I like my new minimalist shoes. They make me feel light and they certainly help my cadence. I used them for all my runs this week so far, which I know is not very sensible, but then when it comes to running I can be very daft.
Today I wanted to do a long run, 14k. Since my half marathon in May my distances have dropped off. First of all holidays, then we seem to be doing things every weekend which means I can't sacrifice a whole morning to running. So I've been doing 10ks most weeks, but nothing much further. About time to start building up again, especially as I have the day off.
So the first long run in the Vibrams. I ran my fastest 10k in 3 months without reaching worrying heart rate levels, but the last 4K were quite tough and the final kilometre was horrible. The only real problem I have with the Vibrams is my left heel, which feels bruised (it probably is). And every run I seem to end up stomping on a stone with that heel. This time a tree root really hurt and I was limping a bit for the last 600m. I had wanted to go on to 16k, but at 14 I called it a day and sort of semi-hobbled home. It's nothing serious (and to be honest, 14k was probably a bit ambitious considering I'd only ever run 6 in them before!) but I am wondering how I can harden my feet up.
Next run is on Sunday in "normal shoes" and I'm going to be a running tourist, as we're going to Austria for the weekend. Can't wait!