Monthly Archives: April 2011

Great run today!

Once again we have gorgeous weather here in SC, the wind was a bit stiff today at around 20mph.  Other than having to fight the wind a few times I had a great run.  My body cooperated through the whole 4.5 miles, no pains no aches.  I’m glad I didn’t run yesterday, I’m sure that would have been just enough too much to start to hurt myself again.  About 10 miles last week and just over 13 this week with one fewer day of running.

Going to have to play this by ear… I really want to run the Chattooga River 50k, on June 26th.  I’m not sure I’m going to be able to make enough progress to be ready in time.  We’ll see as I get closer.  In the mean time, rest day tomorrow.


Another good day running

Perfect running weather this morning, 53 degrees, sunny, and calm winds. Just over 4 miles today, despite what my GPS said I did not suddenly clime a 300 foot hill and descend from it without breaking my pace :).  Sunday is my rest day but this week I also took Monday and Tuesday off.  Monday I moved about a ton of dirt for a friend from the Veteran’s Center.  That was a darn good workout, 4 hours or so of shoveling dirt.  So, Tuesday morning I was pretty sore and stiff, figured an extra day off wouldn’t kill me and most likely would do me good.  Still a bit sore this morning but not too bad.  Legs felt like lead starting out and by the end my sore back and hips from shoveling were letting me know they were about done.

All in all a good run and a good start to the day.

Feeling like things are going in the right direction

Yesterday I did my lap around the block wearing my minimalist shoes.  Once again it really felt like a nothing run.  Slight stiffness in my calves this morning, so I know it’s working.  Stretched out good this morning and warmed up as usual before my run today.  Pretty warm out, 75 or so, felt warm after the winter we’ve had here.  3.5 mile run including a couple good hills around Falls Park and my legs feel pretty darn good.  Now I just need to keep building on this and working the mileage up each week and I think I should be alright.

10 miles this week, wow, sounds pathetic when you add it up.  But, that’s ok.  Rest day tomorrow and then back to it on Monday.  I think something like 15 miles next week would be a reasonable goal.

The day after…

Yesterday afternoon I was sorely tempted to go out and put in a 2-3 mile run after that little, barely a run lap around the block in water shoes.  But, I restrained myself.  Good thing too.  When I got up this morning both of my calves were tight and stiff.  I can see how easy it would be to over do it when starting into minimalist running.  If I had run until I was uncomfortable yesterday I’d be unable to walk today.  Thankfully, patience and judgement won out over exuberance.

New insight from my run today.  Running in minimalist shoes forces shorter steps and faster turn over.  Switching back to regular running shoes I tend to keep some of that.  Result: running faster.  When I hit the first 1/2 mile and the voice announce told me my speed I was shocked, I didn’t feel like I was running that fast.  Very interesting to see how this develops over time.

First steps

So, I have done it.  Completed my first run in minimalist foot gear.  After reading all of the horror stories and dire warnings I have taken it slow and eased into this.  I plan on keeping it slow as well.  Today I ran around my block wearing water shoes/aqua socks whatever you call them.  These are the same ones I’ve been walking around in for the past week or so.  It was an interesting experience.

First off, I know I look strange wearing them running, or even walking around for that matter.  So be it.  It is very interesting how your gait changes when running nearly barefoot.  Strides are shorter and quicker.  This threw my breathing all out of whack as I’m used to timing my breathing with the rhythm of my foot strikes.  On a run as short as I did today breathing isn’t too much of an issue, I just felt out of synch.  I can report that I have no pain and not even any discomfort from this run.  I did notice my feet feeling tired as I was getting close to finishing.

Next is to keep adding a little bit of distance every couple of days in between my regular shoe runs.  I’m having fun with this little experiment so far.

The minimalists may have something…

I have been either going barefoot or wearing water shoes for almost a week now.  This included a trip to the airport with all the walking that entails.  It has taken a few days to get the hang of walking with next to nothing on my feet, and it has been a workout for my feet and lower legs.  Sore feet and tight calves most every night.  I have yet to try running in these, as I said before, trying to take things slow this time and work my way up.  I figure I might try running down my block tomorrow (maybe 75 yards) or around the block at most.

In the mean time, I can report that my run today was pain free and just a little left calf soreness.  The run felt good and the weather is just amazing (as long as you don’t have alergies).  Warms temps, light breeze and beautiful blue skies here in South Carolina.  Other than the light coating of yellow pollen on everything, there’s not much more one could ask for in running weather.  I know this will end soon enough with summer so I’m going to try to take advantage of it.  Then in a couple of weeks I’ll be spending 2.5 weeks in Southern California, looking forward to the change of scenery.

Still going slowly…

I’ve been trying to wear the water shoes I bought the other day as much as possible, within reason this week.  My feet and calves are a bit sore in places I’m not used to feeling them.  It is taking some getting used to.  The couple of times I’ve taken my normal step and come down on my heal it has jarred the heck out of my body… good reinforcement I guess.

Running this morning was alright I guess.  I set out on my 2 mile route and took it pretty slow.  I could feel my feet a bit sore and my calves were tight, even though I stretched them pretty well.  At about 1.5 miles I started to feel a little something in my Achilles tendon so I stopped and walked the rest of the way.  This is a good learning experience in patience… I just have to keep telling myself that.

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