Archive for December, 2010

The Event a Month Journey

December 16, 2010

This year started with a personal goal of one event per month for the entire year.  Looking forward to this journey, I mapped out a few events and started the planning process.  January, great event… The Frozen Finger Five Miler — More like the frozen snot event but COLD none the less.  Then February came and things started what felt like a down hill fall… The blizzards came first so no event.  March started with two events planned, then came the innocent basketball game and a severely sprained ankle!  My first injury EVER and the test of mental toughness began.

Here we are in December… thirteen events total for the year!!!!  Including two half ironman bike legs (thats 56 miles), a duathlon (run bike run), a half marathon (13.1 miles), a relay marathon (7 miles), several 5 milers and numerous 5K’s.  While the injury made it’s presence known several times throughout the year, the process came with many lessons.  It challenged my competitiveness, taught me to sit still for a few minutes, helped me learn to modify my goals based on life and that I could accomplish what I set my mind on.

Challenge yourself!!

Dear Barefoot Runners… Part III

December 9, 2010

Seeing these shoes more and more at races makes me happy.  So, if you want to take the plunge, make the switch and join the rest of us in barefoot running, keep these things in mind.  First, gradually build your mileage up so your feet will get used to not wearing running shoes.  Practice running softly and using your toes to push off the ground.  YOU WILL BE SORE!  To start, go slow and increase in small increments.  Use your running shoes for your distance runs.  It takes time and patience.  Remember, your feet will thank you for freedom in the end but might not be too happy with you in the beginning.

Dear Barefoot Runners… Part II

December 1, 2010

Based on the previous blog, you know how highly I regard these special shoes.  You’re probably asking yourself the same question I get EVERY time… How much support do they provide?

We’re so trained to believe that we need our shoes to support our arches.  What about the very unique design of  our feet with the hundreds of bones and the natural ability to absorb shock by pronating (this means rolling in or the arch collapsing) slightly on impact.  Yes, I did say pronate!  We talk about this motion being bad.  Actually, this movement is natural and we want to allow it to happen.  Think of rigid arch support as a brace for your foot preventing your arch from performing this natural action.  A question for you to ponder — Are some of our foot problems in this country actually CAUSED by wearing shoes??  Think about a child, how often do they want those silly shoes OFF their feet???