Monday, October 18, 2010

Chicago Marathon 2010 time lapse runner


Uploaded by mikesrightbrain on Oct 12, 2010

I ran the Chicago Marathon on October 10, 2010 with an HD camera strapped to my head. I compiled this timelapse from the photos taken every two seconds throughout the journey. I did my best to hold my head steady during the entire run, but it was not easy!
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Very cool!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Volunteering at Chicago Marathon 10.10.10

After running the Chicago Marathon 4 times I have expanded my running horizons and got involved with volunteering. This year I am back again as the co-captain of Aid Station #9, at mile 12.5 of the Chicago Marathon.

This is a brief photo-documentary of one of 19 aid stations along the course.

Jump to Flickr gallery...or click the photos below to scroll through the documentary.

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A big shout out to Coach Jenny Hadfield for soliciting runners and volunteers for their favorite 25 Tips for Volunteering in a Race

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Quad Cities Half Marathon 2010.09.27

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Chicago Half Marathon 2010.09.13

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Free State 40 Mile Trail Run, Lawrence, KS

Been a while since I made a video. Enjoy...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Trying out my new running shoes...

Going out to break in my new Vibram Five Finger running shoes.


Quick Review:

Comfortable. Lightweight. Good feel.

Has just enough protection to take the bite out of stepping on sharp objects; pointy rocks, fallen branches, pieces of glass, etc. But flexible enough to feel like you’re almost barefoot.

Takes some getting used to just to get them on your feet, slipping your toes into each “finger”. They fit like driving gloves—a bit snug, but flexible enough that you can forget they are on your feet.

The shoes give you good feedback on your gait with the trade off that they are less forgiving of mistakes. It’s kind of like taking your car and lowing the suspension, stiffing the shocks, and using racing tires – you get a better feel of the road and, consequently, can respond to it better and (for most people) makes it more fun to drive. The downside of driving a race car is, your car no longer skids in the corners if you make a mistake—it snaps out of control. Potholes aren’t absorbed by the suspension—they’re transferred to the seat.

If you strike your heel (like I usually do), the jolt is no longer absorbed by the inch+ of cushion on your shoe and dispersed throughout—the strike is sent as a jolt up your leg into your hips. The upside is that you know—immediately—to plant your foot under you (not in font).

It forces you to be deliberate about your running gait with the idea that eventually the proper gait will become habit/natural for you.

I’ll go out on a limb and say they are not for everyone and are squarely aimed at the serious, and more technical, runner. But, like a sports car, there is a “fun” factor.

I think the biggest surprise to me is how thin the sole really is. You feel *everything* -- cracks in the sidewalk, small rocks, twigs. This also means I have to start with low mileage on these shoes—it’s not really a replacement for everyday running shoes at this point.

More to come....