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.



Anonymous said...

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

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