Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Barefoot 5k Complete

I finished my first 5k race in a neighborhood Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. I was not moving all that fast, though my pace quickened after my feet warmed up. The temperatures were in the upper 30s with wet pavement from earlier rain. I was happy with any result that didn't have me limping across a finish line in front of lots of people I know.

This year taught me that I can run barefoot. Next year, I want to get fit and fast. I'd love to nail down the Apple Blossom 10k in April. Now I just need to figure out how to over-winter my feet.

15 comments:

Jen said...

Hey Sean,

Enjoy keeping track of your running progress.

Congrats on the 5k Turkey Trot- sounds like the conditions were less than idea :)

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Perhaps a 10k in your future?

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John McNally said...

Are you running actually barefopot? I know you said you are but there are flimsy shoes for this as well?

John

Sean Lloyd said...

John--I'm running barefoot. There is definitely a huge distinction between minimalist shoes (VFFs) and bare feet.

carbon copy pro said...

Wait.. Why bare feet? What's the reason for that? Just curious.

Anyways, congrats on your victory!

marijn said...

I'm pretty impressed, although more about your switch to minimal. I guess that's the biggest switch because it changes the way you put down your feet. I am currently running marathons & trails. Well, that was, until I got tendinitis, so I'm looking around for experiences with barefoot running and stories about people who made the switch. I suppose you didn't make the switch over night? Started with short runs while still running with your regular shoes in between?

Sean Lloyd said...

Marijn - I was blessed with a break from running that forced me to start from scratch. So I didn't feel like I was missing out on loads of miles. I simply enjoyed what I had. I think an injury is the best possible route into barefoot running because it lets you start from the beginning without the guilt of "un-run" miles.

marijn said...

Hm, I guess now would be the time to do it then :-). My doctor advised against it, but then it was he who said i had tendinites while, until today, i seriously doubt he was right.

I think I might buy myself some in-between shoes, like nike's free-run or something alike.

Abel said...

You lost 61lbs just by walking alone? WOW! I mean really, that must've been some walk. How many miles did you average a day? I should try this. Not that I wanna lose some weight but I badly need the exercise. I just wish I were walking up or around nature, like a grass-covered pathway with trees all around instead of concrete and buildings surrounding you. Tough to be in a city with no park big enough like NY Central Park Nice video, I am looking forward some good blogs to follow and I`ve just found one: yours.


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Abel said...

hope the 5k went well! you could also consider doing a 2nd run later in the day on short-race days like that to make up the rest of your mileage, just an option.

it took me years to figure out pacing, and more than necessary to realize you ought to do long runs to train for a marathon ;) so don’t feel too bad.
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Mike said...

Barefoot rocks. Have a look at the harvard videos of running with/without bare feet.

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Simon Mugglestone said...

Hey don't forget that the great John Ngugi won 5 x World Cross Country and 1 x Olympic 5000m titles running barefoot! The heel is rounded for a reason- to spread the impact as it shoots up your leg. Most trainers have a straight edged heel which concentrates the impact on a single point- maybe why we get so many injuries today?

Pets-Kids Photography said...

Hi. Thanks for inspiring me to start running. I need to strengthen my back and knee...I am inspired to make it a 2012 goal to work on my running endurance!

Pets-Kids Photography said...

Hi Again- I am back to working out and off to a good start this year! I am building up my endurance on the treadmill but will take it outdoors in the spring. Thanks again for this inspiring blog!