Speed work

Today I hit the gym before work to hop on the treadmill for a couple miles. Yes, I just ran yesterday and I usually don’t run two days in a row, but I had ulterior motives: My new shoes came and I wanted to try them out and see if I should keep them… and well, they don’t like returned shoe full of leaves and dirt :) Luckily, I won’t have to return them– they fit great and put up with a quick 2 miles just fine. I wound up trying 3 pairs of shoes– the pair that fit was a New Balance MT20 in men’s size 8 EE. That is a wide shoe! It fit my flipper feet well and isn’t too long (I always have that problem). But the shoe is light and bendy and feels much nicer at my heel than the Vibram toe shoes did. It feels like a happy medium. They definitely don’t baby my plantar fascia and Achilles and lower calves; I’m going to have to stretch my toes and feet and calves carefully.

As far as the run itself, I pushed it faster because I knew it would be short. This was okay. “Very fast” for me, though, is somewhere around 6mph– a 10 minute mile. I can’t keep that up for too long! But I’ll never get better if I don’t work at it…

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5 Responses to Speed work

  1. Tori says:

    The shoes I got before my Vibrams were New Balance MT10s, also the men’s. I’ve gotten too used to running in the Vibrams to run in the NBs now, but I still like them for casual wear.

    • G says:

      Yeah, they’re not bad-looking shoes! It’s kind of odd how they cut away towards the little-toe side of the foot, but that adds to the charm. I do love how wide they are; they’re super comfy.

      • Tori says:

        The wideness sort of freaked out my narrower feet at first. But the body on them is flexible enough that they started to conform pretty quickly. Also, I think that my feet have “bulked up” — is that strange to say? — since starting minimalist/barefoot shoes. So it may be a combination of getting used to them and also the distance (between my feet and the shoes) actually becoming less.

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