2005 Winter Barefoot Running

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January 5, 2005 -

An interesting and instructive run today. We got about an inch of freezing rain last night and then about an inch of sleet today. I went out after lunch for my daily run. The sleet was actually like snow on the wood chip trail where I ran about 3 miles. Then, I switched over to concrete and asphalt for the final 3 miles. Actually, this seemed a bit smoother than the normally cushy wood chip trail. My technique is definitely different when it is slick. I find myself doing a full-foot plant with shorter strides which eliminates most scraping. I ran the 6 miles at a little less than a 10 minute pace, but that's what felt right.

Temp: 24 F
Wind Chill: 14 F
Wind: SSE at 10 mph

Here's a pic of my footsies that I took with my picture phone. Notice the frozen rain on the grass beside the wood chip trail:

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February 2005 -

In January, I attempted to run too many really cold days back to back. For me, a day of sub-20F running of over 5 miles produces a degree of nerve loss and blood flow. I need a couple of days to recover from a day of really cold running in snow. The following pics show frostbite from falsely judging my abilities to recover from day to day.

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December 7, 2005

This was a day of winter barefoot running I will probably not try to repeat. The temp was 10 degrees with a windchill of -6 degrees F. The video below shows the blowing snow as we already had gotten about 2 inches of snow. I think it was the combination of the very cold temps and the snow which made me lose feeling early on in the run. I only ran 3 miles this day. After the first mile, my feet were a little numb but I was feeling okay. After the run, I could tell I was going to have some problems because a couple of toes were frozen! It was just too much exposure for such extreme temps with the snow combined. Yesterday, I ran 4 miles with the temps at 14 degrees (no snow on the ground) and my feet were fine afterward. The snow was the huge factor on today's run. Note to self: DO NOT RUN IN SNOW WHEN THE TEMPS ARE BELOW 20 DEGREES!

Video at Indian Creek Bike Trail, Overland Park Kansas

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December 11, 2005

The following pictures are the result of my December 7 snow and frigid temps run. Pics were taken immediately following my running of the Dallas White Rock Marathon:

 

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