4 miles / 47:12
Paved Route; “Barefoot” in my VFF
Post-run and feeling great!
My feet held up in the VFF. Thank you feet!
Post-workout I had a 300 calorie Smoothie King Lean1 smoothie. $1.99 with coupon.
I had an enjoyable and completely manageable run Monday night. I would even venture to describe it as redemption after Saturday’s brutality.
The goal for this run was to take it easy and maintain good form. I spent a lot of time focusing on my arm swing and keeping myself from hunching over. I find the hunching tends to dominate as I get worn out into a run. Not good.
Overall it seems I came out a champion! I had a few hot spots on my feet from the VFF but no blisters yet. My feet are probably adapting again to the shoes. I haven’t run in them since my traumatic 7-miler a few weeks back.
I also told myself it was OK to walk during my run. I took a few walk breaks here and there, nothing timed. And I felt better for it. Some days I have it in me to run straight through. Other days I do what’s best for my body — in that moment. In the past I have told myself walk breaks made me a less hardcore runner. Maybe not? I read in Runner’s World recently — and I’m not going to remember the exact article — how walk breaks are actually good, especially when completing long distances. The body can tend to bunch up and the runner’s form suffers. A walk break helps straighten you out and get back on track. A walk break also gives fatigued muscles a chance for recovery.
This brings to mind another goal. I’d like to run a 5K in my Vibram FiveFingers Sprint. Right now I am eyeballing the Anthony Wayne Rotary 5K in Fort Wayne on August 20 as a potential. I know the course and I ran one of my personal bests at that race last year.
But before that I still need to tackle this weekend’s race — the Huntertown Heritage Days 5K in Huntertown, Indiana.
Can we say addicted to racing?
Are walk breaks a part of your normal training?