It’s been a while, and a few things have happened as usual.
Auroville has come and gone. I was plagued with doubt and indecision, swung this way and that and finally took the easy way out – ran a 10k, almost token-like and tick-marked Auroville. I justified it to myself saying that such weekend getaways with Deeps and kids are rarer than races nowadays. Certainly, it was a fun weekend and I enjoyed it, though a small part of me feels a tad guilty that I ditched a shot at the long one. Ramani sir, notwithstanding his injury and lack of long runs, proved that the muscles that matter are typically higher up in the body.
The quad has been fun – more emphasis on swings, squats and presses. Arv the coach, has been on my case – We actually met 1-on-1 and had a long chat about my current state, improvements that need to be made, goals and stuff. No major surprises there – upper body and core.. you know what I have been lamenting about.
But, he asked – I argued – finally relented – and agreed to go gluten-free for 1 month. Yup, 30 days of gluten free diet. What I didn’t fully understand was what all it entailed me having to give up – all breads (sandwiches, pizza etc), rotis (chapatis, nan, parota etc), pasta.. Ok – you know what – all that is really not a problem. I have a problem with 3 things that I got to give up – beer, whiskey and upma! But, it’s just 30 days and I’ve said ok. It’s already been a week and I haven’t had any serious withdrawal symptoms. . It just feels funny drinking vodka at parties.
Then.. hmm.. yeah – the beginner runs have been fun. .
RI haven’t been running much of late. I need to get into a routine, fitting in runs and the quad sessions. Here is what I think I should do starting from Monday => Nothing – Quad – Run – Quad – Nothing – Quad+Run – Run. Hope I can implement that.
It’ll be interesting to see how this barefoot running trend evolves. It is quite well documented that the Chris McD’s Born to Run has literally kicked off this rage and I’ve been swept in it as well.
But , all is not well with stripping your feet – I am injured now with a persistent and irritating foot pain. Having said that, it is also my fault because I did not follow even rule #1 of transitioning to barefoot.
But, here is what happened, for the bloody diary and then we’ll talk about what it means.
- Nov 28 is when the Vibrams arrived – that’s a good 2 months ago
- Since then, I have used them on all quad classes (Dec was the off month – so 12 classes). So, just working out, moving around in them,
- Runs – I think I have ran about 5-6 times in them; Almost every time it was the nice and easy 5-6ks on Saturdays that I used to get comfortable in them. The most I went on one of these runs was a 8k – very nice and very comfortable.
To be honest, I loved the feel of the vibrams; the lightness of the feet, the ability to wriggle toes and rather bizarrely, I liked their ugliness. . I always loved the saturday runs and thought that the Vibrams had a part to play in those.
So, a Sunday back (Jan 29 – 10 days ago) – I ran the classic on my bright-blues – 17k in a nice, slow, easy, chatty 1:56 min run with Yash and felt great even during then.
Then, back home – it stuck. A dull, nagging pain on the outside of my left foot; at a place where it had never pained before. No pain when I sit, stand or (obviously) lie down, but pains when I walk – even a 10 feet walk.
Picking a random picture from the net to show where it pains (this is not my feet –
Mine is on the left leg (unlike the picture) and probably an inch or so below where the thumb is placed.
This persisted right through the week and also when I attempted the next Saturday run. I was hoping that it might ease out when we run, but I was wrong – it grew increasingly bad and I was forced to stop at 2k and was limping badly during the walk back to the car.
Been about 10 days now, and the walk-limp has considerably eased out. Now, I can walk about for a while with no pain, but I have not tried running yet.
I am kicking myself for having run a 17k when the previous longest was 8k. Obviously, I am an idiot. But, once I got this, I started reading more and more on the net and there are a number of people out there injured having run barefoot (or improperly transitioned to those).
Closer to home – Shahid and very recently Ramesh Seshadri have suffered as well.
I would like to read and write a lot more about this, but let the Auroville weekend pass- I would like to listen to Barefoot Ted and surely there will be a lot more barefoot runners this weekend. Lets see what they have to say.