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4 mile tempo run – felt great!

Posted by bunchgrasser on May 27, 2009

I dashed out of the office at lunch time today and ran a 4 mile tempo run. The weather was fabulous and the sunshine felt sooo good! It almost feels like summer already. Anyway, I began the run with a 5 minute warm-up at a slower pace and then maintained a challenging pace (ranging between 7:30 – 7:50 minutes/mile for the remainder of the run. It felt good to run faster but I sure felt it afterwards. As I sit here writing this post I’m still attempting to cool down.

I am also breaking in a new pair of Asics Gel Nimbus 10’s. I normally run in Kayano’s for the extra cushioning and stability, but I decided to experiment with some shoes that are more neutral in design since I”m not a heavy pronator. I may not have taken a big leap between these two models, but I’ve worn the Nimbus model in the past and liked them. I’d like to find a comfortable shoe that is about half way between the Kayano and my Nike Free 3.0. Something maybe around 9-10 ounces or so. Anyone have any suggestions?


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6 miler wearing my Nike Free 3.0

Posted by bunchgrasser on May 26, 2009

I finally mustered up enough courage to take a longer run in my Nike free 3.0’s yesterday. I love wearing these shoes around the house, and I’ve also done some short runs on my treadmill with them, but I’ve been so worried about injury or soreness that I haven’t used them for my longer runs.

It has been a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, with amazingly warm temps and plenty of sunshine. This is unusual for Portland this time of year. Everyone knows that it always rains over this holiday weekend. I took the opportunity to run one of my normal 6 mile loop routes and I have to admit that the shoes felt great during the run. I did end up with a small blister on the outside of my right big toe, but nothing major. 

It is now 2 days post-run and I can assure you that my legs are very, very sore, and in places that are not normally sore when I run. It is clear that these shoes are designed very differently and call into action a number of leg muscles that don’t normally see action when I run in my Asics Gel Kayano’s. This is a good thing.

I found that actually feeling the pavement surface beneath my feet with each step was wonderful. I also felt my feet and legs using those new muscles for balance and push-off, which is not true with my Kayano’s. Imagine running in a pair of thin-soled slippers or moccasins and that is the NIKE Free experience.

I’m excited about strengthening my leg and foot muscles by using these shoes occasionally for a short to mid-length run. However I’m not planning to try running longer distances with them quite yet. I may look for another light-weight running shoes that bridges that gap between these two models though.

I think NIKE has a potential revolution building here. Partly because people need to actually try this shoe to see how wonderful it feels, but also because I believe studies will show that the increasing level of “technical” features (i.e. cushioning and stability) going into most running shoes is not a good thing for most people.

I realize that this shoe has been around for awhile now – but I don’t have a sense for what percentage of runners actually use it as their primary shoe. I would love to eventually switch over but it will take time and hard work before my body can use them consistently.

Do yourself a favor and try the NIKE Free. It is truly a new running experience!


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The snow is gone…I’m back in the saddle

Posted by bunchgrasser on January 3, 2009

Well, Happy New Year to all. This is my first post in some time – and also my first post in 2009. The past couple of weeks have been quite an adventure with all of the snow and family holiday events going on.

Here in the Portland area we’ve had more snow than I can remember in years. It was the first white Christmas I can recall in many years as well. Great fun if you don’t have to travel much and like running indoors on a treadmill (I don’t).

Naturally, I’m way behind on my training due to the snow/ice and an extended cold that sapped most of my energy. In my younger days I would have ignored the cold and pressed on – but my 42 years of age wisdom tells me that doing so would be a bad idea. So, I’ve basically been laying around, eating too much, watching movies on TV and thinking about running.

Well, today I woke up feeling pretty decent – and a quick glance out the window confirmed there is still some snow left, but the streets are clear. I quickly grabbed my cold weather gear and well worn Asics Gel Kayanos and headed for the door. On my way out I checked my remote temp gauge and it read a frosty 36 degrees. Just right for my inaugural 2009 run.

I warmed up with a short walk and then proceeded on a wonderfully exhilarating 5 mile run through some neighborhoods near my home. It wasn’t a particularly long or fast run – but it was just what I needed.

I’m looking forward to a great year in 2009. I don’t do resolutions – but I already have my goals for the year mostly settled in my head. I’ll post my running goals in a subsequent entry.


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