The Vibram thing.

There’s a saying in Haiti, and it translates loosely to this. “You eat the meat, and spit out the bones.”

What it means?

Take what you want or need from every situation, and “spit out” what you don’t need. This logic should have applied in the case of Vibrams. Vibram, which is under the umbrella of New Balance (fun fact!) advertised these zero-drop minimalist shoe, and claimed, among other things, that the shoes would alleviate knee pain, blah blah blah.  I need you guys to understand that any shoe that across-the-board, promises to alleviate knee pain, is probably bs because of the sheer fact that shoes are subjective.  Everyone cannot wear every shoe.  Because every body is different.

I digress however.

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I started running in Vibrams like 3 years ago.

It was fine, until my achilles tendon on my right side started bothering me.  So I stuck to the shoes mainly for things like weightlifting, and left the long runs to shoes with more cushion.  I love cushioning, and minimalist running just wasn’t for me.  Didn’t mean it sucked.  But certainly didn’t mean it ruled either.

So back to my original point, Vibram just lost a class action lawsuit for making claims such as the one I mentioned above, with the knee thing.  Folks were getting the shoes on, running like 8 miles in them their first day, and experiencing some serious issues.  Which is obviously Vibram’s fault.  <-that was sarcasm.

So yes, perhaps claiming that Vibrams would magically cure the common cold was a stretch, but where does consumer common sense rule in making decisions about running shoes?

I cannot tell you how many time folks would walk into the store, state they had just had surgery to fix a ruptured achilles tendon, and then ask to see all minimal shoes, despite our suggestions toward something with a little more structure.

Here’s the lesson you should take from this Vibrams thing.

USE YOUR BRAIN WHEN SHOPPING FOR SHOES.  If you’ve been injured before, it’s really not the time to try some crazy shoe with zero support.  If something hurts, stop it and consider a different shoe.  And for the love of God, investigate all wacky claims for yourself.

Have a ever run “barefoot”?  What did you think?

-I did for a short time, like I said, before my achilles started bothering me, so I stopped.  After that, I ran in the Saucony Kinvara for a while, which seemed to agree with me a little bit more.  Austin actually lifts daily in his Vibrams, but he is relatively injury-free and has no problem with it, but he saves his long runs for a more traditional running shoes.

 

When do I?

P1020103This is Scott, over at One White Guy.  He’s a bestie of mine, and has been for like, 10 years now?  That makes me sounds really old, but I promise, I’m not.

Anyhoo, Scott suggested a really really good blog topic, so I credit this entire masterpiece that you’re about to get.  🙂

I’m a new runner.  When do I….

…Invest in “real” shoes?

photoThe first thing that you do, even if you don’t consider yourself a “real” runner (which I hate, if you run, you’re a “real” runner), is invest in a good pair of shoes.  When you go running in a crappy pair of shoes, and your feet throb after, you’re never really going to want to run again.  Reduce your chances of wanting to quit, and invest in a good pair as soon as you decide you’re going for a run.  Plus I think pretty new shoes are a great way to motivate yourself.

…Spend a good bit of money of a sports bra?

cb48f29e904411e392aa125441224967_7Well that really depends?  How big are are your breasts?  If you’re a smaller chested women, I’m thinking small C and below, you can get away with a perhaps, not as expensive bra, maybe like you’d find at a Target.  However, if you’re a mid C and above, or if you’ve ever had the experience of having to put two bras on, it’s time to drop some cash on a real bra.  Your nipples and your breast tissue will thank you when it’s not being chafed and stretched all over the place.

…Buy shorts/shirts (running apparel) other than the t-shirts/shorts I have in my drawers

IMG_1908This is one of those things that I think you can wait on, especially if you don’t have particularly sensitive skin.  Wear your t-shirts and shorts until you get sick of running around in sopping wet clothes, and invest in a few  pieces that you can reuse again and again.

…invest in a gps watch

Garmin 610This is one that can wait too.  I love love love my GPS watch, and I’m a big fan of Garmin and their products, however, with the advent of Smart Phones, generally there is some type of app you can download.  The app will not be as accurate (Garmin is accurate within 5 feet), and the life of the phone can be a lot shorter if you have a music app opened up along with a GPS app.  This is one of the products that is extremely useful, and luckily, Garmin has a few products that aren’t $400 that you can choose if you’re really in want of a GPS.

