Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cough, Cough...

Please bear with me as I wipe the dust off this blog. I'm finally getting back to running after a two years and several attempts to get back on the horse. Last time I tried, I got a freaky case of plantar fasciitis, which quickly put an end to any movement beyond a hobble. I'm chalking it up to the pair of "minimalist" running shoes I was trying to break in, probably too quickly. Now I'm back to the good ol' Brooks that I wore before with no problem. Here's to hoping the evil PF doesn't come back.

I'm setting my goal low this time, 5k at a respectable time. At the moment, I have no desire to run any distance longer than that. Maybe I'll eventually want to attempt 10k, or even a half, but a marathon sounds horrible to me. I really admire anyone who can run that long (or even longer), but it just doesn't appeal to me at all. I'm more interested in speed than endurance, for a variety of reasons. In addition to not wanting to be running for hours!, I like to go fast. I also believe in the miracles of HIIT and sprinting/running shorter distances seems to lend itself better than long distance running. Finally, I would like to include a myriad of exercise activities in addition to running, like biking, swimming and strength training into my weekly routine. Not having to cram in running miles should allow me more time to do that.

Stay tuned for tomorrow, when I revisit the famous Couch25k training program.