I started Crossfitting in September. A couple of weeks beforehand, a Crossfitting friend who lives across the country told me to get as much of a head start on activity as I could do, advising that it would help me to be adjusted.
I went out and tried running, wearing the Merrell barefoot pace shoes that I'd worn (for walking about) near daily and loved for over 6 months by that point.
And I hurt myself. (Cue the "duhs".)
I tweaked a ligament, probably sprained something. Was already signed up for the intro Crossfit course, came in at the instructor's insistence.
Fortunately, it turned out that I have a great instructor who went very much out of her way to ensure that I did not abuse or otherwise worsen the injury. I was very scaled down and worked around it, and the pain ceased within about 3-4 weeks.
Fast forward to today.
I've been Crossfitting three months. I LOVE Crossfitting, love the challenges, love the lifting, love the community.
I'm still rowing in place of running during the WODs. I'd like to eventually get back into running. Here are the challenges:
I've been WODing in my Merrells the whole time because (even while my ankle was in pain) trying on my old conventional New Balance running shoes didn't/doesn't feel right - I feel out of touch with the ground and my own body's stability in such comparatively cushy shoes.
My Crossfit box's running routes are through a parking lot, on sidewalks, etc. In other words, hard manmade pavement.
So, I very much prefer my Merrells, but I don't know how to get back into running on pavement without potentially reinjuring myself.
What tips/approaches would you suggest or have you tried in terms of easing into barefoot/minimalist style running on pavement in Crossfit WODs?