I wanted to get a run in over the weekend to break out of the running funk I have been in and managed to do it. Victory! I also wanted to see if I could manage a run in barefoot shoes. (Oxymoron?) I picked my never-been-worn Merrell Bare Access's (0mm drop) and took them for their maiden voyage. They were a treat to wear. I have an upcoming blog post where I describe my minimalist plans.
All of the conventional wisdom I have read suggests that I shouldn't run very far when transitioning to 0mm drop shoes (like starting at a few hundred metres) and that I should gradually increase the distance/duration, but I didn't heed that wisdom. I have been moving to progressively flatter shoes for the past couple of years and decided to take the final 4mm plunge. (Note: My last few pairs of shoes were 4mm.) To be honest, they felt great during the run and even 9 hours later as I write this, I feel no lasting effects.
The run itself felt great. My goal duration for the run was 30 minutes and because of the heat I planned in keeping the peace slow. It was definitely slow and hot, but I managed. I did an out and back on Hilldale Road and I dawned on me how it got its name. The road was up or down the whole way: hill, dale, hill, dale, hill, dale. I wore my TomTom Runner, but didn't wear the HRM. Even without it, I knew that my HR was up there, partly because of the heat and the hills, but mostly due to lost fitness. It took a while for it to come down afterward, but otherwise I recovered rather quickly.