Kristen's Adventures as a minimalist, Barefoot and Vibram, runner Kristen's Adventures as a minimalist, Barefoot and Vibram, runner en-usTransitioning Achilles Tendons to Run in Vibram Five Fingers Sprints and Sport Treks&nbsp; <div style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font: normal normal normal 13px/19px Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0.6em; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0.6em; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "> <div id="_mcePaste"> <div class="mceTemp" draggable=""><dl id="attachment_4268" class="wp-caption alignleft" style="float: left; border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; border-top-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-right-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-bottom-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); text-align: center; background-color: rgb(243, 243, 243); padding-top: 4px; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 10px; border-top-left-radius: 3px 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px 3px; width: 264px; "><dt class="wp-caption-dt"><a mce_href="http://kristenwestlake.net/running/transitioning-achilles-tendons-to-vibram-and-barefoot-running-first-and-most-important-step-is-patience/" target="_blank" href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-vibram_fivefingers_trek_sport_womens-4515.html"><img class="size-full wp-image-4268" title="vibram sport trek" mce_src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/vibram-sport-trek.jpg" alt="" width="254" height="171" style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-color: initial; " src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/vibram-sport-trek.jpg" /></a></dt><dd class="wp-caption-dd" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 17px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 4px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 4px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">Vibram Five Fingers Sport Treks that I use to run the rocky trails in the Kettle Moraine State Forest.</dd></dl></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Transitioning to barefoot or Vibram running from the traditional running shoe involves some time. The number one requirement is Patience, especially true for those of us who are used to going out and sailing through miles of trail at a time.<br /> <br /> Thanks to <a target="_blank" href="http://clearwateroutdoor.com">Clear Water Outdoor</a> I am a total Vibram addict!&nbsp;</p> </div> <div id="_mcePaste">I'll tell you what &nbsp;..., after being patient (or kind of patient) now for almost four months since my maiden voyage run in&nbsp;<a mce_href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-vibram_fivefingers_sprint_womens-1541.html" target="_blank" href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-vibram_fivefingers_sprint_womens-1541.html">Vibram Five Finger Sprints</a>&nbsp;(a 9 mile run that was too much probably out of the blocks) I am finding so much joy in the transition. I find frustrations and then I'm thrown a bone and have a great run. I've learned to listen to my body more than ever.. I have to.</div> <div id="_mcePaste">Where most people have issues with their calves being sore, my &quot;achilles heel&quot; is my achilles tendon. It's slowed me down enough to keep me holding back the reigns to transition so that I will experience running for another 31 years + another 31 years - &nbsp;&quot;au naturale&quot;! ..</div> <div>I never had the sore calves that most people claim ownership of while running bare or darn near it. My tendons have been sore to the touch but are getting stronger with the right holistic and patient approach. &nbsp;...</div> <div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="mceTemp" draggable=""><dl id="attachment_4270" class="wp-caption alignleft" style="float: left; border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; border-top-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-right-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-bottom-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); text-align: center; background-color: rgb(243, 243, 243); padding-top: 4px; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 10px; border-top-left-radius: 3px 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px 3px; width: 310px; "><dt class="wp-caption-dt"><a mce_href="http://kristenwestlake.net/running/transitioning-achilles-tendons-to-vibram-and-barefoot-running-first-and-most-important-step-is-patience/" target="_blank" href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-vibram_fivefingers_sprint_womens-1541.html"><img class="size-medium wp-image-4270" title="Vibram_Sprints" mce_src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Vibram_Sprints-300x269.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="269" style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-color: initial; " src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Vibram_Sprints-300x269.jpg" /></a></dt><dd class="wp-caption-dd" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 17px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 4px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 4px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">My favorite Vibram Five Fingers: Sprints. The sole is 2 mm compared to 12 - 13 mm soles of the traditional running shoe. I can FEEL the earth with these .. and barefoot is 0 mm!