In my last post, I mentioned that the weather took a short warm turn. When it snowed, I thought the warmth was gone for good. However, the warmth came right back. It would periodically dip down a little, but it always came back up shortly. Lately it's been around 80 degrees and I have a sunburn, if that tells you anything.
Anyway, as soon as it warmed up again, I was outside again. I ran often, fearing that one day the weather would disappear. It took me a few weeks to get back to the distance I was running in early december, especially since I was in aqua lites back then and had to start fresh on my pads. Plus, even back when I was running barefoot, I was on a smooth track. Now that I'm home, I have to run on rough roads because I'm on the outskirts of town.
Because of the rough roads, I've been forced to improve my form. It's been really fun experimenting with my form. I've made alot of progress. There were some things I still wasn't clear on back in december that I have pretty much figured out now. Plus, my pads are really coming along. I've been through a similar process with my fingertips from playing the ukulele. I observed at the beginning that there was sort of a cocoon period where the skin really hardens up. I thought it would always be that way, but after a while, that hard skin left and was replaced by soft skin again, only with a little cushion under it. My feet have been in the cocoon period for a while, but now they're finally coming out. The rough roads are hardly a problem at all now. However, there's a chip and seal road nearby that I haven't tried yet. I imagine that will be a challenge.
Anyway, things are going well. I'm running farther and easier than I ever have, and I almost always enjoy my runs.