I’ve been into the whole “minimalist running” thing ever since I started wearing the various incarnations of the Nike Free exclusively about two years ago. I worked my way down to the 3.0 model, which is very light and feels fantastic, but I always wanted to try going more minimalist. Every time I switched to a less supportive “Free-r” model, I felt better running. So, I got some five-fingers. I liked them, but I could never commit to making a full switch because doing so requires you to drastically reduce your speed and mileage, which I wasn’t prepared to do. So, I never ran more than two or three miles easy in them.
Since I have to run slow and short anyway, I realized yesterday that Lupus has essentially provided me with an opportunity to run the way I’ve always wanted to without placing restrictions on my training. The past two days, I dropped my run down to half a mile and ran in FiveFinger Komodos. It felt fantastic. At the end of first run, my body snapped back into my old posture and gait, and I felt my old stride coming back.
My other brainstorm today was to supplement my running with biking. I don’t own a real bike, but I do have a stationary. I think it’s probably the best way to help my overall fitness along right now. Since my runs are super short and geared mainly towards getting the small supporting tendons and ligaments and stuff used to the impact of running again, I need to do something that provides more prolonged cardiovascular exercise but is a lower impact activity. Ergo, the stationary. It’s kind of monotonous, but I have a TV and a record player to get me through it. I only rode for about ten minutes because my calf was bugging me and I am deathly afraid of getting hurt and being set even further back. A half-mile run and a ten minute bike ride is a lame workout, but right now my philosophy is that a small step in the right direction is still a step in the right direction. It’s definitely better than moving backwards with an injury.
On another note, I started work as a Lab Monitor at college today. I volunteered to work during freshman orientation week helping people troubleshoot their wifi connections. This is a bad job for me, because I know nothing about computers. I think I only managed to help like one out of every five people who came. This relentless problem-solving as well as the stress of having to deal with a line that was ten people deep sometimes left me so gassed that when I got home that I slept from 5:30 to 10:00, completely screwing my sleep schedule. I’ll probably have to pull an all-nighter and then go back to work all day tomorrow, which will be interesting.
But hey, I have yerba mate, so it’s all good!