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.. it is something completely differentFor some of you this will seem like a completely misplaced post. It is not about developing or the Internet or Google but about running.
In my sparse sparetime I like to do some running. I have done that since my days in University on and off with more or less intensisty. Still haven't run the obligatory marathon yet, but two Half Marathon should count as one, I guess.
Traditional runningI have always tried to run on a good pair of running shoes and replace these every 300++ Km to make sure I have sufficient damping. Not doing so always made my muscles hurt and led to small but painful injuries to my knees.
Ever since working for Nike I run on Nike shoes as these suit me very well. It's been a couple of years since I left that company but still the various Nike Air dampened shoes do their job wonderfully.
Time and shoes are changing
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First impressionsNow I have them for a couple of weeks and I have been running them on ever longer stretches. I must say that I am completely amazed by them.
It takes some getting used to and I am still trying to find a new perfect style of running. But I think that is something positive. On my normal luxury running shoes I never really think about the way I run, I just put one foot in front of the other. I do pay some attention to my arms and upper body, but that's it. Most of the running is done without thinking about it. In this respect barefoot running makes me thinking about the way I walk.
The other part that really amazes me that I do not feel anything special in my muscles. I had expected that without the shock absorbing sole I would feel my muscles and knees. Whenever the absorbing qualities of my normal shoes would drop these are the first things I notice.
But even with close to no shock absorbing there are repercussions. This amazes me still as I gradually build of the length and intensity of my runs.
I still run on my Nike shoes, but I try to do every other run on my Vibrams.