People suck in big cities!
Let me correct that, 'Ignorant people suck in big cities'.
As a lifelong runner who does all the right things including running facing traffic, wearing reflective clothing for my early morning runs and stay on the sidewalk wherever possible, I hate it when I get the finger from a driver because he doesn't want to come to a complete stop at a STOP sign! Don't worry "Mr. Ignoramus", your body shop should be able to pound out the dent in your door panel caused by my foot quite easily.
What's wrong with just being nice?
Last week I was reminded that there are some nice people in the world. Sally was in a big, crowed parking garage at St. Joe's Hospital in Toronto. A big, crowded garage with attendants valet parking vehicles. One of them recognized her and asked why she was back. After telling him, he simply said that 'since she was doing something nice, someone was watching over her'. It made her day. That was nice.
It's a bustling city but take a minute to just be nice. It'll make someone's day and it will save damage to your vehicle.
Until next time...
Friday, March 11, 2011
Don't run with traditional running shoes! That's the main culprit that caused my injury. I tried to run more naturally in shoes that were not designed for that style of running. So after nearly 3 months of not running and lots of research online I've accepted that I've got to learn to run like a kid again. Just take a look at how they run: bent knees, rapid foot turnover and landing on their forefoot and springing up. Especially watch them running barefoot in the summer.
Obviously running barefoot is not an option for me. Natural-style running in shoes designed for that however is the solution for me. I've recently taken delivery of the new Puma Faas 500 running shoe. While I haven't been able to get out for a long run in them yet, the first experience was positive: very comfortable fit with a heel designed to simulate barefoot running. I am anxious to get out in them.
In the meantime of course I've been busy writing and blogging for the Reggae Marathon (Sally loves this...she says I need to keep busy...go figure). The latest blog post on the Reggae Marathon blog summarizes everything I've learned so far about natural-style running. If you're a runner or know someone who is, check out this post: Natural-style running minimizes foot injuries
This summer watch out for the 'Big Little Kid' running through a neighbourhood near you!
Until next time...