Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Barefoot Running - The beginning

So with my half marathon out of the way, I took a break from running for a couple of weeks. Last Sunday I ran 5.5 miles just to get back into the swing of running. Still having the burning sensation on the right side of my right knee, which I hope I can self treat with some stretching.

So today, I decided to start my introduction in barefoot running. My goal here is to be able to run about 5 miles barefoot (without destroying any body parts). Fortunately at work, I have a 1/4 mile tarmac loop available which is great for increasing my distance slowly. I did four laps today for a total of one mile and felt great afterwards, I didn't even have any issues with the IT band on the right knee.

I will continue to increase the distance over the next week and hope that by the end of next week I may be up to 2 miles. As I mentioned, I am taking this very slowly for now.

First Half Marathon

So a few weeks back I completed my first half marathon. In spite of the hamstring injury during training I made it to the starting line and achieved my goal of running the race in under 2 hours, actually 1 hour 52 minutes 9 seconds.

I was quite surprised how good I felt at the end which kind of makes me wonder how much I could have pushed it during the race.

The hamstrings held up, but instead I ended up with a burning on the right side of my right knee. From what I can determine it is probably an aggravate IT band.

Now, I need to decide what to do next .... onto barefoot running.