Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.


    MCASKEY6   12,041
SparkPoints
10,000-14,999 SparkPoints
 
 

Born to Run.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I started biking around 4 years ago when my car died and I didnít have the money to fix it. The strange thing was I discovered that I enjoyed biking more than driving. So rather than getting my car fixed I just kept riding my bike. I bike commute to work, to the grocery store, to the mall, and pretty much anywhere I need to go.

After joining Sparkpeople, I started going to the gym to lift weights and use the elliptical.

But I still felt like I was missing something. I have no flexibility so yoga and pilates always felt unnatural to me (I had all the grace of a landed fish on a dock). Doing the plank felt like drudgery to me, I could never find that relaxing zen moment everyone relates to Yoga. All I ever got were sore wrists, a headache, and a stiff back. But there was something about the elliptical that I enjoyed. So I decided to look into running.

Iíve heard all the horror stories of torn ACLs, broken ankles, permanent knee damage, etc. So I decided to do a little research before I hit the road.

I began seeing a lot of info on ďbarefootĒ running or minimal shoe running. My sister-in-law is an uber-runner. She runs marathons, triathlons, etc. She suggested that I read, ďBorn to RunĒ (which I did over the long weekend.) It was right along with everything Iíd been reading.

The idea is, we are built to run. Our feet, legs, etc. have all the shock absorption that we need to carry our body over long distances at a run. Fancy running shoes only mask poor form, thus allowing you to run in a way that will hurt you. If you use poor form on a machine in the gym youíre going to get hurt, the same is true with running. So basically, less is more when talking about running shoes.

So I went down to my local running shop, bought a pair of nearly-not-there running shoes, and gave it a shot this morning. I only ran a mile (round trip) because Iím more interested in working on my technique rather than my speed or distance. Once I get the "how to run" down, I can start working on the speed and distance thing.

But it was fun, I liked running. I usually joke that, ďI donít run; unless a bear is chasing me, and even then I donít run.Ē Maybe Iím going to have to eat those words.

emoticon
SHARE
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HFAYE81 11/13/2012 1:21PM

    Yay! I like running too! I have also read that book, it was good. I am a little skeptical about barefoot running, but I definitely want to get more minimal shoes next time I buy some. The ones I have now are Athena by Brooks, meant for big girl runners. They are so clunky and I'm used to them now, but I remember the first time I ran in them I bawled after half a mile because my running was so clunky...obviously I just got used to them. Now that I type all this, I see that I really need new running shoes ASAP lol. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAGGIEVAN 11/13/2012 1:09PM

    Good die a to work first on form. Congrats.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post


Log in to post a comment.
 


Other Entries by MCASKEY6