Saturday, July 17, 2010

Six Word Saturday!

It's that time again...Six Word Saturday! To find out more about 6WS and to participate, check out Call Me Cate's great blog by clicking the button below.

My words:

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.


Tia said...

I just signed up for my first half in October. I, however, will be wearing shoes....

Caty said...

never thought about running barefoot! Good luck on the training. I'm inspired to pick mine up.

Lola said...

My 6 for you:

Goodness gracious - that must be tough!

So inspiring reading posts like yours on Saturdays! Off for a run myself now...

Happy Six Word Saturday,


PS Mine this time is HERE. Hope you can join me!

Jeanie said...

Wow! I really admire your determination. Good luck on your training.

mdf356 said...

I'm so excited you're getting into the barefoot thing! One of my Seattle running friends just started wearing Vibrams last week, and is sold on how much fun they are. I'm no longer the only weirdo! :-)

Call Me Cate said...

I just wanted to point out that I've noticed my blog has been "great" the past few weeks. While it's certainly true, what's with not changing it up to highlight some of the other fantastic characteristics of my blog?


Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

My husband read all about barefoot running. I guess this is the way we should be running, more on the ball of your feet than hitting the heel first. He found some shoes made especially for this purpose. They are extremely light and very flexible!