Friday, July 31, 2009
I am excited to see how I'll handle the distance. I've not been training for this (or anything for that matter) so I need to take it EASY. My plan is to make a day of it by not charging the hills and not trying to push. It will also be a new distance achievment for my barefoot running as well. I am a bit worried the road will be too hot. By the run the sun should be at it's apex and the pavement may be scorchin! If you smell bacon....
If I am going to do a full marathon barefoot, I'll need to keep pressing the distances. Pigman will be an excellend opportunity to do just that. Plus I should get a great endurance workout and I will experience running tired barefoot.
Wed evening I went for a bike ride and got my butt handed to me by my wife who effortlessly climbed away from me. I ended up lost outside Chillicothe but found my way back. I finished about the same time as her but she went much further. On Thurday I did a 60 minute swim workout and then later went to the FAST practice where I did 6 miles of barefoot running. It went well and I managed about a 9 minute pace.It was an improvement over my previous barefoot attempts on this terrain. I just need to keep it up. I saw a lot of folks including Chris Alexander who is having knee surgery today so keep him in your thoughts. After he recovers he's going to do some barefoot running as well. I look forward to having someone around to talk to about barefoot running. Hopefully we'll make some progress together.
Tomorrow I am competing in my first Tri in Canton. It's just a sprint distance and thats a good thing. The trail run is 3 miles approximately and paved supposedly. I need to get my bike cleaned up. It's a disaster. I am looking forward to it.
On Sunday, I plan on running 12 miles barefoot and then biking with Shev for about 40-50 miles of her 6 hour ride. So that's my plan. For the week I will have 22 miles of barefoot runnig. Not bad.
Why do I enjoy to run barefoot? I think the feeling of my feet on the road makes me feel more alive. It's no different than wanting to go outside on a cold winter day. You could just stay indoors. It's strange.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
This is a reprint of a post by Barefoot Ken Bob that makes a ton of sense for me in many athletic endeavors, not just running......
A salesperson said I have bad biomechanics and should not run without special shoes, which cost an arm and a leg?
I am often told, “how lucky you are, that you have perfect biomechanics which allow you to run barefoot.”
My reply is, “I don’t have good enough biomechanics to be able to run well woth shoes blockign my ability to feel the ground beneath my feet, and respond appropriately by correcting my, otherwise, sloppy biomechanics.”
Are our “Biomechanical Problems”, simply mechanical defects in the human design, which cannot be repaired, and can only be patched or corrected by adding cushioning, motion control, support, etc., provided by wearing modern hi-tech running shoes and orthotic devices?
Do we really have “Biomechanical Problems” with our feet, our legs, our hips, etc., or do shoes actually cause it to appear that we have biomechanical issues, by depriving us of an essential component in the design of the human running “machine”, depriving us of the one thing that might help us learn to run “biomechanically” correct?
I believe that actual genetic bad biomechanics are very rare. Most of us are born to run well. It’s in our genes. When someone says we have “bad biomechanics”, they often mean that we run with bad technique. The assumption is that we are born with our running technique, instead of my presumption, that we learn how to run as we grow up.
When we learn to run WITHOUT feedback from the soles of our feet, as they touch the ground, we often learn to run badly, just as a deaf or hard-of-hearing person has trouble learning to pronounce sounds they cannot perceive.
The best runners in the world come from areas of the world where they learn to run barefoot. Good running technique in these areas is taken for granted. In fact, it is in our genes as well. The problem is, shoes often get in the way of the natural advantage a barefooter has, in learning how to run the way we are designed to run.
Even such seemingly severe problems such as seeming leg-length discrepencies, well, I suspect that most, perhaps nearly all, asymmetry issues; leg length, uneven wear on your shoes, etc., are the result of learning, practicing, and adapting unsymmetrical postural habits. The right leg might appear longer than the left leg, if we, for example, spend a lot of time standing with our weight on one leg, with the other leg stretched out to the side. This may not result in bone-length differences, but the asymmetrical posture, when it becomes habitual (you may not even be aware you are standing that way), will result in asymmetrical strengths and weaknesses of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc..
