Dear Mother Nature,
It is less than 48 hours from being June. Please turn off the snow and raise the temps at least a little.
Yeah, I ran my 15 miles in a snow storm this morning! The roads were just wet, but there was literally inches of snow in the grass, it snowed (hard!) the entire 15 miles, and the temps didn't get over 30. Seriously?? Then I came home and read on blogs about runners already battling super high temps and humidity. I can't even imagine it!
It was a good run though. I had an average pace of 8:40, I had negative splits for the run and I felt really good. Jenny is out of town so I was on my own. It was REALLY tempting to just go back to bed when I got up and saw the SNOW and knew no one was waiting on me, but I am glad that I went (as always).
We had a really fun day yesterday. We went out of town to eat, shop and go to the movies. We split up and half of the family saw Pirates of the Caribbean and the other half saw Kung Fu Panda 2. We did some stocking-up at Target, took my little Amanda to have her ears pierced for her birthday (she will be 10 this week....didn't even flinch and LOVES her new earrings), and ate at ChuckaRama. My kids LOVE buffets, and you don't even want to know the kind of damage my family can do at a place like that. I was really careful about what I ate since I knew I had a long run this morning, but I must have fueled well because my stomach was happier than usual.
While we were out of town I stopped in to the new running store in Idaho Falls. Fun! I am like a kid in Toys R Us in a running store. I hadn't had a running analysis done in quite awhile, so I decided to do one (free). I was interested in seeing what they would say because I have gotten some conflicting advice from various professionals in the past.
On one hand I have been told that I run on my forefoot, and since I do, I "can't" pronate, and don't need shoes with support.
On the other hand I have also been told that I have very low arches and therefor will always pronate and will always need some type of support in my shoes.
They put me in a minimal shoe and then had me run on the treadmill while they videotaped it. Then we watched as they played it back in slow motion and zoomed in at different places. The guy seemed really knowledgeable and pointed out that -
-yes, I definitely do run on my forefoot (I knew that... the heels on my shoes have almost no wear at all, even after hundreds of miles)
- I do still pronate, mild on one side, more moderate on the other. The pronation was definitely obvious on the video, especially on the one side, however the guy pointed out that since I am running on my forefoot, the amount of time that I am pronating with each stride is pretty short.
I have been running in my Brooks Ravenna 2's (and before that the Ravenna's) for over six months now. Brooks says they are for mild overpronaters. They are light for a support shoe and feel fast. I have been able to run 50-60 miles a week without injury and have used them for all of my races, long and short. They are the only shoes I have worn since I started wearing them.
When I first started running they put me in Brooks Adrenalines with inserts. I switched to the Trance with inserts, then (thinking that I was running in more shoe/support than I needed) I "moved down" in weight and support to the Ravenna's. Then I ditched the insoles. I had a little bit of soreness for a few weeks as I got used to running without the insoles, but nothing that kept me from running, and I have felt awesome (and been injury free...knock on wood....every since). I definitely feel like I am a faster and stronger run now. Is that because of all of the training? The change in footwear? Combo of both? Who knows.
With all the hype around minimal/barefoot shoes right now, it is hard not to be curious and want to try them, but I am also super afraid of injuring myself with all of the races I have planned.
I do believe in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" line of thinking, but at the same time, even though nothing was "broke" when I was running in the more supportive and heavier shoes with inserts, I feel like I am better off and running better now in "less" shoe and no inserts, and just wonder if I have found my happy shoe place or if less shoe could be better for me.
So what do you think? Is there anyone out there who DOES overpronate some and is able to run long distances in minimal shoes? I know that you need to transition slowly, but are people able to eventually run all their miles in these shoes? Or do you think for me that I will always need some level of support in my shoes?
I am excited for the Brooks Pure Project shoes to come out in October... they have a new line of more minimal shoes coming out and two of them have some level of support in them.
The guy at the shoe store tried to sell me some crazy Biom shoes that cost $200. No thanks! I did get a pair of shorts and some sun screen and had fun looking around.
Ok, I am off to take the kids to church and then come home and enjoy some much-deserved rest. Happy Sunday everybody!!
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