Ass Burn & Kegels
|Running minimal and barefoot|
So my last run was 8.3 miles. Six of those miles were in my Pace Gloves and the rest was off and on barefoot. This run confirmed something that I was pretty sure was happening all along. I supinate more (roll to the outside of my feet) when I run barefoot. I also lift my toes up to arch my foot more. In shoes, no matter what kind (even my Vibrams), I roll inwards (pronate) and don't lift my toes. If I have any muscle issues going on, the way I land while running will greatly affect how much pain or discomfort I have during that run. At least this seems to be the case after paying close attention on my last run.
While I'm still working on my flexibility and mobility, I recently discovered a pretty nasty knot monster in my left quad close to my hip. I've been trying to work it out. Its taking a while to roll this one out. Trigger pointing it hurts like a mofo, but you gotta do what you gotta do. And so, I've been entering my pain cave on a daily basis. The pain on my last run was pretty minimal compared to what it could have been if I hadn't been trying to tame this beast.
I'm looking forward to some chill time in Lake Tahoe soon. Its been a late winter there. So late that about four local ski resorts are opening for fourth of July. Crazy!! I'm planning on getting some kayak time out on the lake, but I might just have to warm up my belly with a couple of rum runners first. Ha!
|Deep snow in California. photo: Andrew Gauthier|