Monday, February 7, 2011
I had a great treadmill run this morning. 20 minutes barefoot; 25 minutes in Evo's.
I'm continuing to make changes to my running approach and schedule based on the 3 years of detailed notes I've kept and I'm continuing to isolate the key components that have allowed me to run the strongest, fastest, and without significant injuries. I admit that I've been all over the place from barefoot only, to shoe only, to a mix, back to barefoot, back to shod, and it goes on and on but I know it's all part of my learning process and it's necessary and required in order for me to find my perfect mix.
I am continuing to increase my daily % of barefoot running with the goal of returning to about 30-40% of my running being barefoot which I was doing about 6 months ago when I felt my strongest. I'm also back to only tracking distance and pace on 2 days each week, those 2 days being my interval and tempo workouts, but otherwise, I just use a cheap watch to track time with no idea as to specific distance or pace as this was how I learned to "run by feel," which subsequently led to my 5k PR time.
I'm also going back to my more minimalist approach. Besides barefoot, I will maintain a shoe rotation as I think that's important but my rotation will only include very minimal shoes and at this point, I'll try a rotation that consists of the Evo, Mizuno Wave Universe 3, and Invo-8 F-Lite 195. The F-Lite 195 will be the most cushioned shoe I run in and the bulk of my running will be in Evo's and MWU3's (my current pair of MWU3's has close to 500 miles so they are as thin as my Evo's at this point). I also plan to buy a pair of the New Balance minimus trail shoes when they are available for my mountain running.
This week is a big week for me as I have 2 complex gait analysis that will be done and I can't wait for the outcome and analysis which I'll share.
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