Don’t believe the hype

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“Studies suggest that barefoot runners develop stronger feet … your feet flex and move the way they would if you were barefoot” Errr… so what you’re saying Nike is that running shoes weaken your feet and stop them flexing.  So why do I still need to still pay you £100 for shoes then?

Stepping It Up

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Today was 2K Day!  My first run beyond the easy 1km I’ve been doing for several weeks now.  I couldn’t have picked a better day for it, sunny and warm. I set off remembering to keep my head up, try to lean forward slightly and try to kick my legs back behind me with each stride.  I could feel it …

I Walk The Earth

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As well as getting my legs used to barefoot running, I’ve also to condition the soles of my feet to. The skin on my soles needs to toughen up. This will be true even if I continue to wear minimalist running shoes rather than to actual barefoot. So I’ve decided that alongside the running, I should do some walking actually …

Here comes Summer

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Another short run this morning, taking it easy and not over doing it. I’ve since been on Google Earth to work out that I’m currently doing 1km distance and my original running around the block distance was 0.5 km.  So with that in mind I’ve now set myself a training programme to get me up to the 5.5 km required to run …

Born To Run – Yes, I think I was.

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I finished “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall today.  I have to say that this book was just amazing.  If you run and you’ve not read this book, then you really should.  It centres on the author’s one question, “Why do my feet hurt?”.  What follows is the author’s journey for the truth about running, which takes him to the …

So Far So Good

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This is much better.  I’ve ran 4 times now around the block for a 3-4 minute run.  Leaving a rest day in between each time.  I can feel the tension in my calves, but this is nothing more than what you’d expect the day after a gym session.  It feels good.  I’ve decided to do two or three weeks at …

Back on Track

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Two weeks after my abortive start and a full week after my calves recovered I had another go.  I’ve decided to start very very small.  I’m going to run around the block to start with and do this every other day for a week.  Then if no problems ensure, I will step up the distance gradually and again repeat this …