Had a chi running clinic yesterday. It started with just two of us for the level II, on the track & It was sweltering hot! My form is ok, I can get into the "c" shape ok, but I have trouble keeping it while 'leaning.' I look back at pictures from races and I look like a duck, so I know I have some work to do. I asked Vince what I can do about the "duck" as well as my hip-bursitis and he noted that I'm crossing my feet very close together. His suggestion : run barefoot to feel the ground under you, and 'know' where you're going. Note, I was in myBARE feet, none of these weird 5 toe shoes!
Ok good idea ---- in theory!
The level I class joined us, and I removed my shoes. The rain came, THANK GOD, it felt so nice! Running the first lap in barefoot was pretty cool. It really made me pay attention to where my feet were landing, and I wasn't thinking about how out of shape I am, I was thinking about - where my feet were landing. I have to say I felt drunk as I staggered along the track line!
The 2nd lap was good, it was nice to run in the puddle too! We practiced the 2nd and 3rd gears and I think I'm getting it, I just need to build up some endurance. The bare-feet thing was pretty cool up to this point too, it made me think about those weird shoes, except... do I REALLY need another thing to spend money on??
3rd lap, I actually looked at the bottom of my feet - EEK.. the track was red, and so was the bottom of my feet! not so much from irritation but from the color of the track. I felt like Lady McBeth!
4th lap, OUCH... each step was irritating, I could feel each raised groove in the track! I swear I was floating just because I didn't want my feet to touch the ground!
5th lap - just torture.. I splashed through the puddles as much as possible, got to the other side and found my precious shoes!
We then practiced hills. I learned some new techniques on how to go up a pretty steep hill without straining the calves, also I learned how to go 'down' a hill without killing myself or really pounding my knees.
All in all, a good day.. but damn my feet hurt today!