The relentlessly funny David Roche asked about barefooting on steep downhills, saying that might be a good time to utilize the heels and overstride. My reply was that I just don’t overstride. After paying specific attention to where/how my feet land on steep hills around the nabe, it turns out that’s not true: I do overstride a bit, but I just point my foot a little more. I land on all the usual places.
Second, I also suggested that I might have been faster with a little footwear due to the annoyingly rough surface of the first fifth mile. But wait, let’s look at that graph again:
Not only was that my fastest fifth of the race, but for most of it I was at or under a five minute pace. Maybe a shoe would have left me fresher for the rest of the distance, but even I have a hard time playing that devil’s advocate (even I? Yes! Even I!). So I guess the upshot is if I wear a shoe because of rough terrain, it’s not for improved performance. It’s because I’m a whiny baby.
Last, I think I could have gone faster. That makes three things.
That is all, carry on.