Tuesday, January 15, 2013
After 97 consecutive days of running, I noticed that it was "mentally" tough to run for just 40-45 minutes. I took note of this and also took into account external factors, including the bad weather (5 straight days of snow and below 10F temperatures), inability to run outdoors and especially on the trails I love, being regulated to the treadmill due to bad weather, heavy load of work, and early morning kids activities. My body felt fine but not my mind. So, I've dedicated this week as a "back off week," or call it a "recovery week." This week, all my runs will be 20-30 minutes (likely on the treadmill, barefoot) . . . heck, maybe just a 1 mile run (we'll see how it goes).
It's time to recover and heal, more mentally than physically. When you suffer mentally, it can turn into a physical thing and you can even get sloppy with your focus which can directly or indirectly lead to bad form and technique and ultimately injury. I have friends who don't see the connection between mental fatigue and potential injury, but it's real . . .
Trust me . . . when you feel off, start to take literal notes of what's going on inside and outside . . . don't ignore the signals . . . acknowledge and address it!!!
Monday, January 7, 2013
My favorite surface for barefoot running is the treadmill or an astro-turf football field. I tend to have a 4-6 stride per minute delta between unshod and shod, that is, I have a quicker turnover while barefoot which is pretty normal but the key is that barefoot running allows me to maintain a healthy turnover while in shoes and, as importantly, it keeps my stride controlled to avoid over-striding. I don't believe in the super short stride that folks talk about with barefoot running because you can under-stride just as much as over-stride and both are damaging although over-striding is more problematic. I true barefoot runner actually has a healthy stride length yet still lands balance, controlled and with a good center of gravity (just watch Zola Budd).
Best of all, when you really have tired legs and need a true recovery run, there's nothing easier than barefoot running, nothing lighter than your barefoot and nothing as light and easy as barefoot running.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
What do Orthotics and shoes actually do? Looking at data from a professional runner (click here if you can't read this post)
So what you'll find below is a chart comparingI’ve included pictures below
|Orthotics?||change||Change (deg)||Degree||Ground Contact||Flight Time||Footstrike||Heel-toe drop|
Footstrike degree- 90deg= knee and ankle of foot are at 90deg angle. So
greater the degree, means further out ankle is in front of knee at footstrike.
(Heel toe drop is using data from outside sources, not measured)
Pictures of shoes at footstrike- NO Orthotic on left. Orthotic on right
(except for Nike free, Katana, and streak XC- NO Orthotics on those)