The end of last week was the best I have felt since the beginning of January. Recovering from illness is hard and getting back into the groove of life and running is even harder. The loss of endurance in just a mere two weeks is incredible and fighting to get it back can be mentally as well as physically challenging.
I finally set out on a run on Tuesday after work, despite feeling exhausted. It was supposed to be an easy 3 miler that turned out not to be so easy, but I hadn’t run in 2 weeks so that was to be expected. The first 10 minutes I felt awesome, I thought this is great I am back and then by the halfway mark I lost all my stamina, I even had to walk a few blocks. It was hard, but I knew each subsequent run would get easier thanks to a good baseline.
Friday I hit the pavement for a 3 miler with strides at the end and it was better than Tuesday’s run. Since I knew it was going to be a shorter run I decided to take my new VIVOBAREFOOT sneakers out for their first run on pavement, I had used them once before on the treadmill right before I got sick.
My initial thoughts on the VIVOBARFOOT sneakers are positive ones. I have always liked minimalist sneakers because I feel they force me to run better, no heel striking. These sneakers are as close to barefoot running as you can get without actually being barefoot. The biggest pro is that it forces you to focus on your form. The biggest con is you feel every pebble, but it is supposed to be like running barefoot so I think it is to be expected. Since these are barefoot sneakers it takes some time to transition into using them 100% of the time to avoid injury. I will give you a more comprehensive review as I wear them more.
My long run on Sunday consisted of 60 minutes on the treadmill running between 5.5 and 6.0 mph. It was the longest run I have had since being sick and I did have to stop a couple of times, but I felt amazing afterward!
I am ready to dive right back into marathon training and I plan to incorporate daily yoga into my regimen. When I was doing some sort of yoga every day I had less injuries and felt better overall so I think it is time to make it a priority.
Have you tried barefoot sneakers? What do you think?