You learn some useful things through running, about your body, which gear is best for particular conditions, what to eat and when to fuel and refuel. An example of the above, I know when getting up early to breakfast and travel for a long event or race I'll get a bowel movement 20-25mins after breakfast...... so I can factor this into my alarm time. No good getting a rumbling gut when your already on the road. More than you needed to know about me maybe, but I bet you know your own "post-breakfast crap window" too :¬0
Away from the bodyshock - today I learned something about a brand of road shoes I'm surprised doesn't constitute a design flaw. Mizuno shoes I've owned seem to have that groove underneath the heel. The disadvantage is big stones get stuck in. However, they are light, comfy and responsive so I tend to keep buying them. Today I turned up for a club run, ran about 400yards through fresh snow and had the feeling of large stones stuck in the grooves of both shoes, felt so big that I was running on the stones rather than the shoes. I stopped and checked it out and snow had been compacted in the groove, filled it up beyond the bottom of the grip to form a hard, annoying, mini cuban-heel. Has this ever bothered anybody else? Thankfully I soon got over this, hardened the f**ck up, but ..... where am I going with this, don't know, but its a strange flaw for a big sportswear manufacturer who supposedly test these things...... except obviously in fresh snow. Back to trail shoes in snow from now on. Wonder if there is good money in independent design consultation.