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10th-Nov-2011 02:52 pm
language, voyage
I have a couple of posts of actual substance fighting their way to the top of the mental queue, but they'll probably take a while to get there. So, have a few brief notes and links instead:

While I have to admit that the geek in me loves the idea of the music genome project, Last.fm has recently been kicking Pandora's butt at actually introducing me to new music that I like. Because Last.fm has so much more music available on it. Although this is forcing me to confront the fact that there are an alarming number of German Sisters of Mercy clones, and that I kind of love them all. Sometimes it ain't about originality.

Somebody at snorgtees is determined to put increased pressure on my already overflowing t-shirt drawer. Do I want the I heart heart Gallifrey shirt? Or the Knock Knock shirt?

This article describes what's been going on with my left hip far better than anything else I've come across in my internet researches. Trochanteric bursitis? Check. Tight tensor fascia lata? Check. Sore gluteus medius? Check. I think it would be smart to add a few gluteus medius specific exercises to my routine for the next few weeks. (And to train myself to stop crossing my left leg over my right knee when I sit.) And if I do end up having to go back to the orthopedist, I'll show him this article and see what he thinks of it. (To his credit, when I saw him last, he did do the standard test for gluteus medius weakness, which is to see if you can hold your pelvis level while standing on one foot with the knee slightly bent. My guess is that I'm kind of a borderline case - strong enough to pass the test, but not quite strong enough to hold up to a long running session.)

Fit and Feminist has a lovely post on runner Lauren Fleshman, posted just after I stumbled across this Nike ad featuring Fleshman. I sort of love the line, "I'm not a small pink version of a man. Don't give me small pink versions of a man's running shoe." Even though I'm not entirely sure what it means. (I've been giving some serious thought to buying myself some men's running shoes, because so many women's running shoes don't come in wide sizes. I've read articles claiming that women's feet are different from men's, and that women's running shoes are designed to take into account these important differences. I am somewhat skeptical.)
11th-Nov-2011 03:53 am (UTC)
I'm inclined to say that if men's shoes fit you better than women's shoes, then whatever sex-based differences exist between men's feet and women's feet do not, in fact, apply to your feet. I mean, sure -- women's feet tend to be smaller and perhaps narrower. The only other difference I can think of has nothing to do with the feet; women's pelvises tend to be wider, and therefore we have something of a different stride. To anyone who says this is a reason why we need special sex-differentiated shoes, I say, go read the research on how we're better off running in minimal shoes or no shoes at all, rather than highly-engineered ones.

In other words, buy a shoe that's wide enough for your foot. I'm skeptical that it would be a problem.
11th-Nov-2011 05:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think women on average tend to pronate more, but my stride is actually quite neutral. The irony is that it's actually the minimalist shoes that I'm having the hardest time finding in wide sizes. And for those I'm nearly certain that the only differences between the men's and women's models are the color choices available.

My personal trainer is a big proponent of minimalist shoes. I've always found the research intriguing, but as long as I was running in conventional shoes with no problems, I took the attitude of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." I'm still not certain whether my recent hip issues constitute the right kind of broken to merit this particular fix, but since I'm restricting myself to slow and easy runs right now anyway, this would be a good opportunity to get adjusted to a new style of shoe.
11th-Nov-2011 09:47 am (UTC)
I'm not at all a runner, but found myself reading "Born to Run." It's quite inspirational, and suggests running shoes are Bad Things. Recommend the book even if its thesis is overhyped/ untrue. It's a great read!
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