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Great article for Barefoot Adventurers

Linda recently came across this article from the writer of Born To Run, widely considered to be the book on barefoot and natural running. As it turns out the article is pretty good. It gives a fair bit of history regarding the movement and could serve as a nice, brief introduction to any n00bs out the looking to find themselves some barefoot adventures for the first time. Once you’ve read the article, maybe you’ll even be inspired to read the whole book, which has been more or less continually shove down my throat by this girl (although I have to admit that I still haven’t read it…shhhh!).

Also, for those of you persistent enough to make it to the end of the article, you are probably wondering just what the heck the “100 up” drill is all about — as well you should! Since I’m too busy/lazy to make a video this week, here’s a video of the author making a rather silly demonstration of the drill. Yes, I know it’s not embedded and that’s a pain, but us moochers who don’t host our own website are rather technologically impaired at the moment. More to come on that later…

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Newton Running Clinic and a Free Massage!

This weekend was just chock full of excitement down at the Cleveland Running Company. For those of you keeping track, this was officially our third attempt at making it down to Shaker Heights (about 35 minutes away) in time for the 9 am start of the store’s Run Club, but our first success. Of course, no weekend run would be truly complete without Linda being injured in some way (two weeks ago, she was run down by a drunk biker, this week, she turned her ankle 30 feet from our doorstep), so this cat went out solo for a nice little 6-miler with Erica, the leader of the group. Upon returning to the store, we were again greeted with a veritable smörgåsbord of bagels, drinks, horribly un-nutritious peanut butter cookie squares, and apples (courtesy of our recent trip to Patterson Fruit Farms). After indulging, yours truly was treated to a free massage, courtesy of a local massage therapist who visits our little club every other week. Once again, this is why brick-and-mortar stores are WICKED AWESOME! Continue reading

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Running Shoes: Minimalist vs. Traditionalist (First thoughts from a n00b)

Excessively long titles aside, I just took my first serious run in my new Merrell Trail Gloves, and I think it’s time to put some of my initial reactions out there. If you’re reading this and have some experience one way or the other, feel free to join the peanut gallery below…

NOTE: Although I’ve only had more-than-passing experience with these particular shoes, it’s very likely that I’m about to make some serious generalizations about minimalist shoes as a class below. Keep in mind that I’m just making assumptions, or just replace “minimalist shoes” with “this specific pair of Merrell Trail Gloves after running this particular mileage through downtown Cleveland” if you’re feeling really picky.

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Running for Clevelanders!

Cleveland Running Co.

The Cleveland Running Company in Shaker Heights

In much the same way that Linda and I have been lamenting the demise of the brick-and-mortar bookstore due to the recent nationwide closing of Borders, I’ve noticed a distinct downswing in the influence of the physical running shoe store in the wake of internet shoe stores like Zappos and even Amazon.

Enter the Cleveland Running Company. As I was cruising the internets looking for a place to try out some minimalist shoes (before buying them cheap online), I stumbled across this article in the local news, which mentioned a new running shoe store opening in nearby Shaker Heights. Turns out, they’ve just gotten around to starting a running club that meets on Saturday mornings, so we thought we’d go make some new friends while delving a little deeper into this whole barefoot experience.

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Barefoot Adventures #2: The Beginnings of Wisdom

Now that my feet have mostly healed (Adventures #1 was actually written about a week ago), I decided to give it another go. Linda and I took a nice little jaunt around the block to take in the beautiful sights of downtown Cleveland, and I took the boys out of their rubber cages for a spell.

Again, it felt pretty good to run sans technology. Not that I’m against all forms of advancement, since I’m well aware we were never meant to run on asphalt, and if needs must…Still, that extra spring in my step and the I-could-run-ANYWHERE feeling (for inflection, see Exhibit A…or alternatively, Exhibit B) is hard to resist.

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Barefoot Adventures #1

My new running shoes

My new running shoes

7:00 pm: It’s been almost 1 month to the day since the Cleveland Downtown Olympic-distance tri. Aside from Linda’s first 5k, I’ve done absolutely nothing since then. Methinks it’s time for a nice short run to kick off the post-season training.

7:03 pm: Pretty slow pace, so I’m trying to spice it up. I’ve been thinking a lot about barefoot running lately, mostly wondering if it’s really as good as some say it is, or if (as I suspect) it’s just another passing fad to make more money for shoe companies. I’m gonna try running more on my toes and see how it feels.

7:05 pm: We’re about 3/4 of a mile out. Toe running kind of sucks. It just feels like I’m sprinting really really slowly, which makes my shoes scuff the sidewalk and honestly slows me down, but we just hit a stretch of really smooth paving, so let’s take of the shoes and see if it feels any different.

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