Morning Just thought id post my second week of training as a minimalist runner. To recap before xmas i decided to change from a traditional shoe to a minimal shoe. 1st week i didnt realise how much your lower leg muscles would be affected by running minimal, the change is massive. Advise is dont get carried away and run to much. keep to no more than three miles per run. So second week went like this.... i took three days rest from the last run. Then started with a three mile run on flat. And felt great. No aching calf muscles, no aching ankles. one day rest then i completed a four mile run. which again felt fine, i said to myself before this run, not to think about foot striking to much and run. i found the difference good, my form is ok, im midfoot striking, which is important. Third run of the week id decide to push to do a 10k. No pace recorded, just wanted to review my form when my legs become fatigued. Results were great had no issues and no aching muscles / injuries after two days. I also found walking in the minimus help get you use to how the shoe feels thinking of increasing mileage up 20 miles next week, anyone got any advise?
Evening Ian ive not planned to run vlm this year, interested to read any research you gather. I will be running two half marathons chester and conwy. both will hopefully b in nb minimus shoes. im new to minimalist running, but want to focus all my training using minimus shoes.
Great points daeve/ Gee bee. ive found myself think about every stride. ill follow daeve advise on slowing up if i fatigue on my long run. great to read how much mileage you two can cover in minimal shoes. Gee bee maybe continue with your training and am sure you ll be ready, especially with the mileage you ve been hitting. daeve/ Gee bee how do you find going back to a traditional shoe ?
I had planned to only run 2 miles per run, three runs over five days. Like Gee Bee 2 mention i just got carried away. Gee bee 2 did you find yourself constantly think about your running form ? Also did you have any issues on long runs when your legs become tired.