Well let's see. What have I done since I last posted. I started doing long runs on Saturdays. My longest run is 11 miles now. I followed it up with an 8 mile run a week later. I think on the 8 mile run I might have twisted or tweaked my knee. Not sure how, but I think it had something to do with the grass on the side of the road. It is not in the best shape and I find it harder to run on than some technical trails.
I did manage to PR in a 5k not to long again. I finally managed to run under 25 minutes. My time was 24:33 and I think I finished 5th in my age group. I really need to start working on speedwork because the older I get the faster I will need to go if I want to place in the top 3 in my age group. For some reason men in there 30s run really fast.
I was thinking about enter a 1/2 marathon on 10/10/10, but I decided against it because I can't justify the cost associated with the race. It is a $40 entry fee. I think I would rather just map out a 13.1 mile loop around my house.
I am thinking about picking up a pair. Should I get the hemp laces? I have been having issues with some leather laces that loosen up over extended use and I am thinking that hemp laces might solve this problem. What are your thoughts?
How can you handle running the same area for that long? I get bored of the 2 mile route I run around my house. Then again I do run that route pretty much every day. I think I just need to say I am going to a run and just run and not have a perticular place in mind.
I took last night off. My foot was feeling better since I put a band aid on the area the was sensitive and wore my treks for added protection. The only problem I have with my treks is the stitching on the inside is causing some discomfort. I had a blister by the end of the day. I am not sure how I am going to fix that. It is in the same area I got a blister when I did a 5 mile run in them. Looks like I am going to have to put a band aid in that area if I decide to wear them. I don't run many trails so I don't think I will worry about it to much.
I also read Last Place Jason's blog post on his review of the Luna Sandals. I am a little sadden by the fact I might have to purchase a pair. I am realyl getting tired of buying shoes when I could just run barefoot if I would take more time to get used to it.
I ran barefoot last night. I made it about 2.8 miles before I put my shoes back on. The sidewalks were terrible. I spent most of the time running in grass and that is not and easy task, because the grass on the side of the road is never level. I have a small blister, which should go away soon. I really think I need to find shoes that work for me. So far the Bikila have been getting the job done. I find my classics and sprints slide to much on my feet and cause blisters. This is why I ran barefoot yesterday, because I could feel that a really nasty blister was going to form if I continued running on it.
I think the reason why I can't run barefoot is I have bruising on my heels. It makes it really hard to "kiss" the ground with a bruised heel. I am also stubborn and would rather just put on my Bikila and get a few miles in. It offers enough protection that it doesn't cause discomfort. I am going to be running a 5k on September 12th and would have liked to do it barefoot, but I would prefer a PR and that means protection.
I need to stop running barefoot at night. My street is not condusive to that type of activity. I have ran a 5k barefoot and could easily run 2 miles barefoot, but not being able to see the path in front of me, I landed on a lot of sharp and pointy stones. I decided to walk the rest of the way home. I should have carried shoes with me as most barefoot runners suggest. I felt good until I went from the street to the sidewalk and instead of stepping down on sidewalk it was 3 different rocks. It was not very fun and I think I bruised my foot again. I am still nursing a foot bruising the last time I tried this.
I ran 5 miles in treks on Sunday. I got them wet and they started to slide around. That then caused blisters on my right foot. I guess I should tighten them a little more than I think I need just in case they get wet again. I ran 2 miles on Monday and 4 miles on Tuesday. I took yesterday off to let the blister heal. It was feeling that great. Plus I think I needed a rest. I did manage to run the 4 miles with a 9 minute per mile pace. I think that is a good improvement. I think I normal ran a 9:30 or 10 minute pace prior.
The Bikila is by far the hardest shoe to put on. It is hard to recommend changing out the size unless you have ran in them and they cause discomfort. I wear size 40 in everything and I thought about sizing up in the Bikila, but I haven't because I am sure that will cause more problems than it is worth. The time savings would be maybe 2 - 3 minutes. I will rather take the time to put on a properly fitting shoe than risk blisters.
I picked up some compression shorts after experiencing some chaffing over the weekend. I ran 2 miles on Saturday and 5 miles on Sunday. The 2 miler on Saturday was barefoot. The 5 miler was in Treks. I really need to tighten more shoes more before I start running or avoid getting the treks wet. I might really have to look at the sport treks for a trail shoe. At least trails with creek crossings.
I tested the compression shorts out today with a 2 mile run. They worked well. I think that is the route I am going to go from now on.
I just finished a 2.2 mile run with the dog. If I am going to take him with me I should really consider running barefoot. He slows my pace considerably and I know he can barely make that distance in this heat. I guess I could just stop wearing a watch and enjoy the run.
I tried on the evos. The toe box seems to small for a minimalist shoe. I don't think they are worth $160. Running as much as you do, I think your are going to have difficutly finding a reliable minimalist shoe.
Awesome job on the race. Very inspirational stuff.
I think it was in the 90 degree area (32C) with high humidity. The surface I was running on was black and there was barely any shade to be found. I ran on the grass a little to try and go further, but the process had already started. I could feel the start of the burning sensation in the pads of my feet.
I added leather to the top of my rubber huaraches yesterday and wanted to try them out. I don't think I have to tie down right because I could feel a blister would have formed if I continued. So I took them off and ran 2 miles barefoot. I would recommend running at night and my bruised heel would agree.