Next week I am going to start walking around barefoot in the street to hopefully harden my feet a bit. I understand that toughening of the feet is not necessary to run barefoot, but I know from experience that there is some toughening when beginning running barefoot or starting after a long break.
When my injury heals I want to start cranking out long runs. I will probably be following a slightly modified 8 week plan developed by the RunnersWorld SmartCoach Training Program.
|Your current race time is: 0:20:00 for a 5 K |
Your distance training goal is: Marathon
You currently train: 41 - 45 miles/week
How hard you want to train: Hard
Your long-run day: Sunday
Your training program Starts: Monday, 11/1/2010 and Ends: Sunday, 12/26/2010
Length of your training schedule: 8 weeks
Anyway, what I plan to do is ignore the speeds and focus on the distances for each day. When I run the 50K I will be running at about a 12-15 minute/mile pace. This feels slow for me, but I think if I start slow I can complete it and end strong without injury. I want to run all of my runs at that speed and just get used to being patient with myself. I have a tendency to get cocky and see how fast I can go. If I go slower I can concentrate on good form and maybe not get another injury.