Ah, some sunshine! Toby and I were back at the Stowe Quiet Path yesterday morning for our third barefoot running experience. Well, to be fair, Toby is always a barefoot runner; perhaps he can teach me a thing or two. The weather was picture perfect. It just reached 50ºF when we got to the path, which made it cool enough to be comfortable while running but warm enough to keep me motivated and smiling.
I must be running and possibly even walking faster because I notice I get farther along the path with each trip despite the run-time staying the same. I’ve been on an intense “Landscaping Staycation of Doom!” since Saturday and yesterday morning I really felt the four straight days of digging, raking, building and planting. I was a little nervous about running, but the run on Sunday had actually helped loosen things up so I was hopeful this run would do the same.
I’m getting more into a routine with my stretching before and after the run. I’ve been mixing standard stretches with Yoga poses and I find that really helps me maximize how much I stretch without taking too much time. Once again, I focused on stretching my feet and toes along with the rest of my body. As a tip, Palm Tree is a killer pose for stretching feet, pecs and arms. Definitely one of my favorites!
The workout was once again a good pace for me. I felt as though I was working but was not being terribly challenged. I think trail running really helps motivate me as I can spend the time exploring new places and it gives me a chance to observe how quickly nature changes, especially this time of year. With my mind and body at ease the workout went by quickly and, once again, I recovered very quickly. After my post-workout stretching my body felt so much looser and my mind was 10x more focused.
Next day report? I feel great! The blister I got from my first day with the Vibram’s has healed. No arch or calf pain, no toe pain or blisters. I’m a happy camper. I was stopped while running on the path yesterday by a woman who noticed my Vibram’s. She said they’re all the rage at her gym but she can’t understand why someone would want to run in those versus built-up supportive running shoes. I gave her the schpiel about posture and ergonomics and used runners in Kenya as a prime example. I held back from saying, “Seriously?! You can’t understand why using your toes and all of the natural articulating surfaces of your foot is more comfortable than wearing heavy coffins on your feet?!” I suppose I’m a convert now. 😉