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Old 08-02-2011, 09:47 AM
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Barefoot update; My body was gobbling up 3K per day on concrete and asphalt sidewalks pretty easily, so I've been ramping it up slowly recently. If you remember the saga so far, you'll remember that when I jumped from 3K to 3.5K a bit over a month ago my ankles said, "NO WAY!!!". Obviously there was a form issue to fix, so that's what I've been doing.

Now I'm running every second day and am once again back to 3.5K with absolutely no problems at all. I'll be adding 10% a week, which will put me to 5K in a little over a month. If there are still no blisters or other pain indicators at that point, that'll mean my form is good and it will be time to put on my Tarahumara Huaraches (absolute minimalist running sandals) and start gunning for 10K.

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It's Tuesday, it's currently 107 deg (in the shade) and it's not even the hottest time of day yet! that will come in about 1-3 hours....finding motivation to get to the gym is sorely lacking but I plan on dragging myself there when I get off work in 30 min...

Uncle: yes my blood work came back all fine doc said it's probably just heat related and I didn't bother going to the neurologist because the numbness went away after a couple of days, thanks for asking

Top: I remember walking on the beach barefoot and even just normal walking seemed to be a good workout on sand

Ghostly: Hope you learned your lesson from that fall and listened to your dad after that. "Turkish Get Ups"??? I picture people with towels wrapped around their bodies and heads but you probably meant something else.

R4R: You sound good and positive keep it up

Murray: Way to go getting up to 3.5k I won't be surprised at all when you tell us you're up to 10k

Hope everyone has a good evening.
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Murray4x5
Tarahumara Huaraches (absolute minimalist running sandals)
Murray... how do those feel? Have you tried Vibram Five Fingers yet? Anybody? I've wanted a pair of those for a while now.
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:42 PM
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I have Vibram's... only have ran at the rec. center with them -- early Spring. Got up to 10 miles in them -- but then again it was a rubberized track. I do wear Saucony Kirvana's now that are on the minimalist side, but not totally. I do wear the toe socks with my Saucony's though -- well, I will when I get back to running Keeps blisters away! It's what drew me to the Vibrams in the first place -- sort of almost free feet - but not as free as Murray's
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Wow Ghost, you had me going there with your story. I could see a dozen finishes to it. Glad you survived. I remember my first "Skid Lid". Actually they were made right here in San Diego and I walked into the factory by accident looking for the business next door in the mid 1980's.

Turkish get ups.... Is that where you kneel on the ground and try to get up loaded?

Not much on my end today. Had to leave very early this morning to travel to Orange County. This time without the bike. 5+ hours in the car round trip for a 1/2 hour business meeting. I go there once or twice a month, but the drive back and forth wears me out more than a bike ride did last Wed. I walked out of the car and I felt like I was walking into a blow dryer to borrow GrandF's words....97 degrees.

I am so glad to see all the activity and comebacks. Keep on kicking @$phalt gentlepeoples.

Back to work......Great day everyone....TdC.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:02 PM
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Far: Love how you talk about riding!

Ghost: Agree w/tea. Blech! Glad you are enjoying the gym. I would think an occasional change of scenery would be good for motivation? Loved your story, btw.

Hi Uncle, Murray and Jennie.

R4R: Yeah. Learning how to live through those things sober....is just huge. I guess all those little tests along the way prep us for the big stuff? Dunno. Just glad that you're here.

Judy: That heat is just brutal. I don't know how you do it!

Tom: That is a lot of driving for a half hour meeting. I would think it would be full of traffic, as well? A hard drive is what I"m getting at.

Rest day here. If I don't hit 20 tomorrow, I'm going to kick my own asphalt. Stay tuned for results.

Hi Top! I see you lurking.
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Ghostly,
Great story !
( pretty sure my helmet's still not " cool " )

I was seriously embarrassed out there once i realized I'd ridden almost 10 miles without it one day. Major rookie move.

Far, .....good job on the 20. I feel the same way out there; FREE !?!
It's mid to upper 90's mostly , so the manufactured breeze is always welcome

Judy , ...Dallas is crzy hot. Gyms must be REALLY popular.
Thanks for checking in with your bloodwork results. That's encouraging !

Murray,
...sounds like your preparation is working .
keep on truckin'

Jennie,
The Vibrams sold locally aren't offered in 14-15, buy I found some online at REI tonight that may work. Was thinking they may be an option for jersey carry-alongs for longer rides with clipless pedals.
Tom, ...I've heard most folks just carry cheap light flip-flops in their jerseys for that option ?
?
Even on the coast, a lot of resturaunts have the" no shirt/ no shoes/ no service" sentiment

RFR, you sound good. Was just today reminding myself not to take my workout serious.
That alone put me in a better mood and might've helped the ride today.

Did 29 this afternoon ; ....my usual route; 7 out , three 5 mile loops and 7 back.

