Friday night at dinner, we decided to go to Great Falls Park on Saturday (review of our day at Metro DC Mom). I mentioned to Beer Geek that a lot of people hike in their Vibrams, but that I didn’t think I was quite ready for that yet.
Jones looked at me and said “You won’t know if you don’t try.”
Well, hmm, guess he has been listening all these years.
So, off we went to Great Falls, with me in my Vibrams. We proceeded to walk some rocky paths and climb some big rocks near the falls. The verdict: they worked well, but I probably wasn’t quite ready for them. I had to be really careful to always land on my forefoot. If I landed mid-foot, invariably there would be a rock right under my arch that would hurt like hell. I had good traction, which was nice, but it was overshadowed by my worry that I was going to step wrong and hurt my foot. At one point, I stepped on a rock and it rolled. If I’d been wearing traditional shoes, I would have likely kept slipping to the side and turned my ankle. Instead, my foot stayed with the rock and I ended up bruising my instep. Not sure which would have hurt the most.
All in all, it was a positive experience. I’m not sure I’m ready to turn in my hiking boots for my Vibrams, but it was a fun experiment. The only time I wished I’d had real shoes was when we met this guy…
You know how everyone *thinks* they’ve seen a copperhead and it turns out to just be a rat snake. Well, I was convinced it was a harmless snake until we showed the picture to the park ranger, who confirmed it was a copperhead. Good thing I have a
complete phobia about healthy respect for snakes and we stayed well back and let it cross the path first.
In running news, I finally got in a 12 miler this morning in preparation of my upcoming half marathon. Despite a lousy start, I ended up finishing strong and averaged about 10:12 minute miles. Mile 11 was 9:05 (I decided to “leave it all on the pavement”) and probably would have been significantly faster if there had not been a quarter mile uphill in it. Now we just need to pray for cool weather on September 19th.