Thursday, May 12, 2011

Lea Salonga Wears FiveFingers and Nike Free

Just want to share a nice article (an interview with Lea Salonga) from  Inquirer.  What I find interesting is that Lea is adopting minimalist running and how it has helped her in keeping a healthy lifestyle.  Here's an excerpt
In the past, I had always dreaded the treadmill—dreaded to the point of hatred. It was boring. My knees would knock together (I blame genetics for this), and looking at myself square in the mirror while running just left a bad taste in my mouth. I felt awkward, like a newborn giraffe that hasn’t found his feet yet. I’m also flatfooted, which means that to this day, I still haven’t found my own feet. (Again, I blame genetics. Proof of this is a horde of Salonga relatives who share this same condition.)

Now at 40, I find myself wanting to know a bit more about running. My trainer says it’s one of the best fitness exercises, not to mention that more than a few celebrities tweet about their track times and distances. So yeah, I’m a bit envious, wanting to achieve something similar.

I started researching—watching YouTube videos on proper technique and reading on high intensity interval training (HIIT). I buy different pairs of shoes: Stability, Motion Control, Extra Cushioning, name it I probably have it. I have arch supports, orthotics and insoles. Then I bought a pair of Vibram FiveFingers (on the advice of my husband who was advised by a friend/barefoot running advocate), as well as Nike Free shoes. Both shoes force the runner to strike with the forefoot or midfoot, purportedly the more proper way to run.

Well, I guess they’re working. My trainer notices that I’m running faster (those shoes are super light), and save for soreness in my legs after the first couple of times, I feel stronger. It probably won’t be too long before I sign up for my first charity fun run. Maybe.
Seems that we will be seeing her on a road race soon.  You may read the rest of the story here


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