Barefoot too far?

So my calves were sore and I gave it a week off. Then I set off on Sunday evening to walk to the beach and then jog across it a couple of times. Trouble was, I bumped into Sven on the way there, and ended up jogging the best part of half a mile with him first.

So now both my calves are VERY sore and the plantar fasciitis in my right foot has flared up again. Currently massaging that by rolling my trusty golfball under it.

Golfball massages: they hurt so good!


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 04/15/2012
  • Total Time: 00:15:00.00
  • Calories: 91
  • Distance: 1 miles
  • Average Pace: 15:00/mile

Another barefoot jog on the beach


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 04/10/2012
  • Time: 02:58:44
  • Total Time: 00:02:30.00
  • Calories: 27
  • Distance: 0.25 miles
  • Average Pace: 10:03.02/mile

Long Time Injured

I’ve taken a whole year off from running. The injury I got to my right patella ligament in the 2010 Ironman wasn’t healing, and rather than risk making it worse (and maybe ending my cycling), I’d hung up my running shoes.

In the meantime I’ve been reading a whole lot about this kind of injury - there’s a school of thought that says it comes from modern running shoes. These are so well cushioned that you develop a heel & toe running style, where your knees act as the body’s first point of shock. The remedy is barefoot running - or the equivalent, with very thin-soled shoes like Vibram Five Fingers.

But they cost the thick end of a hundred quid for a pair, so first up is some testing of the water - barefoot running, concentrating on mid-sole footstrike, along the compacted sand on the beach.

I’ve been advised to start this really gently, as it’s pretty close to running on tip-toes, and uses muscles in your calves that you never knew you had. The day after this run, I’m glad I kept it to just two laps of Cullercoats harbour - my lower legs were NOT in good shape. But my knees felt fine. ;-)


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 04/08/2012
  • Total Time: 00:06:30.00
  • Calories: 71
  • Distance: 0.62 miles
  • Average Pace: 10:27.18/mile

New Experience: DNF

Third from last of this year’s North Shields Poly Grand Prix. After last month’s performance, my handicap is now 17:20 … on a 3.6 mile course. That’s a LOT of catching up!

The group I was with were pretty fast, and by the end of the first mile (5:40), I was 50yds or so behind the leaders (but still well ahead of the back of the group), and starting to suffer. Then on the straight from the sand castles to the high point, my right thigh started to feel tight.

I managed to pretty much hold the pace, but after the 1,000yds or so along the flat, came the run down to the lower promenade. This was just too much, and my lower thigh went into full-on cramping spasms.

Game over.

After five minutes rubbing & stretching it, I could hobble back up to the upper promenade, and then walk / jog / run back to the start line.

I think this was a dehydration problem - unlike last year, when I was exercising like a loon all the time, it’s been a little more sporadic this year, and I’ve not been paying attention to my fluids. Thinking about how I’ve been feeling over the last week or so, I may have been gradually building up a dehydration problem, and last night was time to pay the piper!

I had a pint of electrolyte supplement and a pint of water before bed, and woke up thirsty this morning. Much more work to be done on this!


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 02/08/2011
  • Time: 20:27:21
  • Total Time: 00:28:00.00
  • Calories: 341
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Average Pace: 9:19.88/mile

Another Sunday Speed Session

Warm up, then 4 x 4 minute reps with Geoff at 7:00/mile and a two-minute recovery. Left knee still uncomfortable. :-(


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 01/23/2011
  • Time: 06:10:30
  • Total Time: 00:34:15.00
  • Calories: 417
  • Distance: 3.66 miles
  • Average Pace: 9:21.62/mile

Seven Mile loop

I put the arch-supporting-but-really-tough insoles back in and the run went much better. Knees both a little sore though, so I think it’s time to head for some professional help.


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 01/22/2011
  • Time: 01:32:49
  • Total Time: 00:58:42.00
  • Calories: 893
  • Distance: 7.36 miles
  • Average Pace: 7:58.72/mile

Sore Ankles, Knees, Feet, Everything



  • Type: Run
  • Date: 01/19/2011
  • Total Time: 00:21:04.00
  • Calories: 321
  • Distance: 2.76 miles
  • Average Pace: 7:38.02/mile

Speed Session with Geoff

We’re currently in 4th place for the NS Poly Grand Prix. But If the team can continue ot improve over the next two races, we’re in with a chance of the title - we’re not actually a million miles off the lead….

So today was the first step in The Plan. Geoff wants to get a serious PB for the GP course, and we all want to win. Time for some speed work on a kinda regular basis.

We did 4 x 1000m, a gentle cool down from that, then a one-mile time trial for Geoff - he managed around 7:45, which for pretty much his fifth mile is more than OK. To my mind, it means that his current average in the GP of 8:00/mile is easily beatable for him!


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 01/16/2011
  • Time: 06:23:17
  • Total Time: 00:45:45.00
  • Calories: 557
  • Distance: 4.83 miles
  • Average Pace: 9:28.72/mile

Meh. Friday Run.

I think I’m either not on the right training plan, or not as fit as I thought or just a big wuss. Probably all three, as this was a whole lot tougher than I’d thought it should be. Option d) is of course that I think I should be as fit as I was just before the Ironman, wheras in reality I’ as fit as someone who’s six months from doing an Ironman. Yep. That makes sense.


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 01/14/2011
  • Total Time: 1:46:51.00
  • Calories: 1431
  • Distance: 12.2 miles
  • Average Pace: 8:45.55/mile

NSP Grand Prix

Great race - my handicap was 16:40, I overtook loads of people, and was only passed by about five. Seems that a little training goes a long way!


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 01/11/2011
  • Time: 15:12:08
  • Total Time: 00:24:28.00
  • Calories: 417
  • Distance: 3.58 miles
  • Average Pace: 6:50.02/mile