1. Currently taking a running break but will return to my normal base of ~ 40mpw soon and probably closer to 50-60 by fall. when I am running seriously I run 5-7 days per week.
2. It took me about 18 months to transition from stability to neutral shoes. I dont expect a rapid transition to VFF's. I use VFF's on short recovery pace runs primarily on the tread and also use them for just walking around, Xtraining etc. Eventually will I be fully VFF? Maybe, I doubt it but maybe. If I had access to trails I might see it more likely. Grok didnt run on concrete either.
3. Anyone here? Many runners dont lift. I do. I am pretty consistent about it
4. Well now that depends on who you ask...asking here is kind of like asking a vegan if meat is bad. In my opinion too much intensity is more the problem than too many miles. So many people go out and hammer year round. Run eay most of the time.
5. --cant answer that right now since running is not my priority Currently I would say I am tweaking my running because of my diet, but by fall I may do the opposite.
6. Yes. Start slow. SLower.....slowwwwwweeeeerrrrr. Build a strong slow easy base before trying any hill/tempo/speed stuff. Ramp slowly, listen to your body, remember that the lungs adapt faster than the tendons.
7. Have fun!
MTA: because it is rare I dont have more to say
"When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - my daughter Age 7