Week 1, The Plan:
Pace: Easy Jogging
Distance: a few hundred yards to one mile
Objective: Stimulate feet to grow new skin
So, due to some ankle and heel issues, I decided to take a few weeks off, let myself heal, and start this whole barefooting thing fresh. Towards the end of the 2 weeks I added a bit of spinning on the bike, but otherwise did nothing beyond start walking my dog barefoot.
Last week I began anew and, while I'm still not a huge fan, can see the value of adding this to one's training. Two big changes, after reading Barefoot Ken Bob's book, were adding an exaggerated knee bend and picking up the feet rather than pushing off.
- Tuesday tempo run: 4 mins BF, 23 shod, 4 mins BF. First run in 2 weeks,felt good. 25% BF, wore calf sleeves, really worked on knee bend and picking feet up, not pushing off.
- Thursday Hills: Possibly the first hill workout of the year, yes, in June. 6 mins BF, 21 mins hills and tempo, 3 mins BF.
- Saturday LSD Run: 8 mins BF, 40 mins LSD, 2.5 mins BF; barefooting seemed to tenderize the foot a bit and made me cut the run just a bit short.