Every once in a while a pebble will embed itself into my sole. This must happen to every barefoot runner, unless I have uncommonly sticky feet. The sensation is not unlike a pebble finding its way into your shoe.
In the event of a pebble, I have devised two techniques to dislodge it from my foot, all the while keeping stride (more or less).
First is the sole scraper, wherein I plant my foot and purposefully drag it against the ground to remove the stuck pebble. This works most of the time, although sometimes requiring repeat attempts.
Second, if the first doesn't work, is a quick foot wipe, which requires a bit of flexibility and quick reflexes. I bring the foot with the stuck pebble higher in the air and reach down with my hand to brush off the annoyances. This acrobatic maneuver could go horribly wrong, I fear, but so far, so good.
On the rare occasion that neither of above techniques work, I stop and remove the pebble.
Sometimes, I just grit my teeth and ignore the stuck pebble. I don't recommend this option unless you only have a short way to go until your run is finished.
Wherein the only bird gets the worm.
BrianFlash, the only person to comment on a post so far this week, wonders if my forgetful legs might require a run/walk race strategy: "Are you considering Gallowagging in Akron? When I head into a long race undertraining, I think it works as a strategy."
Answer: I've never been disciplined enough to correctly follow a run/walk plan. And after reading about Jeff Galloway's baseless opinion of running barefoot or in minimalist shoes, I'm a bit dubious about subscribing to any of his advice.
Happy Hour is nearly upon us, teammates! Have a finely brewed weekend. Run well and drink well. Cheers!