Inaugural run in the Vibrams today: 3 slow, careful miles on my favorite trail loop. It’s… different. Better? Maybe. Definitely different.
It was still a lot of work to keep the forefoot-strike form, but my feet did a good job of reminding me. (There’s no padding on that heel; it’s easy to notice when it’s taking up force.) It was muscularly hard, but not so aerobically hard? I wasn’t going very fast so that probably explains some of it, but it was an easy run. However, my upper calves were totally zomgshocked at this strange new way of running and weren’t really cooperating, particularly after I started walking and cooling down and they seized up. I will have to stretch them carefully. It was interesting stepping on the odd branch or rock; my knee would instantly crumple and take that force off my foot. Whatddya know, my body knows what it’s doing!
On a lighter note, nosy office-lady coworker decided today was a good day to comment on my body again. I shrugged it off, but I was inspired by this tumblr post by verybusyandimportant and now I have a new strat: next time I’m going to tell her that it’s a side effect of some exotic and entirely made-up disease. “Oh yeah, it’s awful, I have Malaysian Bat-borne Influenzal Pleuritis. You should stay back, it’s contagious.” “Yeah… have you heard of Galloping Amoebal Meningoenteritis? Nasty illness, that.” Do you think that might have the desired effect of reminding her that changes in other peoples’ bodies are not her business, no matter what she thinks the cause might be?
Do you think that might have the desired effect of reminding her that changes in other peoples’ bodies are not her business, no matter what she thinks the cause might be?
Sadly, I think you might have to be more pointed with your made-up illnesses — “It is a side effect of Busybody Syndrome, which has a strong correlation to Mind Your Own Beeswax Disease.”