I know it has been a long time since my last post, and there is so much that has happened since then. The main thing is that I am still running and running well and learning so much. Running barefoot has been very rewarding for me in so many ways compared to shod running. It is quirky and makes me different and has helped my running in so many ways. Two and a half years on since starting my journey and I have learnt so much about my running and the biomechanics of my running. Things that I thought I knew about running I had to learn first hand again from practical experience. When I got things wrong, I could feel it. I’ve been tempted to get my shoes back on, but it never felt quite right when I tried a run or 2 with them. I have learnt to take things very slowly and to listen to my body.
Here are some figures that highlight my journey:
It has been 2.5 years during which time I have completed 232 runs that equalled a total of 938 km. I know not exactly setting the world alight, but I have learnt the value of quality miles rather than just junk miles.
My very first run was 300 metres at 5:30 min /km. The progress has been slow but the distances have increased and so has the speed. My fastest 4km is now 4:11 min /km and during speed sessions I can run very close to 3:00 min /km. I’ll be doing the Gold Coast Asics Half Marathon on the 5 July 2015.
My knee (left ) has improved out of sight. It still gets a bit sore every now and again but what a difference. I’ve hurt my knee on two occasions that needed a decrease in running on both occasions. On both those occasions, it is where I got carried away and increased my speed or went too far. There is some value to the rule of 10% in increasing training intensity. My calf muscles have taken a calculated beating and now after 2.5 years I can run 15 km with no stiffness or soreness in my calf; many calf raises later.
I’ve learnt the value of strength work. Again it’s what I’ve always taught but its essential both for injury prevention and performance. I’ve discovered the need to look at running rhythm and style. I’ve determined that each person’s style is unique, and there is no one size fits all but improvements in tempo and rhythm are essential.
I think the most important thing I’ve learnt is that running is fun and should be, It can be hard but its fun. It is an incredible stress release. This blog ran into a blip early on because we get busy and stressed and, to be honest, the last thing I wanted to do is write about my running. Running and my family were a great stress release and helped me massively. It is now time to share that journey, not of barefoot running but more about the journey of learning to run again not only from a physios perspectives but from a runner who had lost his way.