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Location:

Seattle,WA,

Member Since:

Nov 13, 2009

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

St George Marathon 2008 = 3:05

Boston Marathon 2009 = 3:07

Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon 2010 = 3:07 (in Five Fingers Bikilas)

1500 meters this summer = 4:36

Ran 30 miles on my 30th birthday (Feb 7 2010)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Break 3 hours in the marathon

Run a trail ultra

 Find a way to run high mileage without injuring myself. My current theory is that transitioning out of my super-cushioned shoes into more minimalist shoes or bare feet will help improve my form and make this possible.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run a 100 mile race.

Personal:

I am happily married to Jenni. We have three energetic little boys who also enjoy to run. Jenni and I are both going to try learning how to run without shoes this year.

Favorite Blogs:

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Barefoot Lifetime Miles: 11.00
FiveFingers Lifetime Miles: 118.00
New Balance 790 Lifetime Miles: 128.00
Inov 8 Roclite 295 Lifetime Miles: 3.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
61.500.000.000.0061.50
FiveFingers Miles: 38.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

5 miles on waterfront route wearing shoes. 7:20 average pace. I don't feel the tendon pain when wearing my shoes, but the arch pain that I had previously returns. My plan is to ease back out of my shoes slowly so that my foot can continue to heal/strengthen.

 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

2 miles today on waterfront trail. This was my first attempt out of shoes since the injury, and it still was kind of tender. I think that I really pounded too hard on the Seattle pavement with weak feet. So, I'm planning to take a step back and run in shoes until there is no more pain in that foot. 

FiveFingers Miles: 2.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles at 7:30 average pace on the waterfront path today. I started out to do 5, but it was a beautiful sunny 48 degree days, and so I just kept going. My shoes seem to keep my forefoot from moving much while I run, because my injured foot was not a problem. Hey, if I can run while my foot recovers, great!

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

I decided today to do some running in my five fingers on a dirt track near my house. My hope was that by running on a softer surface in a more controlled environment, and without the pressure of my shoe-wearing peers I usually run with during the week, that I could control my form enough to run without pain in my right foot. I went slower than I usually do, about 8:30 mile pace, for four miles around the track, with about a half mile run from my house to the track. I loved it, and it felt pretty good in general at the time, but my foot has been sore again all day since the run.

This is pretty frustrating. Is it possible that my right foot is just whacked and needs the support of shoes to run successfully? I kind of doubt that. But I am planning to run most of the time in shoes for a while, as I ramp my mileage up in preparation for my 30 mile run on my birthday. If I back off the barefooting and then slowly ease back into it, maybe I can strengthen my feet enough to avoid a similar injury and make a full transition. 

FiveFingers Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

5 miles easy on my downtown waterfront route during lunch. I got really busy at work the last couple of days and missed my runs. I think was actually a victory however as my foot is feeling much better, and probably needed the days off. The run felt great today despite the frigid (27 degree) temperature.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Another 5 miles during lunch. Beautiful sunny day. Not much else interesting to write about.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

Today I put a theory to the test: my foot injury occurred because I ran too fast with a crowd of shoe-wearers, which caused my form to get sloppy. If I ran slowly and focused on using good form, then doing a long run in my fivefingers would be ok, even though I'm kind of still recovering.

 I decided this was sound logic, and against Jenni's urgings not to, I took off for a long run in my fivefingers. I started off with 3.5 miles around the top of Queen Anne hill. My foot was a little stiff to start out, but it loosened up and actually felt better after a few miles. I stayed right at an 8:00 pace, which allowed me to focus on using good form. I was feeling great at this point, but I didn't want to push it, so I ran down to a dirt track and did 4 miles on the track. I figured this would be a little easier on the feet than the pavement. I still felt great after that, so I kept going and did another 3 miles around the hill.

This run really felt like a breakthrough for me. Lessons learned: don't try to go too fast before you've learned good form, and sometimes running can work the kinks out of a sore foot. I am actually writing this entry the day after, and my foot feels better than it has in weeks. So, needless to say I am very excited once again about my fivefingers.

FiveFingers Miles: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

I ran 5 miles easy today during lunch. This was my first run since my foot injury on my downtown route. I was super cautious because when I run with my friends at work it's hard to run slowly. But I managed to convince two guys to run at about an 8:20 pace with me, and it felt pretty good. I can't wait until I strengthen my feet and learn the form enough to run fast, confidently, in the ff's. 

 

FiveFingers Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

So, GREAT run on Wednesday! First some background. I watched video on You-Tube the night before of Abebe Bikila winning the 1960 Rome marathon barefoot for inspiration. I've been trying to figure out if running in minimalist shoes will limit me to running slowly, because if so then it might not be worth the hard work for me. So I watched Bikila run because he was running sub-5 minute miles barefoot, so it must be possible to go fast with barefeet. I noticed that he looked super smooth, and not at all like he was shuffling or running with form that was dramatically different than the other runners. 

I headed out during lunch at work to do 5 miles. I tried to relax and run at a more natural pace for me. I felt like I was able to maintain the key points of my good form, fast cadence and engaging the whole foot, while loosening up my form and running a little more naturally at the same time.  It felt really good and I ended up doing the 5 miles at 7:38 pace. My feet felt great, in fact I think better than any previous run. To add to the fun it was raining and windy on the way back, and me and my friends were drafting off each other to break the wind. That added a fun element of excitement to it. I was on a high the rest of the day, and couldn't believe that my feet felt so good!

 


FiveFingers Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.500.000.000.0011.50

So, this run really hurt. I ran with a friend, and for some reason this always seems to throw my form off. It was also rainy, so my feet got wet, and this led to several blisters that bled through the ff's (I'll attach photo when I figure out how :). I was planning on going 14, but cut it short. Man, tough learning curve, I guess.

 

FiveFingers Miles: 11.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
61.500.000.000.0061.50
FiveFingers Miles: 38.50
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