I did my usual VHBOS run today and it worked out to be a touch over 27km and included Ingrams and Reynolds roads. Ingrams didn’t feel so bad, and I was really relishing the hills, probably because I took the short way to get there so my legs were pretty fresh. By the time I got to Reynolds I was ready to get down on my hands and knees and crawl. My quads were burning. It was awful. If any crossfitters are reading this, imagine the worst WOD you’ve ever done and put all that pain into your legs, times it by 2, and that is how it felt. I kept going though, as I refuse to be a soft arse, and my achilles hated me for it.
After I said good morning to the little Asian lady who sings opera along the Diamond Creek trail, I headed home along Allendale Road. That sucked.
My legs just felt like they were on fire. They burned so much I couldn’t even tell which muscles were hurting, if I was cramping, or if it was just tiredness. During the last few kms I narrowed it down to my calves and soles of my feet. At first I thought maybe it was because I wasn’t drinking much but it wasn’t a cramp, and I worked out the real reason.
I wore my Adizero PRs on this run. For the past couple of years, I have worn my Nike Free 3.0s on pretty much all my long runs, and most of my ultras. My feet never feel tired in them. I tell people time and time again that they are not a “barefoot alternative” shoe and that they are really just a light weight trainer/racer. This is so apparent now as I have been using them as a way to make the long runs more comfortable. You don’t have to run correctly in them and it is so easy to become lazy in your form as you fatigue. I think today my calves were so sore because I had not trained them well for so long. It was the soreness you get when you start barefooting/minimalist/Pose running. My laziness had finally come to get me.
Tomorrow there’s a Sri Chinmoy race on that I plan on doing to make this a 2-long-runs-in-2-days-weekend as part of my You Yangs training. I think I’ll do the half marathon. Or if my calves are still complaining I’ll go the 14km option. My feet will be fine as I plan to wear my Five Fingers.
Yesterday I ran home from work for the first time. It’s 18.4k but obviously there are variants and I took the longer way by the main roads to avoid a tortuous hill.
I wore the Injinjis with my Asics for the first time. Got uncomfortable and felt a blister coming on. I don’t think it was the injinji’s as such, more that I have one foot slightly bigger than the other so that is the foot that suffers blisters more, and of course the injinjis are a little thicker than the usual socks I would wear.
I decided to wear the Asics because I couldn’t remember if the path along the river at the start of the run was all sealed or not. Turns out it is all concrete and bitumen so next time I’ll probably go with the Five Fingers.
Anyway, pulled up ok considering it was my first ‘short’ long run, or medium run, or whatever the mid week slightly longish run is called. Popped a magnesium instead of stretching!! And had tender achillies til my recovery run this morning – 5.2k in the five fingers. Despite a longish warm up (800m walk is long for me!) my achillies were still a little sore but 3k into it they sorted themselves out and for the rest of the day I’ve felt like I could bang out another 18k and not be affected negatively.
Tomorrow we’re going to the Grampians for a weekend getaway so I’m hoping to hit the trails while I’m out there!
Well today I gave the Injinji’s a go. They were thicker than I expected, nice smooth material and very comfy. So comfy that I’ll wear them on my long run with the Asics to see how that goes. Despite there being virtually no room in my five fingers, they fitted in well! They made the five fingers even more comfortable with the extra warmth and padding.
This got me thinking. Does adding socks to the five fingers make them less ‘barefoot’? If I wore 2 pairs of socks would I be less ‘barefoot’ again? 3 pairs of socks? Does that mean I may as well have worn shoes today? Perhaps my Nike Waffles with thicker socks would feel the same as five fingers with a couple of pairs of socks. Would I be moving away from my ideal of minimalistic footwear and hindering my running form? Well yes and no. I guess it’s a move away from minimal stuff on my feet. It certainly didn’t affect my form though. So is it good or bad to wear socks with the five fingers? I don’t know. Today was actually around 10 degrees at 5:30 this morning so the weather would have been bearable without socks. Of course when winter truly hits and I head out in 2 degree temperatures then the socks will be invaluable.
Speaking of the cold, I did ask my dad for some arm warmers for my birthday. I doubt he’ll get them for me. So I probably need to buy some. Zombie Runner has arm warmers with pockets! Yes, POCKETS! They also come in the funkiest of colours. I’d probably stick to plain black, but I don’t mind the zebra striped ones… So in a couple of weeks when it’s confirmed I’m not getting arm warmers for my birthday, I guess I’ll have to go on another shopping spree there! Damn!