I figure putting my training goals for the week out there will make sure I don’t skip the cross-training & extra stuff.
Mon 1/17–run 2 miles
Tue 1/18–JM Yoga Meltdown (level I)
Wed 1/19–run 3 miles
Thu 1/20–Yoga Booty Ballet Sculpt
Sat 1/22–run 3 miles
I’ve run exactly ¼ mile in them and I’m sold.
I’ve been thinking about Vibram Five Fingers for about 6 months or so. My friend Sam got hooked on them around the same time I read an article about minimalist footwear in Runner’s World. So I did some more reading and research on my own, and enjoyed Sam’s running commentary (ha!) in his journal comics. What sold me was getting Born to Run for Christmas (Have I mentioned how amazing this book is? I’ve already started to re-read it!).
I could feel the difference right away, so I’m expecting *some* soreness tomorrow. I’m not really a heel striker. A look at the soles of my shoes shows more wear on the fore/mid sole than the heel. I am barefoot or in flimsy shoes as often as humanly possible–I just haven’t been running that way. And bad joints run (ha!) in my family, something I want to delay as long as humanly possible because I LOVE RUNNING. Still, I know I need to take it slow. Sam cautioned starting with a half mile, others have said just to start with a few minutes. I decided I’m going to do ¼ mile on top of my scheduled training for the next week and progress an extra ¼ mile each week as long as it feels okay. When I get to running a full mile in them I’ll start subbing that mile for some of my training–but for starting out it’s not a big deal to add an extra ¼ to ¾ of a mile to my already short runs, and it’s a bigger pain in the butt to stop mid-run to change shoes.
But already, I’m sold. I can’t wait until I’m only running in my VFFs. And I can totally see myself getting another pair and wearing these around for errands and such because they really do feel like a second skin. And they are going to be so much easier to pack for traveling because they are wicked light and portable (the box looks like a child’s shoe box!). I didn’t get the color I wanted because the place I went didn’t have choices, but I don’t care. If I really wanted to I could order them in the color I want since I know my size now, but I’m not going to jump into that just yet.
Running reports from the past two days
Monday–3 miles on the nose. My knee started doing something weird somewhere between 2.5 & 3 miles. It didn’t hurt persay, but it felt weird. So I wanted to take it easy.
Tuesday–3.47 miles. “Made up” some of what should have been 4 miles on Monday. Knee felt good. I’m not stretching enough, though I am getting good at drinking water during my runs.
The Plan: 3 miles
The Play-by-Play: Walked ½ mile, ran ½ mile for 3 miles, then walked almost ½ mile (.42) as cool down. Good times. 45 minutes total.
Superhero – Ani Difranco
Eight Easy Steps – Alanis Morissette
L.O.V.E. – Ashlee Simpson
Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
Song for the Dumped – Ben Folds Five
Piece of Me – Britney Spears
Womanizer – Britney Spears
Freakshow – Britney Spears
If U Seek Amy – Britney Spears
Toxic – Britney Spears
Georgia – Cee Lo Green
Ain’t No Other Man – Christina Aguilera
Fighter – Christina Aguilera
Where is everyone today? Tumblr is quiet.
3 miles scheduled for today. I’m working until 9:30/10:00, so it’s going to be a late run. At least the gym will be EMPTY when I get there.
I’ll check in when I get home.