Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Worse than Donald Trump

There's a lot I don't mind writing about here, but I'm not going to touch politics with a ten foot poll. 

No, the analogy I'm making here is that I've done a lot of 'firing' as of late. The Apple Watch, the Garmin FR 235, and now my Saucony Hurricanes. It's a pretty big deal because I've been using this particular shoe model for years. But between getting blisters in a new pair a few weeks ago and reading up more on how I can improve my running form, I decided it was time to try something new. 

I had taken an interest in barefoot/minimalist running after reading Born to Run* in 2011. I joined the Vibram fad and tried to walk around as much as possible in them. It didn't last long - the shoes were such a pain to put on, and gave me blisters on my heels. So I never made the transition to minimal running. 

While I found my Hurricanes to be "comfortable," I became a chronic heel-striker. I also found myself with referrals to physical therapy and in the chiropractor's office for runner's knee and lower back pain. Not saying I know for sure my heel-strike was the cause, but I've certainly read enough as of late about running form to think it's time to try a different route.

Over the last two weeks, I've been transitioning to the Vivobarefoot Evo Pure:

My new pair of Vivobarefoot Running shoes
You know, it doesn't matter who makes 'em... but someone somewhere must have decreed that
running shoes have to be hideous

Looks aside, they feel like nothing on my feet. It's actually quite nice. I wish all my shoes felt that way. My calves are yelling at me right now, but it's a good thing - at least I know I'm activating the right muscles. I still know I have a lot of work to do on form because I'm creating too much friction on my forefoot. It starts to feel particularly painful when I'm running on the treadmill.   

Anyway, I figured if I'm making the switch, best transition now - the Star Wars half will be here before I know it.

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81 days left

Today's Exercise:  Rest

3 eggs with spinach, coffeeSalmon salad, tea2 HB EggsChili, tea

1 comment :

  1. I also wear Hurricanes... I'm so sorry to hear that yours failed you! I just upgraded from the 16's to the ISOfit... fortunately, they haven't let me down yet!