Was home for lunch today, so decided to get a conditioning run in. Nothing new, novel or exciting, but a chance to stay on track for a couple more runs this week. Still basking in the positive attitude of last weekend's workout, I gave some thought to why I'm doing this.
- I have to run...my job requires it of me twice a year.
- I travel for work...nothing more portable than a pair of sneakers...instant workout anywhere I am.
- I like to eat...the intake of calories requires some expenditure to stay slim.
- I like being slim...vain? Maybe, but I also have low cholesterol and take no prescription meds.
- I want to model healthy behavior for my kids...more parents should think about that IMHO.
Why "Barefoot" Run?
- It adds a new twist to a required activity that is not as fun as it used to be.
- Easier on my joints, ensuring I can continue to run pain free for many years.
- I'm hoping taking it slow will help me speed up in the long run. I've been in a 10 min mile rut for a while...1.5 or 3 miles. I'd like to be in sight of an 8'30 mile...but, blissfully ignoring the fact that I'm older, I know I can do better.
- Taking it slow to work up to a barefoot mile and a half (and then 3 miles) actually cuts my workout time...which I'm good with right now.
- Despite my previous set back, barefoot running has refreshed my enthusiasm for running, and I know a 10K (about 6 miles) is in my future.
- I don't like my body telling me I can't do something. I'm not crazed about it, but am deliberately taking it much slower for the sheer satisfaction of telling my body "I told you so" sometime in the future.
Progress Report -
- Walk .25 mile
- Run .25 mile
- Walk 1 mile
Total Distance - 1.5 miles
Total Time - 24' 42"
And just as a reminder on form...check this out:
Source Image: The Peaceful Runner blog
Disclaimer - I know the graphic runs over a bit, but wanted you to be able to read the text!