6 miles super easy jogging. 955ft of ascent.
Last week was a relaxed recovery week. I'm not in a hurry. I turned away 3 potential new athletes, which was a difficult decision. I'm close to my personal cap on athletes. I've learned that there's a direct relationship between the amount of money I make and my happiness. When I focus on making more money I suffer as a person and my children don't care what car I drive or what we own... they want my time and this is more important to me than anything. Also, when I push that client cap everything gets blurry and athlete's blend in to others and they also suffer. My system of coaching isn't like others and I tend to over do the details of the schedules. My goal is always to leave the athlete with a week that doesn't require any questions.
My legs feel awesome and my motivation is extremely high but very tempered. I was given some advice from a blogosphere friend (someone I've never met but knows me too well... funny how that works) to keep my running more personal. I think it's sound advice. I tend to be a very good trainer. I can train beyond what my racing results show. The difference is in my attitude between the two. When I train I'm relaxed and there is no pressure. When I race, I fabricate pressure to perform. Possibly in part because of my kick ass training. So I am going to keep the upcoming races, which I may or may not do, close to my chest. I may or may not post the results. My training has shifted in a new direction also. No more GPS and rarely a HR monitor. I'm realizing that I just love to run. Running is putting one foot in front of the other quickly. That's what it is. That's what I'm going to do.
Here's my own response to being asked about barefoot running...
The minimalist thing is OK as long as it's done extremely conservative to start. I would tell anyone to start off with a neutral cushioned shoe and wear them out. Then buy a neutral minimal cushioned shoe and wear them out. Then a racing flat. All of this should take many, many months. Our feet might be designed to run bare, but most of us have adapted (and grown and formed our bones) 100% to shoes. You can' t suddenly undo decades of adaptation with out negative repercussions. I can definitely see the benefit of minimalist shoes, but see no benefit to barefoot. We have over a foot of snow on our roads and trails. And then in the Summer it's gravel and sharp rocks... shoes are no different than gloves in my opinion. Just my opinion.
Vibram 5 Finger things? Maybe if they were free, but spending $80? I would say 'minimalist' would be to buy a pair of racing flats from the thrift store for $2.99 then wear them until the sole falls off. I can't afford to run barefoot!