Monday, September 13, 2010

Running the Golden Years Episode 3

I discuss my visit to my Son's house, training, and minimalist running. More on Barefoot John from the Somerset Half Marathon.

MP3 Direct Download
Johns barefoot running blog

Music Alley from Mevio

Paper Feet

What The Runner Saw

Friday, August 6, 2010

Week in review August 6th 2010

Marathon training week 6 of 16.
I ran my long run (20 miles) with Bob again averaging 8:27 for the distance. This was about 35 seconds faster than my normal long run pace. I'm hoping this will be good for me, it hasn't caused any problems at this point at least. My typical daily mileage was increased to 9 miles and the pace was dropped to 9:01 from 9:07. I am now at about 50 miles per week. 60 will be the highest mileage in this training period.
I've been running about 4 miles a week in Vibram five finger shoes hoping they would reduce my chronic overstriding and get me to a more mid foot type stride. This has been a very slow and deliberate process to reduce the chance of injury. So far it has been working out pretty well.
Last week I listened to "The Living Barefoot Podcast" on one of my runs. They had a gentleman as a guest who has just started a new company with a new minimalist shoe called Paper Feet. These "shoes" are cut from recycled billboard vinyl. The advertising on the vinyl is not altered in any way so your shoes are unique and no two pair will look exactly alike. I promptly ordered a pair and waited anxiously for the mailman to deliver them.
The shoes arrived yesterday. They came in a clear mailing pouch so you could immediately see what "style" your shoes had. The shoes are actually more like slippers. They are attached with velcro straps at the heel, arch, and toe with the toe having an additional strap to hold the front of the toe to your foot.
I spent the day yesterday walking around in them and included a trip to the hardware store. I caught a few people casting puzzled glances at my feet. Having warn Vibrams for some time now I am used to this and actually quite enjoy it. At the end of the day I examined the soles of the shoes and found some of the ink had worn off but the fiber weave still appeared to be intact. The shoes were very comfortable to wear and I felt like I was cheating walking around in the store with "bare feet", normally a no no.
Today I ran a speed workout on the treadmill. For the warmup I decided to try the Paper Feet. I found a couple of things you should be aware of.
First when putting the shoes on make sure you have a full velcro mating of the heel or it will come undone. The best method of putting the shoes on was to fully fasten the heel first. Then tightly wrap the arch over the ankle. Finally wrap the toe tightly across the foot but leave a little toe room in the toe strap. This will insure you don't jam your toes while running.
The next thing to be aware of is being vinyl, they may be slippery on your treadmill belt. Mine was a rubber compound so it wasn't slippery but the hard vinyl side rails were very slippery when stepping on them. Be sure to hold the handrails when stepping on the side rails.
I took photos of the soles of the shoes before and after the two mile treadmill run. To my eye they held up quite well. I can't say how many miles I will get out of them but will keep a report going as I use them. I also plan on running on the roads with them next week and will again take photos before and after. In that way you can be the judge on how well they might hold up for you.
Personally, I like them. The cost actually is a three tiered approach. $9.00 plus shipping will cover manufacturing costs and is your first option. The second option is $15.99 plus shipping which is described as building a pair for the next person. The third option is $19.99 described as "You understand our story and live for our cause"
These shoes are made from recycled material with US labor. The company owner seems to be very socially responsible when it comes to the environment and labor market. This is enough in my opinion to want the company to succeed.
I have enclosed links to before and after wear photos of the bottom of the shoes.



Thursday, July 22, 2010

Week in review

I've been busy since the last entry. I had an opportunity to run with someone my age who is still wicked fast. Bob is running 10K's at a 6:30 pace. He also placed second in his age group in the Chicago marathon a few years ago. Very impressive. We went out for a long run together (18.5 miles). He went a bit slower for me but I still had my work cut out for me to keep up with him. It wound up being quite a long run. We averaged an 8:18 pace for the first ten miles but he started getting in the groove and picked up the pace. I could no longer keep up with him but managed to complete the run with an average pace of 8:26. Bob would run ahead and circle back occasionally to keep me in sight. After the run we took a dip in his pool and chewed the fat awhile. I hope to be able to do my long runs with him fairly often. That should really help my speed for the next marathon.
I took my recorder (given to me by Air Force Ted from the "You Don't Have to Run Alone" podcast (thanks Ted)) on one of my daily runs in the last week in a second attempt to record a podcast. I tried it unscripted but found I wound up rambling too much and spent way too much time talking about myself. Probably not worth publishing for this reason so I will try again but will organize my thoughts better next time.  Maybe I'm being too critical of my recordings but I try to listen to them as if I were another person and see if I would be bored with it. I found I need a lot more work on polishing it up and organizing my thoughts. I'll keep trying though, maybe some day I will get one right.
This week is a drop back week in my marathon training. I will finish up with about 38 miles and the long run will only be 8 miles. Next week will be the first of 4 twenty mile runs for this training period, should be fun.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Welcome to Running the Golden Years

Hello everyone and welcome to Running the Golden Years. Here I encourage an active lifestyle for people approaching or in their retirement years. I will be adding a podcast in the near future that will be general thoughts and observations while I am running.
My main running motivation is to be as competitive as I can as long as I can and race often. This is my motivation, you may have others and that is fine.
I hope you stop in often to see what's new. I will try to keep it entertaining and informative.
Dan Clark