So this morning was a product testing day for Garmin. Nothing really unusual, and I was told it would be easy on me today. Good thing as my feet are sore. So I was at the track at 8am, ready to go. I had six foot pods on me this morning, and with them was six watches. I would walk 1 lap (232.2 m), stop and push a whole bunch of buttons, and repeat that 5 times. Following the walks, I would do the same, except jog 2 laps instead of walk 1 lap. Total distance was about 3.5km in 30 minutes. I’ll add that to my 100 mile challenge.
The interesting thing was that I had to wear running shoes to do the testing. I am okay with that, but what a plush and comfy difference as compared to my Vibrams. The tester was amazed at how I constantly run off my toes. I merely reply that I wouldn’t even know how to heel strike. Each time the ball of my foot would contact the ground, there would be a brief moment (and quite noticeable to me as well) where the shoe would compress. It produced a swish-swish-swish sound as I ran, unlike the pat-pat-pat sound I have when I wear my Vibrams. As weird as it sounds, that slight delay changed my running stride, and at times it felt as if I would roll my ankle. But quick adjustments and adaptation prevented such a thing from happening.
I am nursing a bit of a bruised foot. On Tuesday, I did interval strength / running training outdoors. It was a whopping +1 C outside, and snowing a bit, so my feet went numb. And as they went numb, I began to heel strike. I guess I do know how to heel strike. But it led to a sore arch and bruised heel. It goes to show that when I disconnect the feeling of the ground from my feet, injury is bound to happen.
I also received a call from Manitobah Mukluks yesterday saying that my mukluks would be done and shipped around Oct 15th! Woop woop! So very very VERY excited about that! I can’t wait to run in those and give them my feedback!
No pictures today. If you really want to see the track, check out this post.
I also had some business in Calgary northeast this morning. I GPS’d my ride (took the bike). Stoney trail ROCKS as it only took me 45 minutes, as opposed to the 1 hour + to get to my destination!