As seen in picture two, my pup and I slept in today. I missed a 15 mile run with my training partner. I ended up running by myself and felt real sluggish. And at about mile 4 dehydration cramps started kicking in. I had soda at a bar yesterday with some friends. I think the pH stuff is really kicking in, cause I actually ran a PR for a training run. 14.75 with a 7:53 average pace.
As an unshod runner (during warm months) it has been irritating that everyone says you have to go incredibly slow when transitioning into barefoot. People going 2 years strong in training feet without shoes with a limit of 1 or 2 miles… HERE IS A TIP!
Go walking and leave the shoes behind. During spring for the northerners, as soon as beginners start training, and periodically for those who already built up a good base. Walking unshod will give you two benefits.
●increase the rate of callus build up
●decrease the rate of muscle fatigue
Taking the same distance, your foot will hit the ground twice as much walking over running. Your foot will also stay connected to the ground longer while walking over running.
All generation of new cells in your body, which happens all the time, is directly related to the amount of force that is sent through your body. The more contact of skin and road, dirt, or track the more your foot will have a need for an added layer. This will quickly adapt your foot to take those pebbles or track turf like a champ!
Walking will also give a better ease into training for those foot muscles you haven’t used since you were a toddler. Slowing down the time between your foot engaging and disengaging the ground will give you that much more concentric contraction in every foot muscle of yours. This will quickly build up your foot muscle’s fatigue threshold.