</dd></dl></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Barefoot and Vibram running will help to cure what ails you in many cases. We weren't born with shoes on .. we were born to run bare. Many muscles and bones engage themselves in a barefoot runner's run. Put shoes on and just like over medicating, the body gets lazy. Just like the immune system slacks when the body is over medicated, many muscles and bones in the legs and feet atrophy as they let shoes do the work for them. ... This does not make the body or the feet and legs stronger. What was intended to strengthen or help us (medicine, shoes, etc) actually weakens us. If we trust the capabilities of our amazing bodies we will find out that we are capable of so much more in mind, body, and spirit than we ever give ourselves credit for.</p> </div> <div>Back to Vibram and Barefoot running. &nbsp;.. My arches are amazingly strong compared to what they were when I was a shod runner (and I've been running for 31 years). My toes are straighter, I don't have bad runs anymore, I feel the earth as well as rocks or roots and I don't trip over them anymore. My foot feels around them and reacts quickly to avoid tripping.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Why is my achilles tendon sore? Your achilles tendon has been shortened by wearing high heeled running shoes (12 - 13 mm average sole vs 2 in vibram sprints or 0 barefoot) for years. This means it will take time for the tendons to lengthen and stretch back to where they want to be. It really takes time. They stretch and this makes them sore.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>What do I do for sore tendons?</div> <div>1. I listen to my body. I've backed off the milage and I listen to what my tendons will give me each run. If they are sore, I stop.</div> <div>2. Arnica massage tendons to get rid of scar tissue. Scar tissue presents itself as small bumps on top of the tendon. This is what makes your tendon feel sore.</div> <div>3. Eccentric Calf stretches.</div> <div>4. Massage calves to loosen any tightness. Looser calves help the tendons to stretch!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Enjoy being bare!</div> <p style="text-align: center; ">&nbsp;</p> </div> <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/P48q6uQ4i2c?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/P48q6uQ4i2c?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-transitioning_achilles_tendons_to_run_in_vibram_five_fingers_sprints_a-24-107.htmlRunningFri, 15 Oct 2010 19:45:00 GMTKristen WestlakeTurkey Trot at Big Foot State Park, Race Course RecordedThe race course for the 6th annual <a target="_blank" href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/news-detail-6th_annual_turkey_trot_5k,_10k,_junior_gobbler_1_mile-37.html">Turkey Trot 5K &amp; 10K (sign up!)</a> has been GPS plotted! For those of you interested in running the course prior to the Turkey Trot race: 1.&nbsp;Check out the course below (add to your GPS device to see yourself as you run it) and/ or 2. Run the course on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. See <a target="_blank" href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/news-detail-turkey_trot_fun_runs-60.html">times and details for the Turkey Trot&nbsp;fun runs</a> here! It was 40 degrees Fahrenheit today when I ran and I was still okay in my Vibram Sport Treks with no socks. I have my <a target="_blank" href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-injinji_eco_tech_mini_crew-507.html">injinji toe socks</a> ready to slip into &nbsp;when the weather creeps downward in numbers ... so the combo of Vibrams for winter should be all well and good! ... Don't hate me, but I am looking forward to the first snow and feeling my first Vibram steps in the snow! <h3>Turkey Trot 10K race course. Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva </h3> <object width="400" height="300" codebase="http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/swflash.cab"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.everytrail.com/swf/widget.swf" /> <param name="FlashVars" value="units=english&amp;mode=0&amp;key=ABQIAAAA_7wvFEi7gGngCZrOfos63hSN1xyBy-BzBD--25ZLXpVi3GfbehTQlZCXdpUFII2A5CGeExVTCyX1ow&amp;tripId=872898&amp;startLat=42.567400385&amp;startLon=-88.430284848&amp;mapType=Terrain&amp;" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.everytrail.com/swf/widget.swf" quality="high" width="400" height="300" flashvars="units=english&amp;mode=0&amp;key=ABQIAAAA_7wvFEi7gGngCZrOfos63hSN1xyBy-BzBD--25ZLXpVi3GfbehTQlZCXdpUFII2A5CGeExVTCyX1ow&amp;tripId=872898&amp;startLat=42.567400385&amp;startLon=-88.430284848&amp;mapType=Terrain&amp;" play="true" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer"></embed></object><br /> Find more <a target="_blank" href="http://kristenwestlake.org/TRAIL_GUIDES__g113.html">trail guides</a> with GPX for your GPS. For those of you near Lake Geneva you will be interested in the <a target="_blank" href="http://kristenwestlake.org/eTRAIL_GUIDES_with_G_g113-Lake_Geneva_Shore_Path__the_People_s_Trail__21_Mile_Foot_Tour_GPX_for_your_GPS_p423.html">Lake Geneva Shore Path trail guide</a>.http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-turkey_trot_at_big_foot_state_park,_race_course_recorded-24-114.htmlRunningWed, 03 Nov 2010 18:47:00 GMTKristen WestlakeFirst Snow Run of the Year and first Snow run ever in Vibram Five Fingers&nbsp; <div style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font: normal normal normal 