There is a belief that if you run in cushioned shoes you can't use minimalist shoes.
This statement is false.
You can run with cushioned shoes and use minimalist shoes the rest of the day.
This debate is old, from when I started with minimalism, but Jorge brought it to my mind a few days ago.
He told me about his experience with carbon plate shoes. How he was able to run injury free with them, allowing him to accumulate quality training sessions on a daily basis and he said:
'It's not as black as you paint it, I support you in that minimalist running shoes give more:
And it goes on.
'Cushioned shoes for people who train at the top of their game can get you to 110% with the plate and reactive foam. PROVIDED YOU HAVE GOOD RUNNING TECHNIQUE, TRAIN STRENGTH 3 DAYS A WEEK, AS WELL AS STABILIZING MUSCLES. (The proof is in the fact that I have never been injured and I imagine there will be more cases)'.
The capital letters are Jorge's and he puts them there because running technique, strength and stabiliser work are key if you want to stay away from injuries.
Of the plate cushioned shoes he also says:
'They have so much foam that they are super unstable and it's hard to even turn the streets in competitions, an animal, even so I end up getting used to them. I've been running since I was 14 years old, I'm 36 and I've never been injured, I've been wearing this type of shoe for 6 or 7 years and I've improved my performance a lot'.
What do I mean by this?
That if you're like Jorge, a crack at what he does, capable of training at full capacity every day, with an enviable running technique, who compensates his body with strength exercises, who has never been injured and who seeks to find your limits... use what gives you the best performance.
But if you're like me, an ordinary, average guy who gets injured every now and then, you'd better get healthy.
It's more profitable in the long run.
Jorge's comparison fits like a glove.
'Use the Volvo station wagon every day for work because it is more comfortable and safer for you, and at the weekend take the Ferrari, but in moderation and on time, because it consumes more fuel, is more dangerous on the road and is very cool.'
Just keep in mind that the Volvo will never be able to catch up with the Ferrari, but it will last longer and you will be able to drive more kilometres in your lifetime safely.'
A crack, and not just in running.
The Volvo ranchera that Jorge uses: Addis for everyday use and Addis Oxford for more elegant occasions.
Also for women here.
Health starts with your feet.
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