So far today I have -
- dragged my butt out of bed at 5am
- run six miles at an easy pace
- fed kids breakfast
- gave 7 boys haircuts (they get lined up and shaved... like sheep at a farm) :)
- washed and braided Belane's hair
- got many small children bathed, lotioned, hair combed, etc.
- cleaned all the windows and mirrors in the house
- cleaned the bathrooms
- vacuumed the whole house
- mopped the floors
- made lunch
- done all of Noah's meds, tube and dressing changes, etc.
- played a couple of games of Connect 4
- done a few loads of laundry
- gotten dinner ready
- taken a shower
and a bunch of smaller things that don't need to be listed. Whew. Josh and Mercy are gone at a track meet but should be home in the next couple of hours and I finally have a little time to relax while Noah naps and everyone else watches a movie. Motherhood is definitely an endurance sport!
For those that don't follow my family blog, here is a picture of my 12 awesome kids (this was the Christmas card this year).
Yup, they are the greatest. :) I ran with Jenny this morning which was fabulous, and tomorrow I have a solo 12-miler on the schedule. Since we kept the pace easy today I am going to do a pace run tomorrow (aiming for an 8:45 pace or so). Looking forward to it!
For any other Brooks fans out there, I read this article last night about Brooks' new PureProject Collection that is coming out in October. I love Brooks shoes and their running apparel and I am excited to see the new shoes! I was wondering when they would have something in the barefoot/minimal categories.
That said, I am not sure how "minimal" I will be able to or should go. I have days where I look at some of those shoes and think it would be fun to try them (and it's hard to argue with wanting to be as strong as you can and run as naturally as you can). On the flip side though, I have been running 50+ mile weeks injury free and have no plans of slowing down any time soon (lots of races coming up!) so I have to think, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
I run in the Brooks Ravenna 2's and love them. They are definitely not minimalist shoes in any way, but they are fairly light, very responsive and offer support for "mild" overpronaters. These shoes feel like they were made for me when I put them on, and they are super comfortable whether I am running at a 7 minute pace or a 10 minute pace.
I did recently ditch the insoles I had been adding to my running shoes, and after a couple of weeks of soreness (I was able to run through) my feet/ankles/legs adjusted and now feel awesome. I had a PT tell me once that I wouldn't be able to go to "minimalist" or barefoot shoes because of my low low arches and pronation, but I know that that is not always true. I am naturally a midfoot striker when I run, and I am barefoot almost all the time except for when I run, because I work from home and hate even wearing socks if I don't have to. :)
So yeah... sometimes I think about trying out some more minimalist shoes, but for now I keep coming back to "if it ain't broke..." and not wanting to risk injury for no real reason. So for the moment I am sticking with my Ravenna's because they are working so dang well for me. :) But I definitely will be interested to see what Brooks reveals this fall.
How about you guys? Any of you trying out (or already dedicated to) barefoot running or "minimal" shoes? Hope you all are having a great Saturday. More soon!
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