I recently broke the 4 mile barrier for my daily runs. My post-run self feels a quicker recovery afterwards as well. I am not dying when the run ends. I can start picking up the pace so I can go farther in the same amount of time.
Last week I ran a two outdoor runs barefoot. They were the first outdoor BF runs I had done. Prior to this I went au naturale at a gym whereupon they told me to get my hippie self off the track. The Nikezis are everywhere man. The outdoor runs were my breakthrough, my proof that not only can I run with the stride of a BF runner, I can be a full-on barefoot runner. I had expected to be moving to a mostly barefoot regimen by now.
But this is Utah. Utah has some quirks. If you ever decide to come out this way, and I hope someday you do, people will tell you there are some oddities here. However, beyond the oddities of liquor laws and religious cultures, neither of which is a exaggerated as people make them out to be, Utah's most challenging oddity is it's weather. This year, March came in like a lion and it going out like a Jersey Shore fan giving everybody she passes the middle finger.
Utah is called a high desert. It's supposed to describe the altitude and local climate. Personally, I think "high" describes weather patterns more than the altitude. I think this every time I hear one of those TV weather clowns tell me to expect a high of 75 with two inches of snow in the afternoon.
I can tell I am very near ranting about weather and climate, best I back off and do some meditation for a while. But before I do, anybody who runs or cycles becomes very concerned about the weather. I do both. So when unpredicted and unseasonably warm BF days are instantly replaced with unpredicted unseasonably snowy winter days and nobody can say when or how, I grow to hate weather people. When I have to pack two changes of clothes for when I cycle to work because I can't tell whether I'll be facing heat stroke or hypothermia, I really grow to hate weather people.
Nonetheless, my water socks still serve me well. They get wet fast, but drain quickly. So as I now slush through my morning runs wishing the bottoms of my feet knew how to handle sub-freezing ground, I at least can feel my run. Thanks to Romanov's YouTube channel, I focus on the pull of my run and the landing self-corrects. It's not the same as caressing the ground with the naked soles of my feet, but it's intimate enough for now.
The IBRD date comes nearer. I hope that the weather here will achieve a usable equilibrium for BF running. But to expect that to be certain is to be a little high. This is Utah, we're already high enough. This is especially true when it comes to those weather people making bad preditctions about the...
Go Home Weatherman, You're High
Blog entry posted by rb2001, Mar 28, 2016.