Running Sock-less and Nike+GPS App review

By Skip

Today I headed out to run as I have never run before…. sock-less.   The thought of it scared me a little bit because I have had really bad blisters before and I really did not look forward to the feeling again.  When I bought my running shoes, I bought them with socks in mind…. so obviously there was going to be some “play” in the fit which is usually not a good thing.

I had read about a little trick online… take a little lubricant with you when you are starting to run sock-less…. if you start to feel a “hot spot” on your foot, stop and rub a little bit in.  So this is what I did!   First of all, let me break down what my run consisted of today:

  • WU: Run 10 minutes @ low aerobic intensity
  • MS: Run 16 minutes @ threshold intensity
  • CD: Run 10 minutes @ low aerobic intensity

I also went out with the new Nike+GPS app on my iPhone.  One thing that I did not do that others said I needed to was to reboot the phone after installing it.  Because I didn’t do that, some of the features didn’t work, like voice feedback.  Not a problem.  I DO like a few things including a pretty accurate distance in comparison to the foot pod technique.  I also like the fact that it instantly posts to the NikeRunning website so I don’t have to go back home and synchronize with iTunes first.  Oh yes… now all of YOU can compete against me without the need for Nike shoes or a Nike+ foot pod!

Another REALLY COOL thing is the way it displays your run.  If you notice from this picture, it shows my route but it also shows it color coded from fastest to slowest.  You will notice a red spot in the middle of my green run…. this is where I had to stop and apply some lubricant to my heel as it was starting to hurt.

Overall, it was kind of a tough run for me, however I was able to keep a 6’30” pace for most of my main set which is what I set as my goal as I headed out.  My leg muscles were still sore so it seemed like I could barely lift my legs off the ground.  Good things I didn’t have too many uneven spots in the sidewalk or I would have ended up on my face.  Also, one area that is still extremely sore is the TOP of my foot!?  What is that all about?  It feels like it is bruised and I have had it since the long run on Monday.  It seems to be getting better but it is still there.  It started with both feet but now it is just on my left foot…. the same one with the added blister.

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The blister I am not worried about.  I had some of those blister Band-Aids that heal them up pretty quick.  One more time out and I should have the calluses that I need to be able to do this without any issue.  I have a brick planned this weekend so it will be the perfect opportunity to practice my transition time as well as to see how effective my sock-less training is.

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Filed in: Fitness and Running Software, iPhone Apps, Running, Sprint Training, Transition, Triathlon • Friday, September 10th, 2010

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