*STICKY* Parts of a Running Shoe

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shoe-parts

Parts of a running shoe? If you want to be a true shoe geek, you must learn a little anatomy of a typical running shoe. I tried to keep this as simple as possible because some of the technical terminology is even beyond my understanding!

As a model, I used my current New Balance m880v3 shoes (yes, I’m a version behind but I love them) for the pictorial representation. Below are short descriptions of each part going in a clockwise direction 😉

Upper – The top part of the shoe that keeps your foot in place
Midsole – The layer of material between the outsole and the insole
Outsole – The bottom part of the shoe
Toe Cap – A decorative strip of material across the toe of the shoe
Toe Box – The part of the shoe that holds and protects the toes
Laces – A cord that passes through the eyelets that draw the shoe closed
Eyelets – These are holes where the shoelaces pass through
Tongue – A strip of material found under the laces of the shoe
Collar – The material around the opening of the shoe
Lining – The inside layer of the shoe

 

My Groin Injury Journey Part 2 – Hitting the Pause Button

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Well, well…I finally went to the doctor (August 9th, Wednesday) instead of being my usual hard headed self (trying to run through an injury). Just by reading information on groin injuries, from medical websites, I knew reducing my mileage was not an option. A complete stop of my running was needed (a runners WORST nightmare).

The doctor confirmed the need for rest and my question was, “Just how serious is my groin injury and when can I start running again?” After going over my symptoms (pain when running, pain when lifting my leg up while laying down, blah, blah, blah!), the doc pressed different areas of my abdomen for pain…nothing! Then I performed range of motion movements, stretches and balance testing with minimal discomfort.

The doctor’s opinion was that I had a muscular strain in the groin area (no tear). Her care instructions were:

  • Over the counter Tylenol or ibuprofen for pain/inflammation.
  • Heat or ice for comfort.
  • Rest (avoid activity that increases pain) – 2 weeks off from running (T_T)
  • Light stretching:
    Short and long adductor stretches.
    Hip flexors and swinging leg stretches.
  • Physical therapy if needed.
  • Follow-up if pain persists or worsens.

In conclusion, the My Groin Pain Journey continues but with no suspense or drama. I need rest. If I can’t run, I guess it’s time for some power walking but I need to stay active (Yeah, yeah, I know walking is for women and senior citizens). I will post again towards the end of August, My Groin Pain Journey Part 3, when I start running again. So, as the Ventures said, “Walk Don’t Run!”

My Groin Injury Journey Part 1 – From 12 miles to Zero!

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This is my first running injury that does not involve my lower legs. I have a bad feeling that this injury is going to linger for awhile. I decided to keep a log to document the process and hopefully help others who might suffer from this injury or something similar.

I’m not one hundred percent certain that my groin injury was caused by running but I’m pretty sure it was and when it happened. Let’s back up to July 28th (Friday) when I ran intervals…90 sec jog/30 sec sprint/60 walk (9 sets). In hindsight, maybe I should have increased my pace for 90 seconds instead of all out sprinting.

I believe the sprinting is the cause of my groin problems though the pain didn’t come immediately. On July 30th (Sunday) I ran an easy 5 miles and everything seemed fine. Several hours later, I saw an approaching car while crossing the street, and tried jogging across. There was a sharp pain, intense enough, where I had to stop and walk. The pain was centered in the groin area (left side).

My first thought was, “I have a groin pull” so, not wanting to take any chances, I completely stopped running. What’s funny (or not) is that I can walk pain free for miles but if I run even 2 steps, the sharp pain comes back. There is some pain when laying down and lifting my left leg. For some reason there is pain, at night, when I flip from my back, to my side or stomach in bed. I didn’t notice any swelling or bruising.

Okay, I lied! I didn’t completely stop running. On August 2 (Wednesday), I tried slow jogging and lasted only 50 seconds before I had to stop. The pain wasn’t excruciating but it wasn’t worth the risk of a more serious injury. I started do some research and was scared at what I was reading…torn muscule, hernia, a rupture, stress fracture, yikes!

I emailed my doctor and he told me to make an appointment. So a visit to my doctor, tomorrow (August 9th, Wednesday), will hopefully result in a diagnosis and treatment. I have a feeling that an MRI will be needed since groin pain could mean many, many different conditions. Stay tuned…

Upcoming Races August 2017 – Oahu

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upcoming races

Maunawili Out and Back 22 mile
22-Mile Trail Run | Pali Lookout
Saturday, August 5th  2017 at 7:00 a.m.
hurthawaii.com

Maunawili Out and Back 22 mile Relay
22-Mile 2-person Trail Relay | Pali Lookout
Saturday, August 5th  2017 at 7:00 a.m.
hurthawaii.com

Boca Hawaii – Norman Tamanaha 15k
BIOASTIN Marathon Readiness Series 1-of-5
15k Road Run | Kapiolani Park
Sunday, August 6th 2017 at 6:00 a.m.
808racehawaii.com

Coconut Chase 8k
8K Run/Walk | Sand Island Recreation Area
Sunday, August 27th  2017 at 8:00 a.m.
tropicaltriplecrown.com

List, Lists, Lists – World Faster Runners: Top Women’s 200m Times

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 TimeAthleteCountryRace LocationDate
121.34Florence Griffith-JoynerUSASeoul29 Sep 1988
221.56Florence Griffith-JoynerUSASeoul29 Sep 1988
321.62Marion JonesUSAJohannesburg11 Sep 1998
421.63Dafne SchippersNetherlandsBeijing28 Aug 2015
521.64 Merlene OtteyJamaicaBruxelles13 Sep 1991
621.66Merlene OtteyJamaicaZürich15 Aug 1990
621.66Elaine Thompson JamaicaBeijing28 Aug 2015
821.69Allyson FelixUSAEugene30 Jun 2012
921.71Marita KochEast GermanyKarl-Marx-Stadt10 Jun 1979
921.71Marita KochEast GermanyPotsdam21 Jul 1984
921.71Heike DrechslerEast GermanyJena29 Jun 1986
921.71Heike DrechslerEast GermanyStuttgart29 Aug 1986

List, Lists, Lists – World Faster Runners: Top Men’s 200m Times

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 TimeAthleteCountryRace LocationDate
119.19Usain BoltJamaicaBerlin20 Aug 2009
219.26Yohan BlakeJamaicaBruxelles16 Sep 2011
319.30Usain BoltJamaicaBeijing 20 Aug 2008
419.32Michael JohnsonUSAAtlanta01 Aug 1996
419.32Usain BoltJamaicaLondon09 Aug 2012
519.40Usain BoltJamaicaDaegu03 Sep 2011
619.44Yohan BlakeJamaicaLondon09 Aug 2012
719.53Walter DixUSABruxelles16 Sep 2011
819.54Yohan BlakeJamaicaBruxelles07 Sep 2012
919.55Usain BoltJamaicaBeijing 27 Aug 2015