Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Running shoes, hills and a saga that just won't go away

Reading a couple of articles in the press this week I was reminded that back in May I posted about barefoot running and minimalist running shoes.

The first article was from Runners World and it was reporting on research carried out at the Institute of Sports Medicine and Science in Italy.  This study we are told is consistent with the results of some previous studies and concludes that cushioned running shoes significantly impair foot position awareness compared to less structured shoes.

The second article was in Athletics Weekly and was a book review for a new book by Rob Hadgraft, about former marathon world record holder Jim Peters called Plimsolls On Eyeballs Out.  The title being a reference to the fact that Jim Peters raced in a pair of Woolworths plimsolls - surely the first and ultimate minimalist running shoe!

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Last nights session was again a hill session, with 4 x small hill with jog back recovery then a four minute jog recovery followed by 4 x long hill with jog back recovery,  Total mileage for the session - 7 miles.

It was a tough session, not made any easier by the fact that running up the long hill was also into a very strong headwind - but still - no pain, no gain.

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Again, referring back to a previous post.  Back in October I wrote about how, then Sunderland Harrier, Rob Sloan hit the headlines after finishing 3rd in the Kielder Marathon, only for it to be discovered that he completed the final few miles on a bus. Having originally denied that he had cheated, Sloan later admitted that he had got the bus.

This week however, the local BBC TV aired a programme called 'Inside Out' looking at this race and once again Sloan has changed his story, stating that he had not cheated by getting on the bus and in fact had run the whole race.  Despite the evidence that he himself presented, his Garmin recording of the race, showing that in the final miles where covered at 30 mph.  The reason for the Garmin showing this kind of speed being down to a malfunction of the watch/recording!

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