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:
|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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Today's Exercise: Rest
|3 eggs with spinach, coffee||Salmon salad, tea||2 HB Eggs||Chili, tea|