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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Barefoot update, 1 month!!!

I was running around the neighbourhood tonight and I remembered it was a month since I started running barefoot!

What have I learned.

  • Barefoot Josh is da Bomb. He is my Yoda. He is the single reason I started being BFcurious.
  • Run with your head looking up higher than you think is appropriate.
  • I will take cuts, abrasions and bruises everytime over ITBS, PF, Runners Knee, Sciatica… Everyday!
  • Tonight, I learned that running in the dusk, approaching dark, is not the preferred time of day for Barefoot runners.
  • Do you understand… what I mean in the above comment?
  • Like, running in the dark is hard to see stuff to avoid… Right?
  • My feet are excellent running coaches, and unlike other coaches, I listen to them.
  • My barefoot injuries have been in order of incident
    • Stepped on a rock in a spray park running after Andrew
    • Stepped on and got a tiny cut by a broken christmas light (yeah I never take them down and a few were busted in the big storm on Monday)
    • Stepped on a rock in the dark tonight walking back to the house.
  • None of those injuries were while running.

I am so grateful to have found my inner (and outer) barefootery.

Tonight I went out and ran a 6x400m interval run, ran up to a 4:45/km pace in the last interval. Felt fantastic. here are my feet after tonights run. The circular bit the left foot is the remnants of the blister I got 30 days ago. All good now! there is a mark in the center of my right foot as I stepped on a rock in the dark. yep.

foot 2 foot 1

  • Barefoot mileage since June 29th : 61.2km *WooT* (38 miles to you Mercans)
  • VFF mileage since July 7th : 11.8km
  • Shoe mileage since SOBF (start of barefoot): 5km (25:30 5k race PR on July 1st)

I haven’t ran in shoes since that race on July 1st!

My parting question to you is:

When you are all alone in your house, and you are naked, like after a shower, and you drop something or need to pick something up – Do you bend from the knees or bend from the waist?

I’m not going to tell you how I did it today or how it made me feel.



  1. Kaboom!

    I may have pointed you in the right direction here and there, but your own feet are doing the coaching.

    Thanks for the 'Mercan conversion. For a while I thought you were running twice as far as you really were...

  2. i use my toes...i also have a habit of curling them under while seated. drives my wife nuts. she can't do it!

  3. When I first started barefoot running, I hurt myself only after a run while walking, I would be less aware, stub my toe, step on rocks, etc. Running barefoot is easier, for me, than walking barefoot.