13px/19px Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0.6em; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0.6em; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "> <div class="mceTemp" draggable=""><dl id="attachment_4838" class="wp-caption alignleft" style="float: left; border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; border-top-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-right-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-bottom-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); text-align: center; background-color: rgb(243, 243, 243); padding-top: 4px; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 10px; border-top-left-radius: 3px 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px 3px; width: 308px; "><dt class="wp-caption-dt"><a mce_href="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/20101205-100514.jpg" href="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/20101205-100514.jpg"><img class="size-large wp-image-4838" title="20101205-100514.jpg" mce_src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/20101205-100514-298x400.jpg" alt="" width="298" height="400" style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-color: initial; " src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/20101205-100514-298x400.jpg" /></a></dt><dd class="wp-caption-dd" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 17px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 4px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 4px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">First snow run of the season and first snow run ever in Vibram Five Fingers ... oh, and a touch of barefoot too!</dd></dl></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I've been really really looking forward to the first big snow of the season ... sometimes the first snow takes the form of drizzle or freezing rain mixed with snow, but this snow was&nbsp;<a mce_href="http://www.kristenwestlake.org/search.php?search=winter&amp;match_type=all" target="_blank" href="http://www.kristenwestlake.org/search.php?search=winter&amp;match_type=all">wintery picture</a>&nbsp;and running perfect!</p> <p>I watched the weather report for a few days prior to when the storm was scheduled to dump its powdery white stuff, in anticipation.</p> <p>Of course I always find joy in adding my first prints to the new snow but this time it was to be particularly interesting. It was for me the 31st season of anticipating the first snow run but the very first season of anticipating my first snow run, running minimally in my&nbsp;<a mce_href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-vibram_fivefingers_kso_trek_womens-4442.html" target="_blank" href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-vibram_fivefingers_kso_trek_womens-4442.html">Vibram Five Finger Treks</a>.</p> <p>How would my feet take it? Would my toes be cold? Probably not if they had the chance to get warmed up. But all of this I would not know for sure until I got to try it for real.</p> <p>So the sky dumped its snow as I dreamt and I awoke to a perfect wonderland of white. My brown KSO Treks took their mark and headed out into the blinding snow highway that blanketed the grass and dirt that I had run just the day before.</p> <p>My toes were initially cold just as my hands in gloves often are, without the cocoon effect that toes or fingers together gives. But after about a mile my toes responded to the work and warmed up. My feet were nice and toasty with no socks at all.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="mceTemp" draggable=""><dl id="attachment_4839" class="wp-caption alignleft" style="float: left; border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; border-top-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-right-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-bottom-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); text-align: center; background-color: rgb(243, 243, 243); padding-top: 4px; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 10px; border-top-left-radius: 3px 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px 3px; width: 308px; "><dt class="wp-caption-dt"><a mce_href="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/20101205-100527.jpg" href="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/20101205-100527.jpg"><img class="size-large wp-image-4839" title="20101205-100527.jpg" mce_src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/20101205-100527-298x400.jpg" alt="" width="298" height="400" style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-color: initial; " src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/20101205-100527-298x400.jpg" /></a></dt><dd class="wp-caption-dd" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 17px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 4px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 4px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">I love to be the first to put my foot prints in the snow. This year I put both foot and toe prints into the scene!</dd></dl></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It was like being a kid playing in the snow. The snow danced up and swirled around as my feet and toes flung its powder with each stride. I couldn't help but giggle with each pounce into the heavy snow. I imagined the&nbsp;coyotes pouncing after mice under the snow.&nbsp;They look like they are having so much fun - a game that I was enjoying as well ... minus the mice!