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I had an epiphany today. I know….sounds painful, right? 🙂 I went for a half shod/half bare run around the neighborhood today. I took my path a few blocks around in a circle and headed towards the community park that is across the street from my home. It was more of an exercise in fartleks. As I, being severely deconditioned because of the events of this summer, slowly ran around the track, I look up and lo and behold…it’s a herd! Right there, coming towards me are all of these miniature peoples! I was confounded for a moment as I processed this information. For surely there was some type of law regarding childcare that was being broken at this very moment…..that or it was just an invasion of the planet by miniature aliens. I knew it! I always knew there was life on….this planet? Oh well….anyways, I digress. There I was, barefoot and going very slowly (which is a safe way to do it, thank you!), watching my form, and this whole train of kids comes barreling past me. As old and decrepit as it made me feel (somewhat), I had this internal recognition that “THAT” was the whole goal. Attempting to reconnect to the earth and through that process grab onto a piece of unadulterated joy and throw off the trappings of society and civilization, and remember the primal fun we had as children running amok among our neighborhoods. Next time your out and about on your own daily walks or runs, try to pretend that your still that child of your youth. As they say it, “Fake it till you make it!” Remember to have FUN. It’s not worth doing if you feel like it’s just a chore. If you can’t figure out a way to do that then find yourself a running buddy and motivate each other. It’s important to be serious about your understanding of the process of becoming a barefoot runner, but you don’t have to be so serious that you “ground” your inner child from all the fun.
To those who have visited my site and sent me their compliments, tis much appreciated. Thank you for reading! Well, I apologize that it’s taken this long to get another post out. It’s been quite a crazy summer and now we’re heading into the earth toned colors of fall. As the leaves fall, I turn my mind to the happenings of the past few months. After I broke my toe, I spent the first month mainly on as much of a flat surface as possible when resting and kept my foot elevated to reduce the swelling. To say it looked like something Frankenstein would want to eat, is putting it mildly. My toe was really gross looking! Not to mention, very painful and stiff. The podiatry docs just kept telling me to do what I was doing and it would all work out. So… a few weeks later I got out of the boot cast and went to flip-flops. The idea of jamming my toe into any other form of shoe just sucked at that time. It even hurt to just have a blanket laying over the top of the toe as I pointed my feet straight up. So it took weeks for the sensitivity to go away and then it was yet still more weeks for the stiffness to go away. I kept myself as barefoot as much as possible, except for when I had to go places…then I utilized my flip-flops until I could handle sticking my feet back into toe-shoes like my Vibram Komodos. As of today’s date, I have only worn regular shoes twice since I broke my foot! 🙂 I even wore ballet style flats to a wedding later this summer. It worked out perfectly. I was able to dance right along with the rest of ’em.
As a result of my accident and other serious reasons, I had let my eating habits run away from me and now I find myself struggling to get back to the Induction phase of Atkin’s influenced with a bit of Paleo. I have redesigned my supplement regimen and my exercise schedule. I now take a B Vitamin Complex with Raw Vegetables, a Joint Support Complex, CLA, Ganoderma Lucidum, and several products from Mannatech on odd days. On even days I do much the same, except I replace the B Vitamin Complex with a Full Vitamin Pack for Active Women from GNC. I’m back to logging my foods meticulously and monitoring my drink intake. Only water or sugar-free crystal light or protein shakes low in carbs. No juice, no milk, no soda, no carbonated drinks.
As for exercise, I’m back to going to the gym on odd days and on even days I have started out walking barefoot around the local parks/neighborhoods. I will eventually progress to a run. I recently ordered a new pair of huaraches from invisibleshoe.com so I need to compliment them on their comfortable ordering process. It was fast, efficient, and accomplished. Good job invisibleshoe.com!
Well, that’s my latest and greatest. I hope to see you all on good trails with fair weather! Take care, and please feel free to leave comments!
Well, I guess I have some rather disappointing news. Yesterday, the 15th of the month of May, I tripped over a power cable in my home and when I landed it put me straight down on the tip of my left foot’s big toe. So I did what your are supposed to do in these situations. I took a motrin and iced it. For about an hour. But, in that amount of time, irregardless of the ice, my toe swelled up to twice it’s normal size. I couldn’t move it along with the other toes, so I decided to have my friends take me to the hospital ER. In the barefoot lifestyle, you come to expect an injury or two….every once in a while. But this was hilarious, in it’s execution, as I attempted to explain how I had tried to walk down the hallway and ended up tripping over a power cable to the bemused physician’s assistant. It was not hilarious, however, when they gave me two shots in the webbing of my toes for the pain. I believe the phrase is, “I screamed like a lil girl” Yeah well ….I have big lungs, so I’m sure you can imagine. I think I hurt the poor woman’s ear drums. They did a set of 3 different X-Rays and came back to tell me that, indeed, I had a bone fracture of the big toe. I’ve heard of people stubbing their toes and breaking them, but this was a first for me. And a very, very, very unwelcome bit of news, as I have finally been getting my running regimen off the ground. Now, I have two pieces of advice for my readers…. First, DO NOT Stub your toe. It hurts. (Go figure, right?) Two, (ok, here’s the real advice) Follow your doctor’s advice…at whatever cost. Regardless of the circumstances, if you follow your doctor’s advice and keep it elevated, and rested, and iced, you’re generally going to feel better and your injury will heal faster and correctly. The ER put me in a walking shoe after wrapping my foot, and sent me on home. I got home and immediately followed my doctor’s advice. While rested and upraised, my foot changed a startlingly varied amount of colors. It was with rather ghoulish humor, that I observed my big toe going from white to black and blue to a solid black. Very freaky, let me tell ya! Now I am appropriately upset that my goals for running are to be put off for a lil while, but I figure this will give me time to read up on technique, foot placement, and theory. If you guys have any advice on how to handle a broken big toe feel free to leave a comment and let me know. I’ll be in touch with further updates.