Keep up the great work KA-ers


Coffee, ....keeping my fingers crossed for you tomorrow
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Thanks, Uncle--great recs! I'll check those exercises out for sure. Did another post work 20 miler....ahhhhh! Off to bed now. Good night all!
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Hi gang, I won't be around for a while and didn't want any one to worry. My 63 yr old brother who was in great shape with no known health problems had a massive heart attack yesterday and died, I'm either heading to Cape Cod for the funeral or to Mississippi to comfort my dad as he's not well enough to travel. One of my sisters is heading to MS today to tell my dad in person about his only son, his oldest child as she felt it would be too traumatic to tell him on the phone and after she gets there she's going to let me know where I need to be.
Be sure and hug your families and tell them you love them cause you never know when it may be the last time.
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Judy, sorry about the loss of your brother. I pray that you will have direction and wisdom through all of this.... and that comfort and peace for your family will descend.... Lots and lots of hugs your way.

FA - You're definitely going the 'distance'

Top - glad I could be of assistance

Coffee - If I wasn't already struggling to get out of the bottle again - I think it wouldn't have been so easy to do it during the harder times. You're right - it's learning different ways to cope.... different ways to think. Sort of like running. The farther you run, the more your head has to be in the 'game'.

I actually made it out of bed a half hour earlier (6 instead of 6:30).... pretty good for being on my day 3 again and feeling pretty sickly last night for a little while. Did all my exercises so I'm hopefully staying limber. Going to try for getting up at 5:30 and doing a short run tomorrow -- see how things go.
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Puppy Pic! Puppy Pic!

Okay, Herbie is almost 5 months old now, and somewhere close to 60 pounds, but he's still a puppy! I finally got a new phone... courtesy of that, I am able to share some pics. I have some of him at 8 weeks on my camera, but I still haven't gotten those out. Dang pic is huge and kinda blurry.

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My condolences Judy. Terrible news. Please take care and have a safe journey. My thoughts are with you.
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Judy - I am so sorry about your brother. I will be thinking of you. Be there for your family. Please check in when you can.

Very cute pic DB.

Glad you're with us and able to get up early R4R.
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Judy, I am very sorry about the loss of your brother. You and your famiy will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Great job on the 29 Top, and Faraway on your 20. I hope you are not riding when it is dark.

Top, I love you man, so please don't misunderstand me. I don't mean to make fun of you, but size 15 Vibrams? I LOL when I read your post and all I could think about was swimming fins. I know, I know. I am only 6' tall but wear 12.5 4E and I have enough troubles finding shoes that fit me. That is why I love and stick with New Balances. If the fins er:Vibrams don't work out, you can always sell them to a smaller man for diving.

Coffeee. Too much coffee and not enough running don't cut it. Get with the program. We need to know you did those 20 miles. You can do it.

R4R. Easy does it. Glad you are trying to get with your program.

Are you feeling better about yourself DB? How about you Stewart? I hope you are both moving forward and embracing sobriety as a way of life.
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20 mile routine fitness bike ride for me this morning. One of those days where I managed to get on the bike early, a bit tired, a bit hot, but I was able to quiet my mind, let my legs do the talking and before I knew it, I was climbing my last hill to get back home. Fast hour's workout.

Beautiful (hot) day.... Wishing you all a great one.
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So sad news Judy...be sure to take care of yourself.

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Murray... how do those feel? Have you tried Vibram Five Fingers yet?
I can't wear the VFF's because my second toe is a wee bit longer than my big toe, and they don't make them that way.

The sandals I got as a DIY kit from Huaraches Barefoot Running Sandals of the Tarahumara Indians | InvisibleShoe.com and its basically a very thin sheet of Vibram resoling material that you cut to the shape of your own foot. (They have a new sandal now that's worth checking out). My first pair are 4mm thick and you go "ouch - ouch - ouch" when stepping on large sharp bits of gravel, so this time I ordered the 6mm thick ones for use on gravel roads and mountain trails.

Luna Sandals also make Tarahumara style Huaraches with a leather footbed.
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Top: I think 29 is awesome blossom cool, especially in that humidity. However, you really need to tack on another one to make it an even 30. I think the bike gods would like that much better.

Far and Murray: Hey!

Judy: My deepest condolences. My thoughts will be with you in the coming days. Lurk if you can!

R4R: Slow and easy, girl....slow and easy.

DB: Awesome pic! It had to be big to fit the pup!

Hey, Ghost!

Tom: Quieting the mind is the reason we do what we do. Or, it's why I do what I do. Well said. Top is going to get you for the fin comment, however.

Didn't get my long run. I got 11. After 5 I was cooked. I've been really tired lately. Blamed it on the heat.

Whatever. I need a new plan. Maybe shorter distances and try to increase speed? I don't know.

Have a great Wednesday, all!
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Here's an excellent split screen video showing a runner running with modern running shoes and barefoot (in socks) on a treadmill who received no instructions other than to just run. It shows the bodies natural running style, and how modern running shoes change the way our feet hit the ground. Her foot strike barefoot matches video taken of African kids who've grown up without shoes;

‪Is it the shoes? It's gotta be the shoes.‬‏ - YouTube

My job is to not go too fast, and to allow all those small bones, tendons and ligaments time to adjust to the new demands on them.
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DB...them's some pretty HUGE feet to grow into!!!!
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DB -- That is a HUGE dog.... or a huge picture of a small dog hmmmmmmm

I hear you guys.... I'm taking it slow... and easy -- but thanks for keeping an eye on me
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