Keepin’ it to a Minimum

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Oh hey there! I was starting to wonder if I would ever make it back on here! Lots a good things have been going on, most notably being that I got a new job! I’m still with the same company, but I have moved into to the role of Social Media Marketing Specialist. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to kicking some Social Media a$$ in this new role.

I’m working in the Comcast Center downtown and I now have a “big girl” commute to the city which means taking the train to and from. I actually love public transportation and have managed to read the entire “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” series in one month. Who knew I was such a reader?! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Philadelphia, the Comcast Center is a behemoth of a building in Center City. It is the largest building in Philly as you can see below:

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I also signed up for Broad Street with the hope that I will be able to beat my time from last year. The past couple of months I have focused much more on strength training and yoga and have just recently started my official running training plan. I can tell you now that strength training has REALLY helped my running. I am running a little bit faster and I don’t want to jump off a bridge after 3 miles on a treadmill-hooray!

I am sure you are probably asking why the title of this post is Keepin’ it to a Minimum when clearly I have been rambling for awhile. Here’s why: are you all familiar with minimalist running? If you aren’t check out Ashley’s site – she has been using Vibram’s, the most minimal of shoes, for awhile. I have been intrigued by the idea of running barefoot but haven’t felt that I have the time to dedicate to properly training my feet to run without the support normal running shoes provide.

So think of it like this-I’m Goldilocks and just like her porridge was “too hot!” “too cold!” and finally “just right!” I had shoes that were “too constricting!” but for me right now Vibrams are “no support at all!” So what’s a girl to do? Well I think I found a solution!! Say hello to my new Nike Free Runs:

I am kind of in love. And so far they are “just right!” They look like normal sneakers except that you slip them on much like you would a sock. They are very light and flexible.

The shoe provides some support while allowing your foot to experience a more natural movement-as if you were walking barefoot. At first I didn’t notice a huge difference but as I was running I did begin to feel my calves working a little harder then they normally do. I’ve read that when transitioning to minimalist shoes, like Vibrams, that is one of the biggest adjustment- strengthening your calf muscles since you are now working a  part of your body that you wouldn’t normally work as hard. I am really excited to put some more miles on them-I’ll keep ya posted on how it goes!

I’ve got a 5 mile run planned this weekend as well as dinner and a movie with Brad, and hanging out with my old roomie Lauren! Catch ya all later!

Ta-Ta!

Question! Is anyone out there running Broad Street?? Interested in a pre-race get together?!?

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