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Barefoot running--harder than I expected.
I'm still excited about my decision to become a barefoot runner. In fact, I've decided to stop running in shoes entirely. Barefoot running requires, for me, a totally new running form. Wearing shoes part of the time was just confusing things.
But that means I'm having to run a lot fewer miles. Barefoot running uses the muscles, tendons, and bones of the legs and feet very differently than my old shod running style did. I'm sore! I pushed it a little too hard this week, and am having to back off as I realize just how important it is to listen to my body when that body is doing something it hasn't done since it was very young.
It's going to take awhile to be running the same mileage I was doing just a week ago when I was still wearing running shoes some of the time. My goal is still the same, to do a half marathon in the fall or winter. I had more than enough time to train for that goal; I was ahead of where I needed to be in my training. Now I've just found a way to use all that extra time--if I train conservatively, it may take about two or three months to ramp my mileage back up!
This is an exercise in patience, and I've gotten addicted to my long runs, so patience is tough for me! But I expect that the end reward will be amazing.