Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bikila & CardioTrainer

I ordered the new Vibram Bikila shoes last week and I wore them for the first time while walking around a tiny bit in Austin. Today, I slipped them on for my first running workout. I also used the CardioTrainer app to track some of my progress. 
Sidenote: I know many people who use this application and they like it. Since I now have a Droid phone, I opted to utilize CardioTrainer. It's a free app and it isn't perfect, but I do like that it "talks" to me to give me my pace. 8:03 min/mile was my fastest time, 24:10 min/mile was my slowest time. It couldn't accurately record my sprinting speed, I guess I'm that fast, not sure. It just kinda blanked out, recorded the distance and called it good. LOL. It is a nifty little thing and I like that it integrates with my music (which at the current time I have loaded onto my phone). Those of you with a Droid phone or iPhone, need to go out and install it ASAP because it is good stuff! 



Anyway, the run/review, I'm super-fly, super fast. No, really. It was nearly 100 degrees outside, and it felt REALLY hot on that black track. The air was super thick and I only felt a slight breeze on one side of the track. But, I knocked out that first mile in just under 9 minutes. I haven't done that in a LOOOOONG time. The second mile took longer because I was doing sprint intervals with a walk rest or lunges in between. Either way, the Bikilas hold up much better on my feet than the original Vibram Five Finger Classic. Similar to the KSOs, but they have added grip to the bottom. I'l take a closer look on my next run so you can see what I mean. I have only slight tenderness on my right big toe, but that was completely from my sprint race with a soccer player who was running a 100 for time. He did pretty good, clocking in at just over 11 seconds. I know I was somewhere between 13 and 14. Not too shabby, I think, but of course, the 100 race was NEVER a race for me. Any sprinters would laugh at me and I chased their dust. ha ha ha! Nevertheless, I felt fast! 

I can't wait to go out and do some more.  

(I did not receive compensation from CardioTrainer or Vibram to write this review, but for those of you lurkers interested in letting me be an affiliate or advertise for you, I'm totally open to it!)

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