Okay, so this week there will not be much more on running or the effects as I am tapering down for the marathon, attending college 4 nights a week, and still work full time.
So as previously advised I do have a pair of New Balance Vibrams, which I bought after much disgust from my son for my barefoot antics (“Mom, you can afford a pair of shoes – you are embarrassing me…).
So I tootled down to a local and vibrant shop and training centre here in Perth called The Running Centre. Here Alex kindly listened to my issue about having to wear shoes, but not actually liking shoes, and so he said try Vibrams. Now I do not mind traipsing around with what mother nature blessed me, but five finger shoes I must say were not exactly exciting me in the “image” department. So Alex said “try these”… and handed me a pair of New Balance Vibrams ( full round toe foot). Now I actually do quite like these shoes. Hey, they even match my running cap. When do I wear them? Well mostly when I do trail running and obstacle course racing, as I find they fit me like a glove, and when I do interval training, as the speed on the sprints is quite something. Also I used them at my recent half marathon where I was obliged to wear running shoes as the particular course was very rough, and I have previously experienced this, and if I run on the grass next to it, the grass along the edge is too long, clumpy and springy so hurts my ankles. Therefore when required, I WILL don my only pair of running shoes.
One must be sensible.
The run was fine and I hit another PB. Oddly from that day on my hip/leg commenced its niggling injury. Now, I have no idea what caused the injury or why I got an injury. But I do find it strange that after running barefoot for several months with no issues, my first road race with shoes, albeit minimalist, I am nursing injuries.
I do not need science to tell me that my form was obviously out ergo – my foot environment was different…..http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/04/born-to-run-the-marathon/