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="mceTemp" draggable=""><dl id="attachment_4853" class="wp-caption alignleft" style="float: left; border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; border-top-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-right-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-bottom-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); text-align: center; background-color: rgb(243, 243, 243); padding-top: 4px; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 10px; border-top-left-radius: 3px 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px 3px; width: 310px; "><dt class="wp-caption-dt"><a mce_href="http://www.kristenwestlake.org/PHOTOGRAPHY_g112-Coyote_p273.html" target="_blank" href="http://www.kristenwestlake.org/PHOTOGRAPHY_g112-Coyote_p273.html"><img class="size-medium wp-image-4853" title="coyote in snow" mce_src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/coyote-in-snow-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-color: initial; " src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/coyote-in-snow-300x200.jpg" /></a></dt><dd class="wp-caption-dd" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 17px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 4px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 4px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">A coyote pouncing after his prey in the snow ... always looks like they are having so much fun!</dd></dl></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The scenery of the first snow was amazing, as it always is. The first snow never fails to awaken my senses as if experiencing the snow, winter air, and sight for the first time ... and yet its comfortable in my visit with it, as if it were an old familiar friend.</p> <p>When I knew my feet were going to have no issues with being cold I began to imagine actually being barefoot. What would that feel like against the snow? My warm feet running in cold snow ... hmm, what an idea and I was so intrigued as if hungry for trying it. At around 5 miles I took off my Vibrams and took my own dare. Ok, I took my own triple dog dare.</p> <p>What a sensation! I lasted for about 20 yards and got a little nervous at how incredibly chilling the snow was under and around my feet. I am however, quite certain that my feet would adapt fine and just as the feet get warm with work inside my Vibrams, they would stay warm as they worked in the snow. I am sure I will be testing this theory again &nbsp;....</p> <p>For now, if you hear laughter from the snowy trails, it may just be this crazy running chick who loves to feel her near barefoot feet dance in the snow.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8DI6Ajl4-SM?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/8DI6Ajl4-SM?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-first_snow_run_of_the_year_and_first_snow_run_ever_in_vibram_five_fing-24-122.htmlRunningSun, 05 Dec 2010 11:54:00 GMTKristen WestlakeBeginning's as a Minimalist - Running in Vibram Five FingersWelcome to my Running Blog at&nbsp;<a target="_blank" style="color: rgb(78, 137, 186); text-decoration: none; font-family: Tahoma; " href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com">Clear Water Outdoor</a>! &nbsp;Though this is my first post on this particular blog I've been a blogger for quite some time... I've also been a runner for a long long time, 31 years to be exact! New to me has been the minimalist running style but embrace it I have!&nbsp; <p style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.25em; margin-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.5em; "><br /> My first few blogs here are written with the intention to catch you up to where I am currently in barefoot and Vibram adventures.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> I started with a pair of&nbsp;<a target="_blank" style="color: rgb(78, 137, 186); text-decoration: none; font-family: Tahoma; " href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-vibram_fivefingers_sprint_womens-1541.html">Vibram Sprints</a>&nbsp;on June 24 of this year (2010). &nbsp;After running in traditional running shoes for all of my running years I was intrigued with the minimalist idea.&nbsp;<br /> I wrote this on June 24 as I looked forward to running the next day with less weight on my feet:&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.25em; margin-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.5em; text-align: center; "><a target="_blank" style="color: rgb(78, 137, 186); text-decoration: none; font-family: Tahoma; " href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-vibram_fivefingers_sprint_womens-1541.html"><input type="image" src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/five-finger.jpg" alt="Vibram_Sprints" /></a></p> <p style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.25em; margin-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.5em; ">I&rsquo;ve been a runner since age 15.. a trail runner .. thus my LOVE for trails in nature .. and I have always NATURALLY run with the balls of my feet hitting first ( that&rsquo;s what people call a &ldquo;toe runner&rdquo;). So most running shoes have driven me nuts because the cushioning is in the heel, .. um, where a few of us don&rsquo;t land (and no one really lands there naturally &hellip; ) &hellip;so these shoes fit like a glove! .. I always wished I could run &ldquo;feel&rdquo; the earth beneath my feet! &hellip; and we used to run that way a lot more than we do now .. but like most things, we have grown accustomed to a mechanical way of doing things &hellip; FiveFingers by Vibram, takes us back to nature.