I finally did it!

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  1. Shaun Mac

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    I have been following Jason Robillard's beginners program and finally made it up to and finished the 1.5 mile run! Beautiful 54 degree windy sunny afternoon, chip seal pavement the whole way, 14 minute time, one blood blister on my big toe (no big deal)

    That's the furthest I've run since straining my achilles during a 10K race in early june (in shoes). It was after that race I decided I needed to do something totally different and so here I am. I finally felt like a runner again.
     
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    Way to go Shaun! Great to

    Way to go Shaun! Great to hear it!
     
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    Woohoo!!!  Nice work, Bro!!!

    Woohoo!!! Nice work, Bro!!! Chip Seal is a tough master...I'll bet your form was fantastic!!

    What do you think caused that blister?

    -Jonny
     
  4. Shaun Mac

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    Thanks guys.I can only

    Thanks guys.

    I can only assume it was a form issue. Towards the end I kept having to conciously remind myself to curl up my toes.

    I'll bike today and then try to do it again tommorrow.

    The surface wasn't too bad really, course that's all we have in town (its a small rural town) I was concerned running by the grain elevator as all the trucks and tractors that go up and down that street leave it covered with rocks and gravel, but I made sure I kept my knees bent and ran relaxed and it was no problem.
     
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    Awesome, Shaun!  Be sure to

    Awesome, Shaun! Be sure to only curl your toes up as far as is comfortable. You don't want to induce new problems (TOFP, etc.) by exagerating the move.
     
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    Good going!  You'll be

    Good going! You'll be talking about signing up for races of escalating lengths starting any day now.
     
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    Yeah, my goal is to be able

    Yeah, my goal is to be able to run that same local 10K next june barefoot.
     
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    If you didn't know better one

    If you didn't know better one might scoff at "1.5" miles... but, I DO NOT! This is great and I can't wait to say I've done it non-stop barefoot! --- without injury! ;) Good on Ya! I'm slowly working back into it after a misguided start.
     
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    Shaun, I had a very similar

    Shaun, I had a very similar blood blister on the side of my big toe when I went a little too far and did a 5k that a friend was prodding me about. What I eventually figured out was that as my lower calves were getting tired I was letting my feet turn out just a bit. That slight angle was causing my big toe to both slap the ground, and be the main point of contact when I'd roll through my stride.



    As my calves strengthened I focused on keeping my feet pointed forward and that has helped alot. Also more recently I've found that by bending my knees more won't let me turn my feet out, it sort of forces everything into the right posistion.



    Congrats on the distance and hope this helps.
     

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