Monday, October 8, 2012
Running With New Shoes
20 pounds later, it was time to take it all back.
One of my biggest challenges was running. I always thought I hated running, and any time my workout came to the cardio phase, I felt a sense of dread as I climbed onto the treadmill to run. It was so bad that for a long time I would get nasty cramps in my calves that stopped me from running for a week at a time.
When I started back to working out, I decided to focus on getting my running game up to speed, so to speak. Starting slow, my goal is to get to the point where I can run 5 or 6 miles without feeling like I'm going to DIE! Which feels like an unrealistic goal when, to start, running barely a mile made me want to punch a baby and puke. But I persevered over the summer and now have work to the point where a near four mile run doesn't make me feel destroyed: on Friday I ran 40 minutes and, with warm ups, covered nearly 3.8 miles.
Running for the first time in them today (after spending the weekend wearing them around the house while my wife and oldest son made jokes about them) it was different, but not a weird experience. I had read on a few pages online that running in minimalist shoes was an adjustment and you should ease yourself into it. So I started off slowly, reducing my running speed to start off. But it felt so natural I decided to try some incline runs, which felt good! The shoes didn't feel like they were working against me, and my calves felt more relaxed as I ran. I didn't feel like my foot was on a strange fulcrum is probably the best way to describe the experience.
All in all, I'm pretty impressed with the shoes. I didn't wear socks with them, and except for a small spot on my right foot where I wasn't quite used to the new shoe's feel (which will go away) I'm quite happy with the new shoes!