</p> <p style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.25em; margin-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.5em; ">Even the materials that are used in the very light product are &ldquo;microshield&rdquo; technology, which is antimicrobial.. they are machine washable .. hang them dry! .. Hey, I can use these to run trails and cross creeks! .. I am so ooo excited to try these out tomorrow!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center; ">&nbsp;</div> <object width="480" height="385"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/xO48vxMwGFc?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/xO48vxMwGFc?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-beginnings_as_a_minimalist_running_in_vibram_five_fingers-24-103.htmlRunningFri, 08 Oct 2010 12:01:00 GMTKristen WestlakePre - Turkey Trot Running Club, hosted by Clear Water Outdoor and Kristen Westlake<div style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font: normal normal normal 13px/19px Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0.6em; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0.6em; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "> <div class="mceTemp" draggable=""><dl id="attachment_4370" class="wp-caption alignleft" style="float: left; border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; border-top-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-right-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-bottom-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); text-align: center; background-color: rgb(243, 243, 243); padding-top: 4px; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 10px; border-top-left-radius: 3px 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px 3px; width: 241px; "><dt class="wp-caption-dt"><a mce_href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/news-detail-6th_annual_turkey_trot_5k,_10k,_junior_gobbler_1_mile-37.html" target="_blank" href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/news-detail-6th_annual_turkey_trot_5k,_10k,_junior_gobbler_1_mile-37.html"><img class="size-medium wp-image-4370" title="clear water outdoor turkey trot race" mce_src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/clear-water-outdoor-turkey-trot-race-231x300.jpg" alt="" width="231" height="300" style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-color: initial; " src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/clear-water-outdoor-turkey-trot-race-231x300.jpg" /></a></dt><dd class="wp-caption-dd" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 17px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 4px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 4px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">Clear Water Outdoor sponsored Turkey Trot - 5K and 10K Trail Run</dd></dl></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a mce_href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/news-detail-6th_annual_turkey_trot_5k,_10k,_junior_gobbler_1_mile-37.html" target="_blank" href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/news-detail-6th_annual_turkey_trot_5k,_10k,_junior_gobbler_1_mile-37.html">Turkey Trot 5 and 10K &nbsp;(register!)</a>&nbsp;races are just weeks away.&nbsp;<a mce_href="http://kristenwestlake.net/l5h" target="_blank" href="http://kristenwestlake.net/l5h">Clear Water Outdoor</a>, Don Armour, and &nbsp;I are forming a Running Club dedicated to the Turkey Trot runners. Below is the schedule that we plan to follow. The goal is to bring runners together, get familiar with the race course, &nbsp;share good times on the trails, &nbsp;and to raise awareness of the outdoors and of Big Foot! Join us for trail camaraderie on the dates below: I'll be the girl with the blonde pony tail wearing my beloved&nbsp;<a mce_href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/search-product.aspx?key=vibram" target="_blank" href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/search-product.aspx?key=vibram">Vibram Five Fingers</a>!<br /> <br /> All running times meet at&nbsp;<span mce_style="color: #ff0000;" style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0); ">9 am</span>. CWO is Clear Water Outdoor. BF is Big Foot.</p> <p>October 23 (Sat) - Meet at CWO<br /> October 27 (Wed) - Meet at BF<br /> October 30 (Sat) - Donny leads - Meet at CWO<br /> Nov 3 (Wed) - meet at BF<br /> Nov 7 (Sun) (not avail on 6th) - Meet at CWO<br /> Nov 10 (Wed) meet at BF<br /> Nov 13 (Sat) meet at CWO<br /> Nov 17 (Wed) meet at BF</p> <p>First 100 people registered for the Turkey Trot receive a $10 off coupon good for any regularly priced item(s) on clearwateroutdoor.com!<br /> ($20 minimum purchase required)</p> </div>http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-pre_turkey_trot_running_club,_hosted_by_clear_water_outdoor_and_kris-24-109.htmlRunningSun, 17 Oct 2010 15:19:00 GMTKristen WestlakeTracking the Turkey Trot race course at Big Foot State Park, Lake Geneva<div style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font: normal normal normal 13px/19px Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0.6em; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0.6em; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "> <p>The&nbsp;<a mce_href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/news-detail-6th_annual_turkey_trot_5k,_10k,_junior_gobbler_1_mile-37.html" target="_blank" href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/news-detail-6th_annual_turkey_trot_5k,_10k,_junior_gobbler_1_mile-37.html">sixth annual Turkey Trot</a>&nbsp;at the Big Foot Beach State Park is November 20.