Discovered on my run today an unexpected plus to barefoot running... how incredibly quiet it is.
I've always been a fairly quiet runner, even before with my uber-heel strike. I think landing light is the only thing that has let me get away with running this long with my arthritis. Today, without shoes, it was... silence. And it was... amazing.
I took a minute, and I turned off my iPod (my constant running companion). All I could hear were the leaves rustling on the pavement, a crow calling, and my own breathing. There was a light tap, tap, tap when my Vibrams hit the pavement. When I took them off, just quiet. Running along I was able to get within arms reach of a turkey. Got a much different reaction from the local wildlife than I usually do, or see other runners get, smacking down the pavement. Squirrels kind of looked at me, decided I wasn't a threat, and went on collecting their food for the winter. It was a pretty amazing way to feel like part of nature, even in urban Minneapolis.
Another observation I had about my own form... as I got tired, I started to hear a "scuff, scuff" as my feet landed. A big sign that I was getting tired and my form was slipping... I was no longer making those light, quick touches with the ground, and this is probably about the time when I start developing some good blisters. Luckily, I recognized it early, corrected my form, and made it home with no ugly-buglies on my feet. Will definitely be turning my iPod off and listening to my feet on occasion as a way to check in on myself.
More to come in the next few days, thoughts on shoes, etc. With it getting colder, I suspect I'll need to be wearing shoes on my run a bit more often. I'll give you an idea what shoes I have now and how I like them. And of course, shoes, in general. Because really, what's barefoot running without an obsession about shoes? :)
It was a little chilly out today, but once my feet warmed up, it wasn't bad. A couple of obnoxious passer-bys who couldn't help but point out that it was cold and I was going to catch my death, but I could have pointed that out about their cigarrettes. :)