Much Needed Recovery

28 Mar

I have been steadily upping my mileage, with the goal of running doubles three times a week and logging around 80-100 miles each week to prep for my fall marathon.  I am hoping to be at that mileage range as of this summer.  Now, all that has been going well, at least until I decided it was time to give minimal shoes a try and start to heel strike less, and move towards a more natural midfoot/forefoot strike.  While I already feel better from this, my legs certainly don’t.  :D  My calves especially are having to deal with a much greater load, which is really as it should be.  Nevertheless, my relatively week calves certainly have their work cut out.  So, after nearly three weeks of intentional running form changes, it’s time to take a much needed 2 day rest, so I can recover and nail the next 6 weeks until my 10 mile race May 12th.

What do you guys use for lower leg recovery, and what’s your take on minimal shoes?

Let me know!

gda

P.S.  I am currently running in the Asics Gel-Blur33 and Brooks Pure Connect.  What are your more minimal go-to shoes for races and speedwork, or do you train daily in lightweight shoes?

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