27 March 2012

Who Am I?

Don't worry, this isn't some philosophical rambling about deeply meaningful feelings...  It's more, where did I get this desire all of a sudden to really "get into" my running/fitness?  Not that I wasn't before, but I've started doing a couple of things that kind of put me at a different place than I was.

1.  Spin.  So I was scared of going, but once I was there it wasn't that bad.  Which I knew to begin with.  I guess I just don't like doing new things by myself.  Who am I kidding?  I know I don't like doing new things by myself.  Doesn't matter if it's a new job, new activity, or meeting new people.  I get all nervous and pukey feeling.  Anyways, spin was fine.  It was seriously my first attempt at cross-training!  I know that I didn't push it as hard as I probably could have, but I was getting a feel for the whole deal.  Something to work on next time.


Reason it's not me: It's cross-training.  I've avoided doing anything other than running like the plague.  I gave up on Jillian Michaels after one time as it hurt too much.  

But in this case it really is: I actually like/love the 6am class.  That is a huge shocker because I am not a morning person at all.  I'd far rather stay up exceedingly late then go to bed at a normal time.  However, there's something kind of cool about seeing the sun rise (and over the mountains to boot).  Yeah, the studio I go to has a view!

2.  Treadmill.  After my less than stellar blood lactate test results we rented a treadmill.  It sits in the corner of our bedroom and has not turned into a laundry dumping ground.  That's for the chair that sits in front of it when it's folded up - baby steps, people!


Reason it's not me: I swore that I'd never be a treadmill runner.  It just never appealed.  Why run inside when I live in such a beautiful city?  

But in this case it really is: Well, because I have to teach myself how to run again.  And it's been a godsend.  There's really nothing more demoralizing than knowing your running speed is about the same as most peoples' brisk walking speed.  Running at home only allows me to only compare me to me; which is kind of what I need right now.  

3.  Minimal Shoes.  asked for got a pair of Vibram Bikilas as a Christmas present.  I love the idea of Vibrams and, with my love of Injinji socks (both items freak Colin out as he doesn't like things between his toes), really wanted to learn how to run in them.  I've heard/read great things about them, but knew that it would take a while to figure them out.  For the last couple of months they've been sitting in a corner of my living room and have been used intermittently as slippers.  


Reason it's not me: I am a pronator.  As such, I am firmly committed to my Asics.  So much so that I am loath to change my shoes.  I have never been injured because of my shoes.  I am scared to try anything that might change that.  

But in this case it really is: Regardless of my comments above, I have been trying to be more mindful of how my feet strike, even in the Asics.  And I think that I've kind of trained myself to be more of a midfoot/forefoot striker.  I decided last week to actually wear my Bikilas for a walk on the treadmill.  And it was great!  So on Sunday I ran in them.  Again, my running is slow.  Which is perfect!  Slow in Vibrams = no pain in legs.  I was so happy after Sunday's 5km steady that I did a 6km tempo (w/1km warm up and cool down) today.  I'm wearing my compression socks just to be on the safe side, but so far I'm cautiously optimistic and will most likely be wearing them for all but my long runs.  I'm looking to get a pair of the Brooks Pure Cadence with my birthday money so I'll have another minimal option soon.

8 comments:

  1. I was absolutely petrified the first time I went to spin class. I quickly become obsessed with it. I now own a spin bike- which actually came today. I wish I could figure out how to put it together so that I can use it. My husband is gone all week....total bummer!

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  2. I also briefly tried the vibrams but also am an overpronator, so I'm back in the sauconys. I just went to my first spin class last week and I was so terrified I wouldnt be able to finish!

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  3. haha its funny how we change over time to doing things we 'swear' we'll never do. Glad you love spin too! I think at some point all of us have to make peace with the treadmill and embrace it, even if it's just a short time. My boyfriend has the pure connects and loves them, I'm sure you'll love the Cadence...or you might end up winning the altras :)

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  4. I have a pair of the pure cadence and LOVE them!! :) I've always wanted to try vibrams but haven't gotten around to it...

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  5. I don't think I will ever go completely barefoot or minimal for that some reason. Deep into a run I start to break down and the foot/ankle roll is where it happens. I still need a little more support for those long runs.

    I love my mill. I'd rather run outside, hands down BUT between missing a run or milling a run. Well, I'll be on that mill short run, long run, fast or slow in a heartbeat now. Gotta run!

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  6. I just got pure flows and love how they feel but...after 2 runs, my plantar fasciitis is back with a vengeance. Now 10 days since I ran and cranky. Ease into those puppies slowly! I think I just did too much too soon.

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  7. I have the same vibrams and love them! I actually also bought a pair of Brooks PureConnect and I definitely prefer the vibrams. The Brooks never felt right and even though I started slow, I got pain on my left foot. Never happened with the vibrams.

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