As I have been running pretty sporadically over the past year due to back issues, I have noticed something about minimalist running. It gets easier and easier with time.
When I originally started barefoot running, I noticed that my feet would hurt a lot if I went too far. I originally planned to slowly increase the mileage and speed in hopes that the aches would go away. Over the past year I have been running as often as my back would allow, and I have been switching between barefoot running, and running in regular shoes.
Recently my back has been feeling great, and I have been able to run more often. I have noticed that I can go farther and faster barefoot than ever before. I still alternate running styles to minimalize the risk of repetitive injury, and it seems to be working out great! When I used to run too often in regular running shoes, I would get sore knees, shins, and the sides of my lower legs would ache. When I ran too far barefoot, I’d get sore feet. By alternating between the two styles of running, I am pretty much ache and pain free.
My barefoot speed has increased to the point that I am almost running the same pace barefoot as I normally run which is great. It used to be SO much slower. I can also go much longer now than I could when I first started.
On another note, for anyone interested in starting to run, I came across this great and motivational running plan for beginners over at Lifetropolis. It looks to be a solid plan to get you running up to 30 minutes non-stop – definitely worth a look!