After discussing my shoe, foot, ankle situation at length this morning in the comments section of the shoes post I tried something different for today's run.
I went back to the New Balance MT110 minimalist shoes (4mm heal to toe drop).
I ran the normal distance but I did take the "trails" turn off. There is a little more climbing and descending then the other route and it's also set back farther from the road so the scenery is nicer. More dirt less tarmac.
The minimalist shoes have no where to heal strike so you have to land on the midfoot and roll forward.
I also concentrated on taking smaller steps and running slow.
You can really feel that these shoes change your running.
The rest of the day was the usual, yoga in the morning and a mile or two walk at lunch.
I'm writing this part of the post after the run.
The real test will be tomorrow morning.
If I'm not walking like Gramps in the Real MacCoys it's all good!
Check out Gramps coming in thru the front door at 27 seconds into the clip.
This is what I looked like yesterday.
So now it's tomorrow.
And while I do have a resemblance to the Gramps walk going on I would have to say the mods were a success!
I would like to thank Pickian, Robin and RAS for their comments and suggestions.
Now on a more surf related note to end the week
... BUILDING SURF THIS WEEKEND PEAKING ON SUNDAY...
TWO LARGE OCEAN SWELLS WILL IMPACT THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACHES THIS WEEKEND BRINGING ABOVE AVERAGE SURF... DIFFICULT SWIMMING CONDITIONS AND A HIGH RISK OF STRONG RIP CURRENTS. THE HIGHEST SURF WILL ARRIVE SUNDAY.
THE FIRST SWELL WILL BE AN 18 SECOND LONG PERIOD SOUTHERLY SWELL THAT WILL BUILD IN LATE THIS AFTERNOON. SURF WILL INCREASE TO 4 FEET LATE IN THE DAY AND CONTINUE TO BUILD TONIGHT AND SATURDAY WHEN SURF WILL RANGE FROM 5 TO 8 FEET AT ORANGE COUNTY BEACHES WITH SETS TO 12 FEET AT TIMES. A FEW BEACHES IN NORTHERN SAN DIEGO COUNTY COULD SEE SURF OF 4 TO 8 FEET.
THE SECOND SWELL... ORIGINATING FROM THE CENTRAL PACIFIC... WILL ARRIVE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. THIS WEST-NORTHWEST SWELL WILL BE QUITE LARGE... 12 TO 14 FEET IN THE OUTER COASTAL WATERS AND UP TO 10 FEET IN THE INNER COASTAL WATERS. THIS SWELL WILL COMBINE WITH THE FIRST SWELL TO BRING SURF OF 6 TO 10 FEET WITH SETS TO 12 FEET IN ORANGE AND SAN DIEGO COUNTIES SUNDAY INTO MONDAY MORNING. THE SWELL WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH MONDAY AFTERNOON.
A great pair, fit very well and felt good during the run too.
and it seems that there is always a but
plantar fasciitis seems to be rearing its ugly head and I thought that the concrete jungle I navigate to get to the running fields (I can't stand the thought of driving to a place to run) might be to blame.
So I got the new shoes
You remember the new shoes
same as the old shoes but more padding and more neon.
I like the new shoes
we still disagree about how much brightness a color should contain but what's a few lumens between friends?
So since my motto is "Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead!" or perhaps "break'em in and up the mileage" I have forged ahead.
But I have been stocking up on ginger and every runners friend, ibuprofen.
Out of sorts over the weekend and this morning, nothing serious but it calls for a repost.
This one orignally ran on 01-11-11 or there abouts
So after a long dry spell SoCal finally gets some winter juice!
Waves started showing up on Friday and continued on thru the weekend
The swell or more correctly swells will actually continue on thru next weekend
But there is a disturbance in the Force in Surf City
It's Monday and you have to work!
You have responsibilities and commitments
That Hummer isn't gonna pay itself off
So with my super hearing I hear the following (a lot)
Help me Prana, I'm not an unemployeed slacker like you!
I've got work, Mon - Fri
What shall I do!
Oh, What shall I do!!
Well first stop using the word "shall", no one talks likes that.
And secondly, I've got you covered!
You call up your boss and in the grand tradition of workers everywhere you lie!
To help you out I have compiled a list of excuses that should get you a few days off this week.
1 - My pet goldfish passed away and it was his last wish was to be buried at sea
If you work at PETA this is gonna work, trust me!
2 - The Doctor suggest that I need to visit the ocean “for the waters”
If you boss is a Bogart fan, you are in.
3 - I got a bad case of 3 day leprosy
By the time they get over the squeamish factor you're back
(This really works good if you are planning a trip to Molokai.)
