This blog as might be apparent from the title has to do with running, biking and basically other outdoor individualistic sports, sometimes extreme, such as rock climbing . But don't be surprised if you find articles on work, personal life, music and even philosophy, this blog is an exception in this aspect in the blogosphere of running blogs and I am trying to revamp the blog to make it more runner friendly. You might want to look at the sidebar titled 'categorised', which as is obvious, categorizes my posts into different areas of interest.
The other thing that might interest many people is a section on 'running videos' and 'general videos' on the side bar, which I keep updating now and then.
I plan to bring in more posts on running and biking, with some added colour, so as to make them 'complete'. That's about it for now.
As a post-note, I have run a half-marathon, but I am yet to attempt a marathon, which through some concerted effort and time should happen in the future, but that ofcourse is not the culmination of this blog, it would on the contrary be something to jumpstart this blog onto new vistas.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


Felt good. 10 minutes. A lesiure pace around the campus. Got a couple of comments from bystanders, which is usual. Don't know how my legs would respond, since I was mostly running on the pavement. My guess is it would be atleast two days before I can run again.


EP/ UK said...

This post is the one you were talking about?

Why, is pavement bad for running?

EP/ UK said...

My guess is you were talking about the one on the other blog? Have yet to read them. Mid-terms :(

Arbit said...

yep.. I was just typing that here.. When you commented again. Legs will take more pounding, whether you are wearing shoes or not, when you run on a hard surface(such as asphalt or concrete) as against on a soft surface(such as sand and hard mud). But the trade off comes in terms of speed. You obviously will have difficulty running in the sand but your legs wont take pounding either.

The other extreme is running or asphalt, you will be faster but the pounding is much more.

The better option or lets say the middle path is running on trails, where the mud is neither too hard nor too soft that your legs sink in.

Now as for barefoot vs shoes goes,
the pounding is more pronounced when you are not wearing shoes, but then your form also gets better. So here again, we see a trade off between pounding and form(which has to do with the efficient ways of running). I guess I can turn this into a post, because barefoot running has other technicalities associated, which I can't go into now :D

To summarise:
Barefoot running(without experience)+ asphalt = worst case scenario
Barefoot running(with experience) + mud running = A long term best case scenario.

Shoes + asphalt/mud running falls in between

Kennenisa Bekele with the WR

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