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Blogging take 2 and barefoot running

Monday, August 24, 2009

Despite my love of all things technological, I never really did get into the blogging thing, However just recently I came across this really cool blog called The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl. I am inspired. More blogging! I highly recommend visiting her archives, or investing in her book.
Statement of Intents:
Blog at least 1x month
Stop overthinking it! Just do it.
Work on the hundred pushups program 3x week
Although I feel like I have this running thing down, I have neglected strength training. I am going to start by focusing on just one exercise because I usually pick too many too fast and get overwhelmed (ah you mean I have to do SIX different exercises?!) Baby steps.
Begin shifting workouts/runs to morning
I probably won't have the energy to do it after classes when they start in a few weeks (eep!)

Unrelatedly, I just read some interesting things about barefoot running, which appealed to my naturalist/hippy streak. I like the idea of doing something that eons of evolution have gone into perfecting. Running barefoot is something that people are born to do. I guess I have this slight sense of inadequacy compared to the rest of the animal kingdom. ("Humans, soft pink and fleshy; Sharks, deadly killing machines; Crocodiles, deadly killing machines; Tigers, deadly killing machines etc.) Well we may not be the fastest (unlike deer, cheetahs, wolves etc) runners in the world people are evolved to run other animals down by outlasting them. We have a much better cooling mechanism (sweat, good for something!) than most animals. Anyways that's what all the proponents of this kind of running say. Plus they make these really freaky/cool (?) looking shoes, ha!

Honestly, it's the funky shoes that won me over.

So I decided to try it a bit on my jog this morning, (actually barefoot, student sized bank accounts do not allow me to impulse buy every neat looking thing I find on the internet)
After jogging the normal way to Lake of the Isles, I decided that the walking path there was certainly the safest place I could try this due the reletively low levels of broken glass/sharp rocks.
Pros: Smug feeling of doing something the most natural way possible, akin to the smug feeling of eating food grown from one's own garden. Not as delicious though.
-Feeling the ground, this was pretty cool. I've always kinda liked the idea of really "knowing" a place by walking barefoot over it, I used to do this in my old neighborhood as a youngster.
-Shoe is actually a very nice place to stash ipod since dang running pants almost never have %$%@ing pockets!
Cons: While carrying one shoe is quite easy and makes a good place for putting valuables, carrying two shoes is kind of a chore and makes it difficult to get a proper arm swing going.
-Semi awkward feelings when other joggers go past me, because I am holding a pair of bright new jogging shoes (just replaced the old ones) in my hands awkwardly, instead of wearing them on my feet, as though I have no idea what one is supposed to do with shoes. ("Oooooh they go ON your feet?")
-My feet are not very tough (yet!) and the asphalt was rougher than it looked!

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  • no profile photo CD3730556
    Wow - I wish i was brave enough to do the barefoot running! Good luck! Let us know how it goes.
    4322 days ago
    Now that's way cool... There are some perfect trails close by my house where I could try this out. Thanks for the great idea! And I just might have to get me some of them shoes, too!

    4322 days ago
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