Tuesday, February 8, 2011
60 Minute Huarache Run
I am reading "Born To Run" By Christopher McDougall. I am a big reader of all sorts of health books. But come on, running books? I thought I knew so much about running. This guy rips apart conventional wisdom and flushed it down the toilet.
At times, I think I act like invented trail running. Now, I feel like a total dim wit. I bought into the over manufactured shoes for years. When my feet started hurting the most was when I started wearing "trail" shoes. My last pair of trail running shoes felt like they had steel shanks. The bottoms were as tought as a Hummer. 'Bout as heavy too!
Christopher totally exposes the marketing scams of running shoe companies. I bet McDougal will never get a Nike endorsement. I dumped Nike years ago when they kept on doing the bait and switch with my favorite running shoes. Seven years ago, I found an awesome Gortex trail runner that actually kept my feet dry in the winter. I bought two pairs knowing that Nike would stop production without notice.
So, where was I going with all this? My latest shoes look like I stole them off a native jungle man dressed in a loin cloth. Invisible Shoes.
I decided to run up a monster hill on single lane road over looking San Francisco Bay with my home made huaraches.
Were my feet protected? Little. Did they hurt? Just a little. I could feel a little tenderness on the bottom of my fore feet. They felt like I had run barefoot for about 5 minutes on pavement. What the huaraches do for me is allow to me to run barefoot for much longer without damaging my fragile heel pads. I was amazed that I lasted 60 minutes. I had my Vibram 5 Fingers shoes with just for insurance in case I blew out my feet.