31 August 2010


It was time again to put on my VFFs and to continue to work on barefoot running as a supplemental training tool. Since I really did a number on my Inov-8 295s in less than 100 milesbyt really wearing down the inside of their heels, I figured it can't hurt to try to utilize some'barefoot" running to work on my running form. I have never had any problems related to any type of pronation, but I clearly roll off my heel more than I think I should, so I think I'd like to focus on becoming more of a midfoot striker. That should reduce the overpronation I've experienced on my minimalist trail running shoes. I have also switched to a different Inov-8 model to try to address the heel/blister issues I've encountered. Richard and I went for an easy 3 mile run followed by a 1 mile walk to continue to work on running form when using VFFs. I stayed off the grass and on the asphalt of the walking trail in an effort to "feel" every time I attempted to roll off the heel again. I figured it is easier to remind myself of  the proper running form when my body has to poay the price when I don't. Running on grass would just mask the problem areas by not giving my body the feedback of pain when I heelstrike. Anyway, everything seemed to go fine, but I won't know the impact on my calves until tomorrow. The pace was better than previously as well, but I think that is related to the slight cool down in temperature and humidity levels that has taken place here recently. Overall, it was a nice and easy lunch time run not adding to our milerage but allowing me to add some running form training into the mix.

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