Hammy pull: I have a slight hamstring strain from an uphill hike yesterday (I'm pretty sure that's what it's from). I wore my vibrams and had to shorten my stride a little because of the rocky terrain (I do live in the middle of the ROCKY Mountains) and I think that's what tweaked it. Although, I'm not positive because I didn't feel it until this morning. Anyway, blah blah blah, my point is that I might not sprint tomorrow, and thinking about it, this will be the first time in 2 years that I might not sprint because of a tweak. Yes, that's bragging. No, I could give a toot about a 'streak' or anything like that. It just made me realize how tweak/injury free I've been the past few years, and how this has mostly to do with my low risk approach to exercise. As I've mentioned before on this blog, I would get tweaks often enough when I wore a backpack full of weights while doing explosive dips, pullups, or clapping pushups. Luckily nothing serious, but the potential for injury was much, much higher. If I can build the same strength in a much safer and efficient manner, why the heck wouldn't I? Oh, right - I do.
Not sick: I haven't been sick in over a year. I don't consciously track things like this, but I recall having a sinus infection last year when I rode up Independence Pass to watch the Pro Cycling Challenge, and since that time, I've started gargling and swishing with salt water every morning and usually a couple of times after I get home. I can't pin my non sickness solely on this habit of course, but I have a big hunch it has something to do with it. If people are sick around me at work, I especially take care to gargle a couple of times throughout the day. Call me lazy for not really caring enough to dig in and see if there's any research on this practice, I'm just running with it because it feels right. Like it's sanitizing my throat, not to mention my teeth and gums - my toofies are sparkling white!
New shoes: I just purchased a pair of Altra 'The Instinct' running shoes this week. But I didn't get them for running. I got them for work. They're a new company making shoes with very wide toe boxes, no arch support and zero drop. Yes, yes and yes. They feel promising and I'll do a review on them here shortly.