4 - Map Quest is down and I have forgotten how to get to the office
If you are an unrepentant geek with a poor sense of direction this one has to work
5 - I use the abbreviated Mayan calendar and the world ends in 2010, so why bother
If you boss has seen the movie or heard the buzz this one should work
6 - In my religion, the Aleutian Juice days are holy and the swells must be observed
I'm sure the ACLU will back you up on this one. Maybe Gloria Allred too.
7 - Did you not see my resume cover letter?
If you properly prepared your employer you wouldn't have to lie.
Which of course is the best policy.
9 - I over dosed on Viagra over the weekend and I need to wait until the swelling goes down.
Trust me, they don't want you in the office until the condition clears up
8 - There is a Star Trek / Star Wars marathon on and I’m not going anywhere! Make it so Number One!
This works great, but if your boss is a Star Trek or Star Wars fan he or she will want to go with you.
9 - Prana Glider say I could have the day off!
If this one works let me know.
So good luck and if you do get days off and you see me in the water, remember you owe me!
P.S. If you have the good fortune to work in the "Surf Industry" this may not work as well. Everyone knows its good. Could you imagine working for Surfline and trying this crap? Dude you would be so busted! The boss may even change his or her email greeting to say something like "Don't even dream about calling in sick this week!" But you never know. You maybe either completely screwed or it maybe a surf holiday at the discretion of the President and the VP of HR.
Let me know.
If you work for a surf company let us know the policy.
Completely anonymous of course!
... PACIFIC STORM TO MOVE INLAND LATE SUNDAY THROUGH EARLY MONDAY...
battening down the hatches and making a big pot of chili
while waiting for the next Spring storm
makes me want to go sideways
*Today's Outcasts Tomorrow's Trendsetters?
I don't think so
Today's Outcasts are Tomorrow's Outcasts
Today is today and Tomorrow it will be time to move on.
Not to say I'm giving up my flippers any time soon.
But fifty years from now
(well in fifty years I'll be dust)
but 25 years from now I'll probably still be buying mats from out of someones garage
I'll probably be in the best third rate assisted care facility
my kids can afford
and I plan on making a fuss if the nurse doesn't blow up my mat
when it's time for my sponge bath
*From a discussion on Facebook about a photo in the latest Surfer Magazine.
I'm not sure what the editors from Surfer meant, if anything, by showing someone going fast but "straight off" in the mat shot. Modern mats actually turn quite well. It's the latest "trend" among those crazy outcast surf matters.
Kissaki from Pearl Izumi - Neon colors are in this year. I didn't like it the last three times that neon was IN and I will survive but if they try and bring back disco I'm going to the mattresses.
While my work schedule and acceptable surf conditions have not been synced up lately the running has been coming along nicely.
I am currently "plateaued" at a distance too short to mention. I'm also finding that while I can run Monday and I can run Tuesday I had better plan on sitting out Wednesday if I would like to still be ambulatory on Thursday. Since my body is demanding rest or "recovery" as it's refereed to in the vernacular, I have been shooting for an every other day run with yoga to stretch out on a daily basis.
A couple of things I have noticed along the way.
My body has been doing remarkably well but my mind however has managed to revolt on a daily basis.
(nothing new there really, "in my mind I'm already gone")
For some reason it's a struggle to get changed into my running gear and get out the door on some days.
The first couple of miles are fraught with thoughts of
"don't feel very well today"
"may have to cut the run short"
"maybe I should avoid the hills today"
but I've learned to just ignore these thoughts and run.
I've found that only after the first couple of miles should start to listen to mind
I listen to my lungs, my ankles, my feet and my legs right away.
Interestingly enough they are generally pretty quiet.
My usual route includes some hills
(what constitutes a hill is a very subjective matter and right now these are hills)
Due to the active geology in Southern California the down hills that I bearly notice on the trip out turn into mountains that could require fixed ropes on the way back home.
... PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY...
This weather headline was almost enough to wake me up this morning
I read on
... LATE WINTER STORM TO IMPACT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THIS WEEKEND...
A COLD LATE WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO MOVE SLOWLY THROUGH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LATE FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY.
I have some books to read, some soup in the freezer, the garden is planted (sort of) and I really like the rain.
It's like an old friend that doesn't stop by the house enough to really catch up.
Specially this year
THE COLD FRONT AND HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION WILL ARRIVE SOMETIME EARLY SATURDAY OVER NORTHERN AREAS AND SPREAD SOUTH THROUGH THE DAY. WIDESPREAD MODERATE RAIN AND SNOW SHOULD END LATE SATURDAY NIGHT WITH PERIODS OF MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY SHOWERS THROUGH EARLY MONDAY
I'm looking forward to this!
