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UFIT Run, Mar 22, 2011

After a non-event last week UFIT Run was back in action with 4 Ufitters and a Trainer trying to keep up! It was Grant (Axe) Rawlinson’s last UFIT Run before he heads off in a couple of weeks for his attempt on Everest. He swept the field in the first 5 runs but the champion of the Big Monster, Simon Myers denied him a 6-sweep by taking out the last!

After some rain during the day, the slippery surface meant records would not fall last night but some very good times were posted nevertheless. Anita Downey-Parry ran hard all night achieving 6 PB’s including beating her Hill St PB by 11 seconds and her Big Monster time by a whopping 40 seconds!! And remember this was on a slippery surface!

Quill Potter continues to improve his running on every outing and then there was me……lol. Poor effort, I think I was laughing too much at Axe’s attempts to cheat Selina!

All in all an excellent session last night, well done to everyone! The Top Times are here and the times for last night are as follows. By the way if you have never done UFIT Run, the session next week WILL BE FREE!! Yes no one that does UFIT Run next week will be charged a session (this includes members and non-members alike) so put it on your schedule now!! –

Stairway to Heaving Axe 0:01:36 Simon 0:01:40 Darren 0:01:46 Anita 0:01:57 Quill 0:02:20; Main Street Axe 0:03:11 Darren 0:03:17 Simon 0:03:22 Anita 0:04:47 Quill 0:04:54; No Picnic at Raffles Axe 0:01:36 Darren 0:01:36 Simon 0:01:46 Anita 0:02:15 Quill 0:02:32; Hill St Blues Axe 0:02:51 Simon 0:02:53 Darren 0:03:08 Anita 0:03:58 Quill 0:04:11; The Hexing Vex Axe 0:01:55 Darren 0:01:58 Simon 0:02:06 Anita 0:02:51 Quill 0:03:05; Big Monster Simon 0:04:23 Axe 0:04:46 Darren 0:05:00 Anita 0:06:58 Quill 0:07:22

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Vibrams IV

Hello folks, it’s good to be back! It has been a long time since I posted anything other than a UFIT Run update so it is high time I re-started! And what better way to start than with a Vibram’s update, the fourth 🙂

It was November 1 when I last wrote about my “experiment” with the Vibram’s. I am now onto my third pair, another pair of Bikila’s but this time the red version.

There have been several issues with wearing the shoe –

  1. I developed an achilles tendon problem due to overusing the shoe. I don’t believe I have an ankle mobility issue and as I had never had such a problem before I’m assuming it was due to the Vibram’s.
  2. On wet surfaces they are very slippery and I mentioned this in Vibram’s I but I want to reinforce it. You will need another shoe for rainy days.
  3. Smell……..

Ok so one by one lets have a quick look 🙂

The achilles soreness was a result of several factors. One is the Vibram’s are flat, so our achilles tendon and in fact all the muscles and connective tissues around the foot will start to behave differently. The feedback mechanism discussed in Vibram’s III activates this region differently to how it is activated wearing a conventional shoe. Muscles and tissue that have been a little “sleepy” are suddenly woken up and have to pull their weight.

By this I mean by wearing conventional sports/training shoes our feet get enveloped in the mass of the shoe, the rubber, the material, the plastic etc. Our feet get “cosseted”! The sensory nature of our feet (Vibrams III again) is inhibited, even shutdown and muscles/tendons stop functioning the way they were intended by nature (as in going barefoot a.k.a the “barefoot running movement”). In fact as far as the achilles is concerned, the high heel support in a lot of sports shoes shortens it.

In my situation and it’s not uncommon, David H had a similar experience, the “shortened” achilles gets overworked, lengthens and gets inflammed. Regular massage and specific warm-up stretching prior to training has solved the problem for me. I also alternate the use of the shoe with Nike Free’s 3.0. Yes I never thought I would ever buy a pair of Nike’s again but I did! And I really like them, the link is of the ver2 model, I can’t wait to get a pair! The Free’s aren’t really a barefoot running shoe, Nike say they are but they’re just cashing in on the craze but they are very lightweight AND they have a minimal heel lift.

Point 2 regarding the slippery nature of the soles of the Vibram’s is a concern. No matter what the company literature says, they are slippery!! Only in the wet mind you so it’s not all bad 🙂 I am sure they are aware of the issue and are attempting to rectify it.

What will be hard to fix is the smell!! They do stink after a while. Some of my female friends say they wash them after every use but that is hardly sustainable and I don’t see too many guys doing that 😉 What I did is buy the socks. That is helping a lot. It does add to the fiddle factor (e.g. getting toes into little sock compartments and then toes with socks into toe compartments of the shoes…lol).

But for all that Vibram’s are GREAT!! And I don’t mind Nike Free 3.0 either (be sure to buy 3.0 and NOT 5.0/7.0, the heel lift is higher in the others).

