"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself."
Saucony Type A4!
Yesterday, I saw Joseph, my PT...and it went exceptionally well. My knee is improving and my cadence is right on. My foot placement, with my shoes on, was light and forefooted and I felt SO comfortable. When I took my shoes off to run, it was even better...as Joseph said, "I can't believe it, it's even better without your shoes on." Seriously, I was so happy and so excited, as I was feeling great and I love this new way of running. If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you'll remember that I ran up to 9K barefoot on the beach this winter while on vacation, and I loved it. So it is no surprise to me that I am enjoying this new technique. I told Joseph that I was going to buy new shoes the next day (today) and right away, he gave me a schedule (told me to start at week 7) and he seemed convinced that I could make the transition from my old shoes to my new racers in about 3 weeks. He then gave me an appointment for next week to check the knee and see how I'm doing with my new racers!! I am super excited...you see, I feel so much better with this new running form, I stand up straighter and my feet land so softly, and I love this faster cadence. When I was in my bare feet, you could hardly hear anything on the treadmill!
This is so you can see the thinness of the sole.
Tomorrow's schedule is a 5 minute warm-up walk, 7 X 3 minutes of running interspersed with 1 minute of walking, then a 5 minute cool down walk (total of 38 minutes with new shoes on). Then it goes up slowly from there, until I can run 30 minutes non-stop, after which I can start to do all my runs in them. If I want to run longer, I am to wear my old shoes for now. I'll keep you posted, but if nothing exceptional happens over the next few days, I'll be back next week after my PT appointment to give you an update :)
I cannot wait until tomorrow!