Flat soles?

I’m tired of the title of this blog, so I’m simply renaming it to Flat Soles, and moving to a fitting WordPress subdomain.

Trying to keep the singularity of thematics, or whatever it’s called. I’m not really writing about opera anyway. So, flat soles it is.

The benefit of having 0.199 readers is nobody cares if you move blogs. ;-)

But you are all more than welcome to follow me at http://flatsoles.wordpress.com if you want to hear more of my endeavors running in old school sneakers.

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Too little sleep

Too little sleep.

Too many muffins.

Nice long run.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/73496885

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Routine

It’s good to have a weekly goal. If I feel uninspired I can focus on reaching my weekly goal of 16km. And this week I overshot it by two km again. Might need to up the ante. 18 kilometers it is!

22,5 km left to beat my monthly record.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/72556594

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/72228212

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Spontaneous run

Was supposed to just do a couple of easy km’s and I ended up running 10.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/71880140

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Easy does it.

Today I achieved my most important goal: Totally carefree and easy running. After 5.3 km I ran home for dinner. Then I ran another 3.6 km, burping vietnamese food all the way.

Not fast, but more enjoyable than ever. If it continues in this direction, I’ll be able to skip my way through the half marathon in April. While whistling.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/71051884

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/71052490

Edit: Maybe the reason it felt so good was the temperature. A comfortable +5°C (41°F)!
Spring is here.

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Fatherhood and intervals

Since my last post I’ve become father of a beautiful daughter who enjoys milk a lot. She hasn’t got a name yet, but we call her “Lanugo” after the little baby-hairs on her shoulders. She makes life a lot more enjoyable and that includes my interval running. Also, a few days without running makes running more enjoyable.

Interval work: Second km 4:15, fourth 04:13.

(Short term-goal: 3 1km laps under 4:10. This earns me new shoes.)

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/149451554

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Interval training

It’s getting warmer, and I’m longing for the day when I can simply put on a t-shirt and shorts and head out the door.

4:11/1 km is fast for me. Had fun today. Found a good “track-like” route, with good, new tarmac, and almost exactly 1km. In the slow laps I tried to incorporate some drills like butt-kicks and high knees. My target race speed for the half marathon is about 05:00, so I consider this “sprinting” (for now). Will be doing more interval training.

1 km laps:

1: 6:17.4

2: 4:10.7

3: 6:53.7

4: 4:24.6

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/69987620

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Running in winter

This kind of weather is extreme for Denmark. Yesterday the brake-wires on my bike were frozen. Today was a bit warmer: A comfortable -5 °C. Good run today, and fast considering i’ts very slippery outside. Lots of powder snow. Quads and ankles are OK, and I overshot my weekly goal by 3 Km.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/69508130

And here’s some inspiration:

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Will power.

What is will power? It used to be the ability to put on my running shoes and force myself out the door. Those were simple days.

These days will power is what I need to respect my rest days, and not go for meaningless runs like the one today. Hobbling along with legs hurting doesn’t do any good for my form or VO2 Max.

I should focus on getting some cross-training done, and eating less junk. Got to lose six kg before half marathon in April. That is not going to happen if I don’t start eating better tomorrow. Wish me luck. Or will power.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/69302660

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Top ten most gimmicky shoes…

… acccording to BirthdayShoes.com. I had some good laughs here, especially at some of the commercials and slogans. I think KangaROOS should have made the list. Shoes with pockets, how great is  that! And how extremely gimmicky! And the ones with the blinking lights! But I guess those are HONEST gimmicks, and not as fun as the one below.

Nevermind how they look: That shoe is unstable and harmful. I would never let my granddad wear them,  for safety reasons. Actually the common factor in most of the shoes on the list, is that they are unstable. Which in my opinion is a bad thing for a shoe. Reebook  says it flat out in this commmercial for EasyTone: “There’s actually a little instability built into the shoe.” At least it’s being marketed to healthy women.

Read the whole list here:

http://birthdayshoes.com/top-10-most-gimmicky-shoes

I’m forgiving when it comes to gimmicks. All sports gear is is peppered with technology and most of it is… well gimmicky. It adds to the hype, and possibly the pleasure of the wearer to know there is something special and new about their garment or shoes. It gives us something to talk about.

Were I’m more worried is when these are sold as a way to cure conditions, to people looking for e.g. pain relief. For example, I know several people who had to stop wearing their expensive MBT shoes, because their back pain got worse. The only thing that shoe did was force them to walk heavily on their heels. Try to notice if you see anyone wearing these, they probably have lousy posture.

That kind of gimmick can make me angry. When did we start taking medical advice from salesmen?

My addition to the list:

Actually, a pocket for money isn’t a terrible idea. I’m more skeptical to the Dynacoil that returns the energy you  put into the ground. Wow, does that mean that actually NO energy is spent on shock absorption? Anyway I can see why kids would want this shoe in 1986. It looks awesome, and has NASA technology, and a pocket. Who can argue with that?

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Barefoot running fun.

A good sign that barefoot running is becoming mainstream is the inevitable Youtube parodies. And since barefoot runners are “simple”, to quote the first video, they are happy to laugh along with ordinary runners, the ones in high heels I mean.

I am not a barefoot runner myself, but I do subscribe to the general concept. Our legs have a great suspension system so why not use it?

Here are my favorites so far.

“The Barefoot Runner”

This one popped up two months ago, right about the time everybody, including me, grew a mustache. On a serious note, I have read, from a certified podiatrist, that 80% of runners are overpronators, and need supportive shoes. 80%! I know we are a degenerated poulation, but that just can’t be right.

