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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Feet. Don't. Fail. Me. Now.

Like the release of Hillary Clinton's tax returns, I've been waiting anxiously on the Science of Sport's post on the foot strike of the elite runners. (Heel vs. Midfoot vs. forefoot: How do elite runners land?)
I assumed that because the elites run 5-minute miles, that they must be on the balls of their feet all the time. And in the few times that I've been in an all-out sprint (at the end of 5ks and 10ks), I've found myself on the balls of my feet.
In late January, I decided that I would try to do most of my runs on the balls of my feet, or at least on the midfoot. Part of the reason was because I was having some shin pain in my left leg during some races that would subside when I went from a heel striker to running on my toes.
My training pace times became faster, but I also hurt myself, and, as I've written ad nauseum on these pages, I had to sit out 16 days nursing a strained Achilles tendon, lower calf pull, and plantar fasciitis in my right leg.
I thought it was just bad luck. But the Science of Sport people have made me think twice. They say that for a non-elite to do most of his or her runs on their toes would be inviting the very kind of injury that put me on the sidelines to begin with. (As I write this post, my Achilles in both legs are a little achy and I now believe its because I changed my running style).
The Science of Sport post says if you wanna change your running form, you should do it gradually, not overnight like I did. Turns out, I'm lucky I didn't hurt myself more than I did.

Another glass of 5ksandcabernets
One of my coworkers, whose blog is titled: Circle30, has "tagged" me. She has asked me to play the, "Six-word memoir" game. It is from a recently released book titled, "Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure." The book has only been out since February 5, but if you type "Six-word memoir" into Google, you get more than 50,000 search results.
Needless to say, The. Memoirs. Are. Sweeping. The. Nation.

Here are the rules:
1) Write your own six word memoir
2) Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you want
3) Link to the person that tagged you in your post, and to the original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere
4) Tag at least five more blogs with links
5) Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!

Here is my six word memoir: Running. Wine. Sex. In that order.
Yours: ?

Tagging: Distortedveracity, My-momoluges

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Blogger Jason said...

Sex is last? No way!!!!

April 2, 2008 at 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Patrick M. Walker said...

"I'm not perfect, but I try"

(yours is better, but I would list things slightly differently.)

April 2, 2008 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger GandaMan said...

Havne't forgotten about this. Just thinking about what to say.

April 4, 2008 at 1:33 PM  

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