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Nov
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funny old man

I think it is very strange that the less free time I have, the more I feel the need to run. Maybe it’s the frustration of work, or the endless sitting in cars / on trains or the desire to just get away from it but as a rule, the busier I am, the more I want to cram in some running too. This week is a case in point… I’ve had more to do and travelled more miles than in an average week but still felt the urge to get out and run 3 times in 5 days. Admittedly, those runs haven’t been very long and since the temporary closure of my favourite 10k route, I’ve had to get creative with route planning. Yesterday morning, with a long day ahead of me, I thought I could get a quick run in the VFF’s before tackling the drive to Peterborough for some store visits. I haven’t run in the Vibrams for a while so was surprised to find myself feeling spritely (and blister free) enough to complete 7.85kms. Admittedly, I was spurred on by the thought of attempting a 10k in the VFF’s very soon. I was toying with the idea of entering the Old Deer Park 10k in Richmond this Sunday but logistically it is a bit tricky so will instead have to find something closer to home that takes place soon-ish.
The Vibrams always get strange looks from people as I run past – admittedly they do look odd – and yesterday was no exception. Although I did pull off a bit of a coup as I managed to garner strange looks from commuters in the morning for running in the VFF’s and also get strange looks in the evening when I went to see Klaxons in Cambridge and was, for about half an hour, the oldest person in the room by a country mile. You could see the bemused look on The Hip Young Things faces… “Who’s brought their Dad??” Fortunately some people even more decrepit than me then arrived and I could get on with enjoying the evening and the very fine din that Klaxons made.

Soundtrack to this post: Horace Andy – Do You Love My Music


4 Responses to “funny old man”


  1. 1 dominic
    November 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Good luck on the Grim, I’m signed up myself for the Saturday and am looking forward to some muddy and wet conditions like last year…

    Can I just ask a quick question about the VFF’s? Are they usable on the road, or are they really designed for softer ground such as tow paths and cross country.

    cheers

    dom

  2. 2 eatingtrees
    November 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Grim should be good. I did it last year too and had a thoroughly good time ( if a little cold amd muddy!!!)The VFF’s are fine for concrete / tarmac but you need to work up to any sort of distance. I run about once a week in them – usually between 5-8km. Running in the Vibrams relies on you changing your gait slightly: you are unable to heel strike so instead concentrate on landing mid-foot and upping the cadence to maintain speed. If you do get a pair, start slowly (no more than 1km at first) and only increase distance once you are certain you can. You will find the calves are sore after the first few runs as you will be using muscles that don’t get used when running in conventional running shoes. I have the VFF Classics and are cut a little low for cross country or off road. The KSO’s come up higher on the foot and are designed for Keeping Stuff Out (hence the name). I got my Classics from Fitness Footwear but they normally stock many of the different styles available.

  3. 3 dominic
    November 23, 2010 at 8:11 am

    thanks. I think I might give them a shot.

    All the best,

    dom

  4. November 23, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Running more the busier you get – sounds like a case of ‘give the job to a busy man!’


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