OK, probably not the next Barefoot Angie, but I did run another 1.1 miles barefoot today.
It’s hot and grossly humid here again. I’m not sure how we skipped June, but I’m pretty sure we’ve landed squarely in August. Even our basement is hot because we aren’t getting the normal nightly lows. Have I mentioned I don’t like hot? ;o)
After dropping the boys off at school/camp, I called the exterminator and then headed out for a five mile run. I had JUST enough time to do it before a technician was supposed to stop by. I ran four miles faster than I meant to (9:49, 9:48, 9:58, 9:26) and was feeling really good, despite the heat. As I was approaching the end of my fourth mile, I saw the exterminator pulling up at my house, so I sprinted home. After he left, I knew I wanted to get in one more mile, so I decided to take the opportunity to run without shoes.
I originally planned to run circles in my yard (which is laughably small), but decided there were too many ridges hidden in the grass. Instead, I hit the pavement. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that hot yet, so I ran a half mile each way out and back.
Things I learned:
- I prefer blacktop to sidewalks.
- The middle of the road is the smoothest.
- The little rocks/sand that was in all the snow treatment stuff this winter hurt like a b*tch when you step on them.
- The bumps that our county puts at sidewalk corners to alert blind pedestrians don’t feel good on bare feet.
- You get even more strange looks running barefoot than you do with knee highs.
- If I don’t run at least a 10 minute pace, I hit too hard with my heels.
- My right ankle takes at least a half mile to get used to running without shoes.
- I LOVE the way it uses the muscles in my thighs – totally different than running with shoes.
- My feet were nowhere near as dirty as I expected when I got home.