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Thursday, March 15, 2012

I haven't written here for a few days, so I'm just going to copy and paste from a couple of emails and forum posts to try and get something coherent.

March 13th:

I had to take our car in for a brake job today. As luck would have it, the shop is exactly 6.4 miles downhill from my garage door. It was 55 degrees, cloudy, and a bit humid -perfect conditions for a happy run. I started it with three objectives; evaluate my new shoes, see if the concepts from the book Chi Running would work for me, and get home.

One thing I really liked about the shoes was the very well ventilated toe box. Another was that they felt quite supportive even though my size 10 1/2s weighed less that 14 oz each. The mid-foot area seemed very shock absorbent, but not mushy. On the whole, they kept my feet stable, and allowed me to practice contacting the ground more with my mid-feet than my heels. I'm going to reserve these shoes for roadwork, because I want them to last a long time. My NB shoes will become my trail runners because they will probably protect me from thorns etc. a little better. The Mizunos I bought are an older model Wave Creation, but I could afford them. Since I intend to put mileage on them, I suspect that by fall, I'll be springing for a pair of the newest ones.

For the past several weeks, I have been trying POSE running. It seemed to increase my speed, but I haven't been able to determine if it was helping with my general creakiness. As I ran today, I concentrated on keeping my body aligned properly, pushing off less, and making minimal contact with the ground as described in Chi Running.

I was a little slower, but I reached home not tired and not sore. In fact I feel that I could have turned around and run back to the garage without any problem. If the car is ready today, that is what I'll be doing.

This Morning's Run: Distance: 6.35mi –Duration: 1:17:20 –Avg Pace: 12:10 min/mi –kCal: 654 –Aero. Steps: 11,162

March 14th:

I ran the same route today, only downhill. This is what I had to say about it to the LiveFit crew:

"I got the call to pick up our car at 12:15 today and was out the door by 12:18. As I ran, I concentrated on keeping my spine aligned, adjusting it with my hands multiple times. My biggest problem was a tendency to bend at the hip. Other than that, one foot just fell in front of the other with little perceived effort and I was reunited with the car. The people at the garage were quite impressed. In their minds, I'm still Big Vin.

This run was all downhill. I'm still loving the shoes.

Distance: 6.39mi. -Duration: 1:07:20 -Avg. Pace: 10:32min/mi -kCal: 706. -Steps: 9183."


I'm taking the day off from running, because tomorrow or Saturday I'm going to do my own half marathon. That will be a first for me. I think you can see a Google fly-by of the route here;
. Just click on the 3D hotspot in the upper right corner of the map. I hope to have something good to say about the experience when I've completed it.
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