3 years ago today I took my first barefoot run, which was a mile. I remember having difficulties walking downstairs for a few days because my calf’s were shredded by my new-found running form.
Prior to that I was a 15 year, heel striking, shod runner. I never got injured in shoes, but had sore tight knees, my feet ached from the shoes, and the worse was this annoying lower back pain I would get. Since running barefoot all those symptoms disappeared. In the 3 years running barefoot, I’ve covered more mileage, ran farther, and accomplished more as runner than I did in 15 years running shod. It’s been a fun journey.
I also ran 3 hours this morning, not in recognition to the 3 year mark but more the fact that I am running the Hartford, CT Marathon on Oct. 13, in which I haven’t been really training for. I almost feel like bagging the whole race but I paid a lot of money to run it. I’m just not feeling the desire to run long right as of now.