Barefoot Bootcamp

It seems Juliana has picked up a few ideas about barefoot running after reading Born to Run recently (I’m next in line to borrow it!). So when we met for our run this morning and she suggested a couple of laps barefoot on the track, I thought: Why not? As J pointed out, it would give me something to blog about. 🙂

I’ve done some barefoot running in the past – specifically of the beach variety in Cuba and Antigua.

We peeled off our shoes and socks once we got to the track and got started on our first lap. It was certainly different from beach running! The surface wasn’t quite as soft as I was anticipating; it felt okay at first, but the balls of our feet were on fire by the end of that lap.
After that we decided to stick to the soft, wet grass and it felt much better.
But first J had another idea up her sleeve; we completed our own mini bootcamp, doing sets of various exercises between each lap: push-ups, squats, sit-ups, jumping jacks, lunges.
We completed 7 barefoot laps, 40-45 push-ups, 30 squats, 50 sit-ups, 50 jumping jacks and walking lunges across the field before putting our shoes back on. When we started running in our shoes again, we both noticed immediately how light and comfortable we felt; it was the strangest sensation, especially when we expected the opposite! Go figure. I think we may have to do some experimentation…
Great way to start Friday!

28 thoughts on “Barefoot Bootcamp

  1. You are more brave than I would be. Not in the barefoot running after I messed my feet up running on the beach a few years ago. ;(Still, just being out in the early morning air is a great way to start the weekend off!!

  2. Fun!! We used to that after workouts in track. Question for you – where did you stay in Antiqua? Brian and I are looking for places to go on our honeymoon.

  3. Oh I love it! I will be curious to hear how your legs and feet feel tomorrow. I know just after running 1 mile in my vibrams my calves were killing the next day. I love that you switched things up a bit. How fun! 🙂

  4. I just read Born to Run on my vacation last week asd was so inspired to run barefoot on the beach. It was amazing! Now to run barefoot at home!

  5. I have a copy of Born to Run and am waiting until I have more free time to read it. It's so cool that you experimented with barefoot running? Do you think it will become a regular part of your weekly routine?

  6. That is great! I loved Born to Run…and I enjoy the occasional barefoot run. And as you may know, I wear racers. I have a feeling your calves may be sore this morning 🙂

  7. Born to Run didn't make me want to run barefoot, but it did give me a boost in motivation – I think you're going to love it!I love how your workout sounds like you were just playing around. Fun!

  8. These are super fun pictures. I'm such a wimp about this stuff–I'm always afraid of stepping on rocks! Maybe I'll woman up and give it a try.

  9. 7 barefoot laps! The first time I ran in Vibrams I did ONE lap at the track. It changed the way I ran so much I felt like I had run 20 miles the next day. My calves were sore for over a week.

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