In such cases, the cure is NOT to add a shim to the bottom of the sole, which would only reinforce the leg-length discrepancy by pushing the “short” leg even shorter! The cure is to exercise, and stretch, and practice symmetry in your day-to-day posture, movements, and other physical habits - to, in short, make symmetry a habit, over the long run.
Most of our bad habits are learned because we aren’t aware, either that the practice is bad, or that we are doing something in a particular way. Awareness is key in developing good biomechanical habits. Shoes block awareness.
We can continue to depend on sales people and shoes to control the way we run, with the underlying, and obviously wrong, assumption that humans were designed to run with shoes blocking valuable sensory information about how we are running.
Or we can learn to improve HOW we run - starting by listening to and paying attention to what we learn from our bare feet.
posted by: Barefoot Ken Bob:
Huntington Beach, California
LET me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Walter Cronkite is dead. Hardly anyone paid any attention. Creepy MJ got more press. It makes you wonder. What does it all mean? Do I matter? Do you? In the long term, maybe not. But here's the thing; your life is pretty special. Your health is fleeting so have some fun while you still can.
I just got back from my midlife crisis. It was awesome! I recommend it to everyone regardless of your age, if your 22 or 72 you need to do something goofy. I've spent too many years worrying about what people think. I am done worrying about my image.
Everyone who knows me well knows, I can't dance, I can't golf and I sure as hell can't sing. When I try, people become very uncomfortable. But you know what? Comedy, when done properly SHOULD make you uncompfortable. So go ahead and shake em up. Don't allow yourself to get stuck in a the same routine. People want to see something different and you want to try something new. So go skydiving in a speedo or sail around the world in a bathtub. Dress up like a pirate and go to confession. Do something with your life before its too late, but always consider the consequences.
So don't be afraid to laugh at yourself and have some fun at your own expense. Try something unpredictable that makes you feel silly. Life is short and if you walk around worrying about what people think, you'll miss out. It doesn't have to be epic. You get joy from the little things too. Go to the grocery store barefoot. Walk the dog in your pajamas. Smoke a cigar (just not more than one) in the living room. Bottom line, have some fun. In a hundred years it won't make any difference.
This morning I recieved this email. Thought I'd pass it on. She "likes my person in general".... Wow. What guy wouldn't just swoon from that line. I am sure we were great friends (maybe even more). I just can't remember her....
I'm thinkin if I replied, my computer would catch a virus so serious it would melt like the wicked witch of the west and all my credit cards would catch on fire.
From: precious200 [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2009 5:49 PM
To: Rob Fennell
Subject: Hi Dear
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write to show you, my extent of interest in you. Please send me
an email soon at my mail box thus for more details and to equally
send you my picture.
Kiss Miss precious.
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Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Last night I did my core work at the pool but before I did, I ran a couple of miles. Man were my feet tender from the Thursday workout. It's quite a stretch for me at the moment to envision running 26.2 miles barefoot. Yikes!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Last night was a milestone of sorts for my barefoot running. I went to Brad's FAST practice and decided to try the group B workout. It went really well. The workout consisted of a 2 mile warm up through the cemetery followed by a double series of ladders on the Glen Oak hill. I was only able to muster a 9-10 minute pace and wasn't able to accurately do the 60 second pickups on the last 2 mile segment but I did complete the distance and I didn't have any major delamination issues.
I've decided to run Huntsville in December barefoot. My goal is to run the course entirely barefoot at a pace fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon (3:20).
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tellman Knudson must be a remarkable human being. I admire his virosity on many levels. He's a visionary with the grand ambition of running across the country barefoot. To do this he will have to run about 150 miles a week. He's organized himself with enough success to get invited to dinner with former US president Clinton. I've stumbled across his blog Run Tellman Run
Maybe he'll fail but maybe, just maybe, he won't. I find his quest uplifting.