Friday, April 22, 2011

Born to Run

I'm having trouble posting from my cell today so I can't share any pictures with you but here's what I have coming up: pictures from my Etsy shopping spree and pictures of Stella the model-cat with my new curtains. If that doesn't pull you back to read my next couple of posts then I don't know what will. Haha.

So have you read Born to Run? It seems like people everywhere I go are talking to me about the book and the concepts behind it. You can learn more by clicking here. In the shortest summary ever, it's about the history and rationale of the barefoot running movement. Despite the obvious goofiness of the appearance of the five finger shoes, the movement has a lure akin to a charismatic leader (and there are other versions of shoes that don't outline your toes). My chiropractor (Dr. Chris) was one of the more recent people to talk to me about the book and he offered to let me borrow the book on CD. With a couple long car rides under my belt to visit my bestie who is in town for the week, I have gotten to the second disc in as many days. Point being, I am still a novice to the concept of barefoot running but am very interested in it.

Another thing Born to Run mentions is the benefit of chia seeds. A few of the ladies I do triathlon training with have mentioned chia seeds in the past and two of them sell Mila, a form of them which you can find here if you are so inclined. I think I am going to give this a try, as well.

The point of this post is not to bore you to tears with running theory if you are not a runner (which I can barely identify with because I am horrible at it and slow but it is part of my training when I am doing that). The point is to 1. talk about what is on my mind 2. set forth a public proclamation that I am going to get back in gear in terms of fitness and want to set the stage for me to follow up on that here 3. potentially recruit some like minded friends who would like to check in with me, too, about fitness goals and how they plan to achieve them.

From May-early October, I usually do a pretty good job of staying active. Winter in New England takes a toll on me and gets me a little too comfortable staying warm on a cushioned surface than it should. So it's that time of year to get motivated again. Who is with me???


  1. I will be with you, since you made me start running in the first place. Today I ran about 3 miles, which may not seem like a lot (my progress is real slow) but I wasn't winded and I wasn't too bored. I'd like to be able to run longer distances and also somehow tighten my stomach muscles which sport the ill-effects of pregnancy with twins.

  2. Yay! I'm so glad to have at least one other person jump on board! Your 3 mile run isn't shabby at all! First off, I don't know how you get to run at all with three little kiddos. Second, I haven't run 3 miles in about a month, for shame. I'm heading to the gym after work, though! I have also been looking into CrossFit. After more barefoot running research, I don't think I am a good candidate at this stage in the game. I will, however, still go buy some chia seeds. Keep me posted on your progress! Should we have weekly check in emails to say what we have done? I need some accountability.