Saturday, July 31, 2010

Running barefoot

Recent online exchanges with some friends and acquaintances got me interested in barefoot running again.  I also managed to find a track within running distance. So, for the last couple of weeks or so, I've been running a few (3-5) laps barefoot on the track occasionally during my regular runs. Last time I did some was over six years ago. It was surprising how easy it was to get up to speed. Bear in mind though that this is on a rubberized track and I am not running much more than a mile for now. This week, I covered 200m faster than Usain Bolt covers 400m. It took me about 34s to do so barefoot, the same it took me to do so in shoes. Similarly, I was able to cover 100m in about 14.5s - the same for both, barefoot and shoes. The shoes are a bit old and heavy - over 1100 miles and over 13oz each. Factor in maybe half a second for that. Still not bad with regards to what barefoot was able to do. Not yet ready to put in a mile at a fast pace yet. Exhilarating experience however; it feels as though you are flying. I'm going to keep at this and see how it goes.


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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

There are lots of good barefoot running shoes. Count on Nike free shoes and Vibram fivefingers for that

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