Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I'm continuing to work on my Plantar Fasciitis (PF). I just started Active Release Technique (ART) so hopefully that will help and, if nothing else, help break up the scar tissue around the plantar on my left foot. It's not possible for the Plantar to heal until the scar tissue is removed. This should also help reduce the pain.
After having trouble walking on a few days ago, I'm back to running a couple slow miles each day. I could push myself more but I'm trying to really take my time and not take 1 step forward, and 2 steps back. If I feel up to it, I will try a 30 minute run tomorrow. Right now, all my runs are 100% barefoot. I feel best in my bare feet and my pain is drastically reduced. When I had Achilles Tendinitis last year, the only way I could run was barefoot. The minute I put anything on my feet, the pain was unbearable.
I also pick up my modified Asics tonight. I had a cobbler do a zero drop modification to my Asics Hyperspeed 3's (this is too difficult to do on the Mizuno Wave Universe 3 as they don't have enough of a foundation to work with). The zero drop modification is essentially a reduction of the midfoot and heel area so that there is no differential between the forefoot, midfoot and heel area. Some claim this is a better barefoot like experience because there's no heel build up at all . . . we'll see as I will try them once I feel my PF is better.
Posted by - at 4:46 PM
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
If the answer is "yes," then the reply is, "take off your damn shoes." The only way to find your optimal running form is to remove the shoes and run barefoot. Then, the trick and challenge is trying to replicate your barefoot running form and technique in shoes. The minute you go barefoot, your brain and body take over, go into defensive mode, and say, "leave me alone, I got this," and you will immediately slow down, take shorter strides and increase your cadence (in case you don't know "cadence," refers to a higher stride rate, or an increase in the number of times each foot touches the ground each minute).
I've never been more convinced of the value of barefoot running. Last year I went 2 months running 100% barefoot over concrete, asphalt and dirt trails. I did it when I had Achilles Tendinitis, I could barely walk and I was told to take 2 months off but instead I decided to take 2 months off from my shoes and I immediately started barefoot running and the Achilles Tendinitis disappeared.
So, thinking everything was fine, I stopped running barefoot and guess what? Yep, you guessed it? I got injured but this time it was the dreadful Plantar Fasciitis. So, I went back to barefoot running before each daily running routine. I run 15-20 minutes barefoot each morning then I put on my racing flats and start my workout. Yep, the Plantar Fasciitis is going away. And, it's easier to hard code the brain to replicate the barefoot running form when running in shoes if you regularly incorporate barefoot running into your daily schedule.
I was always convinced of the value of barefoot running but not it's overwhelming.
Posted by - at 2:13 PM
Saturday, January 2, 2010
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