So after my big whine in my last post about the coldness and not being able to run barefooted anymore, it kind of warmed up around here. The mornings have still been in the 30's but in the high 30's and even the roads dried up. I've decided that if it's wet I'll be shod for sure. But if it's dry and not too cold, I can suck it up for a few miles at least and enjoy the freedom that is barefoot running. Even if it is cold barefoot running.
Saturday I headed out with some Powerade Zero because there wasn't anything else in the house and I was too lazy to go the store before my run. I didn't even think about taking raisins or anything else. I wasn't even sure how far I was going to go. But I ended up doing a good 13 mile run in my Evo's. The furthest to date. Actually I should say 11 miles because I ran a mile barefoot and then another mile in my socks. I have been kind of concerned about the fit of my shoes. They are snug. Not the normal thumbs room in the toe area. And I was worried about loosing toenails. I've done that before and while it's not painful, it doesn't look pretty and I'm all about my toes looking good. ha! ha! Anyway.... they were good the whole way. One thing that IS weird is that my feet don't usually sweat. But they do in the Evo's. My socks were wet and that's not something I'm used to. Sure I peel the rest of my clothes off of me. My husband has often commented that it might just be easier to cut them off. But it was a weird feeling pulling wet socks off.
Here's another awesome part about that run; I didn't get the long run feeling in my legs. So either my body is getting used to the mileage OR my legs are not fatiguing as quickly because of my new running style. I'm tending to lean to the latter. I didn't even have fuel and that's not normal for me. My feet still get feeling tired. And this week my calves were particularly sore. I think that was from the race last Saturday where I was running much quicker than I normally do. The rest of my lower half got really sore from a change in my weight routine. That lasted all week as well and sitting and standing were a chore. I just keep thinking that it's making me stronger and that's a good thing.
Cycling class was a killer this week as well. I do enjoy that class a lot as it's always a good intense interval and it goes by really fast. Plus it's about the only cross training I'm getting right now. I wish I could make it to two classes. Things have just been crazy at nights and I haven't been able to work it out. Maybe once January hits things will calm down a bit.
Quick side note: If you have kids, go and hug them. Right now. No matter what they ever do or how snotty they can be, chances are that they're growing up in a normal home with love. I've been reminded that not all kids get that chance and it's just not fair. So go hug your kids really tight. I know I have been.
Monday: 5 mile run in Newton's (2 1/2 miles in socks)
Tuesday: 5.5 mile run in Evo's (2 miles in socks)
Wednesday: 5 mile run in Evo's, full body weights
Thursday: 4 mile run in Evo's, stretching, cycling class
Saturday: 13 mile run (1 mile barefoot, 1 mile in socks)