Running in Chuck Taylors

Earlier this year I went for a run in my Converse knock-offs, and a couple of guys shouted laughing as they ran past me “Running in Converse? That’s brave”. Just seconds later one of them took a wrong step in his running shoes and hurt his ankle. The other guy had to help him walk. What a coincidence! I don’t believe in Karma, but just to be on the safe side, I’ll never laugh at anybody’s shoes ever.

I just remembered when I saw this video about running in Converse All Stars on Runner’s World’s Facebook page. Shoe nerds taking a walk on the wild side. I love the soundtrack. Rock and roll!


And I just rounded 500 Km since I started using Runkeeper last october. So just under a year! I Might go shoe shopping again, just to celebrate my awesome but humble achievement.


Rainstorms and GPS & A marathon a day

I have been reading “Marathonmagasinet“, a magazine sold my local shop. It comes out twice a year, and I strongly recommend it! Lots of race reports, and focused on the Marathon Distance. I also like that they write about Danish athletes, so you know what is going on. IMO other running magazines write too much about the international top athletes we already know, and running gear. Yawn.

Anyway, there was an article about a Annette Fredskov, who is going to run 366 marathons in a year.  She arranges races through her website every day when there are no other marathons. So the old “I just couldn’t make it that day” doesn’t work until June 2013, if you live near Copenhagen. Every day is a possibility for a spontaneous marathon.

There’s been lots of rain lately. My GPS hardly works. Also I accidentally turned on some sort of auto pause function on the Garmin 305, which goes bananas when the satellite reception is bad, i.e. stops and starts all the time. Runkeeper doesn’t recognize it, so it’s all a mess. Luckily I don’t care so much. But I need to turn it off if I want to enter any of the small local marathons where you time yourself.

BTW Here’s one I’m contemplating: Skodsborg Marathon. There’s something so romantic about a bunch of lunatics running around for hours in the forest, drinking sodas and eating bananas. To me it’s the perfect way to run your first marathon. The only bad thing is, because there are so many races, it’s always easy to postpone it.

New shoes

I felt quite extravagant today, as I went to she shop and paid full price for a pair of Minimus Zero Trail shoes from New Balance. Full price here is 1000 DKK (174 USD/135 EUR), which is 130% of Amazon price. Ouch.

Twist and shout!

But then on the other hand I got to try them, and seven other shoes, and ended up buying a completely different shoe than I had looked at on the web. So I saved myself from paying for the return of some shoes. I also tried the Brooks Pure connect. It did something cool with my gait, and it felt nice. Somehow it makes landing midfoot very easy, because the sole is harder or thicker there. Nice but too weird for me.

NB “Minimus Zero Road”, Inov8 “Bare X-Lite”, and all the Merrell “Barefoot” models were simply to narrow for me, which is a problem, especially if the sole is too structured. Mizuno Musha 4 was an exception, and I’m still thinking of getting a pair of those. It’s a lot less shoe than it looks like.

Then I put on the Minimus Zero Trail, and was surprised at how great it felt. Coming from Vivobarefoot, the extra cushioning is nice, the fit is great, and the holey sole flexes more like a stiff sock than a shoe. And the seventies look is not a drawback.

Looks a bit like a football shoe. (That’s soccer, to those who play football with their hands.)

And they’re light. When I got the box at the store, I thought it was empty at first.

Fartlek 2

Ran a bit of free interval today, also known as ‘fartlek’, which is Swedish for speed-game (or -play). Sprinting a bit makes me slower overall, but it feels bad in a good way. 

Also this is the first time I’ve used my Runkeeper on my phone. It seems to perform OK. One advantage over my GPS watch is that it’s connected to the internet, so I can post immediately. 

I’m going to make a post about bread baking soon.