Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Hit the road this morning. Started in the dark and watched the sun rise as I finished a 6.2 mile run; first half at 8.46 pace and the second half at 6.57 pace. Felt great. Nothing like running and watching the sun rise. Very spiritual and uplifting.
Posted by - at 9:01 AM
Monday, August 24, 2009
Knocked off 8 miles at 8,000 - 9,000 ft., on rough terrain. I'm resting today but I'll be back at it tomorrow. Still experimenting with this whole footwear stuff. I'm currently running barefoot, in VFFs and in my racing flats. Maybe I'll keep this combination as it feels pretty good.
Posted by - at 3:41 PM
Thursday, August 20, 2009
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Thursday, August 13, 2009
after boycotting my running shoes for 4 weeks (me and my shoes decided to seperate and live apart for awhile until we could resolve our differences, otherwise, we might be headed for divorce), i put on the asics hyperspeed 3 racing flats and knocked off a 10k in 40 minutes. pretty good pace and i also concentrated on bringing the ankles toward my butt (some call it butt kicking). it's the first time i actively tried it and it felt weird at first but then i settled in and my legs were in constant motion, then i learned forward with the hips and took off. i'm not sure how long i can maintain that but it felt awesome to get my form down even if just for 6 miles.
so, tonight i'll take another run in my ascis to see what happens. i'm not leaving my VFFs (no, i'm not a 2 timer) but i need to decide whether the asics and VFFs can co-exist or if i must divorce one of them (right now we have an open relationship).
Posted by - at 4:09 PM
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Knocked off a nice 7.5 mile run as I ran from the office to my home. I now see why, for the wrong reasons I may mention, that folks run in the evening. With an evening run, I noticed that I really didn't have much of an appetite for dinner (great weight control approach although probably not healthy at all).
Something to think about. Something that bothers me is it appears the professional ultra runners seem to look unhealthy, just too thin for me.
Posted by - at 3:09 PM
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Just finished my longest VFF run. 11 miles. I just started BF and VFF running 6 4 weeks ago so I'm pleased with the increase. I'm up to 30-35 mile weeks. Once I return to 40-45 mile weeks, I'll be back to what my running schedule was in shods (of course, I'll never return to shods). I just need to add a few more miles and I will be ready for a half marathon in the VFFs (that's my goal). I'm probably 2-3 months away . . . I need to feel comfortable at about 15 miles in the VFFs for a half but I'll get there.
2 months ago I would have called this crazy and anyone doing it . . . I never would have thought I would ever switch to BF and VFF. But, I'm a convert not b/c the "personal" data is indisputable. I was told to take 2-3 months off. I immediately threw away the shoes and started BF . . . I've never stopped running; BF and VFF is why I could continue to run. I'll just continue to "rebuild" my body. I'm 40 yrs. old and I LOVE the idea of rebuilding my muscles and reverting my running form back to how I ran as a child. This is what makes life fun!!!!
It's never too late to accomplish anything in life!!
Posted by - at 9:04 AM
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I just ran 6.5 miles at a 7:30 pace without pushing it. This is a faster cruise pace than when I use to run in shoes. Sure begs the question, actually many questions. Why am faster almost barefoot? I tried to put shoes back on and I can't do it. My feet have adapted back to their natural state of running without the confinement of modern running shoes. VFFs are as close as you can get to barefoot with just a think layer of rubber under the sole of the foot and toes that allow the foot and all its 26 bones and 100+ muscles and tendons to function naturally.
What a journey.
Posted by - at 9:29 AM