I'm a week away from running my first barefoot half marathon.
GOOD NEWS... I had been struggling in training with being sick and TOFP. I took a hiatus for 2 weeks for TOFP leaving me 2 1/2 weeks to prepare for my half marathon. I went out this morning in my VFFs to attempt a 10 mile run to see if the foot would hold up to the mileage. When I reached about 2.5 miles, I was feeling winded. I was worried that I would not have the endurance to complete my 10 mile goal. However, by mile 4 I was moving smooth! I had found my zone and was feeling great. I got to mile 5 with no pain whatsoever!
The VFFs were giving me a little hot spot on the inside ball of my right foot, so I thought I'd take them off for the run back home.
BAD NEWS. . . I made it about a mile barefoot before the TOFP returned. I put my VFFs back on to see if they would alleviate some of the stress/pain in my foot. They did somewhat, but not greatly. I made it to about mile 7 before I was running with walking breaks.
FRUSTRATION! I'm stubborn enough to try the half marathon in VFFs. I'm not stupid enough to believe I can do it completely barefoot at this point. The question is how bad is this round of TOFP- is it a day or two thing or the 2 week kind??? Good thing is I haven't signed up yet. I might just settle for the 5K and do that barefoot. Who knows?