Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Day 4, Tuesday, I spent a lot of time doing things barefoot, but didn't really do anything too adventurous, due to inclement weather(this is why we didn't go camping or hike Blood Mountain). I did, however, take my girlfriend walking with me barefoot. I explained very clearly to her that I am not advocating barefoot anything yet, since I am not experienced in it. She saw no harm in walking with me though.

Toward the end of our walk she asked me about barefoot running and I explained the forces and how they react with your feet, such as the shock involved with a heel-strike over the shock involved with a front-foot strike, which is explained nicely here and below.

Day 5 was much more exciting. We decided to go run with my parents at Yahoola Creek Park. I thought it would be neat to use my iPhone for something other than calling people, so we used RunKeeper to track our distance, speed, and other statistics. Here's my run!

We found a cool wall of rock!

Before I ran I had no idea how far I was going to go. I wanted to keep it light, but I also wanted to push myself a little further than before. Thankfully, Whitney likes to do run/walks, so we spent a lot of the time just running to a point, walking up to another point, then running again.

Nothing says nature like a vintage refrigerator...

This was great fun, but I felt my feet hurting, mainly my right big toe. I had a friction spot there and it eventually rubbed raw. I ran through it though and turned out alright.

We also went exploring and found a "secret spot". It was at the last place my RunKeeper tracked me(I accidentally closed out of it after that). This place had some cool granite walls and an old refrigerator!

After that I came home and washed my boo-boo, realized that it still had dirt in it, and had my medic take care of it. She did great. :)

Now I am torn between whether or not I want to run today. My toe doesn't hurt, but I know if I don't give it time to heal it will never get better. Maybe I will run with the band-aid on and really try not to mess up the band-aid(this will help me anyway).

Until next time... RUN ON!

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