Perhaps I should have titled this “I haven’t hurt myself… yet.” Last week was a mishmash of increasing speed and distance. For a little variety, I threw in a bit of completely barefoot running on the treadmill. Yeah, not exactly the definition of smart training.
I ended up doing 19.2 miles in 5 runs and several times probably should have stopped just short of where I was. I made it to my goal each time, but there were a couple of times where my feet and ankles were fatigued enough that I should have listened. My goal this week is to pay better attention to what my body is trying to tell me. I actually contemplated a run in shoes yesterday, but ended up eating cheesecake and sitting on my butt instead. ;o)
Run #1 – 1 mile barefoot on the ‘mill just to test it out. My soles weren’t entirely thrilled.
Run #2 – 5 “fast for me” miles in the heat in Vibrams. I pushed a little too hard at the start and the heat ended up wearing me out, but my legs and feet felt great with the fast, light turnover.
Run #3 – 4 miles on the treadmill barefoot in a skirt. ;o) I should have probably stopped at 3.5. My feet were pretty tender at the end, mostly from the heat and roughness of the treadmill surface.
Run #4 – 3 quick miles in my Merrells. I wore them without socks and that improved the ground feel a bit, but I still prefer a lightweight sock in them. It felt good to have a little more cushion and protection after the barefoot run only about 12 hours earlier.
Run #5 – 6.2 miles. I should have stopped at 5.5 as my feet were seriously fatigued…