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2 workouts and lots of stuff about shoes and feet

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I went for a walk/jog with the dogs in the morning for a total of one hour with my average pulse at 120. It was nice to be able to run the downhill parts to practice my balance and rhythm.

This afternoon I did 4 miles on the treadmill. As usual incline was at 2, average pulse was 133.

Mile 1: 4.0 mph
Mile 2: 3.9 mph
Mile 3: 3.8 mph
Mile 4: 3.7 mph
average speed 3.85 mph

I finally read the chapters in Phil Maffetone's book about feet and shoes. I had done a fair amount of reading about the benefits of going barefoot and running barefoot or in minimalist shoes and had been running in minimalist shoes for over a year. The information in this book was better than most of what I had read before. The explanation of foot anatomy was very detailed and convinced me to avoid any narrow or tight shoes or shoes with heels as much as possible. It also explained how most foot problems are caused by shoes with lots of support, heel and cushioning.

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LEEZERFACE 11/7/2011 9:03PM

    I've been using the Nike Free Runs and my feet feel much better in them. They are light, I don't need socks and you can feel all the muscles in your fee and toes working.

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OHITSKELLY 11/2/2011 3:42AM

    Same here! My feet always hurt/bother me. I have tried many different types of shoes. Thanks for the information and way to go on getting your exercise in!

Have a great day!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/2/2011 1:25AM

    I just got the book and haven't begun to dig into it too deeply, but it looks like it will be very useful. I'm looking forward to reading more and hearing how your training is going along the way!

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 11/1/2011 11:53PM

    Sounds interesting. I'll look into that book - I don't walk correctly, shoes never quite fit... I could use the help. Thanks for mentioning this to us.

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DAIZYSTARLITE 11/1/2011 11:45PM

    Good info....THANKS

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Easy walking day

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I felt slightly stiff and tired most of the day so limited my exercise to a couple of walks with the dogs. The wind was cold but the sun was out part of the time.
I also enjoyed some time at the horse barn watching the horses run around chasing each other. Tomorrow I'll be back to running.

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KKINNEA 11/1/2011 3:23PM

    Sometimes an easy day is what's needed. I'm gearing up for the cold myself!

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Back to my water shoes

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Last night I got to bed around 2 in the morning and then woke up today at 8.
I went for a 4 mile run in my water shoes this afternoon and ran the same road as 2 days ago in the Vibrams. I did stumble once, so it may have had something to do with the surface and/or running so slow.
I went for one hour and did exactly 4 miles at average heart rate of 130. I think I'll make all my runs 1 hour long from now on except long runs. If I include warmup and cool down that will be a total of 90 minutes. I may not run every day, depending on time and weather.
Now it's pouring rain so not sure what I'll do tomorrow.

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HOUNDLOVER1 11/1/2011 12:38PM

    Martha, thank you, I'm a work in progress. It took me a whole year to get this far. :)

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MARTHASPARKS 11/1/2011 12:26PM

    I admire your energy and commitment to running and physical activity! Your easy days are tougher than my hard days!

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Long Run in Vibrams

Friday, October 28, 2011

Well, ok, it wasn't really that long, 90 minutes and 6.2 miles. This is the longest run I've done since I've started the Maffetone method and probably since my last half-marathon.
I ran on a chip-sealed road and had a significant uphill and a significant downhill section on this run. Temperature was in the upper 40's with a light wind.

My average heart rate was 130. The average speed was about 4.1 mph

On the downhill stretch I was really tempted to run faster and ignore the HRM which still slowed me down.

I'm still trying to make up my mind if the Vibrams are the best shoes for me. I stumbled 6 or 7 times on this run, something that hasn't happened in other minimalist shoes more than once or twice. The Vibrams felt very comfortable but I'm wondering if the toe pockets were a little tight because I could see the impression from the seams on my skin afterwards. In this case my sensation may have been reduced, causing the stumbling. It could also be that my toes were more spread out and that is something I have to get more used to.

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/29/2011 3:45PM

    Congratulations on a new and great run! I just had to Google your shoes to see the five-finger images. Yikes! I can't imagine allowing one stumble to not cause me harm that would keep me off my feet for some time to come. My best to you as you reach your goals successfully!

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/28/2011 10:46PM

    Thanks Red, good input. I guess I have fat toes emoticon The good thing is that the Vibrams did protect my toes well so nothing hurts. I'll give them another try or two and if they don't work I'll pass them on to my husband who has the same shoe size and go back to water shoes and Merrell Pace Gloves for trail.

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REDSHOES2011 10/28/2011 10:24PM

    Sorry to hear you stumbled so many times, I have seen other places on the internet people complained of stubbed toes because of them.. Also vibrams should be loose enough to wear the socks that are made to this brand of shoes..
Perhaps try another brand?

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Lazy day - Really?

Friday, October 28, 2011

I did not run for the second day in a row. I did feel lazy, but I know that I really did a lot of good things today including walking several dogs and celebrating the end of my daughter's swim season with a great party. So I'll just call it a busy day with some walking thrown in.
I find myself taking a much more relaxed attitude about my exercise. Some days life just gets busy and sometimes it's a good kind of busy. On those days I remind myself that I exercise to live, not live to exercise. You could put in a lot of other words instead of exercise.
Exercise, running and swimming and horseback riding and hiking and riding my bike are all good things to do - as are the 500 other things I enjoy in life. But deciding to do just a few things every day and then doing them with passion and with energy is better then to squeeze as many activities in as possible. This is all part of using the Maffetone method, but of course Phil Maffetone did not invent these ideas, he just tied them into a holistic approach to endurance training by talking about the consequences of excessive stress in our lives.
The idea that less is often better than more is very foreign to most of our (the American) way of life. Even people who profess to live simply typically live much more complicated lives then did their grand parents. Success is so often defined by how many things we can juggle in life while maintaining a confident and strong exterior. But on the inside we may be overwhelmed or even close to collapse. The MAF test is helpful in seeing early warning signs of overdoing it in one or several areas of our lives. Getting sick frequently is another. Feeling tired all the time or lacking energy in the mid-afternoon can also be caused by too much stress. Getting to know ourselves well enough to catch these things early prevents a lot of pain, both physical and emotional.
Tomorrow I will try a longer run in my Vibram Sprint's if the weather is not too cold. Maybe I'll talk my husband into coming along. I did not run for 2 days and I miss it. I guess I have finally become a runner. emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/28/2011 2:43PM

    Martha, I love the way you phrased that. emoticonSo true!

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MARTHASPARKS 10/28/2011 2:17PM

    Yes, you are definitely a runner! I agree with what you shared in this blog. Less can be far better and juggling too many balls is a guarantee that something will drop _ usually YOU!

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KKINNEA 10/28/2011 12:18PM

    Yay runner! I agree, I exercise to live and not the other way around.

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