Injured!   4 comments

For the first time since running without shoes on, I am injured, and it wasn’t even my fault! So this is what happened:

UP Diliman, 5:30am, Academic Oval.

I was running my usual warm-up couple of laps around the Acad Oval before the Runnex running clinic starts when it turned out that there was a running event in UP that day, the ACTIVATE! Run and Pump it Up. Nice purple (blue?) singlets.

The Start/Finish line of this event is infront of AS steps. As always, participants were just loitering about (many were warming up) while waiting for their respective gun starts. Crowded as it is, we had to slow down to maneuver and weave through the bodies of these participants so as not to run them (and each other) over. Apparently, this concept was jusr too complicated for some because the guy a few meters behind me kept looking at the stage while keeping his fast pace. Unfortunately, I was the lucky person whose feet seemed like the perfect landing pad for his heelstrike. I don’t care if you’re wearing the new Brooks shoes, when twice your body weight falls on my toe, that would hurt!

Good thing for me that the b@stard’s aim was off, he was only able to step on the pinky of my left foot. It still hurt, but wasn’t able to keep me from running that day. The pain subsided by the time I completed my first lap, about 2.2k. I was still able to complete another lap, the drills during the running clinic and a 5k to cap the day.


The pain came back while inside the bus going home. I guess the endorphins had already worn off. Every step was quite painful so I had to limp my way out of the bus and take a tricycle going home. Needless to say, the wife was not very pleased with what happened; and had another weapon in her arsenal regarding her campaign against me running barefoot.

Oh well..

When I looked at my foot, my toe was violet and almost 50% bigger, the underside was almost black. I was quite lucky that my brother in law is a physical therapist. He looked at the toe and just advised me to ice it for 20min, three times a day for two days. Then I’d had to apply a combination of heat and cold on the toe a couple of days after that. After two days of ice baths, the pain is now a lot more bearable (although I still can’t run pain free) and the swelling seems to be subsiding. I see recovery before the week ends. Yey!


Like driving vehicles, running is not purely dependent on the runner’s focus and care. Sometimes, an idiot runner will come along and step on your toe.

Many have said that runners are one of the most attentive people you’d encounter on the road. They’d have to be to avoid getting hit by a bus (or an idiot runner). To this I say barefoot runners are more attentive than regular runners. Barefoot runners need to always pay attention to the road and to their surroundings. There’s never a time to go on “cruise control” and run half-asleep.

Last Sunday, a running clinic buddy asked me what happens if I stepped on a rock. I said most of the time I can avoid them but if not, I call those moments “lessons learned”.


Posted August 31, 2010 by Barefoot Yayan in barefoot running, injuries, running clinic

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4 responses to “Injured!

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  1. ikaw na ang adik sa barefoot running!
    hehe dahil clean-living na ako, soon makikijamming ako sayo. wahahahaha

  2. Kawawa ka naman; we didn’t know that you were injured. Hope you get better soon!

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