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Treadmill Running

I started out my running journey almost 5 years ago on a treadmill in my old apartment complexes fitness center, but once I started running on the paved trail that was near by, I ditched the treadmill and never looked back. In that time I’ve forgotten a little something about myself; I’m super duper awkward on treadmills!

So just going back a little bit, last weekend Luke and I went to Illinois for one of his brother’s high school graduation party. While we were there we picked up my sister’s old treadmill from her boyfriend’s mom’s house. My sister (actually, both of my sister’s, my brother, and both of my parents) live in Colorado now. It would have been more expensive for her to rent a truck and drive all the way to Illinois just to get it, and since she knew Luke just recently bought a new truck, she told me that we could take it. And that, my friends, is how I ended up getting a $600 treadmill for free. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Originally I wasn’t going to take the treadmill. “I’m a road runner!” I told myself, “I pride myself in running in ALL OF THE WEATHER CONDITIONS!” And that is true, but in the summer months I always end up runningย a lot less and basically not doing any kind of speed work, because I do not do well in the heat. It absolutely drains me and my running kinda suffers because of it. So after thinking about that for a while, I figured why not take the treadmill? I could probably utilize it in a way to supplement my outdoor running and actually do some speed work in the summer! So at this point I’m pretty stoked to have it. Even though it’s kinda huge and taking up a lot of room in my living room haha.

Anyway, back to my original point. I run weird on treadmills. And I’ve kinda forgotten about that little fact until now. Once I had started running on that trail back in the apartment days I realized how natural treadmill running felt to me. I also realized how quickly I tore shoes up while running on a treadmill. Once I started running on asphalt my shoes started lasting me a lot longer. Probably because running on a revolving belt is just naturally going to wear them out faster, but also because my running gait is just super awkward while moving on said revolving belt and I’ve never been able to get into a good rhythm on one. And honestly I probably never will.

So I’ve only run twice since Sunday when we brought this thing home. Both runs were on the treadmill and both runs felt super weird. Now, I know I’m slow, but a little simple math told me that my Garmin wasn’t reading correctly with that first run on Monday and that I was going somewhere around a 13:30 pace and not a 15 minute per mile pace. Haha that was a huge relief! Because that first run felt HARD! So I’m not actually sure about the distance on this run. I’m not all that worried about it though, I figured out how to calibrate my watch to the treadmill and it was pretty close to what the treadmill was reading on Tuesday. Still not sure how accurate the treadmill is, but I’m just gonna roll with it haha.

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First treadmill run in a very long time on Monday!

You might notice in the photo above that I’m not wearing any shoes. Haha remember how I said I tear shoes up while running on the treadmill? Yeah, I don’t want to be doing that right now. You see, I’m down to one pair of running shoes (I just had to retire my current pair of Nike Free’s. It was a sad day), my Nike Pegasus and they’re getting close to being halfway through their running life with me. I can usually get about 300 ish miles out of a pair of shoes before they have to retire to my “everyday” shoes, and then I can usually wear them for about another year before I have to get rid of them. It’s a good system for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ But anyway, since I’m down to one pair of running shoes and currently not able to spend $100 to get a new pair (that whole trip to Illinois, our up coming family vacation that Luke’s mom has been planning, and having to pay bills, buy food, and other adult stuff like that is really slowing the whole getting new running shoes thing down). So in order to preserve my current pair of shoes I’ve done both of my runs this week in my socks!!

(Just a little side note here guys, I have a ko-fi account now! You might have notice the “Buy Me A Coffee” button on the side of my blog. I actually spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not I should join ko-fi, because I didn’t want anyone to think I was like, begging for money or anything. And I’m totally not! But you know, I do work pretty hard on this blog and my other social media accounts. I put myself out there and share my story in some pretty up close and personal ways. So I figured why not give people a way to show me some love and support in the small way of “buying me a coffee” if they want to. And if they don’t, no big deal and no hard feelings. It’s not like I started this blog to make boatloads of money. Although I’d be lying if I said that wouldn’t be nice. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But anyway, just thought I’d throw that out there really quick. I probably wont be bringing it up much though.)

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So anyway, in order to preserve the life of my remaining pair of running shoes, I’ve done both of my runs this week in just my socks. I figured it wouldn’t be that big of a deal though. As kids my sisters and I would run around the farm barefoot all the time. We’d walk around corn fields, cow pastures, the woods, our gravel driveway, and even ride our bikes all sans shoes, and it was great!! And it’s not like I wear shoes all the time anyway. Nowadays I always walk around my house in just socks. I ride my stationary bike barefoot, tend to my garden barefoot or in flip flops or rubber boots (so, shoes that basically have no support whatsoever). I’ve even played tennis and helped Luke practice for softball either barefoot or in socks. Haha we’ve actually discoverd that I pitch better without shoes on! Although that’s probably just a weird coincidence, but now whenever we got out to the softball fields and there’s no home plate out we just use my shoes because I’m a-ok with not wearing them haha.

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I’ve also got an affinity for minimalist shoes. Hence why I love Nike Free’s so much. Don’t get me wrong, I love myย Pegasus. They’re a great training shoe and a good way for me to switch things up a little bit, but I wont do races in them haha. Compared to the Free’s they just feel heavy to me. I don’t even like wearing them on long runs, but I do because I know it’s good for me. But anyway, since I’m quite often barefoot, or wearing socks or minimalist shoes, I figured my feet, ankles, and legs would be strong enough to do my treadmill running in just my socks. But I think I might have overdone it a bit yesterday. I ran 4 miles on the treadmill, very awkwardly because like I said, treadmill running is weird and hard, in just my socks. I’m not hurt or injured or anything, but my calves are just super tight today! My guess is from running super duper awkwardly on the treadmill two days in a row and now wearing shoes probably didn’t help.

