Finishing up my 7th week off...wow! I haven't taken this much time off from running in over 10 years. On the one hand I've been enjoying my time off, but on the other hand I feel like a caged animal. I really miss my normal stress relief and will enjoy getting back to running soon. The injury to my right foot has given me lots of time to think. Time to think about running, about injury, about form, about landing, about recovery...you name it. But, I'll be glad to get back to ACTUAL running instead of THINKING about running. And yes, before you ask, I am going to start back up barefoot, although I will be starting back very slowly. I even passed on my opportunity to join Barefoot Tellman Knudson's elite barefoot training program because I didn't feel like I could do it justice from the sidelines.
Now, just so you know, I have given up both running and alcohol for Lent, so I still have another week off before I run my next step. I'm glad I went ahead and took this time off, since I probably would have run the Westfield Underground Railroad 5K last weekend and would have ended up hurt myself with no training. I'll be heading to FL with the family for Spring Break next week and would have been doing my series of 11 mile runs around Lake Jackson in Sebring, and again, probably would have overdone it. It will be good to wait until after Easter and then start up slow back in Indiana. Although, I am thinking of maybe doing a WALK around Lake Jackson in barefeet...maybe. I may be too tired just from walking around Harry Potter Land at Universal Studios the first couple of days, we'll see.
And lastly, I have the mental challenge of knowing the Boston Marathon is coming soon (April 16) and I won't be particiapating for the first time in 17 years. Oh well, as they say, streaks are made to be broken and 16 in a row was a pretty good streak. Still, that will be a rough Monday.
March mileage = ZERO !!
PS...here's a couple of funny barefoot links: Steven and Rory Coatsworth (hit the "play" button on the pic to see videos)