This weeks barefoot running update

posted by Russ, September 25 in outside with tags ,

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I guess it’s about time for my barefoot running update. The first couple times I tried to run barefoot I had extreme soreness in my arches and the lower part of my leg, I’m not sure of the muscle, but basically from the calf down to the ankle. There was no pain, but I definitely could feel the soreness, especially when I would get up after sitting for a few hours.

Two weeks ago I finally made it to Sports Authority to buy a pair of aqua socks. I know, not the most stylish footwear, but they do seem to work as far protecting my feet while still allowing barefoot style running. Right around the time I first tried going barefoot, I was having recurring calf pain while running in my sneakers, but since I’ve gotten the aqua socks, things are feeling better. I’m not even up to three miles yet, but considering that after my first attempt I made it probably barely a mile barefoot (after 1.5 miles with sneakers) and was unable to run for 5 days due to soreness, I’d say I’m doing pretty well. Earlier in the week I ran 1.5 miles in the aqua socks, then another mile barefoot, and then yesterday I did 2.5 totally barefoot, in the grass though, not pavement.

Regardless, I’m happy to report that my feet are feeling great, the soreness is pretty much non-existent, and I’m making good progress. I do have a bit of achiness in my feet and achilles, but again, a good ache, not pain.

Here’s to hoping for three barefoot miles tomorrow!

Originally posted on Friday, September 25th, 2009 at 6:54 AM .

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