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Thursday, July 28, 2016

like running in flip flops

More on running form. But isn’t that what we’re here for? 

Do you remember that moment when you first tried to run in flip flops as a kid and it was nearly impossible—they either flew right off and you burned the soles of your bare feet on the hot blacktop or they tangled up and tripped you, skinning your knees… Then you tried squeezing your toes together as you ran and that helped a little—keeping the flip flops on but making it hard to run. Maybe that’s as far as you got that summer. Maybe it took a few more hot summers in flip flops to let go—to spread your toes, to reach out with them like the claws that they are, to set your feet free—and the flip flops stayed on—and you ran…

I had that feeling again on a recent run—that claws out feeling. Strangely, maybe, I was wearing my running shoes. But they’re appropriately not too tight and they’re just stating to get broken in nice and cozy—around 300 miles so far. 

Just another joyful running epiphany… (epiFootny?) 

5 comments:

amidnightrider.com said...

I have all those problems walking in flip flops. I only wear them in the shower room at the gym.

JAM said...

Remember my new running shoes I bought in the dark at Dick's? I still haven't taken them out for a spin. July has been one lazy month. I gotta get back to it in August.

mindful mule said...

Thanks, Midnight. Try Crocs clogs...

Thanks, JAM. One last weekend in July - go for it...

John Romeo Alpha said...

We definitely need a word for "that feeling of trying to run in flip-flops for the first time." Flopomotion? Flopogasted? Toestration?

mindful mule said...

Thanks, JRA. I like "flopomotion!" I'm somehow reminded of the scene from Forest Gump where he's running down the road as a kid and his leg braces start flying all apart - freedom!