Another barefoot running experience

Because it felt so good to go barefoot running the other day, I decided to give it another go early yesterday morning.  Since the beach I run at is very dog-friendly, I decided to bring Minnie, my mother’s terrier mix (my two dogs are too old and lazy to jog).

Minnie and I set out nice and early.  When I kicked off my shoes, both of us set out as if we’d been shot out of a cannon.  Minnie was so excited to run she dragged me for quite a bit. In fact, she’s a much better runner than I am (perhaps because she’s always been a barefoot runner?).   The jog was very relaxing, and but for one nasty incident involving Minnie stopping suddenly to inspect a dead jellyfish and me accidentally kicking her as a result, there were no mishaps.  I did find it harder to concentrate on my form with Minnie pulling on the leash, but my run did turn into a tempo run of sorts.

Once again I sat in the water after my run.  It’s my alternative to an ice bath.  Minnie is not a water dog, and had to be persuaded to come into a few inches of water.  There was none of the usual after-run pain that I experience, and my hips felt a lot less “tight.”  So far, barefoot running has been a great experience.  I think it’s also made me a bit more relaxed about my pace and time.

Tonight will not be barefoot.  I need to do a 10K tempo run, so I need the hills that aren’t available on the beach.  I’m not quite ready to take my barefoot running on the road just yet.  That will be a huge leap for me, but one I feel more and more eager to try.

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4 Responses to Another barefoot running experience

  1. Christine says:

    Funny you mention your hips Jen—I noticed today, for the first time, that my hips felt sore post-run. Is this normal? Even doing just 5k?

  2. Wendy says:

    Sweet run Jen. Thanks for sharing that dip…cooled me down too.

  3. jengalle says:

    Thanks Wendy and Christine! It was nice to relax in the water. I even tried to teach Minnie to swim! She’s no fish, but at least she knows what to do. Christine – you’re clocking in new distances. Maybe that has something to do with the hip pain. I would be proactive about it, though. My physiotherapist told me that women are very prone to hurting our hips when running. If we run together this week I can show you some of the stretches that she showed me. They’re nice, because they also help out the knees!

    • Christine says:

      Awesome! I look forward to it. I should be able to do a Friday morning run. What say you to trying out the new UPEI track? It’ll be a new experience for me. Is 7:45 good?

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