This is not news to some: I really enjoy barefooting.
I realized during my run today that it was actually 5 years ago in March (March 30, 2010 to be exact) that I started running barefoot. Here’s the link to my DailyMile post where I described my experience:
I love running outside and feeling the wind in my face. I love hearing everything around me, the leaves rustling on the ground as I pass by, the breeze in my ears, and the trees moving their branches.
I love running in the rain. I love getting completely drenched when running and splashing through puddles.
I enjoy sweating and feeling my heart pounding. I also love to run easy and relaxed and take it all in.
I love running races, looking at people run and having people look at me run. I enjoy the friendly competition of someone being ahead of me and me trying to catch to them. Having them pull away as they feel or see me coming and being able to pass them. Or oftentimes, I am not able to pass them and they beat me. That’s OK. It’s a great feeling to know you have tried your best.
I love the feeling of crossing the finish line at races or simply finishing my run. It provides a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
I enjoy running around my neighborhood and work and greeting others runners or people that are outside.
I love the peacefulness of the run. It is a form of meditation. Relaxing. Fulfilling.
I enjoy long runs. I love to count when I run. Yes, I count the steps I take, sometimes just to see how many steps I need to run a mile. I also count my steps to keep a steady cadence, the steps per minute. I like to sing military cadence in my head and parts of songs that have the same beats per minute as the cadence I desire to keep.
(I decided to post my reply. Hope you don’t mind. 🙂
To answer your questions:
-Did you read “Born to Run?”
I have not.
-What do you think about barefoot running? I REALLY want to know!
I’ve been running barefoot for 2 years now. Totally enjoyable. I really don’t like having anything on my feet when I run except maybe when running or walking on rocks. But the feeling after walking or jogging on rocks actually is great. Like my feet have just be massaged.
-Did reading this book make you want to do an ultra?
Haven’t read the book, but would love to do more ultras.
-Did you change anything about your running lifestyle after reading it? If so, please explain!
I actually changed my running style through self-experimentation and reading on BFT’s huarache forum. Basically, if it hurts, change something so that it doesn’t hurt. 🙂 Listen to your body…