Hello Barefoot Runners,
This has been another eventful month. I'm happy to report a good amount of increased mileage. I actually turned in two of the longest runs since my foot injury (8 miles and 10 miles) and the feet feel pretty good. Slow and steady comeback has been the key. I am also still employing the "at least one rest day" philosophy between runs which has helped tremendously. The key once again is to let the skin on the bottom of the feet dictate both the length and speed of the run. Once the blisters or "hot spots" start, you should consider your run complete and live to run another day.
The rest of the week in Thailand was pretty much non-stop meetings and dinners with customers and suppliers. This meant each night not arriving back at the hotel until way after dark. So all-in-all, not too conducive for barefoot running. So it really was truly a recovery week after my 10 miler on Wednesday the week before I left. I got back home last night and woke up this morning (Sat. June 30) feeling fine and went out for a short 5K. It had been raining earlier so the pavement was a little wet in spots but not too bad (and Indiana really needed this inch of rain as we are in one of the worst droughts on record). And once again, it really felt great to "do something" in the first 24 hours after a long flight. Plus it was a great way to get in a little mileage before the end of the month and not have to turn in a ZERO week! Still looking forward to slowly increasing my mileage over the next few months with my eye on the Monumental Marathon in November (barefoot?...maybe...we'll see how this "slow but sure" training method works out)
Well, keep up the good work out there and enjoy those early morning runs ('cause the pavement is too hot if you wait much past 8am!...at least here in hot & dry Indiana)
June Mileage = 34.55 Miles
Week 1= 14, Week 2= 7, Week 3= 10, Week 4= 3