</p> <p>Hosted by the good folks at&nbsp;<a mce_href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com" href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com">Clear Water Outdoor</a>&nbsp;and Friends of Bigfoot, the &quot;Trot&quot; brought in over 500 runners to the event last year! The proceeds raised from The Big Foot Turkey Trot support the beautiful park and it's trails. Besides being &quot;run&quot; for a great cause the Turkey trot is a great time to gather with other nature and running enthusiasts.</p> <div class="mceTemp"><dl id="attachment_4494" class="wp-caption alignleft" style="float: left; border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; border-top-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-right-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-bottom-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); text-align: center; background-color: rgb(243, 243, 243); padding-top: 4px; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 10px; border-top-left-radius: 3px 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px 3px; width: 310px; "><dt class="wp-caption-dt"><a mce_href="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/20101023-081205.jpg" href="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/20101023-081205.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-4494" title="Big Foot State Park" mce_src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/20101023-081205-300x224.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="224" style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-color: initial; " src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/20101023-081205-300x224.jpg" /></a></dt><dd class="wp-caption-dd" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 17px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 4px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 4px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">Big Foot State Park - beautiful miles of trails and woods.</dd></dl></div> <p>The Turkey Trot is run on all (well mostly) trail with the exception of a few very short road segments. These segments simply lead you to the next awesome trail. Choose from either a 5K or a 10K. 5K translates to 3.1 miles and a 10K is a 6.2 mile run.</p> <p>Dave, co-owner of Clear Water Outdoor, met with Donny Armour and I yesterday to show us by running with us, the first 5K of the course. We tracked with our GPS apps the whole course but today will be doing a more accurate account ...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <div class="mceTemp"><dl id="attachment_4495" class="wp-caption alignleft" style="float: left; border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; border-top-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-right-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-bottom-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); text-align: center; background-color: rgb(243, 243, 243); padding-top: 4px; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 10px; border-top-left-radius: 3px 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px 3px; width: 210px; "><dt class="wp-caption-dt" style="text-align: left; "><a mce_href="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/20101023-081235.jpg" href="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/20101023-081235.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-4495" title="GPS of big foot state park turkey trot" mce_src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/20101023-081235-200x300.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="300" style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-color: initial; " src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/20101023-081235-200x300.jpg" /></a></dt><dd class="wp-caption-dd" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 17px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 4px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 4px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">the Turkey Trot course at Big Foot State Park</dd></dl></div> <p>I will be posting this track in the very near future for all of those individuals who want to be familiar with the course before race time!</p> </div> &nbsp; <object width="400" height="250"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/l6i8K1_yyNo?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/l6i8K1_yyNo?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="250"></embed></object>http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-tracking_the_turkey_trot_race_course_at_big_foot_state_park,_lake_gene-24-110.htmlRunningSat, 23 Oct 2010 15:54:00 GMTKristen WestlakeBlack Friday: Shopping kick or endorphin high? .... Do both? &nbsp; <div style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font: normal normal normal 13px/19px Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0.6em; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0.6em; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "> <div class="mceTemp"><dl id="attachment_4712" class="wp-caption alignleft" style="float: left; border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; border-top-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-right-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-bottom-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); text-align: center; background-color: rgb(243, 243, 243); padding-top: 4px; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 10px; border-top-left-radius: 3px 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px 3px; width: 210px; "><dt class="wp-caption-dt"><a href="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/20101126-022210.jpg" mce_href="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/20101126-022210.