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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