Day 95 – Happy runner’s feet

5 04 2010

I just registered for the Colfax Half Marathon. After 11 weeks of training that seems like a good commitment to finally make, and the price goes up April 30.

$59.30 to be at City Park for a 6:45 a.m. 13.1-mile run — on my birthday. That feels a bit insane right now! Let’s hope for a killer t-shirt. I’m going to wear it all day even if it’s hideous. The good news is I should be finished by 9 a.m. when I hope to be heading to Snooze for pancakes. And then napping by noon — proudly in my ugly t-shirt.

I think I’ve been afraid that once I paid for the race, I’d injure myself. Haven’t wanted to jinx it…Today’s “rest” exercise was Classical Stretch, and I wanted to share a link to an article in Canadian Running by Classical Stretch’s Miranda on preventing running injuries by strengthening your feet:

“All movement begins and ends with our feet, the foundation of our body. A runner’s feet need to be strong and flexible enough to supply a powerful takeoff and withstand the impact of each landing. As a repetitive-motion sport, running often results in aches, pains and chronic injuries, many of which could be diminished or better controlled simply by increasing the strength and flexibility of the feet.”

The article has instructions and photos on a few exercises you can do to strengthen your feet, shins, ankles and calves — whether you’re a runner or not. I swear by these — in week 11 anyway when my calves are feeling tight but — thankfully — not injured.

I mention Classical Stretch all the time, and I get the 23-minute workouts for free on PBS. You can check out for more demonstrations, DVDs and info. on this ballet/tai chi/pilates-style stretching and toning. has more, but the Essentrics site is a bit hipper with Miranda’s daughter taking the spotlight. Find her blog at




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