Form of...a walk jogger!
My stars must have been aligned yesterday, because I actually got out of the office with just enough time to go to the Y. For the first time since Fall 2008, I did an official workout - 2 miles / 23 minutes on the elliptical trainer, hill setting. It's not a lot but I'll take it! I could definitely feel the torn area of my calf again but it wasn't bad at all. Even got a shower in before going to pick up baby F at day care. Nice!
It felt so good to finally make it to the gym, after several weeks of having good intentions of going but not making it. Maybe I can pull this off again before the end of the week?!
This morning I made more progress, going to my first physical therapy appointment. My PT was excited about the fact that I am so out of shape ("Starting from scratch" is how he referred to it) even though I have a long running history. He said this is an excellent opportunity to unlearn bad habits and rebuild good technique. I just see a big mountain in front of me but I like his perspective. Something very interesting he said he wants me to build up to:
I almost rolled my eyes...all the hype lately about barefoot running...really?
Well, as he explained it, our thick, cushioned, motion-control shoes have made us lazy foot-strikers. So, he suggested running barefoot ~ 10 min every week or two to check in with our foot-strike. He thinks it can be an excellent diagnostic tool to teach ourselves about how our feet move and use that information to self-correct when we're training in our runners. He definitely has my interest piqued and I'm certainly willing to give it a try, especially if it will help me with the chronic IT-band and plantar fascitis issues I've had in the past.
Any barefoot proponents / opponents out there? I'm assuming I'll be doing this on a treadmill or someplace grassy without broken glass & other debris?
Until I start the Zola Budd running, he has me back to stretches, toe/calf raises, and a walk/jog exercise regimen (10 min only). I'm pleasantly surprised that I can start with the running already, even if it's only for up to 10 min at a time. That's 10 min more than I've run in over a year - yeeha!