I hope everyone is surviving this cold weather and staying safe out there on the frozen roads. Personally, I'm struggling with this weather myself, but did manage to run 19 days this month for about 47 miles. Two of those runs were indoors on a treadmill while I was on a business trip to Chicago last week. And of the 17 outdoor runs, only 7 of them were longer than 1 mile. That's right, 10 of my runs this month were shorter than 1 mile! I know, it hardly seems worth it to go out and risk frostbite on those cold and snowy days, but it was more for my mental state than my physical state! There is something about suiting up and braving the elements, even if its for only 0.3 miles just to say that you did SOMETHING for the day. I just hate putting down a ZERO for the day. But, on those days when the temperature never got above 10, that's exactly what I did. Even in this "polar vortex" winter, it seemed that the highs did usually get into the survivable range most days. On those short days when I was only able to go 0.3 to 1.0 miles I ran straight out of my garage and then back to the Hot Tub afterwards and sat on the edge with my feet in the 101 degree water, usually for the same number of minutes that I had just run. So if I ran 3 minutes, I would sit with my feet soaking for 3 minutes before I went in to change clothes and then get in the hot tub for real...which is my normal daily routine. This way, the feet always get the best chance to recover. It's a real learning experience to know what the feet can withstand, but you need to remember the barefooter's winter mantra: "Numb Feet are Dumb Feet!" Even still I did suffer some minor frostbite, which usually turned out to be a like a minor burn which then flaked off the top layer of skin...the problem is that area is then even more tender and susceptible to damage until it gets built back up again...same as if you get a blister and then need to take time to let it heal.
|7.5 Mile Barefoot Run in January!|
Stay Warm Barefooters!
January Mileage = 46.88 miles