Sunday, 24 January 2010

Off the Map

Had a great 14-15 mile run today with a buddy from the club called Duncan who is a barefoot runner. Duncan always amazes me as he was getting continually injured until about a year ago when he threw away his training shoes and went bare foot! A year later, a new running style and he can run with no problems, injury free.

We met up at 7.00 am and went straight to the countryside to start running at 7.15 am, 30 minutes before sunrise, It was just about bright enough to run trail but I wore my head torch for the first mile until in open fields. My biggest objective today was to run off the map and try and discover a few more trails and just run until we felt like getting back to the car. All these objectives were achievedand was really pleased when we found a new trail that joined up a set piece route, I can now add 5 miles to a circuit without having to map it.

It has been a busy 8 days and have run 79.1 miles in that time quite some going and I feel great.

7 comments:

  1. Was he running barefoot off-road?

    ReplyDelete
  2. He runs in Vibram Five Fingers...have a look here:

    http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/

    Incredible to see him hurtle down a muddy trail hill and do better than us in trail shoes!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Any idea how many miles a pair those last?

    ReplyDelete
  4. From what I have been told about 350 miles so a about 50-150 less that a pair of road shoes. Before he went to the Five Fingers he used standard beach shoes costing about £6 and got 150 miles out of them.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Interesting. The Five Fingers look bizarre but strangely alluring. If I were suddenly to come into possession of £130 I might find myself drawn to the UK's only stockist to see if it was possible to actually separate my toes.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hee Hee so true Helly D....during our run we were going through woodland paths with great big roots sticking out and I was expecting a shreak at any moment as he stubbed a toe, luckily he didn't.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I imagine the muddy bits to actually be more fun in them for some reason, like I'm one of the creatures from Where the Wild Things Are. Maybe someone will feel the urge to give me some money to test this theory out.

    ReplyDelete