The gym was shut today and will be until January 4th so couldn't do nothing today!
Decided to try out barefoot running after doing some extra calf stretching and thoroughly enjoyed it. The buzz I got from the run was amazing. The run felt effortless and as I increased my leg speed I glided along the road. However, when I got in I had some blisters! Perhaps did a bit too much or ran too fast too soon.
I had one blood blister of both big toes and one smaller blister on both toes next to the big toe. I have photographs on my phone of the blisters to upload but can't find the lead to do this so will upload them when I can. Found this article below that helps explain a few things:
From what I can gather I need to focus on:
- lifting from the knee and not the foot
- not to put too much pressure on the big toes (if I do the above this should take care of itself!?
I also like this article below:
http://therunningbar...p=1531#solution - especially the two paragraphs below:
The point is, the purpose of so-called “transition” footwear, is not to help you learn how to run barefoot. It is to protect you from the pain of becoming aware that you have not, yet, learned how to run barefoot – essentially, it is protecting you from, your goal, of actually learning how to run barefoot!
If this was no danger, I wouldn’t mind so much. But, if you have been wearing shoes most of your life, depending on them for support and protection, then your feet are going to be weak. That might not be so bad, in and of itself. But, now, let’s put those weakened feet under a whole lot of stress, by running without the support of your normal shoes – the support you have grown dependent on, and with only a fraction of the feedback that would tell you to change the way you are running.
Updated photographs below:
|left foot after first barefoot run||right foot after first barefoot run|