Sounds like you guys had a great experience. I was thinking of you this week. I am currently reading a book called "born to run" by christopher mcdougall. Its a really inspiring book on running, specifically marathons and ultra marathons. In the book they talk about a group of Mexican Indians who run 50 - 100 miles with much less effort than many professional runners. They talk about barefoot running in the book and using the vibram 5-finger shoes like Todd wears. In the book they talk about how barefoot running helped correct common foot ailments like flat feet and plantar faciitis (which you mentioned you had). When people ran barefoot (and with good form), flat feet began to arch correctly and symptoms of plantar faciitis decreased (I believe the author of the book is the one whose plantar faciitis went away and he started doing 80 mile ultramarathons without pain). The book cites research that states running shoes are actually the cause of many foot ailments because the human foot is designed to be barefoot. I have knee pain when I run, so I will try to improve my form first to see if that works, and at some point I will try running with the vibram 5 fingers shoes to see if I notice an improvement.
I just thought you might find the book interesting and perhaps it might be of help for your plantar faciitis. If nothing else, the book is well written, a national best seller, and hard to put down.
Me and Ilene will be joining you guys again soon for a hike. We had an unusually busy summer and longer work weeks at our jobs...but work hours will lessen in October and free us up. Take care!!!! See you soon.
From: Robert <[address removed]>
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Sent: Tue, Sep 6,[masked]:46 pm
Subject: [hiking-484] Trip Report for Puerto Suello Trail Maintenance (September 3-5)
This Labor Day weekend's trail work trip to the Puerto Suello Trail was a rousing success! Detailed trip report can be found at the following link on the V.W.A. trail crew forum:
Many heartfelt thanks to the following individuals who braved the summer heat and those pesky face flies to join us for trail work:
Your spirit of volunteerism and willingness to give back to the wilderness is very much appreciated. Look forward to seeing you again on future work trips!
And to those of you who are interested in joining us for future trail work trips, stay tuned for more details on upcoming trips throughout the remainder of 2011 and into 2012.
Trail Crew Leader
Ventana Wilderness Alliance
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