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After a few special modifications, my shoes are ready for running this weekend.



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Interesting. What modifications did you make to your shoes? Also, ever think about getting new carpet1? How about at least cleaning up? Every time you show a picture of your house, it appears as if Quebecois hobos have been camping out in it.



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This is not a trapp
My temple name is Elohim. What is your super-secret temple name?
Riddle me this
How can two people with physical bodies make spirit babies?
*Two points about this gag. Firstly, every writer of anything makes typos and I’m no different. It’s “there but for the grace of God go I” rather than schadenfreude here. The second is something called Muphry’s Law (no, it is Muphry’s, not Murphy’s) which states that any piece correcting or laughing at a typo, spelling or grammatical mistake will contain at least one worse than the original being complained of.
Interesting. What modifications did you make to your shoes? Also, ever think about getting new carpet1? How about at least cleaning up? Every time you show a picture of your house, it appears as if Quebecois hobos have been camping out in it.



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This may or may not be a set up.
 


No because it isn't my house and I have a rugrat that tears the place up. But it's cool because tomorrow she will be cleaning up that crap. HD makes a mess too, but that's in the bedroom.

Anyway, if you are familiar with the Skeletoe Amps/Jolts/Lites (there are a few names depending on which distributor you get them through but they are essentially all the same), they tend to get horrible reviews from the minimalist community because, well they aren't minimalist. They are toe shoes with a Nike Free sole on the bottom and a large heel-to-toe drop.

Unfortunately for me, by the time I discovered minimalist running I had already done plenty of harm to my knee. So even though the shoes have helped me a lot, my knees still don't appreciate the obstacle races I do as there is a lot of impact on them.

My solution, which I will try out this weekend, was to take the Amps, measure the sole at the forefoot with calipers, and then cut the rest of the sole (particularly the heel) to the same height to get rid of the heel elevation. The toe comparments still give my toes plenty of freedom, the sole is soft enough that I can still get some ground feel (not as much as the vibrams obviously, but much better than a normal shoe), I can keep my running form and won't have to worry about heel-striking, the sole should help give a little extra cushion to my knees when jumping off of walls and such, and I should have much better traction (sometimes I felt like I was ice skating through the mud in my vibrams).
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No because it isn't my house and I have a rugrat that tears the place up. But it's cool because tomorrow she will be cleaning up that crap. HD makes a mess too, but that's in the bedroom.

You know, there are rat traps you can use to get rid of the rugrats. 
Anyway, if you are familiar with the Skeletoe Amps/Jolts/Lites (there are a few names depending on which distributor you get them through but they are essentially all the same), they tend to get horrible reviews from the minimalist community because, well they aren't minimalist. They are toe shoes with a Nike Free sole on the bottom and a large heel-to-toe drop.

Unfortunately for me, by the time I discovered minimalist running I had already done plenty of harm to my knee. So even though the shoes have helped me a lot, my knees still don't appreciate the obstacle races I do as there is a lot of impact on them.

My solution, which I will try out this weekend, was to take the Amps, measure the sole at the forefoot with calipers, and then cut the rest of the sole (particularly the heel) to the same height to get rid of the heel elevation. The toe comparments still give my toes plenty of freedom, the sole is soft enough that I can still get some ground feel (not as much as the vibrams obviously, but much better than a normal shoe), I can keep my running form and won't have to worry about heel-striking, the sole should help give a little extra cushion to my knees when jumping off of walls and such, and I should have much better traction (sometimes I felt like I was ice skating through the mud in my vibrams).

Interesting. I thought the sole looked as if it had been cut, but it wasn't too clear in the picture. There are actually a lot of people that do this to their shoes. 
There are a few new models of Vibrams you can try out for raction. The Spyridons have a pretty aggressive sole, ut still very flexible and minimalist.I like it much better than the Trek sole that is used in a lot of their older models.
 haven't had a chance to wear my Vibrams much lately. For one, I reinjured my MCL. Toally sucks. Haven't been able to do sprints in a while. Also, since I've been working at my university on an FDA clinical study, I've had to pretend I'm an adult and dress less casual. 
I still wear them on the eekends, and whenever I don't go in to work, but it isn't as often as I'd like. 
Hopefully I can heal up quickly, and get back into my sprint routine. Still, I'm not looking to push it. I've already re-injured my MCL once. I'm not looking to do it again.

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This is not a trapp
My temple name is Elohim. What is your super-secret temple name?
Riddle me this
How can two people with physical bodies make spirit babies?
*Two points about this gag. Firstly, every writer of anything makes typos and I’m no different. It’s “there but for the grace of God go I” rather than schadenfreude here. The second is something called Muphry’s Law (no, it is Muphry’s, not Murphy’s) which states that any piece correcting or laughing at a typo, spelling or grammatical mistake will contain at least one worse than the original being complained of.
I checked out the Spyridons but other than being a lot more expensive, they still will have no cushion for my landings and while it has pretty good tread compared to other vibrams, it just doesn't look like it would be enough for the mud that I am running through.

