Having made a massive two attempts at running completely barefoot I decided to bite the bullet and buy a pair of Vibram Five Fingers I couldn't really afford. The guy in the shop said that I should get used to walking in them before I run in them. And the instructions that come with them say to try them for an hour or two at a time at first. So I sat in work with them on for a few hours on Tuesday and a few more hours today (Thursday). Today I also walked to the car and drove home in them.
One of the main reasons I got them is that running barefoot is really cold. When I went outside in them today I thought ‘my feet are really cold’. And then I remembered how cold my feet were running barefoot and realised that no, actually, my feet weren’t really cold. The tops of my feet were cold, but nothing on running barefoot. And the soles weren’t cold at all. So that’s a win.
I also cheated a little and ran some of the way to the car. I’m sure it’s largely psychological, but it felt really good. It felt like I could go really fast and be happy to do so. I am looking forward to this being the way I run.