We discovered this weekend that an animal had gotten down the vent of our radon fan. We could hear it, but we were unable to get the poor thing out. Due to the holiday weekend, we couldn’t get anyone out to resolve the problem until today.
I’m gonna leave a lot of details out here, but when the radon guy came today, we discovered not one, but two squirrels in there. One had apparently been there a while (this is all outside the house, so we never smelled anything). Let’s just say that I would have paid the guy what it cost to get a new fan, a better vent arrangement and a screen at the top just for the fact that I did not have to be the one to deal with the removal. (And one way you know I’m a mom of boys? They were all about the gory details. Gross.)
After dealing with that particularly lovely event, I needed to run. Seriously.needed.to.run. I decided to give the Vibrams a whirl outside.
Short story: I really liked them!
Long story: If I don’t pay attention, the Vibrams allow me to land on my heels in a way that I don’t tend to do when I’m truly barefoot. I’m not sure why that is. The souls are very thin and I feel like I can really feel the ground with them, so there doesn’t seem to be a reason for that to happen. In order to step lightly and keep good form, I had to really pay attention. If I didn’t, my form got sloppy, my feet tended to slap the ground more, and my heels hurt. When I run with shoes, bad form does not result in such immediate feedback.
In the end, I did 3.2 miles in them and I felt it was a successful run. I got progressively faster (9:59, 9:32, 8:58) without feeling like I was pushing myself all that hard. I was pretty tired at the end, probably from a combination of the heat and paying constant attention to how I was holding my body. Hopefully, as I continue to slowly build my barefoot mileage, I’ll be more able to naturally hold a good form. (And I need to spend a little more time with Jamoosh’s hard core club…)