Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Happy National Running Day!

June 1st: National Running Day! Naturally, I needed to kick this spectacular day off with a bang, so I woke up at 6:00am and headed to the Montour Trail for a solid 5.2 mile run. It was about 72 degrees and already quite humid, but luckily the trail is beautiful and lined with trees in many areas so the sun wasn't much of a bother.

Since it is National Running Day, I recommend that everyone get out there and run a bit today! Even if it's only a few minutes or a mile, it could be the start to something new! I never dreamed that I would fall in love with running and that I would plan my vacation time around which awesome new race I would run. All it took was a few good runs and enjoying the way I felt after to get me hooked! I know that while working out it can seem SO hard and SO tiring and you just want to QUIT, but think about how you feel after. Once you catch your breath of course, you feel energized and invigorated and less guilty about that donut that you ate in the kitchen at work today :)

This weekend I am heading back to Houston to spend a few nights in Galveston for the lovely future Mrs. Alison Crowson's bachelorette party!!! I am so looking forward to it! The other day Alison texted me asking about the Vibram Five Finger Shoes. These new shoes are all the rage and when Alison asked me, I wasn't able to give her a proper response. I have heard good and bad things about these shoes, I mean some people are IN LOVE with them. While I am not swayed either way, here is what I have found:

PROS
  • Helps you to have a more natural forefoot strike when running
  • You can wear them practically everywhere! Makes for great water shoes, running shoes, workout shoes, anything! You can wear them in a lake, at the beach or to the gym.
  • They fit like a glove and are practically custom made to your foot.
  • Many say that they are the most comfortable shoe ever worn (note: I cannot attest to this as I have never worn them)
  • More people will come up and talk to you because of your shoes, so if you like human interaction and being the center of attention, these shoes are for you. Hmmm...sounds like they would be PERFECT for me - minus the whole high arch factor.

CONS
  • Not as much support for certain foot types. For example, I have high arches that need the support of tennis shoes!
  • Cold weather does not allow for particularly comfortable running. Remember you're not wearing any socks and these shoes are not particularly thick
  • They can be tough to put on. Okay, this just doesn't seem like much of a con, but it has been mentioned to me and so I am simply stating all pros and cons I've heard/read.
  • You will need to transition into these shoes. Helpful tips and such can be found at the Vibram site I posted the link to above.
  • There isn't solid evidence that barefoot running is actually better for your feet or your body. As a person who runs a lot, I have a hard time putting myself into the position to damage my feet/legs/joints/etc. Here's an article from Runner's World if you're more interested in what other's think about barefoot running.
Either way, I'm pretty sure that these would not be a bad purchase. Most people are incredibly opinionated so when it comes down to it, if you want them, buy them. Just remember that they will take a little while to get used to and remember to follow a transition program to get your feet accustomed to running in them. No injuries please! For now, I'll stick with my Mizunos...I'm obsessed :)


I hope this has helped anyone wondering about five fingered shoes at least a little bit! I'll probably be MIA for a few days due to bachelorette shenanigans! I'll be sure to post an appropriate (key word) update as soon as I return to Pittsburgh. I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend! Until next time...

With love and God bless,
Amy, JP and Maggie

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