So, for whatever reason I had been leaving a routine stretch out of my recent runs with the 5Fingers. Basically standing up you cross one leg in front of the other and bend at the waist.
Now I can't isolate whether it was the return of this stretch to my routine or just more time with the 5Fingers, but I had a largely calf stress free run today. I coasted back into the office feeling great and could have run farther, but thought better of it and headed back inside.
Anyway, I will probably toss in another run this weekend --- maybe two. I'll keep you posted on how it goes. Hopefully I'll be able to start extending my runs to farther than 4 miles.
I've been delinquent in blogging a bit lately. After the marathon, I took some time off, and then it was Thanksgiving and then the holiday parties came, and before I knew it it was 2011 and I hadn't really gotten up off my ass much to run or ride. I feel like a bit of a fatass. But on the upside I am trying something new. I'm starting to run with Vibram Five Fingers KSO.
I really enjoy them. They give a pretty close feeling to running barefoot, but they Keep Stuff Out (KSO). The downside is that they take a while to have your body adjust to the different muscles that are used when you run with the new "shoes." Running barefoot or with minimalists shoes moves your gait forward on your feet off of your heels and engages your calves more. It also seems to cause you to stand up a bit straighter. My lower back muscles were sore for a couple runs - although that seems to pass. My calves - particularly my right one- are still pretty sore immediately after the run, but they do seem to be recycling (for lack of a better word) much quicker than at the start.
Anyway, I'll keep you posted on how my body progresses with the new shoes.