Thanks... After reading some more, it sounds like those blisters on the balls of my feet are really telling me that my form needs some more work. It seems that I'm pushing off the balls of my feet and I need to concentrate on lifting my legs more with my hamstrings. Thinking back to the run, I think that's exactly what I was doing. It may not have been the distance after all. When my feet heal up, I'm going to try and go barefoot again. Running like that was actually pretty enjoyable. It was really neat feeling the temperature difference where the shade crossed the path.
I've been reading about barefoot runng and even have some Altra Zero Drop shoes. I decided I'd attempt a real barefoot run today, because I really think I needed some help on my form. The run went great... I think I acheived what I wanted to as far as finding the proper form, but I feel like an idiot. 2 miles on asphalt is too far for virgin feet to be running barefoot. I checked the bottom of my feet when I got back to the car and I have some pretty nasty blisters that formed and tore open during the run. I thought they were getting sensitive, but I had no idea while I was running that I even actually formed a blister.
At least I know what the proper form feels like now. I barely even broke a sweat and my breathing was much smoother today. The run itself felt easy... the aftermath is still to be seen!
So I did my 2nd day for this week and my right knee started bothering my at the end of the 3rd interval. I slowed down a little on the 4th interval and shortened my stride, and it stopped bothering me before the last interval. Overall it wasn't too bad. I actually think next week will be possible. I must have run faster today than I did the 1st day this week, because I ended up running a little farther this time, even with that slow 4th interval. My calves weren't sore after this run either.
Great job! I've wondered about those shoes myself, I'm curious to try them, although I keep thinking having cushioning on my heels is what I want.
I always feel like I hit a wall about 1-1.5 minutes into a running interval, but as I've trained more and more, that wall gets smaller and smaller and further and further away. I'm actually at the point that I don't like the stopping to walk parts because my muscles start to tighten up and get sore and I know when I take off running again its going to hurt again!
I did a 16 minute run today, two 8 minute running intervals with one 5 minute walking in between. Friday I will do my first 20 minute long run, I hope to hit two miles, which will be pushing it for me, best as I can figure I'm running a little over 11 minutes a mile.
I bought some new running shoes this morning at Marathon Sports. They are Altras, which is a minimalist/barefoot type shoe.
I just got back from my first run of the second week. It was much more difficult than the first week, but not bad at all. It actually felt like I was running this week. Last week was mostly walking. I feel great after the run. The first interval was the most difficult. The Canal was beautiful with the full moon over the water. When I got back to my car, it started pouring rain with lots of lightning. I guess I timed it just right. I didn't even get wet!
My calves are a little sore after the run, but it's because of the new shoes. It's supposed to take a little while to get used to running in this type of shoe, but I've got to say, I really like them. My toes have so much room to spread out like they do when you really are barefoot, and they are really comfortable.
See you after my next training session! Oh yeah... I signed up for the Somerville Jingle Bell run on 16 Oct this morning... no more slacking, I have a deadline!
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