Team in Training

This is going to be a short posting because I just wanted to let you all know that I am training for another half marathon but this time around its through Team in Training… I will be raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and would apprectiate your support, any amount helps!

Thank you!


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Running Update – On to Shoe #3

I’m up to 7 1/2 miles in my training towards the Santa Clarita half marathon in November…  I have now officially gone through three (3) pairs of different shoes.  I am determined to get the right shoe for my race and finish strong at the finish line.  I mentioned before that I was struggling with the vibrams because they were rubbing up against my big toe, even with socks I couldn’t get them to rub correctly on my feet.  So I switched to the Nike Free running shoe and I liked this shoe but was concerned about running in a Nike.  I guess when you grew up running and were always told Nike was more for fashion than training it kinda sinks in, plus I’ve always been a loyal Asics client.  So I purchased the New Balance minimalist shoe (because I know New Balance is a good runners shoe) and I liked the feel of it, but if I’m going to be being completely honest, it rubbed against my heels.  UGH!!!  Can I not win?  This morning I ran my 2 1/2 mile mid-week run in my Nike Free shoe to allow my heels to heal a bit before my 8 1/2 mile training run on Sunday.  The other thing that I know hasn’t helped is that I have done my last 3 weeks of long runs with a jogging stroller.  This is great that I get to take my baby with me while I enjoy my exercise but its almost impossible to keep good form on a run that long.  So I will no longer be doing that as I increase my mileage over the next few weeks.  I’m determined to make it a great 8-weeks till the 1/2 marathon by continuing my stretching and yoga practice, running and keeping good form in my minimalist shoes (preferably the New Balance shoe but if not it will be the Nike Free), and incorporating at least 2 times a week of strength training (this is where I will be wearing my Vibrams).  Whats your favorite running shoe?  Are you loyal to one brand? Are you willing to try something new?  I actually think that the New balance minimalist looks like the basic running shoe that came straight out of the 70s.  I’m waiting for the day that Asics makes their minimalist shoe!

New Balance Minimalist

Vibram Five Fingers

Nike Free Shoe

Born to Run – Barefoot Running Part III

I finally finished the book and with some up’s and some downs’, I’d say overall it was a good read.  I didn’t care for the ending but nonetheless it got me thinking about the way I look at running.  I’ve been running since I was about 8 years old when I participated in a local cross-country team called Warriors, this only lasted one year and I moved on to play soccer which I enjoyed much more.  But little did I know that cross-country would soon be a part of my life again when I joined the high school team my sophomore year as a way to train in the off-season for soccer, I continued with track, and even earned my Varsity cross-country letter before the end of junior year.  I continued to find love through running in college where it helped me keep those ‘Freshman 15’ off and recover after a night of partying with my sorority sisters.  But it was after college when I trained for my first marathon through team in training when I really fell in love with running.  I enjoyed running miles while catching up with my girlfriends and recovering with a good ice bath and a long nap.  Unfortunately the outcome of my marathon was a 6-month hiatus from running due to an injury.  This sparked my interest in learing more about ‘barefoot running’ and after my husband read this book a few years ago I decided finally it was time to learn more about this phenomenon.

Let me start by saying this book is not 100% about ‘barefoot running’ but about a remote tribe in Mexico that makes running a part of their everyday lives.  This tribe of men and women run in a basic strappy leather sandal all over the surrounding mountains of their village.  A promoter got their interest in ultra-marathons (50+miles) and they started competing with people all over the world.  The end of the book brings together infamous ultra-runners from all over America to the tribes village for an epic ultra-marathon.  The bottom line is that these people do not run for exercise, but for the  joy of running.  It is more of a game than a competition between these athletes which they each have a strong passion for.

There is however, a few chapters dedicated to the evolution of the running shoe.  How Nike started off with a simple shoe and it has evolved into this billion dollar business idea.  When in all actuality, people are getting more injured with the ‘fancy’ shoes of today vs. the basic shoe of yesterday.  This in turn is why Nike developed the Nike free shoe which is their version of the vibram five-finger (bare-foot running).  It allows for easy on the feet but support from rocks and other textiles that your feet might hit while out on the road.  These tribal people do not wear any special running shoes and they have no injuries and run till they are elders.  And in some cases the elders are better runners than the younger generations.  Interviews with podiatrists within the book state that our own bodies are designed to be able to maintain balance without the support of shoes.

