Barefoot at the Track!

I may not be ready for a ten mile barefoot run, but I did finish my track workout with some barefoot sprints and I loved it!

Yesterday, I ran six miles to the top of the Bridge and back to my office (I even ran up the steps of the Customs House again - my Rocky moment).

This morning, I showed up for my track workout with six other runners.  After an 800 meter warm up, stretches and drills we got into the main part of the workout: 4x200 (:54 / 100 recovery), 4x300 (1:21 / 200 recovery), 4x400 (1:49 / 300 recovery).  I was fast on all of my splits, but felt great the whole time (I even pushed it on my last 400).

I have been toying around with the idea of running barefoot, but the thought of the bottom of my feet hitting the pavement has held me back a little.  At the end of our workout, Coach Greg threw in a little twist (a barefoot twist).  We took off our shoes / socks and did 10x50 meter sprints on the grass.

The grass was cold and wet, but felt good on my feet.  I noticed right away that I was leaning forward when I was running.  I also noticed that the only part that was uncomfortable was the bottoms of my feet (they were cold).  The feeling is much like that of taking your shoes off and stretching your feet after a long flight (it just feels good).

The hope is that by doing this I will build up the muscles in my feet.  I am reading Born to Run right now and that might make me even more inclined to try the barefoot approach on the road someday.


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