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 on: January 31, 2015, 12:40:20 AM 
Started by The Yeti - Last post by The Yeti
Well it's been a crazy few months. Lots of stuff has happened for me. I've spent the past while packing, moving, downsizing, bought a place of my own, built many pieces of ikea furniture, and many other projects that have come up along the way. Even have a dog now! I grew up with retrievers in the house the whole time, and have missed having a furry friend who gets excited when I come home after a hard day at work.

Over the past few weeks I've been outside a lot more, but no running due to some wild conditions. Usually it's a tundra here all winter but a couple weeks ago it got really warm, everything started melting, it rained getting everything wet, then it dropped 30 degrees Celsius again so even walking outside is pretty dangerous. I got a set of yaktrax for the mukluks which helps.

Onto my future running buddy. We have been on the wait list for quite some time from a breeder that specializes in a rare breed of dog from Japan. We brought home a Shikoku puppy a month ago. He has been amazing. Hands down the best behaved pup I've ever dealt with. He was essentially housebroken when we got him home, and even now at 16 weeks he is already a great hiking companion. We moved to a condo which backs onto 26k of awesome cross country skiing trails so it's perfect for us. He's already good off-leash. I stopped him from chasing a deer just by calling him once. At 16 weeks he's just shy of 30lbs, heading for 50ish when he's all done growing. I can't wait to bring him to Kootenay national park to hike the rockwall!

His name is Rollo, here's a couple snaps.

I'll definitely upload another album when he has his first expedition with us. I'm excited to have a trail mate!

 on: January 30, 2015, 05:56:35 AM 
Started by Sputnik - Last post by nowster
How do you mean over-striding?  
When running or walking with VFFs your foot should "land" beneath you, and when running maybe even a fraction behind your centre of mass. This means the foot lands flat on the ground, knees slightly bent.

Essentially, you're "falling, with style".

This requires shorter strides than most are used to, and with that a faster cadence.

Get it right, and you need very much less effort to move along, as you're balancing gravity against the "spring" energy stored in your tendons and muscles.

 on: January 30, 2015, 05:07:53 AM 
Started by Sputnik - Last post by Sputnik
How do you mean over-striding? 

 on: January 29, 2015, 05:58:17 PM 
Started by Sputnik - Last post by nowster
Have you considered you might be over-striding?

 on: January 29, 2015, 05:26:52 PM 
Started by Sputnik - Last post by Sputnik


 on: January 29, 2015, 05:22:17 PM 
Started by Sputnik - Last post by Sputnik
Pretty much right at the back I would say. I have a photo but can't post it here. I'm not a are of twisting my foot but I guess that's possible.

 on: January 29, 2015, 01:12:34 PM 
Started by radon359 - Last post by Nimue
Nimue, I am usually W40 in Vff's, also W39 for some. The WP is more than big enough in W40, only a little tight at the toes width wise because of the thick socks, and I have a longer second toe that pushes the end of the toe pocket. The other toes don't touch the end of the pockets.

Thanks, it sounds like W40 is the way to go.  My big toe is definitely my largest/longest.  Frescas should be perfect for you- I found the second toes oddly long (but still wearable).

 on: January 29, 2015, 08:13:06 AM 
Started by radon359 - Last post by nowster
I can this morning confirm that the Bikila Evo WPs cope well with good old British slush (partially melted wet snow).

 on: January 29, 2015, 04:24:08 AM 
Started by Sputnik - Last post by nowster
Where on the heel is it wearing most? Is it at the very back or is it on the "ball" of the heel?

Are you twisting your foot as you land?

 on: January 29, 2015, 02:01:44 AM 
Started by Sputnik - Last post by Sputnik
Hi all,

I've been wearing Bikila LS's for almost 100km of running and had hardly any of the transition pain that a lot of people report after moving from the usual thick heel running shoes. I think my form is much better and believe I'm striking mid foot most of the time.  I have no pain in my heel am I'm sure I am not heel striking....however......after just 100kms I can see that the sole is quickly wearing out on the heel and this is really puzzling to me as there is very little wear anywhere else apart from the the toe tips.  Does this heel wear happen to anyone else?   

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