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Making the Case for Running Shoes

Interesting article in the NY Times. I happen to love my clod-hopping Brooks Beast! Of course, your mileage may vary. In the end, I tell people to be pragmatic. If what you are doing is working and you are injury-free, don’t change a thing! If you are having some issues, experiment. :)

Making the Case for Running Shoes – NYTimes.com.

Shoe plan for Lake McMurtry 50K

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not too happy with my Inov-8 Roclite 319’s right now. My ankle rolls around a bit with them (not enough stability) and I’m also questioning their cushioning since my knees hurt during my last 27 mile trail training run. I can’t really afford to buy new shoes, so I was thinking of wearing my favorite road shoes, the Brooks Beast.

That’s probably a great plan on the non-technical trail I will be running on, and I will probably through them in a drop bag just in case, but I have come up with a different option. My son’s shoes! Bear with me here, but last year I bought a green pair of Brooks Cascadia 6 trail shoes to try since so many like them. I ran in them one time and it started hurting after about 8 miles. My toes were cramped I think. I ordered size 12 like I normally do, but really it seems that I needed a 12 1/2. I sent them back. But I didn’t get a bigger size, I just got the Inov-8’s instead. Anyway, my son ran his first year of cross country as an 8th grader this year. He’s not really a runner so I needed to buy him some shoes. I bought a red pair of size 13 (he’s a big 8th grader!) Cascadia’s. That’s before I knew about cross country shoes! Honestly, as young, healthy and lightweight as he is, he doesn’t need a clunky big pair of trail shoes for cross country! I will buy him something more neutral or minimal for next year’s season if he decides to run again. He doesn’t dig running, but he did cross country just to help him with cardio for wrestling!

Anyway, I saw them in his closet and it made the wheels in my head start spinning. He got them late in the season and I bet they have less than 20 miles on them. I’ve never worn size 13, but I thought what the heck, I should try them out! My left foot, strangely, is about a 1/2 size larger than my right foot. The left shoe seems to fit perfectly. The right shoe seems big. But maybe not terrible. Plus, with an ultra I know how much your feet can swell!

Obviously, with not any experience with these larger size 13 Cascadia’s, it would be foolish to race in them. However, I have a chance to get a bit of that experience with one more trail run before the race. It’s not long since I’m tapering, but I plan on running 10 miles in the Wichita’s on Saturday. My thought is that if all goes well with them, I plan on racing the 50K in them while throwing my road shoes in a drop bag just in case.

Good idea? Bad idea? Let me know your thoughts!

Hitting the Trails with My Girls!

I had a great time this afternoon hitting the trails as Lake Arcadia in Edmond with the fetching Mrs. Okie Trailrunner and my girls! Teenage boy child opted to go to a movie with his cousin. Anyway, they all had a lot of fun!

Me and my girls

Me and my girls

Unbreakable: The Western States 100

Would really LOVE to see this movie! Gee, you think it will play in OKC?

“The fastest guys are racing today” – Myth Busted

Many of you yungin’s don’t remember Don Ritchie. I imagine the good man could borrow a line from Percy Bysshe Shelley: “Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

No doubt! Hat’s off to the greatest EVER! I recommend following the link above, but just to give you a taste, check out these time (and despair!):

2012 Tentative Race Calendar

As you can see, I’ve added the calendar to the left column on the blog. I’m the eternal optimist, so I’m going big! I will re-assess as the year goes by. I hope to fill some holes with some fun ones throughout the year. We shall see how my training goes and how my budget holds out!

Question about knee pain, meds and shoes…

I ran a personal trail marathon (27 miles) as my last long run before my next 50K on April 7th. I know I’ve already mentioned that! Not sure why, but my knees started really hurting around mile 20. My cardio seemed good, and while my legs were tired, I felt like I could have pushed on with a good pace. However, it hurt so damn bad when I would try to kick it up a notch that I ended up finishing the run pretty poorly. Not sure what’s up with that. I don’t remember that type of knee pain since the 2005 OKC Memorial Marathon where I ran on pavement (obviously) for the whole thing.

School me on pain meds. I believe Tylenol is OK, but Ibuprofen is bad (and Aspirin). What about Aleve? If it’s Tylenol, I’m thinking of dosing at about the 15 mile mark of my 50K and hoping for the best.

But maybe it’s my shoes. Who knows?

Comments? Suggestions?

Running Gear: My Wish List

I keep an Amazon Wish List for running stuff that I would like to one day own. I would say buy, but I usually don’t end up buying too much of it. It really serves as a placeholder until I find something else I like better to replace it on the list, or if I actually do end up with an item from the list. Take a look at it. What do you think? Am I missing something? Or do you have a recommendation for an item that is better than the one I have on my list?

Last long run before my 50K

Personal trail marathon (and then some) at Lake Arcadia trails done! I’m feeling pretty good about the Lake McMurtry 50K Trail Race next month. I had a few issues, but I account for my struggles at the end to 1) going out way to fast trying to keep up with a couple of speedsters, and 2) I think I need different shoes for the trail.

Currently, I am wearing a pair of size 12 Inov-8 Roclite 319’s. I don’t think they offer me nearly enough support and they aren’t very cushioned at all. On the plus side, they are heavily armored and have a great lug tread pattern. I’m thinking that I need to perhaps run the race in my tried and true road shoe, the Brooks Beast. The only bad thing on the trail with them is lack of armor and the tread is not so great for the trail. But McMurtry is not too technical or rocky, so I think that they should work fine.

If I can scrape together the money sometime, I would like to try the Montrail Badrock as a trail shoe.

Welp, aint this a fine mess…

Would you like a great idea for a runners website? How about create one solely for the purpose of hosting race reports? That way if you personally don’t have a blog, or if the race website doesn’t host race reports, you still have a place to upload your report with pictures, etc. Then you send a link to your friends, web sites, social networking sites, whateva. I did my due diligence and used The Google and scoured the innerwebs, but such a site to my knowledge does not exist.

Ok, I don’t have time to develop the concept, so I thought it good to just grab a free blog just in case I decide to post one. I’ve got a 50K coming up if I can scrounge together the entry fee. If I do, I will prolly write about it and post it here. We shall see.

“Peace out” as the kids say. Or do they?

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