Thursday, July 29, 2010

So Far

I won't flatter myself and say that I'm sure all 3 of my readers are dying to know about my progress running with my new shoes, but I am going to post my info. anyway, in case anyone out there is slightly curious.

Before I bought my Vibrams I was running 10Ks, so even though I needed new shoes badly and was interested in the whole idea behind the Five Fingers, I was sad to have to start all over again. And I have had to start all over. It is an entirely different game running barefoot/with minimalist footwear. But I'm not sorry.

Since getting them I have only spent about 5 min. not barefoot or in my Vibrams. Each day I spend time walking on the asphalt or dirt roads barefoot. I even run a bit on the asphalt. And today I ran 2 miles in my Five Fingers. I always feel like I can run a bit more, but I don't want to push myself too fast. And its a good thing because after my run this morning I do feel tight in my leg and feet muscles that I use differently to run barefoot.

Overall, I am still loving the shoes and very excited about the possibility of training for a half marathon come fall.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

An Introduction...

I began thinking last night that most people who read my other blog, don't know the new me: the organic eating, barefoot running, non microwave using, essential oil smelling girl. Hence this blog. It will be one that dabbles in a bit of this and that while always staying under the theme: The Way Nature Intended.

I'm Impulsive

It's true.
I jump into ideas having only taken a few minutes/hours/days to briefly look into the facts about something before I've purchased it, or begun suchandsuch. In fact, its a very good thing we don't have money because I might be tempted to spend more of it on bigger things rather than small splurges of pretended new obsessions.

And running barefoot/with my Vibrams is no different. I spent an evening at a friend's and talked the shoes over for about an hour; took a quick run around the block in a pair; bought a pair the next day.

That said, some part of me wants to scream that this time I'll be different. This time I will be committed. But not even 48 hours after buying my Vibrams I am sabbotaging myself by eating too much and gaining back every ounce I lost over the past week of dieting and exercising.

Why do I do that to myself? I don't know. But perhaps barefoot running will help me in the process. This is going to be my journey.