I'd been itching to shed the shods for most of the week as the temperatures crested 70 degrees. However, I wanted to take it slow.
I started with a couple barefoot walks with Dobson Tuesday and Wednesday. Then, last night, while I was debating whether to go for an hour run or a three-mile barefoot run, I got some inspiration in the mail, courtesy of the erratic epicurean, who sent me a clipping about barefoot running from the Smithsonian magazine. The debate was over.
I strapped on my, well, nothing. But I decided that if I couldn't do three miles that I should carry my hippie shoes just in case. I didn't need them.
I'm still a bit self conscious about barefoot running. Immediately upon walking out the door, my audience gathered round to see me make a spectacle of myself.
I went left when I usually go right to avoid a guy I talk to in the neighborhood who also owns an Old English Sheep Dog. Where I avoided one person, two more appeared in the other direction. They stared.
Down the road after a mile, I turned up a street to start turning back toward home. A gang of mountain bikers rode toward me. After they passed me, I heard, "Barefootin' it ... barefoot runner."
Turning up the next street, I saw a seven-year-old on his bike, who stared at me as I passed, then said, "That's just weird." Up a little farther, I heard the voice of another child from inside a house, "Hey, there's a guy running down the street without shoes on!"
On the final stretch before turning back onto my street, I saw another runner across the street who just stared at me, so I waved. Then I saw an older woman walking, who said, simply, "Barefoot, huh?"
Thus ended my first barefoot run of the year, a less than 11:00-minute mile pace with a piece of something I stepped on in the grass stuck in my foot for the last mile. Today, my soles are sore. But in a good way.
Special Shoutout for Marathon Monday
There are a few blogger folks racing that one race people talk about. Go bestow luck upon them at these sites:
- Sarah (aka Sun Runner) of Running into the Sun
- Kristina from Marathon Mama
- AC from Running Down
- E-speed from Run with Me
- Spike of Running Spike
- And some guy named Ryan
Best of luck, crew. Have a great race on Monday. Stay hydrated. Don't shit your pants.
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Happy Hour is nearly upon us, teammates. Have a finely brewed weekend. Run well and drink well. Cheers!