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-4712" title="20101126-022210.jpg" src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/20101126-022210-200x300.jpg" mce_src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/20101126-022210-200x300.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="300" style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-color: initial; " /></a></dt><dd class="wp-caption-dd" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 17px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 4px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 4px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">Chilly Post Thanksgiving Day run ... Vibram Treks are still keeping my toes toasty!</dd></dl></div> <p>Run Time: 45:24<br /> Stopped Time: 0:00<br /> Distance: 5.24 miles<br /> Average: 8:39 /mile<br /> Fastest Pace: 7:07 /mile<br /> Climb: 33 feet<br /> Calories: 494<br /> Official Route: No<br /> Notes: Bitterly cold wind today as we set off on a post Thanksgiving Day run. The run is 5.5 miles (tracked via car but my GPS now states it's 5.24 to 5.3). The open prairie of the country allows free reign for wind and today I remembered how winter running in high school was brutally strengthening both physically and mentally.<br /> Yes, this loop was my maiden voyage running route. It even goes through the little town that is home to the Middle School I attended, where I beat all the boys and girls in the 600 yard race in 6th grade. I was told that my race time also beat all the girls and all but one boy in the Jr High as well. ... He had me by 1 second.<br /> I always loved to run.<br /> Today that feeling of being born to run, and all of it's freedom was with me.<br /> As the first few miles warm me up, feeling slow as I break into a trot and then allowing my core to express whatever beauty wishes to exhibit forward.<br /> I forgot a wind layer but the wind soon warms as my layers of fleece and smart wool&nbsp;<a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-categories-womens-baselayer-142.html" mce_href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-categories-womens-baselayer-142.html" target="_blank">base layers</a>trap and adapt my body heat to brave the wind and the 19 degree morning. On my legs are my trusty tights with smart wool long John's underneath. Oh!, and my&nbsp;<a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-vibram_fivefingers_kso_trek_womens-4442.html" mce_href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-vibram_fivefingers_kso_trek_womens-4442.html" target="_blank">Vibram leather Treks</a>&nbsp;are warm enough still, providing wind shield and warmth to the heat that my feet give off.</p> <div class="mceTemp"><dl id="attachment_4707" class="wp-caption alignleft" style="float: left; border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; border-top-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-right-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-bottom-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); text-align: center; background-color: rgb(243, 243, 243); padding-top: 4px; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 10px; border-top-left-radius: 3px 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px 3px; width: 310px; "><dt class="wp-caption-dt"><a href="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/20101126-121032.jpg" mce_href="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/20101126-121032.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-4707" title="20101126-121032.jpg" src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/20101126-121032-300x293.jpg" mce_src="http://kristenwestlake.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/20101126-121032-300x293.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="293" style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-color: initial; " /></a></dt><dd class="wp-caption-dd" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 17px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 4px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 4px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">a few miles warm up and then progressively feeling that freedom!</dd></dl></div> <p>So every mile after the first two felt more and more strong, yet I still hold something in reserve... Which is good. I want to feel what it feels like to just run strong, feeling like I could run that way forever, not spending it all like I would in a race ... And then see what that translates to in time.<br /> Every mile gets faster. The first is a warmup as is the second but the average mile after is progressively faster as I feel my own strength inside ... My core does it all as if I'm not using any muscles... I dance down onto my toes and fly forward, leading from the heart.</p> </div>http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-black_friday_shopping_kick_or_endorphin_high_do_both_-24-120.htmlRunningFri, 26 Nov 2010 19:36:00 GMTKristen Westlake