(3 Dec. 2013 – First time running barefoot.)
My barefoot with my running shoe, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13.
My story of running barefoot started in August 2013. Just only 1 month after I get this running shoe, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13.
At that time I subscribed to a lot of Facebook running pages and groups. (As a novice runner, everything about running is interesting.) I recognize that a lot of people change their running style and start to run barefoot. I wonder why people are running barefoot so I started to search about barefoot running. Then, I found one of a Facebook page called ‘Bangkok Barefoot Run Club‘
This club has a meeting every month. In September, I joined my first time barefoot meeting. I arrived there a little bit late. I walked to the meeting point and found a group of people standing in barefoot. Some of therm wore Vibram. Luckily I didn’t arrive too late. They just introducing about what they are going to do on that day. There are 2 activities.
1.) A lecture for beginner about how to run barefoot by K-San, barefoot runner who is the Tsuyoshi Yoshino friend. (Tsuyoshi Yoshino is the one who heads the Japan Barefoot Running Association.)
2.) Barefoot runners sharing their experience about running barefoot including Q&A.
We will arrange the following activities at the same time.
You can select one of them based on your interest.
1. Barefoot running lecture for new comers/who want to go over it again
2. Barefoot drill for experienced runners & sharing experience from running barefoot including Q&A.
Since I haven’t run in barefoot before, I chose to listen to a lecture. He (K-San) taught about how to land on our foot, bend our knees and how to use the gravity to help us running faster. We both run on the concrete (just a short distance) and also on the grass (and mud since it was raining on the day before… > <)
After that day, I still running in my shoe. As I was on the training program, I didn’t want to lose my running ability (speed) with barefoot running. (I mean it takes time to practice until you can run at your normal speed&distance in barefoot.) One day during the October, I got sick and ad to be in the hospital for almost 1 week! After I came back, I knew that I couldn’t run as fast as before. With a lot of works and activities, I didn’t have time to run. Just 1-2 days per week. I stop using the training plan and ran only 30 minute each. Until one day when the first semester ends and I started to run almost everyday again, I start running barefoot!
That’s the beginning of my barefoot running experience. ^ ^
September barefoot meeting. ^ ^ (Cr. Bangkok Barefoot Run Club)