Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Rediscovering the Joy

I have been slowly resuming my training. As all has been going well (knock on wood), I finally took the leap and registered for a half-marathon in October.  A part of me really, really wanted to sign up for a full but my head won out ... and I told myself to take it slow.  I think I pushed to hard in the past to go longer and thereby developed the injury that set me back so far.  Though, I can't blame the past 2 years of non-running solely to the injury, I know. 
But I am running again!  I can't believe how much I have missed it!  My enthusiasm is partly due to my new interest in barefoot running.  I am learning so much about my running form .. about the proper stride length.  In fact, I'll be attending a clinic next week ... I am really looking forward to it.  I'll take notes and be sure to report back what I discover.

As before, my training plan incorporates 3 days of running and 3 days of swimming.  I am also still trying to include core / abdominal work and strength training but alas ... one step at a time. 

On my running days, I try to run 2 with my Vibrams or completely barefoot (one easy and one speed work or tempo).  I continue to wear shoes for my long run.  Right now,  I am still using my Brooks but I plan to buy a pair of racing flats next month. I'm definitely going minimalist. 

The fact that the kiddos can ride alongside me on their bike has completely reinvigorated my running as well.  I no longer have to find a sitter.  I don't have to struggle to push the double jogger.  Their bikes are small enough, in fact, that I can throw them in the back of my Volvo and hit the trails that are so popular amongst the runners here.


  1. Cool! Glad to hear your running is coming along nicely. I would like to get some Vibrams soon, although I doubt I would be able to put them to the test until after November.


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