Archive for December, 2011

18
Dec
11

cold feet

3 runs this week. All along the same route, all just under 11kms, 2 in Vibrams and one in the Saucony Kinvara 2’s.
The more I run in the Vibrams, the harder I find it to run in regular running shoes. The Saucony’s are magnifcent – light, comfortable, bright yellow(!) but it becomes increasingly difficult to transition from no elevation from heel to toe and no padding to a minimal running shoe with only 4mm of lift and a little cushioning – perhaps I need to take the plunge and go for the Saucony Hattori’s with their flat, minimal soles.
The problem with the Vibrams is one of temperature…. in as much as my feet get bloody freezing in temperatures below about 5 celsius.
Vibrams are great for feeling exactly what is beneath your feet and this is also true when the ground is icy – you feel the ice on the surface and the cold. The slippery sensation is oddly reassuring – big padded trainers only usually let you know that the ground is very slippery as you lose your footing and scramble to maintain your balance. The Vibrams allow you to feel exactly how slippery the surface underfoot is and you are able to adjust your pace / gait. Unfortunately, they offer little grip but I suppose forewarned is forearmed. Perhaps some of the other more “off-road” style VFF’s may offer more grip but I’m not about to shell out £120ish just to find out. And the problem with your feet getting cold is that you lose feeling and end up pounding the ground harder as you can’t feel exactly how hard your feet are hitting the floor. Ah well, roll on Spring… we’re only 3 days from the shortest day and then we commence the giddy descent into longer daylight hours. And that was my attempt at optimism….

Talking of Spring and Optimism, I am currently thinking of races I could take part in that would be a bit different from the standard 10k and Half Marathon. I’m already signed up for the Grim Night Terror in February but am considering a Sprint Duathlon in the Vibrams and on the Singlespeed. I’ve never done a duathlon before, and perhaps making it more difficult by doing the run in minimal footwear and the ride with no gears is lunacy, but I think it has the potential to be fun. And I’d like as much fun as possible please before I begin seriously training for the Berlin Marathon.

Soundtrack to this post: DRC Music – Hallo ft. Tout Puissant Mukalo, Nelly Liyemge

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06
Dec
11

grim original 2011 – wetter and better

Saturday marked my now annual participation in Grim Original. This was the third time I have taken part – you can read the previous years experiences here and here.
Grim is always fun – attracting, as it does, reasonably serious runners who don’t take themselves too seriously. On the start line this year were, in addition to the scores of slightly nervous looking runners in normal running attire, a number of men in dresses, a few in just speedos, one in the MOST HORRIFIC MANKINI and another in the best cardboard and gaffer tape approximation of Optimus Prime I have ever seen. All this effort to run, wade and crawl through puddles and mud and over obstacles.
This year the organisers had tweaked the course slightly to abbreviate what has become known as “the boring bit” and included some additional obstacles such as logs, railway tracks and some concrete blocks. This does actually make the course beter, if a little tougher, as they all come in the last half of the race when you are soaked and muddy and begin to get tired.
This years race was an odd one for me for a couple of reasons – Firstly, it was surprisingly mild. Last years event was postponed until January as there was snow on the ground, puddles were frozen solid and roads were impassable. Not so this year which was a positively balmy 11 degrees and had me wondering weather my combination of long sleeve top and wooly hat were perhaps a little pessimistic. Secondly, this was the first Grim at which I managed to slightly injure myself, going over on my right ankle within the first couple of miles and then subsequently as it was weakened, about another 4 times before the run was complete. Not enough to stop me from completing but enough to temper my usual child like glee that I have squelching through mud and jumping in puddles. And besides, the ankle now, 4 days after the event is a quite fetching mixture of blues and mauves and purples.
It is a great race, made much better by the loss of “the boring bit”, the addition of the extra obstacles and the increased amounts of rain in the days prior to the event making the puddles that little bit deeper and the mud that little bit squelchier. I’ll be back next December but before that I am already signed up for Grim Night Terror in February – more of the same but at night. With just headtorches. I can’t wait.

Soundtrack to this post: Rocket Juice And The Moon – Here We Go (Live)




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