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Barefoot Adventures #2: The Beginnings of Wisdom

Now that my feet have mostly healed (Adventures #1 was actually written about a week ago), I decided to give it another go. Linda and I took a nice little jaunt around the block to take in the beautiful sights of downtown Cleveland, and I took the boys out of their rubber cages for a spell.

Again, it felt pretty good to run sans technology. Not that I’m against all forms of advancement, since I’m well aware we were never meant to run on asphalt, and if needs must…Still, that extra spring in my step and the I-could-run-ANYWHERE feeling (for inflection, see Exhibit A…or alternatively, Exhibit B) is hard to resist.

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Barefoot Adventures #1

My new running shoes

My new running shoes

7:00 pm: It’s been almost 1 month to the day since the Cleveland Downtown Olympic-distance tri. Aside from Linda’s first 5k, I’ve done absolutely nothing since then. Methinks it’s time for a nice short run to kick off the post-season training.

7:03 pm: Pretty slow pace, so I’m trying to spice it up. I’ve been thinking a lot about barefoot running lately, mostly wondering if it’s really as good as some say it is, or if (as I suspect) it’s just another passing fad to make more money for shoe companies. I’m gonna try running more on my toes and see how it feels.

7:05 pm: We’re about 3/4 of a mile out. Toe running kind of sucks. It just feels like I’m sprinting really really slowly, which makes my shoes scuff the sidewalk and honestly slows me down, but we just hit a stretch of really smooth paving, so let’s take of the shoes and see if it feels any different.

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