I pulled out a bucket of old shoes the other day and found my last pair of running shoes that I ran in. A pair of Solomon trail shoes. The first thing that I noticed was how beat they were. This morning as I stepped out of the shower applied some ASSOS chamois butter to my feet. Yes I know the last post I wrote about was USANA hand cream, and now I am using butt cream? Ok when you stop laughing, I have a point to make. I was pondering how I have treated my feet. Yes, I thought, quite close to those pair of Solomon running shoes. No wonder I have been fighting cracks and dry skin.
I continue to experiment with creams to use on my feet. Not really out of curiosity, but more out of the fact that I ran out of the USANA cream. So Rich Hurd my good friend and tri-freak was happy to lend me a container of butt butter. “Here try this he said” and I said Ok. “But if you don’t like it, bring it back” I heard him say as I ran off down the street. The main ingredient is Almond Oil. Cool I thought.
The cream took a bit of getting used to, as the feel is much different than the USANA cream. I am digging it and only have one reservation. That is the smell. It was the first thing my wife said to me when I came to bed after applying it for the first time. “I am not sure I like that stuff, it smells” she said, I said “yea I know.”
The other thing I was pondering was my trip to my friend Molly Simpson who has been my massage therapist. The last time I saw her I was training for my first attempt at running the St. George Marathon barefoot. As many of you know my first attempt ended in an injury that took quite a bit of time to heal. The good thing is that She set me up on a blind date with the former Michelle Cheney, who is now Michelle Carroll, YES! So I was wondering what she might have to say as I have not been to see her as a client for more than a year.
I asked her to let me know any differences that she could sense, or feel in my body, and in my feet since we last met. Also you should know that I was embarrassed when we used to meet each week because of how bad my right foot looked. My foot was looking good so no embarrassment. So here was here assessment. “Your body fat must be down to about 2% or so” she said. I immediately felt the sides of my belly. “Ok, but maybe not my mid section” I said laughing. Now this is what surprised me. “Your bones have shifted and moved, and are much bigger.” I thought she would have commented on the muscle structure, but she did not, just the bones. Cool I thought.
I went for a run the next day on a new trail that I had not seen before. I felt strong and fast. My confidence in my feet and legs and lungs and body continues to grow. In May an ultra 50K is going to be run in Camp Williams and I am contemplating running it as a birthday present. I will have just turned 42 years old.