My poor feet. I think every one of my toes has a blister, and there’s one on my right heel too. Even my blisters have blisters. I was expecting that to happen when my mileage went up to the double digits.
But I think I may have a solution. I may never wear shoes again.
OK, that’s a bit unrealistic. Especially when I just bought my very own first pair of TOMS. But they aren’t for running, so it’s a bit different. (Although, until Wednesday, I didn’t think my Birkenstocks were for running either).
My word, you can never tell how dirty your floors are when you take pictures with Instagram ;)
I’m not sure what exactly I should do. I have two problems associated with becoming a barefoot runner:
- First, at the moment, I currently hate running unless I’m barefoot. This could be due to the last two days being speed-work days and the fact that I LOATH speed-work (no matter how much fun I try to make it). However, I did a 1/2 hour easy run on the treadmill barefoot on Monday and it felt great. Tuesday, I attempted a 3 mile fartlek run that was awful (I didn’t even make it 2 1/2 miles, and I wore my shoes the whole time). Yesterday, I had a 40 minute fartlek run planned, but I only made it 10 minutes before I was walking and debating on taking my shoes off. 5 minutes later, my shoes were off and I was running home.
- I don’t know that I can justify buying another pair of shoes; however, running completely barefoot is not going to work out. It’s just not safe to run without something to protect your feet. The mile or so I ran after taking my shoes off yesterday wasn’t the smartest thing for me to do, but I had to for moral (and curiosity sake). Otherwise I would have walked home. I don’t know that I want to jump into wearing Vibrams or another minimalist option because that’s another $90, and I just bought new shoes in May (for $115, because I thought I needed more stability, not less).
Really, I want to enjoy running again. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, but it’s becoming a bit of a chore. Running barefoot seems to be having that freeing effect that allows me to enjoy it more. It’s something about the way my feet connect with the ground that just feels right.
So, I’m not really sure what my solution should be. I know I need to figure out something before I get myself in the habit of taking off my shoes mid run. Paul said we can go to a running store this weekend, so hopefully I can get some answers there.
Aren’t they so pretty? Don’t you just want to take them home with you?
I also think I’m going to sell my newest pair of shoes. I haven’t been wearing them lately and it’s the only way I can justify buying yet another pair of shoes (if I end up going that route). They’re Mizuno Wave Inspire 8′s, size 8.5 (Mizuno runs a bit small and I’m normally an 8), and they only have about 50 miles on them if anyone’s interested. Not that I really expect to sell them here on the blog, but if you really are interested in them, feel free to email me at bobbie(at)runbobbierun(dot)com (I have more pictures and we can chat a bit and become real good friends).
Have a wonderful weekend!