May 5, 2011 Peter

Hitting The Asphalt On The Nike Frees

The sun is out and it’s time to put my feet to the asphalt. Maybe it’s how i’ve been reared but I don’t like running in the shade. (My dad was a navy seal) Anyone can run in the shade and when the temperature is “nice” but it’s a lot more difficult to run during the hottest part of the day. If you can handle running on asphalt at 100 degrees then you can run even farther when it’s cooler.

Because running in the heat of the day can be so stressful on the body I typically run in parking lots. The reason is because it forces you to run in somewhat of a circle. You can place your water, towel and even pushup bars in a central place. The most dangerous thing that you can do is to find your place in desperate need of water and not being able to get to it. (I’ve been in that place and it isn’t fun AT ALL.)

What I like about parking lots is that you can create your own trail. You can zig zag between cars and light posts, you can run up and down the parking lines and you don’t worry about where you find yourself.

My shoe of choice is the Nike Free. They are the only shoes that have found that don’t cause my knees to hurt. I, of course bring a lot of water to drink. Here’s my typical running routine:

Stretch
Run, Run, Run
Pushups
Water
Run Backwards (remember to stay on your toes)
Water
Pushups
Feet together squats (toes and heels are touching) When you go down touch your fingers to the ground.
Water
Run, Run, Run
Pushups
Water
Keep going till you can’t run anymore.

I’d like to hear your thoughts on running.

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