It’s been a few years since I went running. As in, on purpose and for “fun”. The last time I went running it took me eight minutes to run one mile. That wasn’t too bad, I thought.
Last night I decided to go for a little run. I wanted to see how long it would take me to run one mile. Here’s how that turned out.
Yes, ten minutes. That’s pathetic! I’m at the age now where I can begin proclamations with “twenty years ago” and it doesn’t mean I was in diapers. It actually means I was a teenager. Here, I’ll do it now for emphasis. Twenty years ago I could run a mile in seven minutes. There is a vague hazy memory in my brain trying to tell me that I might have run a mile in six minutes and forty seconds, but I have no way to verify this.
Why did I decide to go running? It’s easy exercise. Easy in the way that it’s free to do and you can literally walk out your front door and start running. And that’s exactly what I did. Also, I’ve become obsessed with my feet since picking up a pair of Vibram Five Fingers. I’ve worn them just about every day since buying them two and half weeks ago and I figured it’s time to put them to use in the way they were intended. Plus, the Nike Running app turns running into a game. And games are fun.
In my foot research I’ve learned that I’m a heel striker. Most of us are, actually. Being a heel striker is bad because it causes bad posture as well as back pain. Take a look at these videos for a better understanding between heel striking and forefoot striking.
This YouTube user doesn’t allow embedding of his videos so use this link to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuBLkKnNKm4&feature=share&list=ULwuBLkKnNKm4
Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2C90lGgAxY&feature=share&list=ULi2C90lGgAxY
Since wearing the Vibram’s as my every day shoe I’ve been consciously avoiding walking as a heel striker. Within two days of walking as a forefoot striker I could feel my calf muscles getting a little workout. They were a little sore. Nothing uncomfortable, but I could feel that I was now using muscles that normally don’t get much use. That’s good, I thought, use those muscles. Last night was my first run and I made sure to land on my forefoot and my calf muscles have been sore all day today. ALL DAY. Even now, twenty eight hours later. Keep in mind, I only ran for ten minutes.
What does all this mean? I think it means my body misses high school P.E. After all, it’s been twenty years.