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Runners and other athletes like to think they are healthy. We take comfort in our cardiovascular fitness, our low blood pressure, our low resting heart rates. We feel strong, mentally and physically, because we run. And we might even feel a little superior over others. I’m certainly not here to take those feelings away from anyone.
But recently I’ve been thinking (and learning) more and more about the importance of what we are doing with our bodies when we aren’t working out… You know, the other 23 hours…
Several years ago, when the minimalist shoe trend was really gearing up, I bought some purple Vibram Five Fingers shoes. They were hideous. But I loved them. And I walked in them for YEARS until the sole was falling apart. (I did not run in them, but that’s for another post.)
Since then, I’ve done most of my walking in my (expensive) running shoes. This has put extra miles on my running shoes, wearing them out faster. Also, my running shoes have a heel drop of 10.1 mm, meaning that I’m racking up a ton of miles (between running and walking) in a non-neutral heel.
I’d have loved to buy a new pair of Vibrams, but my husband would not be caught dead with me wearing those shoes. And I’ll even admit it: they drew more attention that I’d like, and I was a tiny bit embarrassed when I ran into certain people in the city and was caught in my purple toe shoes. So, I decided to look for an alternative.
I don’t love how New Year’s resolutions are marketed these days (nor how congested they make gym classes…), but I do see value in setting new intentions for the year ahead. I’ll be gentler on myself, I’ll be more complimentary to my spouse, I’ll focus on being more appreciative — that sort of thing. And, although you won’t hear me resolve to lose 10 lbs. in 2016, I also see value in setting goals. (Obvi… This is a blog entirely dedicated to my goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states…) I’ve decided on three running-related goals for 2016.