Friday, August 20, 2010

34.9 -- The Summer of "The Barefoot Mile" is coming to a close.

Well, something different is developing at last.  I had a tight schedule today, and my goal all summer has been consistency.  I have been very lucky that the weather has been amazing (I don't mind the heat).  For some reason I have been able to consistently go out on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to run my barefoot mile.

I had dreams when I started out that by the middle of the summer I'd run a 5K - the one I ran in last year. I had visions that by the end of the summer I'd be running longer distances.

But I learned quickly that I had to have patience.  Learning to barefoot run takes time and care.

So, I stuck with my "Barefoot Mile," going round and round until ... until ... well, I didn't know quite what I was waiting for, but I think I was waiting for something like today.

I had a tight schedule today because we are having a lot of celebrations this weekend.

I thought maybe I might miss the first of my scheduled running days.  The first one all summer. (Or at least one of the only ones.)  But I so did not want to miss it.  So, I set my alarm for 5:30 and tried to make a little plan where I could get my work and preparations and packing done, and also get my Barefoot Mile in.

I was a good girl.  I did not run first, and then pack.  I packed first, telling myself that if it went well, I would get to run.

When I got to the end of my usual little route, I just did not want to stop.  I had to keep going a little bit. And the only reason I stopped was because I thought it might be unwise to overdo it.  I really felt that I had a lot more in me.

I ran 1.9 miles, I found out after checking on I felt really great after, a couple hours after, and even now at the end of the day.  Feet feel good.

That means I'm moving on to 2 miles now.  It's finally time.

Okay, I admit that my feet ached when I got up to go have my hair rinsed at the salon after having sat in the stylist's chair for a while.  And they also ached when I got off the bus after coming home from my hair appointment in the city after that.  But no more than they ached when I first started acclimating them to the barefoot mile.  And within a  yard or two of walking along they felt good again.

So, it's time to say good-bye to The Barefoot Mile.  I will always have great affection for that mile.  That mile that formed a base.  Yes, I will always remember "The Summer of the Barefoot Mile."

But now it's time to move on, to new challenges, and it's time to get to know mile number 2.


barefootjosh said...

Congratulations! Don't forget to go back to the mile every now and then.

The soreness is probably making you walk gently. Useful!

Avocational Singer said...

Thanks, BFJ! I wrote out a schedule on another blog post and I´m going to be doing ¨The Barefoot Mile¨on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Think I´m going to walk it at first, actually.

I´ll never leave the Barefoot Mile entirely. I love The Barefoot Mile!