Sunday, February 14, 2010

Barefoot Running - Slow Down To Get Better

For the last three weeks I've been getting stinging pain in my soles about 30 minutes after I run. The pain would last the rest of the day. It was kind of like the pain I'd feel last year just before getting a blister. It was worse if I ran on wet pavement. After bouncing the idea off the minimalist running group, I figured the best advice was to slow down.

Last week, 9.5 of my 17.5 running miles were barefoot. I restrained myself and focused on my form, making sure I landed on my forefoot and lifted my foot straight off. I kept the pace comfortable and boy was I surprised. I was still running eight-minute miles and my soles felt fine afterwards. That's very encouraging.

Plenty of time to prepare for Bloomsday.

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