Okay, so the new cross country running shoes have arrived. They fit well and they’re super light. I think they’re just what I was looking for to conduct my experiment. It will take a little time to adapt to the new running style. I’ll try to do it slowly while continuing to wear my older shoes for longer runs.
I took them out on a real quickie last night - just up and back the street about a mile. I’m sore in new places. Which I guess is to be expected when trying a new running style while wearing shoes without cushioning and running on a concrete sidewalk. My glutes are sore. I wonder if wearing these shoes a lot will make my butt get big… ha. Can’t wait to try them out on the softer surfaces along the Arroyo.
It feels good to be maximizing my range of motion with a full heel drop. I didn’t really push the speed but it did feel like I had the potential to move pretty quickly. Either the shoes or the technique or both seemed to encourage me to lift my knee up and forward with every stride – a key element to speed, I think.
On a related note, I saw a barefoot runner today. I think that’s the first I’ve ever seen in real life. He was running pretty fast down the sidewalk. Looked very smooth, fluid.