I have just come across this rather impressive tool that i have already used to illustrate problems with patients at the clinics. It goes a long way to help understand the complexity and inter-relationships of the tissues in the system Bio digital human
so , having had a year to think about it I am planning to run the half again. This time I have some more time under my belt with the barefoot training. The advantage of experimenting on myself is that I have given myself and recovered from some of the common afflictions in running . Namely hip flexor hypertonia , ITB tenderness , cramp, heel strike tendernesss / fascial damage and shoulder tension. All of which has made me a better runner and more flowing with my footwork. I believe I now know how to run with a forefoot style that has been a progression through trial, error and information. Now to put it all to the test. I have also been converting myself from a carbohydrate burning engine to a more moderate consumption , and trying to increase protein intake to see where that takes me . I haven't changed weight very much but I have felt the benefits of the consistent delivery of energy throughout the day , rather than the peaks and troughs of my (former) afternoon muffin consumption. http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/nutrientrequirements/healthydiet_factsheet/en/
it will be interesting to see what can be achieved now that I am another year older / wiser (?)
After eight weeks of inconsistent preparation and the help of my (far too fast ) wife, I can now say that I have completed my third half marathon. The last two were twenty five years ago in the UK , so crossing the harbour bridge on this occasion was a triumph. I ran a 1:57 which was within a minute of what I had achieved those twenty five years earlier , and which from a performance perspective I am happy with . Unfortunately my F2F wife ran it in 1:40 which means she has bragging rights for another twenty years at least... hats off though.
Ali Rainbow our fitness guru ran a 1:50 which humbled me further and deserves a round of applause ... Go girl.
Interestingly the barefoot conversion has 'emphasised' my soleus tone over my gastrocs and I am aware of the right one n particular but this has no effect on my cycling and I happily yomped uphill without pain for the last two days on the way into work. More on the road to recovery in the next post.
I am slowly adapting my running style to become more of a forefoot / barefoot style. The last few weeks have seen a return to distance running rather than just trying to keep up with my son. I am looking forward to a 15 km effort today or tomorrow to keep the half marathon aspirations on track and hoping to stay in touch with my super athletic wife who is making me feel very old currently...
Huge congratulations to Toby who took second in the Auckland cross country champs on Thursday making his old man very proud.
Great to meet some motivated individuals with such a diversity of interests and occupations at the NHBA expo today. We went along not knowing quite what to expect but having decorated our little booth we managed to engage with the business leaders and introduce our fitness initiative. The SMEAEP programme is a way of getting stress reduction into the workplace through guided exercise programmes in small groups with appropriate checks and measures of progress. This makes it a tax deductible expense and avoids 64% fringe benefit tax