Tuesday, 30 August 2011

No Longer a Vibram Virgin!

Last week I tried out the Vibrams for the first time. It was a really unusually long day. It started with 6 am "Run Day" Boot camp, then I worked my usual 8.5hr Thursday shift. After work hubbs and I went straight to the new apartment we are looking at moving into. By the time we got home and had dinner and got out the door for the run it was nearly 10 and I'd been on the go for over 17 hours.

From the time it took to get from my apartment to the seawall walking (ten or so mins), my feet were super sweaty and hot. I felt like I was walking in mud, you know when it gets squished between your toes? Like that. My husband was making fun of me saying the Vibrams looked ridiculous. What do I care? I have to say part of why I love running is because it is truly the only time when I am out in public that I don't care how I look. Clothes don't match? hair looks silly? no make-up? Don't care, here to run. Anyways, I was actually a bit scared to run for the first time essentially barefoot in the dark but after about 2 seconds I forgot all about it. I was running pretty slow- even slower than easy- cause I was exhausted and full up on the half chicken and sauerkraut I had for dinner moments before we left. My big toes were catching on the pavement as we ran and I had some like 2/10 discomfort in my foot where the big toe meets the actual foot. However, I think that was from my sloooow speed. For the last 2 minutes I sprinted and it felt amazing. I was up on my toes running like a pro. The other cool thing was that I was almost totally silent. It felt really good. All the pain and toe catching went away when I sped up. I'm really looking forward to running my natural pace in the Vibrams to really see what I can do in them.

I was reading Greg's blog and he said that after trail running in his barefoot shoes that he really felt his heels and calves. I have to say that wasn't really the case for me, again probably because of my slow pace. So far I really like running in the Vibrams, they sure make my chunky neutral cushioned shoes feel big and clumsy!

As for the Saturday group run I have no update. I skipped out due to being exhausted from the crazy week and as well I had my cousin in town to visit with. I still managed to get almost 6 hours of fitness last week so I don't feel so bad about it. I'm supposed to be starting track tonight with the first workout being Fartlek but I have to work so I will do it on my own tonight on the seawall. Official track work starts next week and I will definitely make it a priority to be there with Steph after work to get my paces in. I'm really looking forward to it.

This weeks schedule:

Saturday: 5 Mile run     ...skipped see above :)-
Sunday: Rest     ...rested
Monday: 40 Mins Easy     ...ran 7.35km/40:03 on seawall at lunch
Tuesday: 40 Min Fartlek     ...60 min "Leg Day" Bootcamp + 6k cycling before work, Fart 7.45km/40:03 after work
Wednesday: Rest     ...looking forward to sleeping under my desk
Thursday: 30 Mins Easy in Vibrams
Friday: Rest

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