Thursday, March 8, 2012

First Taste of Bare Feet

The weather has been schizophrenic in Northeast Ohio. We just had a fresh batch of snow last weekend, but yesterday the temperature was in the mid-60s. Today, it's a rainy mess as the temperature is supposed to drop from the 50s to 30s over the course of the day.

Still feeling sick but hoping to dislodge some phlegm, I took advantage of the springlike weather. Dressed in shorts and a T-shirt and wearing my Altra Adams, I headed out for a short, neighborhood run. About a half-mile in, I removed my shoes for the rest of the three-miler.

I have finally realized the true benefit of a shoe that you can roll up into a ball. They're much easier to carry when you decide you didn't need shoes for that run after all.

My feet had been begging for a shoeless run. They had been getting rough on the soles, but afterward they were nice and smooth, the cement acting as a pumice stone.

I was starting to get discouraged that Akron had gotten too liberal, with no one commenting on my lack of footwear, but finally, less than a mile from home, a car passed by and someone yelled something crass in my general direction.

Then, once on my street, a guy I've begun calling our "friendly neighborhood roving rapper" asked if I was OK, and then included me in his impromptu rhymes.

My Achilles tendons, calves and ankles were a bit sore afterward, highlighting the difference between running in minimalist shoes vs. bare feet. You'll never get a shoe that completely replicates the effect of going without. I'm looking forward to fairer weather, when I can get back to some barefoot running.


Xenia said...

I wanna know what the crass guy said. I need some entertainment today.

BrianFlash said...

Nice job on the shoeless run!

I've snuck a couple in this winter but echo your statement on the shoeless vs. minimalist. I can't imagine a more minimalist shoe than my Vivobarefoots and it is still quite a transition when shedding them for a run.

B.o.B. said...

um, you have a neigborhood rapper? i'm soooo jealous.

hope you are feeling better and glad to see you got your feets all bared again. ;)

B. Jarosz said...

neighborhood rapper?
how was your barefoot run immortalized in song? we need lyrics!

Nitmos said...

HeheHehe, you eat feet. HeheHehe