Monthly Archives: September 2011
I had an epiphany today. I know….sounds painful, right? 🙂 I went for a half shod/half bare run around the neighborhood today. I took my path a few blocks around in a circle and headed towards the community park that is across the street from my home. It was more of an exercise in fartleks. As I, being severely deconditioned because of the events of this summer, slowly ran around the track, I look up and lo and behold…it’s a herd! Right there, coming towards me are all of these miniature peoples! I was confounded for a moment as I processed this information. For surely there was some type of law regarding childcare that was being broken at this very moment…..that or it was just an invasion of the planet by miniature aliens. I knew it! I always knew there was life on….this planet? Oh well….anyways, I digress. There I was, barefoot and going very slowly (which is a safe way to do it, thank you!), watching my form, and this whole train of kids comes barreling past me. As old and decrepit as it made me feel (somewhat), I had this internal recognition that “THAT” was the whole goal. Attempting to reconnect to the earth and through that process grab onto a piece of unadulterated joy and throw off the trappings of society and civilization, and remember the primal fun we had as children running amok among our neighborhoods. Next time your out and about on your own daily walks or runs, try to pretend that your still that child of your youth. As they say it, “Fake it till you make it!” Remember to have FUN. It’s not worth doing if you feel like it’s just a chore. If you can’t figure out a way to do that then find yourself a running buddy and motivate each other. It’s important to be serious about your understanding of the process of becoming a barefoot runner, but you don’t have to be so serious that you “ground” your inner child from all the fun.
To those who have visited my site and sent me their compliments, tis much appreciated. Thank you for reading! Well, I apologize that it’s taken this long to get another post out. It’s been quite a crazy summer and now we’re heading into the earth toned colors of fall. As the leaves fall, I turn my mind to the happenings of the past few months. After I broke my toe, I spent the first month mainly on as much of a flat surface as possible when resting and kept my foot elevated to reduce the swelling. To say it looked like something Frankenstein would want to eat, is putting it mildly. My toe was really gross looking! Not to mention, very painful and stiff. The podiatry docs just kept telling me to do what I was doing and it would all work out. So… a few weeks later I got out of the boot cast and went to flip-flops. The idea of jamming my toe into any other form of shoe just sucked at that time. It even hurt to just have a blanket laying over the top of the toe as I pointed my feet straight up. So it took weeks for the sensitivity to go away and then it was yet still more weeks for the stiffness to go away. I kept myself as barefoot as much as possible, except for when I had to go places…then I utilized my flip-flops until I could handle sticking my feet back into toe-shoes like my Vibram Komodos. As of today’s date, I have only worn regular shoes twice since I broke my foot! 🙂 I even wore ballet style flats to a wedding later this summer. It worked out perfectly. I was able to dance right along with the rest of ’em.
As a result of my accident and other serious reasons, I had let my eating habits run away from me and now I find myself struggling to get back to the Induction phase of Atkin’s influenced with a bit of Paleo. I have redesigned my supplement regimen and my exercise schedule. I now take a B Vitamin Complex with Raw Vegetables, a Joint Support Complex, CLA, Ganoderma Lucidum, and several products from Mannatech on odd days. On even days I do much the same, except I replace the B Vitamin Complex with a Full Vitamin Pack for Active Women from GNC. I’m back to logging my foods meticulously and monitoring my drink intake. Only water or sugar-free crystal light or protein shakes low in carbs. No juice, no milk, no soda, no carbonated drinks.
As for exercise, I’m back to going to the gym on odd days and on even days I have started out walking barefoot around the local parks/neighborhoods. I will eventually progress to a run. I recently ordered a new pair of huaraches from invisibleshoe.com so I need to compliment them on their comfortable ordering process. It was fast, efficient, and accomplished. Good job invisibleshoe.com!
Well, that’s my latest and greatest. I hope to see you all on good trails with fair weather! Take care, and please feel free to leave comments!