Run 5…. #fivefingers

Today’s run didn’t take place until late. Due in part to the weather, it had been raining all day and it wasn’t until after 8pm that the rain eased up enough to head out. 

This is my fifth run in the Fivefingers and, as is the plan, tonight I managed to run slightly further and slightly faster than I have done up to this point. 

I also managed a couple of Fivefinger firsts:

  1. It had pretty much rained all day and it was pretty muddy at the woods. The Fivefingers I have seem to have a fair bit of grip on the sole, but not enough. Which made for quite a comical run at times.
  2. I also ventured off the trails for part of the run, which meant running on a concrete path for a mile or so. That was a new experience, the feet definitely need a bit of time to toughen up. 

Overall an enjoyable run. 4 min run/2 min walk x 6 – 3.3 miles in all. Slowly getting there. 

I’m definitely feeling more comfortable with each run. I’m managing to get a good stride, posture and cadence without having to concentrate too much now – things are feeling more natural. 

It’s all good. 

Decision made.

It’s been a good weekend.

Yesterday was full of stuff:

  • A lovely morning run at Rutland Water Parkrun – in regular running shoes
  • Bacon sandwiches
  • Lots of people
  • Cute puppies
  • A fantastic massage
  • Dinner out
  • Chocolate twists from one of my marvellous nephews
  • Frank Turner documentary

Sunday was slightly more relaxing, but equally full up with stuff:

  • A 6.30am morning run – 3 miles of running/walking in the Fivefingers
  • 2 hours at the allotment
  • A couple of hours watching the F1 racing
  • A spot of gardening 
  • Some marking and lesson planning

But what was my decision I hear you ask? 

Well, my continued research into moving to barefoot running suggests it will take several weeks, if not several months, to be able to make the transition from regular running shoes without injury. So I’ve decided to focus less on running 1000 miles this year – currently on 535 miles – and concentrate on the extra rest days that the transition to the barefoot running requires. Decision made. 

Also, after my first ever leg massage yesterday, I’m definitely going to be getting myself a few more of those. Another decision made.