Wanted to update. First, it's good to see so many people joining. Twelve on Tuesday! That's awesome.

So, training. Eric has really shifted me away from what I thought running was about, which was pushing myself...the wrong way. Granted, at the time, I had no idea I was approaching things backwards. Eric is pushing me to run stronger, not harder. When I first looked at my running schedule, I was sort of let down by the puny run times. One hour? Fifteen minutes of barefoot jogging? Pffft...

While I still miss setting out for hours and and sort of losing myself in the run, I've really come to appreciate this training and understand why I'm doing it. Endurance without strength means I'm going to end up back where I started, which is hurt and upset. Form, paying attention to cadence, not attacking every running obstacle like I have something against it...it's paying off already. And, hey...in the end, I'll be getting hours of running time back in spades when I hit the road in August.

Also, I love my barefoot runs. We have a golf course across the street here, and I head over at night and hit the fareway for a very comfortable jog. I can't wait to be able to put more distance under my feet minus shoes. It really does feel just....right. Running at different intervals at the track is also a new thing for me, and it really is amazing how different changing the run up in that time shifts how you approach the time you have for that particular run.

I'm really having a blast, and enjoying every day that gets me closer to my ultimate goal. It's a real motivator, and the running plan Eric has me on is that much more exciting because when I step out onto the trail, I feel like even now...I'm running towards something.

Hope everyone is happy and healthy, and welcome to all you new folks!


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Comment by Eric Orton on June 5, 2009 at 9:21am
Hey Dustin - Thanks for the update on your training. Great insight and we are just preparing your legs and body for harder runs to come. Get strong, to THEN go long! E

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