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Running in the dark

Yesterday I met up the running group after a long time of not running after work.  I have run in the dark before, but oh my gosh, do I hate running in the dark when it’s freezing out.  Knowing that the trail would be dark and that headlamps were needed, made me really not want to get out.

But I did, headlamp and all.  Surprisingly, this nifty headlamp worked wonders.  It didn’t bounce at all, and didn’t bother me at all.  Just enough light so you could see the bumps on the trail.

We were supposed to go for a 50 minute total run.  I was using my Five Fingers (yay!) and Karl was carrying my change of shoes with him, so that I could switch when it was time to turn around (I’m just getting used to them, and trying to “ease” myself into using them full time).

22 minutes in, there was a part of the paved trail that was scraped off.  I was paying attention to that.  What I didn’t pay attention was for the part of the pavement that was raised by a root.  Needless to say, I tripped, tried to catch my fall and successfully did it until I reached the dirt on the side of it.  Didn’t quite make it to the grassy part, so was covered in dirt.  My knee wasn’t doing so good when I tried running again, so I switched shoes then and headed back to the start.

My 50 minute run ended up at 42 minutes (boo!), but I have a bruised knee to show for it.

My left hip, which was bothering me on Saturday, didn’t start hurting until after I switched to the normal running shoes.  Hmmmm…  I wonder if it’s related?  I try imitating my form in regular running shoes as I do with the Five Fingers, but wonder

Karl offered to carry my shoes for me from now on, until I can do the whole run in the Five Fingers.

I’m sore today, a combination of playing volleyball after 5 weeks off, running, and falling, so I might skip tonight’s run and hold off until Saturday.  I’m meant to run for 80 minutes then…  I can’t wait until I don’t need to take breaks anymore!  Remind me not to get injured again, so that I don’t have to stay away from running for this long…

7 weeks away from the Half Marathon…

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Almost back…

I spent 3 lovely weeks in Rio with my family and Karl.

At Barra Beach, near my parents place

I even tried out my awesome new Five Fingers shoes.  I went for just a half mile run in them at first with my dad, then a mile run in them with Karl, and I LOVE them.  Wasn’t able to run more in Brazil due to timing (we were running all over the place a lot for sightseeing, etc), and just plain heat (it was in the 90’s).

I just have to figure out how to make the complete transition from regular shoes to the Five Fingers full-time, but seeing that I should now be in my half-marathon training, and the Five Fingers take a while to transition to (my calves were killing me after the 1 mile run), it’ll be hard to fit that in, since mile-long runs are not part of the training plan!

I also got my foot checked out with an MRI, and turns out I don’t have plantar fasciitis, after all.  I actually have a bit of internal bleeding in my heel (not sure of the cause, probably just pounding from the runs), and that has been the source of pain.  It’s no wonder the orthotics the doctor gave me made it worse!  One more reason to use more of the Five Fingers and work on not striking with my heel so much.

After I got back, I had a horrible cough with a bit of fever.  Then last Friday I got a full on flu, and spent the weekend in bed with a high fever.

I hope this Saturday I can finally, finally, start running again.  I will be 2 weeks late in the half marathon training, but I’ll just worry about covering the distance even if I have to walk parts of it, until my body is in running shape again.

It’s been too long.  I miss running.

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I caved!

I’ve been hearing about these shoes for well over a year now, dying to try them…  I knew Karl was curious about it as well, so I held off on buying them for myself since I could get him a pair for Christmas.

As we exchanged gifts this weekend (since I’m in Brazil as of Saturday, he is only joining me on the 27th), and he loved his new Vibram Five Fingers KSO’s, I went online and purchased two pairs for myself (really hard to find my size in stock!).  As I had a sweet coupon for City Sports which saved me about $20 on a pair of Classics, I ended up buying the Sprint model on Kayak Shed as well (unfortunately, no coupon codes for them…).

I’ll get my Classics tomorrow!  I’m excited, as I’ll get them just in time for Brazil!  (Yep, I’ll look like a fool on vacation.)

So, on my way to the airport, I’ll be sporting these:

Then, shortly after I return from vacation, these babies should be waiting for me:

Yes, if I’m going to look ridiculous, might as well do so in fun colors…  My mom got all excited for them, and now she also has a pair of the Sprints on the way over to my place (Karl will be bringing them to Rio with him).

The reviews for them are great, everywhere you look there are high praises for it.  Let’s hope they are as wonderful as people make them to be, and that it’ll help solving my plantar fasciitis issues as well!

Once I actually get a few runs in with them, I’ll definitely post a review!

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