The plan in action

Thanks for all the encouraging words about getting out of my little rut!  (I’ll just pretend that there was no contest to enter, and all those comments were motivated by genuine concern. 🙂 )  Seriously, it is neat to see how many people have felt exactly the same way after a big race.  My favorites are the ones who tell me to just listen to my body and go back to bed.

The plan to jumpstart myself with running every day in November is going well so far.  Three days, 22 miles.

Sunday’s run was 11 miles.  It was actually a five-and-a-half mile race put on by the running club that I’m in, but I showed up early with two of the guys in the ultra group to do the course an extra time.  It was kind of cold and rainy, but the course was fun because there was a nice trail section with a really steep hill and a stream crossing.  Yes, this is fun now.  So different from how I used to feel about trails.  I ran the “race” part in 40 minutes and got all sweaty and muddy, so it was nice to meet Erin and Target on the way home and have people wonder why there was a jungle boy in the store.

Then on Monday, I did just four miles, but in my Vibram FiveFingers.  I’m still trying to build up mileage in them, and four miles at a time is about where I am now.  I definitely notice that I get tired much faster in the VFF’s; it’s just a different kind of running and all those small muscles in my feet and lower legs fatigue really quickly.  But it’s getting better, and it’s a lot of fun.

The worst part of the VFF’s is still the blisters they give me; on this run it got so bad that I actually took them off and went completely barefoot for about half a mile until I couldn’t stand it anymore!  I got a lot of looks from the women who were doing their morning walks on the trail, but they weren’t exactly longing, come-hither looks.  No, they were more of the horrified, why-is-that-savage-running-in-barefeet-and-man-does-he-need-a-haircut looks.  And I got a nice splinter in my foot to show for that little escapade too.

I did get a haircut yesterday, all part of the plan.  Is nice!  (Borat voice.)

[haircut photo]

And for the third run, I ran the whole trail near my house, seven miles.  And in a pretty good time too — 52:26, about a 7:30 pace.  This is actually really fast for me on this trail; usually I’m good for about eight-minute miles at best.

The Dearth of Food

If you haven’t noticed, there has been one on this blog recently.  I still cook a new recipe almost every single night, just haven’t had any real winners recently.  But fear not, I’ll keep tryin’, and when I find a good one, I’ll post it.

Things You Musn’t Do

  • Forget to check out Running Shorts for my Born to Run review.  Plus a little birdie (named Megan) may have told me there would be a new post today.
  • Forget to enter my Amazing Grass giveaway.  Get your comments in by Friday!


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  1. I didn’t see your last post but way to get back out there. I have been having a hard time getting back out there, but mine is more my body misbehaving more than my motivation. For once in my life, I did listen to my body and am taking the week off….Not a fun thing. I hear you on the breaking in the VFF. I didn’t go slow enough into my Newton’s and I think that is part of my problem. I have a half marathon on Sunday so the Newton’s are getting shelved until I cross that finish line.
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Sore Calves & Halloween Pictures =-.

  2. It looks like you are off to a good start with running this month. Trail running is awesome and so much fun but I am definitely quite a bit slower on the trails.

  3. Great job getting those runs in! Are you taking the Pile On The Miles challenge? I’m sure you’ll be piling them on fast.
    And I was wondering why there hasn’t been much food lately, haha. I guess it’s better to wait for something really good then get a lot of bland ones.
    .-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..Bars, Bars, Bars =-.

  4. hahahah- I can imagine the looks you got running barefoot. Awesome. Glad the running plan is going well. I am having trouble will all the teaching I’m doing fitting in runs- bumming me out a bit! In fact…I should really take today off since I have a three day weights class training program this weekend….but I really want to run!
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Peanut Veggies/Noodles/Fruit =-.

  5. Glad you’re enjoying your November challenge and the hair cut looks great! Welcome back from the dark side!
    .-= katherine´s last blog ..Why Buy The Cow…. =-.

  6. Hey Matt,

    You’re doing great man in the Vibes. I just logged 13 in them on Sunday. The only way I can get through a long run in them now is to duct tape my feet where they’re prone to blistering. Sounds weird I know, but it totally prevents blisters and comes off easily after sweating from the run. This site is great and congrats on the BQ Marathon!

  7. It’s way too cold to run barefoot outside here, I run barefoot on our treadmill. Sorry about your splinter.
    .-= meatlessmama´s last blog ..Quinoa Stuffed Squash =-.

  8. Sounds like some fun runs! YEEA my blog is beginning to look barren to I’m eating leftovers or things from a box. Too simple for blog purposes. I’m in a good ruut.

  9. I’ve heard of someone else ( who had problems with blisters in the Vibram FF KSOs and exchanged them through the company (for free I believe) for the Sprints and hasn’t had a problem since. The heel strap is adjustable.

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