Ok so post 1 of 2011 done, more to come on food, exercise and the path to becoming fitter, leaner, stronger 🙂

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UFIT Run, Mar 08, 2011

Apologies for the late posting of last weeks UFIT Run times! A technical glitch with WordPress was to blame, not me 😉

Tuesday night saw battle resume amongst our regular combatants, Axe Rawlinson, Simon Myers, Hetul Patel, Daryl Harding and Anne Morgan. Joining the “regulars” Tuesday was Quill Potter. Quill runs the Comedy Club check it out!

Stealing the limelight were the 2 usual suspects, Axe for his consistency over the 6 Runs and Simon for once again bettering his Big Monster Top Time, this time by 1 second to 4min 20!

Hetul took out Stairway first up Tuesday, this is a highly competitive first Run and a lot of the regular runners, the slow-twitch guys and girls that shouldn’t be able to do this run quickly, are getting faster and faster! Simon, biding his time for that last big effort, cruised in behind for most runs. Hetul, still recovering from Stairway, slowly worked his way back into the session and Daryl, after 2 weeks in the Maldives, was paying the price! Anne ran strongly and secured a PB on Big Monster and in doing so shaved 1 second off the third placed TT!! Quill, on his 2nd UFIT Run, ran 6 PB’s!!

So a great effort all-round team, see you out there next week! Top Times here and Tuesdays times follow –

Stairway to Heaving Hetul 0:01:23 Axe 0:01:30 Daryl 0:01:32 Simon 0:01:33 Anne 0:02:11 Quill 0:02:13; Main Street Axe 0:03:13 Simon 0:03:17 Daryl 0:03:29 Hetul 0:03:36 Anne 0:03:59 Quill 0:04:44; No Picnic at Raffles Axe 0:01:35 Simon 0:01:37 Hetul 0:01:39 Daryl 0:01:39 Anne 0:02:13 Quill 0:02:46; Hill St Blues Axe 0:02:33 Simon 0:02:37 Hetul 0:02:57 Daryl 0:03:16 Quill 0:04:03 Anne dns; The Hexing Vex Axe 0:01:50 Daryl 0:01:51 Simon 0:01:59 Hetul 0:02:16 Anne 0:02:26 Quill 0:03:13; Big Monster Simon 0:04:20 Axe 0:04:36 Anne 0:05:08 Daryl 0:05:19 Hetul 0:05:45 Quill 0:07:14

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UFIT Run, March 01, 2011

The FUN resumed Tuesday after a cancelled session last week and man, did the Team bring the PAIN! It was a highly competitive session and for this reason alone I can’t understand why more of our type-A’s at UFIT aren’t rocking up to have a go? Race against other fit people, get fitter, have fun and achieve a huge sense of accomplishment after scoring a PB or 2, or a Top Time or 2!!

Before I go any further an apology! Back on the 18th of January, Adam Deutsch ran a 1min 28 on No Picnic at Raffles (the day Axe ran a record equalling 1min 25). His time was not placed on the TT’s, it now is, sorry maaaate!

So back to Tuesday, 5 ROCK-STARS turned up and did the business! And what close racing it turned out to be! The star of the show, mountain-man Axe Rawlinson etched his name into the record books with an equal 3rd TT at Main St and an equal 2nd TT at Hill St Blues.

But that wasn’t the only story, not by a margin! On Stairway to Heaving Hetul Patel and Patrick Donaldson were right on Axe’s heals with equal 1min 23’s! Interestingly Patrick has run a 1min18 on this run 🙂 But for Hetul it was a PB by 3 seconds! Hetul is a self-confessed non-stairs runner but he PB’ed not only at Stairway but also at his UFIT Run nemesis Hill St Blues where he sub-3’ed (2min 59) for the first time!

Completing the quintet Tuesday were Run stalwarts Simon Myers and Anne Morgan. As usual these 2 hard runners put in top efforts all around Fort, Simon failing by just 2 seconds to equal his own record TT on Big Monster.

So that was UFIT Run for another week, want to have a go?? It really is fun and it really is hard work so if you need a shot of adrenaline to your workout routine, come try UFIT Run! You can find our list of Top Times here, the times for Tuesday as follows –

Stairway to Heaving Axe 0:01:20 Hetul 0:01:23 Patrick 0:01:23 Simon 0:01:30 Anne 0:02:46; Main Street Axe 0:02:59 Patrick 0:03:02 Simon 0:03:17 Hetul 0:03:37 Anne 0:03:55; No Picnic at Raffles Axe 0:01:29 Simon 0:01:33 Patrick 0:01:38 Hetul 0:01:44 Anne 0:01:58; Hill St Blues Axe 0:02:33 Simon 0:02:35 Patrick 0:02:42 Hetul 0:02:59 Anne 0:03:56; The Hexing Vex Patrick 0:01:48 Axe 0:01:51 Simon 0:01:59 Hetul 0:02:10 Anne 0:02:25; Big Monster Simon 0:04:23 Patrick 0:04:51 Axe 0:05:11 Anne 0:05:24 Hetul 0:05:30

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