The muscles of the foot and leg are more than enough to support the rigors of backpacking. Wearing rigid footwear is not unlike wearing a cast, it causes the foot muscles to atrophy because the body relies on the structure of the shoe for support. Having full flexibility of the feet and ankles is essential to absorbing shock and preventing injury.
This past weekend had a lot of firsts for a lot of people. It was the first edition of the Marathon Baie-des-Chaleurs, held in Carleton-sur-Mer, a coastal town on the Gaspe Peninsula a short drive from where we live. In addition to the full marathon, there was a half-marathon, a 10K, a 5K, and a 1K. I ran my first half-marathon at the race, and survived to tell you about it. I am still feeling my legs, but I guess that is a good indicator that I am alive.
In case you haven't already noticed, Toe Salad underwent a significant change over the weekend. Actually, this change was a lot more than a weekend project, it has been in planning and development for quite some time. All we did this weekend was flipped the switch.
This weekend I'm participating in the Cabot Trail Relay. I'm on for stage five, 17.5K of a 276K relay race, a “longer-haul” distance, somewhere between short, fast and furious, and long and enduring. Preparing for this longer-haul distance includes several factors, of which nutrition is key. (Includes three recipes!)
All the nominations are in, now it is time for the voting. Let us know what your favorite shoes are for 2013!