Toe Socks

As you already know, if you have been reading my blog, I started ‘barefoot’ running in the beginning of this year.  And I have now run up to 5 miles since I’m training for a 1/2 marathon in November.  I do feel like my body feels lighter and my feet feel more flexible over these past few months.   But I had to go out and get the special toe socks to go into my vibrams because they stretched so much that my toes were rubbing.  This has helped a little but I still seem to be getting blisters on my big toes.  I haven’t been as good as I vowed to be with stretching and I’m paying the price because my hips are starting to ache.  So I’ve incorporated my yoga into my weekly routine as well as stretching with a foam roller whenever possible.  I’ll continue to blog my barefoot running journey as I increase my miles each week… to be continued!

Santa Clarita Marathon - November 6th, 2011

Barefoot Running Part II

I figured I haven’t done an update in awhile about barefoot running so I thought I’d take the time to update you on my ‘training’.  According to the kindle, I’m half-way down with ‘Born to Run,’ the book that started my motivation to run barefoot (  At the rate I’m going. I’ll be done by Labor Day (haha)!  Well hopefully not, its a good read I’m just a little busy with working full-time and being a mommy and actually getting my workouts/yoga practice in… But I’m reading at least one chapter a night so I’ll get there someday! Anyhow… I am still only at about 3-miles but I have to say I haven’t had any problems with my hips so far, which was where I previously injured myself.  I actually ran for the first time in a long time without a jogging stroller and I have to say I was fast!  I couldn’t believe how much energy I had running up and down the hills without that stroller which made me think that stroller training is a great cross-workout to prepare your body for racing. I’m not a big racer but I’d like to start participating so I can keep myself motivated.   In fact, I’m planning on training for the Santa Clarita Half Marathon which takes place in November.  I’ll officially start increasing my mileage around mid-July and hopefully I’ll have more to share about barefoot running and the effects its had on my body.  I’ll continue my cross-training with weight lifting and yoga practice, to help prevent injury during my 1/2 marathon training.

I know some people might think I’m crazy for loving to run but until you commit yourself to getting out there and doing it you will never know the joy it brings you.  In fact, I use my running time to self-reflect, meditate, and relax.  Who needs therapy when you have running?  For someone like me who is always on the go this is a great opportunity to take control of your day and get a workout while relaxing through running.  I like to focus on my breathing (just like in yoga) when I’m struggling up a hill or have the desire to walk… Let’s kick off the first day(s) of Summer (June 21st) and take your workout outdoors!

Barefoot Running Part 1

Yes, I am now officially a ‘barefoot runner’!  For Christmas my husband bought me a pair of Vibram Five Fingers barefoot sports shoes.  He had been wearing them for over a year at the time and while they looked funny, I actually started getting used to seeing them every day.  We had much debate as to when I was able to return to exercise after having our son would I purchase a new pair of my trusty Asics running shoes or try the Vibram Five Fingers.  I have worn Asics since my days in high school as a cross country athlete.  Yes, I technically received a Varsity letter but I was definitely not the star of the show.   Asics fit my foot and seemed to last many miles.  My husband started using Vibram Five Fingers after reading this book ‘Born to Run’ (which I’m in the middle of reading myself) and it was about a tribe in Mexico with people that are the best runners in the world.  They are able to run without injury and even the eldest person in the tribe uses running as their main source of transportation.  Whereas in western society most people get injured from running long distance and use things like braces and more supportive shoes to mask the real issues.  I’ll post another blog once I have completed the book to let you know more about this concept and give my official review. 

Running is my absolute favorite form of exercise.  It relaxes me, and keeps me in shape.  I actually got turned on to yoga (my 2nd favorite form of exercise)because I ran the San Diego Rock N’ Roll marathon with team in training in 2007 and I was unable to run for months afterwards due to my injuries.  Yoga was therapeutic to me physically and mentally and I wanted to pass it on to others that I met.  Luckily today I am able to run and I plan to be consistent in my yoga practice as I increase my running mileage.

I have only ran up to 3 miles in my Vibram Five Fingers so far but I plan to train for the Los Angeles Rock N’ Roll Half in October with team in training.  As I begin my training program I’ll be sure to blog about my experience.

Vibram Five Fingers