Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Barefoot in the Snow
This happy barefoot runner did not feel as happy about the first snow as she usually does. In fact, she looked out the window with a bit of dismay.
Maybe it will be gone by tomorrow, when my next run is scheduled.
I kept staring at the snow, and as I came back in the house, dragging the garbage cans in behind me from the curb, I still kept staring at it.
I wonder what it would feel like to just step out there and see what it feels like? I mean, it won't hurt me to go outside, take a picture of my feet on the snow, will it now? A minute or two wouldn't hurt, would it? I definitely am not going go barefoot running in the snow this year, but, well .... it's only a light dusting of snow and it looks like very dry snow.
Yeah, but as soon as my feet touch the snow it won't be dry. It will melt and it will be wet and freezing.
But what would it cost me, really, to just go out and take just one eeny little picture for my blog? I mean, it would be fun. I have a Summer picture of my feet outside, a Fall picture of my feet outside. This could be the Winter version. Oh, I simply must have the Winter version!
Okay, I'll do it.
I admit it was hard to take of my socks and Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot Kali shoes that were keeping my feet relatively warm. But once the decision had been made, then I just saw it through.
Amazing! It was not miserable. It actually felt pretty good!
I could definitely feel that the cold-weather conditioning I've been doing over the past couple of weeks had produced an insulating kind of effect. I felt definitely like my feet were prepped or ready for this and that it did not feel as cold and freezing as it might have had I not accustomed my feet to the cold. The strong, tough skin on the soles of my feet which had developed over the past 145 miles of barefoot running almost felt like a layer of protection, almost like a kind of "shoe" on my foot.
I'm not saying it wasn't cold, but it was surprisingly more comfortable than I thought it would be.
But I have no idea what it would be like to remain out there. I was only out there for about 3 or 4 minutes. I wonder how long I would be out there before my feet started to freeze.
But then I thought that maybe they wouldn't freeze because I'd be running and the activity would keep the feet warm. There really would be no way of knowing for sure until one gave it a try, would there now?
Maybe running barefoot in the snow would also work like learning to run barefoot at all, or learning to run barefoot in the cold, and have to be done incrementally -- bit by bit, increasing very gradually?
Maybe by taking these little steps out I've already begun?
No, no no! It's not the right time. I will not, shall not, run barefoot in the snow. I will not do it in a house. I will not do it with a mouse. I will not do it here or there. I will not do it anywhere. Mark my words, I will not run barefoot in the snow! Do you hear me?!