Monday, June 27, 2011

12 Weeks to Barefoot Running: Week 2 and Flashbrite

12 Weeks to Barefoot Running: Week 2: Growing New Skin

As per plan, the goal was:
  • Pace: Easy Jogging
  • Distance: a few hundred yards to one mile
  • Objective: Stimulate feet to grow new skin
Here's what actually happened:

Tuesday: Tempo Run - 4 mins BF, 22.5 mins tempo, 3.5 mins BF. First really hot and humid run, felt sluggish but good to sweat.

Thursday: Hills - No run, Little Worker (or Little A-Bomb, as Laima calls him) had his second eye surgery early so I opted not to stress about getting the run in.

Saturday: LSD - No run, Little Worker did not want to sleep, so I took him downstairs on the couch so Laima could have at least a bit of rest. Any day I would rather lay on the couch with him rather than head out for much of anything.

So, in terms of barefooting and in terms of training, the week was somewhat of a dud. However, I'm still walking my dog barefoot each morning, spending most of the day without shoes, and seeing my son's eyes straighten is relief beyond words. In a possibly related move, he is now walking pretty much everywhere - still not standing up directly to a walk, but he can pull himself up with no problem and off he goes. In other exciting news, Munchkin has now added leaping down the steps to his previous efforts of coffee table to couch.


Several weeks ago, I received some reflective stickers from a company called Flashbrite. Created by a mother concerned about her children's safety, the patches are made from 3MTM  ScotchliteTM  Reflective Material. This is the same material that professional fireman, police, and EMS utilize and can be seen from over 1,000 feet away.

Now as someone who runs in the dark quite often, it's really important that I be seen, lest harm befall me. To that end, I have some apparel that is reflective but honestly, since it's mostly jackets and so on, it's not as much use during these warmer months, so these reflective patches are really useful. I added a patch to my RoadID race hat, which is typically my go-to hat for many runs.

As you can see, the reflective capabilities are pretty amazing.

A bigger concern to me is cycling safety, as I'm actually in the road. Our village has maybe the worst pavement in the continental United States, so it's less often I brave the cracked, pothole-strewn roadways, but when I do, I try to make myself as visible as possible. I was excited to add a Flashbrite patch for added visibility.

The irony of a lightning bolt on my bike is not lost on me.

They also have options for pets!

Interested in winning your own Flashbrite patch? Take a look at their website, pick an option, and then, in a comment, let me know where you would place it. That's it.

You can also follow Flashbrite on Twitter, like them on Facebook, and follow their blog. You can buy Flashbrite stickers on Amazon as well.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Flashbrite. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give it a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.

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  1. Like the new very green look! Wow, you packed a lot into this post.

    First, glad the little one is doing so well! And you are an awesome husband to step up and give Laima a break.

    BF--you are on the right track. Keep it up.

    Finally, I went over to Flashbright and am now following them on Twitter. Since I am hopefully doing a section of Ragnar w/ my buds in Sept and I would love to share these with all of them!

  2. Glad to hear the surgeries are helping your little guy. Hopefully the sleeping situation will be improving sometime soon for you too. Still, there's nothing like snuggling with your kiddos.

    Those patches are really a cool idea. I run often at night, and i really do need to make myself a bit more visable. Are they reusable or stick and stay? I think some of them would make pretty cool tattoos.

  3. Hi Kate,
    YES Flashbrite patches are reuseable. You can take them off of your gear and reapply again-store on a piece of wax paper.
    A lot of runners and cyclists seem to be using the adjustable soft-backed pet bands for themselves on wrists and ankles, too!

  4. happy the kiddo is doing well! those patches are awesome! Something I may need to look into for Hood to Coast hmmm....

  5. Am happy your little guy is doing well, and that's very sweet of you to give Laima a break. Those patches are intriguing. I might have to look into those.

  6. I'm so behind and out of the loop. Your son had surgery? Wow, so glad he seems to be recovering nicely. How old is he? Glad you got some cuddle time with him on the much better than getting that run in. Only so many of those cuddle times when they really "need" a cuddle. Speaking of that...I should get off this and go cuddle with my sick kid.

  7. I would place the lighting bolt on my chest because I am a MF super hero, yo.

  8. GREAT NEWS on the little guy! That's awesome! You are obviously a great dad that keeps everything in perspective! As far as the running ... ehhh??? BF Jury's still out.

  9. Really glad your little one is doing well following surgery :) And do you run on asphalt, concrete, grass, dirt, gravel or carpeting when you run barefoot? How fast do you go?
    That Flashbrite stuff looks awesome. I almost always run at night and probably could really use it! I am checking that biz out :)

  10. Glad to hear your son is doing well!

    Gotta get me some Flashbrite stickies.

  11. A-BOMB = ROACK STAR !!

    barefoot running = I'll get back to you.

    Stickers = great idea for dark o clock warriors, but they need some design help.

    mostly I'm glad all is well 4 you.

  12. Glad the little guy is doing better! :)

    Keep up the work with the BF running. I know it's a slow process, but it sounds like you are doing everything right!

    I'm super interested in the Flashbrite's - with my husband running across the country for Team Type 1 in October, this would be awesome! They are running 24 hours a day so they could get tons of use. Off to check them out... thanks for the suggestion!


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