If this were a Harry Potter movie, you might say my newest minimalist footwear have become "saint-like." But according to Barefoot Josh, my first pair of running socks are now "properly seasoned."
After last night's frigid four-miler, I discovered a hole in the heal of my left sock. This particular pair has now endured 16 miles of running. At $12 per eight-pack ($1.50 per pair), these socks have offered a value of slightly more than 9 cents per mile before showing signs of deterioration.
What I'm wondering, though, is if you can parse some knowledge about your running form by looking at the wear pattern of a sock, as you supposedly can by looking at the wear pattern on the sole of a traditional running shoe. That is, does this hole in the heal mean I'm heal-striking too much? And since it formed only in the one sock, am I favoring one leg over the other?
As I continue to search for my "one best way of running," as Alberto Salazar once said, I seek any clue that might hint toward a tweak in form, balance or cadence. One thing I've notice about running in socks is that my feet have a tendency to slide a bit, basically emphasizing the need to "lift up" and not "push off" during each stride. It's almost like running in sand.
On a completely different note, I've been adding lightpole intervals to my last two runs. While it's too early to glean the results, my average pace this week has been about a minute faster on the same route compared to prior weeks. If anything, it's probably just consistency, but the improvement is nice to see.
Wherein you folks need to step up your collective game because certain commentators are hogging all the space here
Jamoosh needs a bit of a clarification about my piles of exclamations: "Would you say you squealed like a little girl at a Justin Bieber concert or squealed like a little girl who has just witnessed her older brother doing something gross?"
Answer: I'd say it was more like a little girl who just found her favorite doll dangling by a noose.
Happy Hour is nearly upon us, teammates! Have a finely brewed weekend. Run well and drink well. Cheers!