even try it until after my race on Sunday though. Then we'll go from there.
Has anyone else tried jumping on the barefoot wagon? What was your experience?
PS: New blog look. Whatcha think?