I started biking around 4 years ago when my car died and I didn’t 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.
I’ve 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 “barefoot” running or minimal shoe running. My sister-in-law is an uber-runner. She runs marathons, triathlons, etc. She suggested that I read, “Born to Run” (which I did over the long weekend.) It was right along with everything I’d 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 you’re 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 I’m 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, “I don’t run; unless a bear is chasing me, and even then I don’t run.” Maybe I’m going to have to eat those words.