To the point where if it doesn't happen (like so many other times this year) I'll be inconsolable.
Which is pretty weird now that I write it down. I mean really
A little too much "wearing my rain gauge on my sleeve" to be really healthy I think.
But there was more
OTHER ACTIVITY: THERE IS ALSO THE POSSIBILITY OF A FEW THUNDERSTORMS WITH SMALL HAIL AS WELL AS WATERSPOUTS OVER THE COASTAL WATERS. THIS STORM COULD ALSO BRING HIGH SURF TO SOME BEACHES. THE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO MOVE OUT OF THE AREA LATE MONDAY OR MONDAY NIGHT WITH FAIR WEATHER RETURNING BY TUESDAY.
PRECAUTIONS: THIS WEATHER COULD BE DEADLY FOR UNPREPARED CAMPERS OR HIKERS. AVOID TRAVEL IN THE MOUNTAINS IF POSSIBLE.
Lions and tigers and bear. Oh my!
I used to like to surf in the rain, back in the day, now rain washes so much toxic dust of the land that it's dangerous. Well if not dangerous then ill advised.
So this is the plan. Reading some books, drinking some tea and watching the rain
I know I said in an earlier post that I would never post split times, mileage and the rest of the metrics people obsess about. So I have added my times, mileage and weight loss together. Then added the digits in that number until I came up with one single digit.
There it is out in the open
I'm so proud. (my number was 6 just last week)
I have been studying the Internets for running lore and training tips. I have also asked as many questions of the runners I know as courtesy will allow. My findings are as follows.
The more the better
(I can only say duh!)
Don't run too much as injury cuts back on the amount of running you can do in a week.
Your shoes (if you decide on wearing any) should fit and be appropriate for the surface you run on.
(Haven't we all been there done that with fins, mats, and surfboards?)
Alternate your runs. Sometimes run fast for a short distance. Sometimes run slow for a longer distance.
I'm not entirely sure that stealing an hour of daylight from the dawn to give to the sunset is a good idea.
Actually it sounds like the plot of one of those sci fi novels with a guy in medieval armor on the cover. You know "Come ride with Lance as he does battle with his arch enemies the Golaxian Tribe in order to return the hour of daylight they stole from the dawn... will he be able to return the hour before his betrothed is sentenced to hang for the offense? Find out!"
Anyway it's dark outside
and I'm sitting here writing another 23B
Despite being under the weather last weekend
well there was really any weather to be under but you know what I mean
I manage to get to the library and get enough reading material to get me thru the week
and with some luck thru next weekend as well.
As you may know from previous posts I'm a big Gibson fan.
Good Sci Fi - no armor
And since you brought it up looks like a storm front moving in for the weekend.
I have reached out to several what are called Master runners in the community
(Totally blown away by how many surf BTW)
The best chunk of advise so far
"When I coach younger runners I try to make them understand that on one hand you have your training, hard running, fast running etc and on the other hand you have over training and injury. The object is to monitor the two. To get as much of the good training as your body can do without getting too much of what is in the other hand (over training and injury)"
So that's your advice to me?
"No", he said.
"For you training and injury are both in the same hand"
I have no idea what he means.
But it does give me something to think about as I run.
Matt Beard making Huntington Pier look better than it ever does
Even though I rarely dream about surfing, last night I must have been due or maybe it was that the stitches don't come out for a week and I didn't have a chance of any water time.
The dream began as I swam out on the south side. I grew up surfing the pier and when everything comes together it can be epic. (On a regular basis though it's just a little better than the miles of beach break that surrounds it, but there's bleachers) Anyway I'm swimming out on the south side into a surfscape with all the variables coming together. Large shifting peaks rising up and breaking way outside. Almost to the end of the pier. Dark blue 8-10 foot A-frames. No wind because the waves looked like each one was cut from a single piece of dark blue glass. So I'm swimming out with my big yellow hand plane (did I mention that before?) no mat, no board but a hand plane. I blame the daily hand plane porn from the guys at Enjoy. So I almost outside by now. The water is warm and when duck diving I go thru that thermocline that is so noticeable during the summer. I'm watching the other guys (there are only a few people out so you know it's a dream) get waves and I am catching a few. Nothing really amazing (who is scripting this dream?) but I'm just stoked to be in the water with the waves and watching everyone surf.
Paddling out in off shore conditions often puts the wily surfer in the middle of this temporarily downpour.
Number 32 in the list of things non surfers never get to experience.
The sudden and what can only be described as torrential rain fall that occurs just behind a wave that has had it top blown off.
The swell peaks today and falls off dramatically over the weekend.
My advise to you it to skip school, work and any other "must do" activities and go surf.
If anyone asks just tell them "Prana said to pull in"*
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