Dont Tread On Me

As I get closer to the end of the Out-Season, the running miles have started racking up again. Simultaneously, my attention to shoe condition and foot pain has quickly gone up also. Any of my readers know I am a big fan of Newtons. Unfortunately, I don’t like the cost of Newtons, and I have thus run them past their prime. Its recommended that shoes should be changed out about every 300 miles or so, and well…that was a abut half a county ago. One good thing though about having plenty of wear on the shoes is that it pretty much gives me a diagram of where my foot is landing and rolling to when I run. Lets take a look at the damage:

To recap, I like to think of myself as a natural or forefoot runner. It’s still a work in progress. Once again, you can go here for a brief on the idea. Yeah, I know there are other schools of thought out there, but hey, its my preferred method. Its taken a while, and frankly a lot of pain, to adjust to the Newtons, but I think I am starting to get the hang of it after 2 pair of shoes.

From the above pic, you can see I have worn down the front outside of my shoe quite a bit, right under the ball of my foot. Then you can see the lugs are worn pretty evenly, slightly more so on the inside. The natural running movement is pronation, that is landing on the outside of the foot and rolling inward. Of course, it is a delicate balancing act. One can over-pronate or under pro-nate, and there are plenty of shoes out there for each type. I happy to be in a neutral running shoe, and it looks like its working. Prior, I had been in an under-pronator shoe, with horrible, painful results.

So, for all my fellow reader who spend too long thinking about shoes, don’t forget to take a look at the bottom of your soles every now and then. Remember, its the only part of your body that comes in contact with the ground. Unless your a total clutz.

Training is going extremely well over the past week. The volume remains up. Thanks to the Superbowl and Chicken Wings, the Sunday long run got moved to today. Put in 11 miles around the track…a miserable 88 laps. Today was exciting, as it was my first big run with the Hammer products. For this first test, I chose 2 scoops of Perpetuem in a water bottle and one Huckleberry Gel. After the first three miles, I began to take small sips every two miles. I took in one gel at 7 miles, around 1 hr in. At the end of the run, I was happy to see my leg pain, and not my energy, was my main concern. I think next time, I will take sips every mile, and use 2 gels per hour.

Sunday, I had a 1:15 ride with 5X2.5′ at Zone 5. Damage is below.

208w, 216w, 216w, 220w, 218w

Not the best morning, but I was feeling a little funky still from my cold. Followed it up with a great swim clinic. Pics and video of that to come later.

Earlier, had another long set between Tues and Thursday last week. Highlight was a run with a great view in Great Falls MT. No not outside, but on a strategically placed treadmill.

This week, its looking like a long one again starting with 2X20′ tomorrow. On that note, time to get some sleep….

About Ironvan

From couch potato to Ironman triathlete in 2 years.

Posted on February 7, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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