I took yesterday off because my knees felt kind of weird after I went for a quarter-mile barefoot run on Tuesday. Today, I came back and did a mile and a quarter in FiveFingers. It was a truly a great run. My stride and mechanics were good, I didn’t feel like I was going to die the entire time, and I caught my breath almost immediately after stopping. Running at night on a crisp fall evening is an amazing feeling. I’m starting to feel like a runner again.
My aerobic capacity is clearly improving. On my first couple of runs, my legs would immediately become blocks of lactic acid and I’d be gasping in under two minutes. Today, my legs didn’t feel tired until the last quarter mile (and even then, it was mostly the smaller muscles in the lower leg that are activated by the FiveFingers) and, while I was breathing hard, I wasn’t gasping. It’s good to know that I’m improving. Baby steps.