Friday, August 19, 2011

New Gear!

Recently realized my running shoes were over a year old, and it was time for a change, so I started looking into the new minimalist running shoes. After a couple weeks of reading reviews and looking at options, I settled on the Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove. I was so excited when they arrived yesterday!

They have the Vibram sole, and are really lightweight.

When I tried them on yesterday, I instantly loved how comfortable they are. During the time I was waiting on them to ship, I started doing the exercises they recommend to get you ready for 'barefoot' running, and studied the different stride, landing position and pace they recommend.

I was excited to try them out this morning put the recommendations into action. I can see where I might improve my running speed a bit by changing to this style of running. It felt a lot more natural to me than my usual struggle with running. I didn't have any foot pain or ankle pain or shin pain, either during or after the workout. I know I'll have some soreness as a result of the different stride and landing position, but that just means I'm strengthening those muscles.

Will this technique and these shoes make me super fast? Nah. But I think if I get it right, I may enjoy running a little bit more.

Posted WOD was:

20 min AMRAP

10 strict pullups
10 handstand push ups

I did this:

20 min AMRAP

5 kipping pullups
200 m run

My score: 8 rounds + 5 PLU


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