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Haha yesterday I actually spent those 4 miles watching part of a full Green Day concert on YouTube. I have no idea how people can go to a concert and record the whole thing! I’m too busy singing and dancing to even consider taking decent pictures, let along record a video! But I am incredibly grateful to the people who do! Haha yesterday’s 4 miles flew by thanks to whoever recorded this concert! I find treadmill running to be incredibly boring, so I never thought I’d say treadmill miles just flew by! So that was really nice!! But like I said, I woke up with super tight calves today, so I figured I needed to rest them and stretch them, so that’s been my goal for today.

I actually wanted to run outside today. The weather has been a little less hot thanks to some rain we have in the forecast, so it would have been nice to take it outside today. But my tight calves are making my heels hurt a little bit. I’ve dealt with plantarย fasciitis before (and ironically I got it from running in a pair of shoes that were waaay to supportive for my feet. I have very high arches and I’ve found the less support a shoe has, the better!) and I definitely didn’t want to go through all of that again, so I figured taking the day off and getting my calves to loosen up a bit was obviously the better option. So I spent about 30 minutes on my yoga mat doing just that. I still felt a little tight, but a lot better after that!

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So I’m hoping tomorrow they feel even better and I’ll be able to run on them. The weather forecast is saying that it’s supposed to be in the 60’s and cloudy with a chance of rain, so I’d like to run in that before it starts getting hot and gross again!! But once it does, at least I’ll have the treadmill as an option. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve also got another dentist appointment tomorrow to get my permanent crowns put on. So hopefully that all goes well. But that is all I’ve got for now, so happy hump day everyone!

~Ashley

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Barefoot Runningย 

I have decided to start dabbling in barefoot running!!!

This isn’t a decision that I just made on a whim, at least not really. I’ve been thinking about ditching my shoes (at least every now and again) for a while now. I’m not gonna lie though, aside from reading Born To Run (go figure, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) a few years ago, I’ve done little to no research on running without shoes. I do, however, have a whole childhood full of experience in running around with naked feet.

In the woods, pond, barn, gravel driveway, front yard, riding bikes, four wheeler, tractors, chasing feral kittens, or our chickens, it didn’t matter where we were or what we were doing, I can pretty much guarantee my sisters, brother, and I were doing it in our bare feet. Much to our mother’s displeasure, I might add. She didn’t appreciate us tracking whatever it was we had gotten into the house, and for that I cannot blame her.

So it’s not like I’m unfamiliar with doing things without something protecting my feet. I’m actually well versed at it. Like I mentioned before, I can walk on gravel in my bare feet without any issues. I’ve got some crazy calluses on my feet. I always have, and if anything, running has just made them more tough. I guess that’s not the most attractive thing ever, but hey, it’s functional!

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Me and my sister Jessica, July 2013

What brought this all to the forefront of my mind was a pair of too tight shoes. Last Friday Luke, his brother, and I decided we were going to walk around the neighborhood at 11 pm to look at Christmas lights. Actually, they wanted to drive around in a car because it was freezing cold and they are warm weather people, but I insisted on walking. I had to suffer throughout the summer, so now it’s my turn to enjoy the weather, damn it!! Haha anyway, I was wearing the new pair of boots that they got me for Christmas. I didn’t realize how much those boots were squeezing my toes until I couldn’t feel them anymore about 1/2 mile into our walk. So I took them off and spent the rest of our walk in my socks, and man did it feel good! (That’s also how I ended up with my spiffy new snow boots, as we took those boots back the next day). It’s not like it had been a while since I’ve walked around either. Just this summer I spent a lot of time sans shoes, especially while visiting my parents.

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Flip flops, socks, and bare feet. Typical. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, my crazy sock tan line makes my legs look dirty!

I don’t know, I guess that just kinda set off the thought that maybe I should try running without shoes again. Over the summer while my dad and I were in Colorado I spend some time running on a shitty motel treadmill in my socks, because I can’t run correctly on treadmills. I seriously destroyed a pair of shoes while running 3 times a week on a treadmill, back when Luke and I lived in an apartment. Plus, I already prefer running in Nike Free’s. I like being able to feel the ground under my feet, so why not take that to the next level?

“Why not indeed?” I asked myself .7 miles into my easy 1 mile run this morning. “My neighbors probably think I’m crazy anyway, what difference will taking my shoes off really make at this point?” I said to myself as I stopped at the corner and slipped off my shoes. And that’s basically the whole story of how I ended up running .3 miles, and right past the very busy civics center, in just my socks while holding my shoes in my hands. Yeah I got a few weird looks. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I guess that technically wasn’t barefoot running since I was wearing socks, but meh, close enough. I don’t particularly want to run on a dirty street with nothing protecting my feet anyway, I’d definitely go completely barefoot on grass somewhere people don’t frequent though. Anyway, having my feet free was a super pleasant experience and this is something that I’m definitely going to have to do regularly. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you ever run in bare (or socked) feet?ย 

How do you feel aboutย minimalist shoes?

Grey/blaze orange wool Browning socks, yay or nay? (It’s a definiteย yay from me!)