Well, Good morning all!
I am happy to report that (so far) my thorn-riddled foot is no longer hurting. Yippee! Now, on to more exciting things… today the weather is looking grand and I just might be able to go on a run. So, in preparation for said run, I am making sure I eat a nice breakfast, and am downing all my vitamins.
The interesting thing is, vitamins come in all shapes and sizes and people are often times confused as far as what to get for a comprehensive pill that does everything they want. First off, I highly doubt your going to find very many “high-quality” pharmaceutical grade “one a day” type of pills. There are many (In this author’s opinion) that are the basic cheap vitamins you could pick up at your nearest “pick-up-anything-n-go store” that are not appropriate for use, most especially in budding athletes. For one, your body can only metabolize so much of a vitamin at one time. Two, the vitamin you pick should be from a reputable source with high-quality ingredients.
In my efforts to find what works best for me (And this will be an individual experience), I have started comparing two different types of multivitamin regimens. The first is the GNC brand Women’s Ultra Mega Active. The other product is the Animal Pak. Though two very different types of multivitamins, I wanted to compare them because I had wanted to get a comprehensive type of multivitamin that would benefit me for purposes of:
1. provide me a full list of nutrients
Many multivitamins only give you the basic list of A, B, C, D etc… they don’t go all out in an attempt to accomplish a goal like say for instance ” weight loss” or “bodybuilding” Or if they claim to, they often only give partial support ….and not every other extra nutrient that you could possibly use. Here are the webpages for these two products I’m currently using. I’m comparing days in which I do use one over days I use the other. Just trying to see how it makes me feel and what, in the long term, would be best for me. You’ll notice on their pages that they each have an ingredients list. I like this. It tells me exactly what I can expect from each product.
2. have a good reputation
Though both companies have a solid reputation for delivering excellent products I’m still rather leery and am taking the time to find out where their sources are for research and sources for their products ingredients. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find something out. I highly recommend everyone do this when choosing a multivitamin.
3. have high quality sources
4. be convenient to take.
So far, I like that the pills come segmented in daily allotments, but I’m not liking that there is no pamphlet or brochure to guide you as to which color of pill to take and when. And daaaaang some of these pills are horse pills!!! I do add the caveat that there are guides on the internet on the manufacturer’s website that somewhat help in this regard, it would just be more convenient if it came with the box.
Well, now that I’ve taken my vitamins and had a hearty breakfast, I’m about to head off to explore that trail that is nearby…it’s calling my name. 😉
Well, it seems I must wait another day to go out running. The weather has taken a decided down turn from the 80s down to the 50s and started to rain. Now, normally, I love rain. It’s cleansing, and soothing, and it brings something fresh to the nose, but I don’t want it to rain for the next lil while because if it rains and I try to run, or walk, I’m going to lose the progress I’ve made in conditioning my feet to go barefoot….at least if I’m not careful I will. And call me over paranoid, but I figure if I keep trying to run in shoes, well my feet just won’t know what to think, will they? It’s one thing to run in the Vibrams after your feet are totally ready for it, but my feet are not. You see the progression of learning how to run barefoot begins with…Going barefoot! Not minimalist, because you need to develop the sensory perceptions with your feet and develop the pads of your feet to respond as you encounter a variety of surfaces. In turn, what your feet encounter will feed to your brain and tell you how to naturally land to avoid obstacles, to land your feet properly, and to align your body. On days like this I would suggest spending your exercise time (if your not ready for the Vibrams/ Minimalist shoe yet) doing foot and leg stretches that will keep your toes, soles, ankles, and foot limber and ready to go. Or, you can work on your form. I know it sounds silly… standing in your house or your patio or balcony and working on landing one foot at a time while not necessarily running, probably sounds a bit weird. But, it’s worth it if it can help you learn better ways to run imho. If you have room you could even do jumping jacks and jump rope!
Another great activity for the days of inclement weather…Reading! I am currently reading “Living Low Carb” by Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS. It’s an excellent resources for all things low-carb. It covers all the major ways of doing low-carb, and even some more exotic methods, and gives a detailed analysis of each. It also covers all the biggest myths about low-carb living, and has a great FAQ section.
In an update, I am currently still hampered with two tiny lil thorns in my left foot. I’ve tried epsom soak, baking soda paste/soak, tweezers, and just letting it sit in overnight. If anyone has any suggestions for more exotic methods to try feel free to let me know in the comment box, please! Thanks! In the meantime, I’ll be out sniffing the smell of rain, *sigh*