Well fuck me…

Last Sunday I had a perfect run. You might scoff and say, ‘Perfect? Surely not!’ but I did.

It was surreal. I did something like15km in 1hr 30min which is average pace for me, not fast, not overly slow. But the whole time I was running, I didn’t get out of breath, nothing started hurting and I didn’t get overly tired. I came back home and it felt like I’d just walked the five minutes to the local shops for some milk.

Bizarre.

And I don’t know what I did differently.

I had a feeling that I was landing a little bit more in the middle of my foot than usual, but I attempted to re-create the same thing on my next run and it just turned into my usual, hard run. No feeling of perfection, no Chariots of Fire music playing in the background.

It’s driving me insane. I want to know what was different! I want to do it again!

Speaking of landing in the middle of my foot, I’ve been running in Nike Free Run +2 shoes for the past 12 mths. I started out with a purdy purple pair, but now I’ve got a platinum pair (don’t you hate it when you can’t buy the colour you want in your size online??)

They aren’t quite as gung ho barefoot running as say Vibram Five Fingers, but they are decidedly different to your normal running shoes as they only have a heel-toe slope of about 10mm. (2-10mm fall in the category of minimalist shoes and >2mm are true barefoot).

They are designed so that you strike on the ball of your foot instead of the heel so I’ve been conscious of where my foot makes contact. For some reason on Sunday, I felt like I was landing a little further back than my ball. But who knows? I don’t even know if that had anything to do with why it was just a great run.

Nike have just released the Nike Free Run +3.

It looks to me like there might be a little less of a heel-toe slope. I might see if I can pick me up a pair when I’m in the land of the rising sun next month.

 

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