Well, I've gone and done it. I've joined the ranks of those "kooky" barefooters. The Vibrams came off today in a grassy soccer field, which, apparently, is a tremendously great surface to run on. Not only is it grassy, which is comfortable and soft, but firm because the ground has been packed down quite a bit by those busy-bodied soccer players. It's the best of both worlds! I don't have to worry about dips twisting my ankle and it's gentle enough on my pretty virgin feet.
And... believe or not, I actually am following the sound advice of barefooters everywhere, I took it slow. I only ran around a couple soccer fields, I walked on the pavement and ran across a concrete lined bridge and then I stopped and put my Vibrams back on before I hit the gravel trail. I'm not brave (or stupid) enough to run on the trail sans shoes quite yet. One step at a time. Literally. It's funny because after I put my Vibrams back on, the minimal amount of material between the soles of my feet and the ground felt really thick. The mind-body connection while running barefoot is phenomenal. Wow.
I'm a bonafide barefooter and the abbreviation of my name, Barefoot Emily, is BFE - haha! That one really cracks me up in my runner's high brain...
Tomorrow, we hit the beach - winter in Los Angeles rules. Running will be a part of the day. I hope it's part of yours, too.