Dr. PT sent me a link today about "Minimalist Mondays" that his clinic hosts...in Portland. Drat! Anyway, for folks down there with time to run at noon this may be something to look into.
For those of us who are NOT in Portland but are interested in minimalist running, you can see the session re-caps on their website HERE. They post exercises and tips on how to take on this natural way of running.
I've been really discouraged lately with my running which makes no sense at all. I went 7 weeks with a blown calf and was impressively committed (in my opinion!) to maintaining my fitness with cross-training in addition to diligently working on my physical therapy exercises. Well, now that I have the green light to run 30 minutes every other day, I'm really struggling. I feel good when I'm running but I'm missing some days! Also, I have all but stopped with my biking and swimming (burn out?) with the exception of my short bike commute to work, I am tired all the time (no, I'm not pregnant), my calf is aching from my PT session massages, and I'm putting on weight.
This past Thursday, (oh wait, that was only yesterday?) was supposed to be a run day but my calf was super achy so I didn't run (or do anything else). Today my calf is still throbbing by maybe it just needs some blood circulation from a good run...I hope it's in the cards?
Why, after all my time on the DL am I flaking on the running? Perhaps it's because I'm aimless, don't have a finish to my Master Plan for 2011?
It's difficult to figure out how to pull something good out of the rest of 2011 with so little time to train. I had been thinking of pushing for a half at the end of the year but am wondering if I should be conservative and downgrade to training for a 5k? That would mean more speedwork but likely lower mileage. At this point, I'm not sure if long, slow distance or short, faster distance is the safer bet.