|Hello darkness my old friend|
It was surprisingly cool this morning when I stepped out for my run at 4:00 AM. I’m guessing that the temperature was in the high 50’s and the dark skies helped to exaggerate the cold. There was a little humidity to soften the air but overall it felt more like early spring than summer. I wore my Kinvaras just for a change from the Hattori’s. I expected the Kinvara’s to feel like an old friend, but instead, I found them tight on my mid-foot. I wondered if the Hattori’s flat, arch-less, platform had changed my perception of how a foot bed should feel. Interestingly, I have no such issues with the Mirage that has a 1-2 mm higher ramp angle.
Once mobile, I observed the way I was landing in the Kinvara and curious to see if I would strike closer to the heel than in the Hattori’s. It seemed like I was landing on my mid-foot but it felt different than it did prior to going ultra-minimal. My energy level was okay but my form was not fluid. This has been the case all week. I felt that I was moving along well this morning (and I was compared to Wednesday) but my overall pace was still 30 seconds per mile slower than I would have liked.
The long weekend is almost here and I think it’s time to get back to speed work. Perhaps my fast twitch muscles need a wake up call.