Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hiking without boots

When I first moved to Colorado (back in 2000!), I was really excited to do a lot of hiking. Mike and I went hiking a lot - we were smitten with the mountains and it was free entertainment for a couple of broke grad students. I loved it, but I always came home with sore knees and hips. I also had a really hard time descending and always blamed my lack of coordination, poor balance, and a healthy dose of fear.

I started out with leather hiking boots but eventually switched to trail runners, then to Chaco sandals, and finally to some fairly flat Puma sneakers. As my footwear got more minimal, I noticed that I was less sore after hikes, even long ones, and that I was more sure-footed and faster going downhill. But this weekend I tried hiking in my most minimal sneakers yet, my Prios from Xero Shoes, and it was even better. My old Pumas were pretty flat, but in the Prios, my feet could spread out more and the sole was thin enough that I could really feel the ground. I've never felt so comfortable moving on uneven terrain (even chasing after unpredictable small people) as I did in these. I also had no soreness at all, probably because being able to feel the ground allowed me to land softly and deliberately with each step, so there there were no jarring movements.

This sounds like a paid endorsement maybe, but I promise, I just really like these shoes, and the whole idea of minimal footwear. I wish I could get back all those years of sore knees and stumbles!


row 500 / run 400
crawling lunge
10 KB swings or snatches
double KB overhead lunge
10 TGUs or windmills
10 goblet squats
5 pull-ups or push-ups or dips


power clean 3-2-5x1


5 push-ups between strength sets

Group Workout


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