…Buy a pair of socks for $15/pair

unnamedThis is one of those that seems dumb (like who spends $12 on a pair of socks!) but once you make the jump from cotton socks to socks that are an acrylic blend, you won’t want to go back.

…Start taking Gu/nutritional supplements.

20 Mile NutritionAt the point at which you’re running for an hour or more, it’s time to explore the ideas of nutrition, especially if you’re a person who is sensitive to shifts in your blood sugar.  If you’re planning one of those longer runs, take one of these before (with a lot of water), and then one about every 45 minutes.  Experiment prior to a race situation because these things (some of them) have been known to cause stomach problems.  I avoid the ones with caffeine generally.

…Start carrying water. 

Same rules as nutrition.  If you’re running for over an hour, take water.  If it’s hot, take water.  If you’re just a thirsty lady or gent, take water.

Do you think I covered it all?  What other questions do you have?

 

 

 

 

 

Have mercy, the cold windy weather is back.

If you’re anywhere on the East Coast, you know that it was 70 degrees earlier this week.  I completed my long run in tights and a short sleeve, and sweated like a cow.  And now, the North Carolina weather can’t make up its mind, and has reverted to freezing and windy!  Just in time for me to take a rest day!  Here are a few of my friends bundled up for this chilly weather! (Look underneath each photo for a cute description of each person!)

You guys remember Kimmy, right?  Kimmy is my youngest sister.  She attends school in Alabama, and has been SUPER supportive of my blog.
You guys remember Kimmy, right? Kimmy is my youngest sister. She attends school in Alabama, and has been SUPER supportive of my blog.  I forced her to take this picture.  Whatever, I’m the oldest, I do what I want!
This little nugget is Carly...remember her?  She incredible.  She barely comes up to my knee, but manages to SLAY my racing times.
This little nugget is Carly…remember her? She incredible. She barely comes up to my knee, but manages to SLAY my racing times.
Ingrid is a Zumba and hip-hop student. She and her adorable daughter attend class, as well as run together.  They totally rock!
Ingrid is a Zumba and hip-hop student. She and her adorable daughter attend class, as well as run together. They totally rock!
Taylor is absolutely one of my favorite friends.  We never lost touch after we graduated Elon, and I don't think we ever will.  She's a teacher with a wicked sense of humor, and she's about to slay the Disney Princess Half in a few weeks.
Taylor is absolutely one of my favorite friends. We never lost touch after we graduated Elon, and I don’t think we ever will. She’s a teacher with a wicked sense of humor, and she’s about to slay the Disney Princess Half in a few weeks.
Taylor so kindly sent me some snow for the blog!
Taylor so kindly sent me some snow for the blog!
It's Yoga Kerri! She continues to be a great friend from work, and I'm so grateful that life threw us together.  Check the background, you can see Alley, the snuggle-dog!
It’s Yoga Kerri! She continues to be a great friend from work, and I’m so grateful that life threw us together. Check the background, you can see Alley, the snuggle-dog!
Hi Jess!  We got a little snow here last week, and Jess made sure you guys could see it.
Hi Jess! We got a little snow here last week, and Jess made sure you guys could see it.
Emily is a fellow Elon Alum, and she's a total glamour queen.  Looks good in running apparel, has a killer sense of style, and works in New York.  Thanks Emily!
Emily is a fellow Elon Alum, and she’s a total glamour queen. Looks good in running apparel, has a killer sense of style, and works in New York. Thanks Emily!
Hey, dogs need to be shielded from the elements, too! My partner in marathoning sent me these.  Look at the nugget in the pink!
Hey, dogs need to be shielded from the elements, too! My partner in marathoning, Jenny sent me these. Look at the nugget in the pink!
Jenny Winter 2
Please don’t make me go outside 😦
Jenny Winter 3
Hay! Like my jacket!
Cheri Winter
And finally, me! Hold back your horror, that’s not polite. But this is what I look like without makeup. ::horror music plays::