I opened the door to go out for my run, Daffodil on her leash, all excited.
It was raining.
Shoot, why hadn't I known it was raining? I had seen how grey it was outside my window, but had been so busy all morning that I didn't know it was raining.
Daffodil wouldn't step out.
It's supposed to be bad to run barefoot in the rain -- Blisters. I usually avoid it, and I can, because since my running schedule is simple, with breaks in between, and since I don't train for marathons or anything like that, I can just skip it if it's raining.
Today, though I was all ready and I wanted to run. And I am in training. Training for my black sash progress stripe and this is part of it. So, I decided to just go ahead and run barefoot in the rain. After all, I was only going a mile. And maybe I could be really really careful and pick my feet up so they don't rub on the ground and make blisters ...
Okay, Daffodil, you don't have to come.
It wasn't really very cold, so that was good. We've been having an extraordinarily mild winter. I haven't had to wear shoes out there at all, in both January and February.
Oh, I know! It's probably because I bought those Merrell pace gloves to use in the cold. Now we will not have cold weather any more.
I usually don't care what people think about my being barefoot out there -- or what I think they think, because I never know what they think. But today I felt a little self-conscious. It seemed a bit odd to be out there in the rain. I really thought that people would think I was a little crazy.
Needless to say, you all know I had a wonderful time. The bottoms of my feet got a little numb, and my shins and calves felt a little stiff.
I think they may have been stiff because I didn't do my 1/4 mile walk warm-up first. I felt even more self-conscious walking barefoot so I started running as if to say, "See, I'm out here for a barefoot run." Walking around seemed odder than running, for some reason.
However, at one point, I put my camera on the ground, set the timer, and started running towards it and captured this photo:
Yet I find it interesting that it looks like that left foot, the one in front, is about to land on the outside. Remember I told you in my other post that peroneal tendonitis can be caused by landing on the side of the foot? Hmmmm!
I don't think I was doing that all along, but with running it's hard to tell what one is doing. It goes by so fast (even a slow runner like me).
Now that the run was over, it was time to check out the bottoms of the feet. Back to the self-timer on the camera:
Hmmm, can't really see that well. Better take one closer up:
A bit wrinkly, but things look okay. Looks like I didn't do any damage. Lots of stuff sticks to the feet in the rain. I have noticed, however, that my feet do not get as dirty as they used to when I run barefoot outside. The leathery, thickened skin seems to almost slough off dirt, and things like splinters and little stones don't seem to manage to work their way in any more. That's very cool. Another reason I don't want to put shoes on. It took quite a while to make those great soles and I would hate to lose them and have to start all over again.
Once I got them cleaned up at home I made another inspection of the bottoms:
I saw that a blister-like area of skin had been roughed up a bit on the sole of my right foot and another similar small spot on the big toe of my left foot.
I think these were leftover blisters or callouses from a long long time ago that have just been there but not obvious, kind of flattened up against the skin. The wet rain and pavement acted like a kind of pumice-stone action to kind of work on those little spots. It's just old dead skin that needs to come off, but I have not wanted to pumice the bottoms of my feet for fear of reducing the protective layers. Guess nature decided to take care of it. Maybe we are supposed to run in the rain.