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12 Weeks to Barefoot Running: Weeks 6: Hardening Your Skin

Posted Jul 25 2011 9:01am

Still following Michael Sandler's 12 week plan to become a barefoot runner. This is the end of week 6, it's been 8 weeks since 2 false starts, and of the 6 weeks, 5 have been pretty consistent with the barefooting. His plan for this week:

Pace: Jogging + HikingDistance: Jogging 2-4 miles, hiking 1-2 milesObjective: harden and strengthen your skin
My weekly training:
Tuesday - Hot and humid! First day running without a shirt, but still dark, so no children were harmed. 10 mins shod, 7.5 mins BF, 12.5 mins shod. Pretty typical run now.
Wednesday - Hot and humid but felt great. 18 mins shod, 13 mins BF, 20 mins shod. Only negative was that my big toe feels hot/blistered post-run.
Thursday - Cooled off to a balmy 85ish. No BF today just felt like running and foot still felt hot and bothered from yesterday's run. Straight 30 minutes shod.
Sunday - Saturday LSD on a Sunday. Really nice run with Laima, pushing Little Worker in the stroller. Really worked on taking it slow, felt like I could have run for quite a bit longer. Note to self: remember how good it feels to start out SLOOOOOOOOOOW. No BF, just didn't have it in me.
This past weekend I went shooting with a coworker and then we had a family celebration for Little Worker's first birthday. Big storms means the flowers are happy but also that I'll have to mow the lawn again - the best effect of no rain is no mowing!
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