“Sh*t Barefoot Runners Say”

Another installment in the Sh*t people say-series. And very realistic.

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Wind chill

My weather app says “-9 C, feels like -16 C”. It accounts for the wind chill factor. Keeping the torso warm is not  a big problem, but any exposed skin really feels it. And how do I keep my TEETH warm? If this weather holds up, I’m getting a ski mask.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/69155292

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Real running.

Today went well all the way until the big dents in the pace at 3km, when I got a cramp in the back (the one at 1 km is just a traffic light). But it still felt OK, now I’m finally really running. That means I am limited by the shape I’m in and not some microscopic ligaments in my ankles trying to adapt. Changing form is boring… Can’t believe I found the patience to go through with it, but I’m glad I did.

Today I just put the foot down relaxed in a neutral position, and ran. No thinking about how the foot lands, or how the legs moved at all. Kept my focus on trying to relax the shoulders.

It’s like I found a second gear today, how to run easy and relaxed at about 4:30/km pace. I think this might be my ideal race pace. The first couple of km’s felt incredibly light and easy. My slow pace is about 6:00/km. I’ll see if it sticks.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/69056920

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Investments

We are expecting a baby soon, so I think twice before making any investment. I customized my own hip bag into a fuel belt for the neat price of 15 Danish Kroner. That’s about 5% of what a fuel belt would cost. I may add more flasks later on if I need to. Can’t wait to try it out. I also bought a jump rope for about the same price.

This totally justifies buying a pair of NB Minimus Zero for the next race, right?

Home made fuelbelt

My needlework, just to show that anyone could do it.

Supposedly good warm up.

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Industrial espionage

Unfortunately I couldn't explore the red areas. I might go another time without camera and NOT dressed in black, to avoid looking like a spy from a Hollywood movie. Click the images for higher resolution.

Nordhavn

There is a large part of the old harbour that’s no longer in use, making for some scenic views. Sort of like a horror movie theme park. It’s marked green in the map. There was a girl photographing graffiti with a tripod. Kulturkajen Docken (The cultural quay “The Dock”) is marked yellow. They sometimes have 90′s style rave parties. I hope there will soon be an end to that, because we live only 3 km away, and it’s unbelievably noisy! It’s supposedly a nice place to drink a beer in the summer. I also saw one jogger and a fisherman. Other than that, the peninsula was completely empty.

There’s also an old shipyard and an enormous container port (red), but they are unfortunately closed to the public. At the far end of the peninsula, past the marina is a small strip of grass, a perfect place to eat Jennifer’s home made granola bar. Please also note my white Adidas gloves! They are prototypes from around 2003. I have no idea if you can get them, but they are nice and not too airtight, and I can operate my camera with them. Recommend thin cotton gloves to anyone running in winter.

And then I went home and watched this for a while…

34km! Another weekly record according to Runkeeper. I’m starting to get somewhere. Soon I need to do fartlek/speedwork. And some actual running. But it seems I’ve been right to take it easy and be patient: Running is now easier than ever. It’s really been a drag at times, waiting for my legs to build the necessary muscles to achieve a relaxed forefoot landing.

Really looking forward to running a half marathon. And to my next urban exploration run.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/68532873

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Nordhavn – Svanemøllen, a trip along the pier.

Today I got up, and my girlfriend had prepared an enormous meal of egg and bacon, home baked bread, cheese and coffee. And after that I went out and easily ran 20 km. I can honestly say It’s the most effortless running I have ever done in my life.

I have been having a bit of tiredness on the inside and outside of my calves lately. I’ve heard that compression socks is one of the very few things that are scientifically proven to improve results. So I borrowed some off my girlfriend, and I think they did the trick. My guess is, they provide that tiny bit of support my weakling ankles need. On the other hand, it could just be that I’m getting stronger. I’ve rested well since last week.

Sometime soon I hope I’ll come to the point where I can actually start running. Right now I’m just hobbling along at just under 10 km/h. “Travel diary” will be posted. Very nice trip.

And I must add the Neo Trails are simply amazing when it comes to grip on icy surfaces. Running on a wet icy wooden pier is generally considered dangerous, and I wouldn’t attempt it in any other shoe. I was a bit skeptic to this shoe after reading some mixed reviews, but I know for certain than none of the reviewers had tried the shoe in winter, as it only came out in summer 2011. Also it seems that people who live in warmer countries tend to conclude “too warm, doesn’t drain: Dealbreaker” or “No rockplate, overly aggressive grip”, while I’ve read reviews from Denmark and Britain stating “This is THE shoe for winter conditions”. I guess the same  things that makes it good also makes it not suitable for hot weather. Anyway, amazing shoe.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/68101443

Listening to this

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Weekly record

I may not be the fastest runner, but a record is a record! Very enjoyable running week. I hope I haven’t ruined next week… 16km a week is still my goal.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/67488926

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Dyrehaven

Took the train out to Klampenborg to run today. Dyrehaven is a cultivated forest. A bit boring this time of year, all brown and muddy. Below is a picture of how it can be in summer/fall. I’m at 15km, so I should be able to reach 16 this week. A bit tired in the little muscles along the shin bone. Might be bending my knees too much on landing, but maybe I’m fine and just need more strength in my calves. Rest 2 days, then a bit of running Saturday.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/66989480

Stock photo.

The gamekeepers lodge looks like this.

Mud.

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