Friday, April 02, 2010

How long does it take to learn to run barefoot?

Okay, foo on me for not writing for over a month.  I don't know when it happened, but something changed in my running experience.  Big change.

In the last post, I was obsessed with stretching, having correct running form, recovery time, etc.  I was about to write a post about how much concentration barefoot running takes compared with shod running.  How I don't listen to music while running because it distracts me from improving my form.  That post ain't gonna happen.

When I run now, I just run.  Shirt, shorts, and away I go.  I don't think about it.  I don't stretch before or afterwards and feel just fine.  What a difference a month can make.

So, how long did it take to learn to run barefoot?  Seems like somewhere around 3 months.

I still have things to learn.  On occasion, it feels like I'm gliding along barely touching the ground.  On other runs, I struggle.  While I don't have to think about form so much anymore, I'm much more aware of how much form matters to enjoying the run.

I don't shy away from unpaved areas, but big gravel is still a challenge.  My feet feel tough as leather (though they still look pretty normal), but an occasional rock will remind me that I'm still not invincible.  I asked my wife if she wanted to feel my feet.  For some reason, she declined.

I'm looking forward to the next three months.

1 comment:

Clynton said...

I know what you mean. I found with the cold weather this winter (also live in Bay Area) I had to wear my VFFs and Injinni wool socks even in the 50s. With the warmer weather now I'm starting to run barefoot again and really enjoying it. I've found that unless I run barefoot almost daily my feet get too soft. Fortunately, I enjoy my Vibrams and Vivo Barefoot EVOs.