Dawg. Where do I even begin?
Anyone who knows me as a runner, knows about my love affair with the Nike Free. Nowadays, I keep a few different types of kicks in the rotation for different types of runs. However, back in the day I was a committed and content one-shoe man.
I started running towards the end of 2009 and like most people, I picked the shoe that looked cool as opposed to getting fitted by a professional. As I now know, that probably wasn't the smartest thing to do. As a matter of fact, i'm pretty confident that my poor choice in footwear had at the very least, something to do with my 8 week stint in physical therapy prior to my first marathon.
My therapist at the time took one look at my gait analysis and suggested that I get back to the basics. She urged that I try a minimal shoe so that I could focus on foot strike and cadence. With my first marathon on the horizon, I was desperate and would have done anything that she suggested in order to make it to the starting line.
Over the next few weeks, we built back up slowly focusing on form and technique. In addition, there was also a ton of rolling, stretching and strength involved in getting me back into fighting shape. Although I was concerned that I wouldn't finish the entire 26.2 miles, with my new found knowledge and physical fitness I decided to give it a shot.
That fall I officially became a marathoner. A Chicago Marathoner at that, which should hold a little bit of weight, am I right? Being the superstitious dude that I am, I proceeded to run my next 6 marathons, and three 50k's in my beloved Nike Frees.
This morning's Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit launch took place directly across the street from Buckingham Fountain, at Queen's Landing. 12 Woodway Treadmills were set up facing east looking out onto the horizon over Lake Michigan. Over the next 45 minutes. Coach Robyn of Edge Athlete Lounge led us through a series of intervals designed to strengthen our fast twitch muscles.
At one point she directed us to lock in the pace and "Run towards the runner that we want to be." Thinking back on this morning, that phrase really seems to have hit home. I want to be strong, and rest assure, I'm working on it.
For those who couldn't make it out, see below for some pics. I'm looking forward to sharing these types of experiences with the crew once marathon training kicks off.