I begin my flat run and notice that I am not feeling sore from yesterday which is good. I am running along and keep looking at my watch and realize that I am doing around 12.3km an hour on the flats, around 11km an hour on the hills and 10km on the downhills. I find that is really strange that I am slowing down when I am going down hill and think back to the youtube video that I watched that said Vibram's are not fast. I can now see how this can be the case but I also don't think I have ever run this fast on the hills and the flats so that makes up for my slow downhill running that I know I can improve when I am truly used to the shoes. I hit some flat sections and run onto the grass that is parallel to the pavement and for some reason it feels like I am running on pillows. The grass feels very soft today, it actually feels amazing. I run back onto the pavement and can feel the difference of the hard surface but it is not painful in any way. I run to a turnaround point about 5km and do a long turnaround through some streets before heading back onto the course I was just on. As I am about to start the climb of a hill I notice another run in the distance. He had been coming the other way prior to me reaching the turnaround and I decide that I am going to try and catch him.
The course is undulating and I know there are several hills to come so I aim to push on the hills and maintain on the flats and really concentrate on increasing my speed on the downhills. I want to take my shoes off and experience true barefoot running but realize that this may not be a good idea so soon after yesterday and plus, I don't have time if I want to catch the runner in front of me! I am getting closer and closer to him and eventually as I am about to pass him whilst crossing a street he stops and turns around, he must have hit his turnaround point also. I now relax a little and really concentrate on landing in the centre of my foot with my toes stretched out to maximize the cushioning. I am stretching out my toes in my Vibram's before the strike on the ground and whilst it feels a little weird, it also feels comfortable. I am coming home now and have the "Hill of Death" to run up.
|The Hill of Death|