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My Sept run stats and new tracking app

 

The course of the Channel Tunnel (English).

Image via Wikipedia

 

First off, here’s how I did on my first month back barefoot running! Interesting equivalencies produced by my miCoach and dailymile trackers; I have logged the distance the Chunnel travels between England and France and burned the calorie equivalent of 31 donuts (“Mmmm, donuts”) or 12 burgers.

The following is a summary of the weekly time running and pace composition of all my barefoot running in the past month. The individual workouts you can find on my dailymile page.

My distance are still pretty low, averaging at 12 km per week, but that’s just the way it is starting out especially since I’m running exclusively barefoot. My training is going better than expected, not a blister or soreness of any kind!! Amazing what good form does. Keeping it slow and gradual to allow my feet and legs to adapt. Most runs are on easy, mostly smooth, cement sidewalk, an 8 or a 6 on the Barefoot Ken Bobs Surface Texture Scale (10 being the easiest and 1 being the roughest), or on a 5ish, rough, paved trail. My feet are in perfect shape! I should be great for my upcoming 5k (T minus 3 days!).

 

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I’m liking my new tracking application, which I started using in September when I started running again. I’m still using my smartphone to track runs since I still don’t own a proper runners tracking gadget, but the application I use has changed since Adidas bought BiM Active’s software and turned it into miCoach. Unfortunately, as of yet there is still no easy way to share info from miCoach on the blog (no widgets, no RSS feed, nuthin). But, hey, it’s free. I can, however, show you what an example workout of mine looks like.

I would just like to add that a significant part of the success of my training is due in part to the support I get online via dailymile, twitter  and blogs. Check out who I follow, who follows me, dailmile friends and blogroll in sidebar. Thank God for the interwebs.


Hello, endorphins, I missed you (i.e. I’m barefoot running again)!

Having finished physical therapy for my banged-up knee recently, I started barefoot running again this last week with great results. I’m more motivated than ever after having ran 5k barefoot with no problem (no knee pain, no blisters, just endorphins)! I’m also excited to begin a new training program and am confident it will soon take me to my very first barefoot 10k.

I started cautiously with very short distances (not even 2k!) to make sure I didn’t do any damage to my feet in case my form was bad since it had been so long since I last ran barefoot. But it felt so good that two days later I ran 5k with a friend because I was just enjoying it so much I couldn’t bring myself to stop before the end of the complete route! It was a fortunate confluence of factors that made that experience ideal: first long barefoot run, running buddy with me, super great weather conditions, easy flat terrain, no traffic.

However, the plan is to stick to small distances, even if I don’t feel winded, and only one longer run a week, gradually increasing weekly distance and/or pace. I expect that this way, ceteris paribus, I could run a 10k in less than 3 months. Don’t want to get a case of TMTS (Too-Much-Too-Soon) and get sidelined again. I’ve ran 10ks before, but not barefoot! The idea this time around is to make sure the muscles, skin, tendons and ligaments of the feet are ready for it.

I haven’t quite figured out how to incorporate differing terrain into the mix. I am certain, however, that avoiding tougher surfaces is a mistake. Barefoot Ken Bob points out that they are what keeps you in good form (minimum of 180 steps per minute, relaxed, vertical torso, NO toe push-off, etc). Running on a different type of surface requires its own learning process, so I can’t expect to run the same distance on gravel as I do now on smooth asphalt. The best I think will be to reserve one of the short distance workouts that are scheduled each week for a different terrain.

But that is hardly a real worry for me at the moment, I’m just happy to be running again! The most important thing is to have fun. Let’s keep it simple.

So, excuse me, but I gotta run…


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