Thanks neckhammer for the encouragement! I know there are worse things for me than meal replacing with a protein powder shake. I really like it for delivery of some veggies too with spinach and frozen cauliflower.
jenn--If I had 5 weeks til race and tendinitis I would take 2 weeks and bike or swim or elliptical during that time to get off the foot. Your foot will not get better. I had it too before my Utah race in my left foot on the inside. I walked almost 2 weeks-I still had to take the dogs out for my business so I had to keep moving but I did not really run. My trainer backed off anything that would irritate it. Everytime I sat down I would elevate it with ice.
canuck--I appreciate pose but I tried it for 2 years and it was so unnatural for me. I really had to go against what EVERYONE was saying in the running world and kind of meditate on my own run about each body part and where it felt best in my run position. I heel strike--I am not a slamming heel striker. I have shorter efficient stride, very quiet. As long as my back is tall and my body is sitting over my hips, I am good. It is the most comfortable I can run. Trying to change my strike and minimalize my shoes led to a double stress fracture for me--I did it slow and steady like I read. I just don't think it is for everyone. I do try to focus on the heel rise and not the foot strike. I know that sounds weird but by ordering it in my head that way I think I land softer.
I was never a gazelle like runner as a kid--you know the look of complete abandon of a wiley, stringy kid flying across a field or whatever. I watch my kids and it is the same things-we are more moose than gazelle I just don't like someone telling me what is "natural" for me to run like when what they are telling me to do makes me not want to run. That doesn't seem natural to me. I think that is what draws me to trail running-nothing is conventional, every foot strike is different and it builds foot and ankle strength because of that.
Okay, so that said, I know pose can help some people but I don't think it is a better way for everyone. Just like minimalist can be freeing for some people, some of us like a hearty shoe.
I got a spot in my 10 miler this Sat! Yay! The last number