One thing I like about running is that it's pretty darn basic, right? One foot in front of the other? Recall that when I went to the physical therapist about my foot injury, she put the root cause as weakness in the middle of my foot.
Weakness? B...b....but, I run and stuff! Whaddyamean, "weakness"?
So, geek that I am, I looked a little further into the situation. I sent myself to school. The school known as Google/YouTube school. I studied running and feet and injury in general. I studied shoes. I watched super slo-mo videos of Kenyans...
I'm not going to go all tutorial on here, this isn't a running blog. But I'll do a sort of review. (No, not a review of THAT product!)
Based on what I learned at google school, I went shopping over the weekend and got new running shoes
Note the differences. On the left we have a meaty, thick-soled, heavy-heeled, stabilizing shoe. On the right, the lightweight, flexible, low-profile shoe. This morning, I ran in the latter.
I intended to do the 7-mile loop I'd been using for my reprogramming. Especially since I had new shoes that made my feet do more of the work, and since I was changing my foot strike, I didn't want to overdo. But omigosh, they felt so good that when I got to the turnaround point, I just didn't want to turn around.
Mouse Town beckoned to me from beyond! Recall that Mouse Town is an undeveloped area along a favorite running route. A happy Preble Jumping Mouse community has been discovered there, and it is now designated as "habitat", thus no development. There are, however, some beaten down running trails. I haven't visited Mouse Town since the spring.
And what a lovely time it was in Mouse Town. The sun just rising, the birds eating bugs, the undisturbed Preble Mice probably making more Preble Mice... and me.
|love. these. shooz.|