Weekly Blog Update: 1st April – 7th April

By PaulChristie on 05 April 2013

I am off to Cardiff this weekend, so  decided to do an early blog update

Another week of light training due to having man-flu and also being away from home while Sarah is still recovering from her back surgery.

On Tuesday, myself and Adam met with Bea and Alex from Neuroblastoma Alliance UK to go through the plans for NB Heroes, and its all very exciting, there will be a lot more exciting challenges to come on top of what we have already signed up for, and will update you when I am able. And on Wednesday we finally managed to get some team photos of myself and Adam!


I thought I would share a bit about my experiences with running. Until early 2012, I didn’t really run, it was all about the bike, but as I had signed up for my first Triathlon, decided it was about time to start. With my training for the Ride Across Britain, I wasn’t really doing much, so left it until October until I really hit the tarmac. I needed new trainers, so went into the local running shop, got my running gait assessed and was shown a wide selection of trainers that would compensate for my heal strike and allow me to “perform” effectively. I also asked the advice of friends, and some of them mentioned about barefoot running, and how it had changed their experience and as I was only just starting, I should look into it.

So, first of all, what is barefoot running:-

Barefoot running, also called "natural running", is the act of running without footwear. Throughout human history, running barefoot was the natural way to run, and cultures such as the Tarahumara people in Mexico still practice it today. Scientific research into the practice of running barefoot has not reached a clear consensus regarding its risks or its benefits. While shoes provide necessary foot protection from cuts, bruises, and the weather, proponents of barefoot running argue that it offers benefits and is healthier for the feet by reducing the risk of chronic injuries (notably repetitive stress injuries) due to the impact of heel striking in padded running shoes.”

Running without shoes is not really an option for me, but there are a number of companies that sell trainers that are thin-soled and simulate the experience, often call “minimalist running”. The concept fascinated me, and I spent the week looking into it online, and was amazed that more people don’t do this. The thing that soled me was the following article and video http://www.npr.org/2010/01/27/123031997/study-humans-were-born-to-run-barefoot

So, I went ahead and bought my first pare of minimalist trainers, Vivobarefoot Evo II Mesh. VERY IMPORTANT, make sure you follow the advice of starting easy, I didn’t and went straight out for a 20 minute treadmill run and couldn’t walk properly for 3 days as my calf muscles were so sore. So, starting out again, I built from 5 minutes up to 30 minutes and could not believe the difference, no more sore legs the next day, no more jarring impact when running, it was amazing, so much that I have now also bought there off-road Neo trail running shoes, which are also excellent!

I am now running upto 13.2 miles on the road along with field and wooded trails and loving the experience, I will never change back to normal trainers,  and even have minimalist casual shoes for every day use!

1st April – sick day

2nd April – sick day

3rd April – sick day

4th April – 40 minutes turbo trainer session

5th April – rest day

6th April - 20 minute swim

7th April - 6 mile run, 60 minute turbo session

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