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For the LOVE of Running!

Today was one of the best running days, as far as I can remember! Not because I ran my fastest or the furthest, but because I had FUN, lots of it. I made it a point to enjoy it and I told myself that I would.

I ditched my watch. Some runners depend solely on their gadgets to tell them their distance, time, speed etc. They tend to pay less attention to themselves and over time, they lose their sense of pace. At least once a week, leave your watch at home and FEEL your run. Although I don’t usually time myself down to the very second, I left my watch behind. I didn’t want a sense of time, I didn’t want to know how long I was running for. It was simply just me, some tunes and the road.

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Faas 300 V2! I love these.

The weather was almost perfect. Not too sunny (definitely not hazy) with a cool breeze brushing against my face as I zoomed by. As soon as I eased into that relaxed, flying rhythm, I remembered why I started running. It felt like the first time I set out on my first run. You know, when you get into that soft flow, it really does feel like your legs can go on for days.

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Throughout my run, I greeted all my neighbours and played with their four legged friends. I was running around with a huge smile plastered on my face, tapping along to the music that I was listening to. Sounds more like a lunatic on the loose eh?

I also managed to do some reflection, thanking God for the life that I have right now. It was one of the most productive “me-times” ever! I ran until exhaustion started to set in and when the night sky finally took over.

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Snoopy was trying to get into the picture.

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Such a poser. I meant Snoopy.

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Sometimes, we set too many running goals for ourselves that we lose sight of the whole point of running in the first place.

LOVE RUNNING

Amidst the grueling hours of training, sweat, pain, tears, exhaustion…… you must find that joy, that love for running. That’s the only way to keep going. You must love what you’re doing.

Take some time off your training and truly enjoy your run. After all, isn’t that what running is all about?

Happy Feet! *Tap Tap*

Freaky Looking Footwear

This year, the boyfriend gave me my first pair of Vibram Five Fingers! I’ve been wanting them for the longest time (secretly) but never got around to getting them for myself.

At first glance, it looks pretty freaky. I couldn’t stop laughing after opening the box. The base is black with green linings along the “fingers” and pink stripes all over the body! The colours are all part of the forbidden colour scheme. It is bad enough that the shoe moulds your feet. Now, with it being BRIGHT and FREAKISH looking, I guess I’m a running clown!

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Excited with my new Five Fingers, I wore them the next day. I’ve always wanted to try barefoot running but I couldn’t imagine putting my feet through the pains of running on asphalt. .The Vibram Spyridon was the closest I could get to barefoot running.

As expected, the first 20 minutes was pretty torturous. I felt a lot of pressure pressing against my feet. This forced me to land on my forefoot to reduced the overall impact. I began using different sets of muscles which were probably underused over the years. My core and calve muscles were activated to keep this running form. I had to listen to my body and constantly change my running form to reduce the pain. I was doing great and soon, the pain left and I was running wild and free!

With traditional running shoes, forefoot-striking doesn’t come naturally. I had to always remind myself of it. I tend to get lazy and put the pressure where I’m not supposed to.

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Nike Free 3.0. I still LOVE them.

Recently, much attention has been given to barefoot running or minimalist running. Before the first running shoe came about, running barefoot was the only way to go. It was probably better if humans left it at that.

Scientific research has been shown to support the benefits of barefoot running. Some cultures, such as the Tarahumaras and Kenyans, still practice barefoot running till this very day. The evolution of the running shoe towards having a more padded heel encourages the runner to heel-strike as oppose to fore-strike. The impact from heel-striking would shoot straight to your knees and hips because they’re not meant to absorb shock.

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Barefoot running has been known to reduce chronic running injuries such as the popular Runner’s knee which is a result of wearing cushioned shoes (heel-strike). Still, barefoot running remains a controversial topic and it may not be for every runner.

Transition to barefoot running would take a considerable amount of time. Be patient. Good things are ahead of you! The pain you feel when running barefoot would force you to change your running form and to land on your forefoot. Forefoot striking allows the activation of your natural shock absorbers: lower legs, foot arch and Achilles tendons. These places would hurt initially, but as you ease into it, you’ll soon be up and running in excellent form.

Say Hello to PAIN FREE RUNS! 

What do you think?