I figured it would work out all right since I cut my Nike SFBs a while ago (that seemed to be as close to a minimalist boot as I can get for work without having one custom made).
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Get a room you two!
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Says the guy who a while back couldn't stop talking about his Skeletoes.
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This is not a trapp
My temple name is Elohim. What is your super-secret temple name?
Riddle me this
How can two people with physical bodies make spirit babies?
*Two points about this gag. Firstly, every writer of anything makes typos and I’m no different. It’s “there but for the grace of God go I” rather than schadenfreude here. The second is something called Muphry’s Law (no, it is Muphry’s, not Murphy’s) which states that any piece correcting or laughing at a typo, spelling or grammatical mistake will contain at least one worse than the original being complained of.
I got myself a new pair of boots yesterday. Water-resistant Gore-Tex uppers, waterproof leather lowers, and zippered sides. I've never tried the brand (Bates) before, but my brother swears by them.
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I do, however, have one last lesson on this subject. That last one? The only build in this post that can one-shot average opponents[by dealing twice as much damage as they have HP? I would argue that it is not optimized. Why isn't it optimized? Because it's overkill. Overkill is NOT optimizing. This means that there are portions of this build dedicated to damage which can safely be removed and thrown elsewhere. For example, you probably don't need both Leap Attack AND Headlong Rush at the same time. You could pick up Extra Rage feats for stamina, feats to support AoO effects, feats that work towards potential prestige classes, and so on. However, you could also shift our ability scores around somewhat. I mean, if you're getting results like that with 16 starting Strength, maybe you can lower it to 14, and free up four points to spend somewhere else - perhaps back into Charisma, giving you some oomph for Intimidating Rage or Imperious Command if you want. You can continue to tune this until it deals "enough" damage - and that "enough" does not need to be "100%". It could easily be, say, 80% (leaving the rest to the team), if your DM is the sort who would ban one-hit killers.
Tempest_Stormwind on Character Optimization
So when do you think Bachmann will be saying she met a mother the previous night that had a son who got a blood transfusion using a gay guy's blood, and now the son is retardedly gay?
When she meets CJ's mom?
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They sound terribly clunky.
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This is not a trapp
My temple name is Elohim. What is your super-secret temple name?
Riddle me this
How can two people with physical bodies make spirit babies?
*Two points about this gag. Firstly, every writer of anything makes typos and I’m no different. It’s “there but for the grace of God go I” rather than schadenfreude here. The second is something called Muphry’s Law (no, it is Muphry’s, not Murphy’s) which states that any piece correcting or laughing at a typo, spelling or grammatical mistake will contain at least one worse than the original being complained of.
Says the guy who a while back couldn't stop talking about his Skeletoes.




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They're surprisingly comfortable, so far.
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56788208 wrote:
I do, however, have one last lesson on this subject. That last one? The only build in this post that can one-shot average opponents[by dealing twice as much damage as they have HP? I would argue that it is not optimized. Why isn't it optimized? Because it's overkill. Overkill is NOT optimizing. This means that there are portions of this build dedicated to damage which can safely be removed and thrown elsewhere. For example, you probably don't need both Leap Attack AND Headlong Rush at the same time. You could pick up Extra Rage feats for stamina, feats to support AoO effects, feats that work towards potential prestige classes, and so on. However, you could also shift our ability scores around somewhat. I mean, if you're getting results like that with 16 starting Strength, maybe you can lower it to 14, and free up four points to spend somewhere else - perhaps back into Charisma, giving you some oomph for Intimidating Rage or Imperious Command if you want. You can continue to tune this until it deals "enough" damage - and that "enough" does not need to be "100%". It could easily be, say, 80% (leaving the rest to the team), if your DM is the sort who would ban one-hit killers.
Tempest_Stormwind on Character Optimization
So when do you think Bachmann will be saying she met a mother the previous night that had a son who got a blood transfusion using a gay guy's blood, and now the son is retardedly gay?
When she meets CJ's mom?
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I've seen recently some guy wear toe-shoes, but they were sewn as if they were meant to be semi-official, like something you may wear to office with a dress code. Except you know, five-toed.
The Guard says it best.
I was thinking about trying these out.  Good price point for me as they will likely not last long.

 www.brooksrunning.com/PureDrift/1101411D...

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Hrm... I probably need new boots.  I have literally worn a hole through the leather of my boots in one spot.  The weird thing is it's not a part I put weight on1...

Alas, my pediatric protection prerequisites prevent me from getting a vibram or something like that.
________
1There's the really solid leather piece that covers your heal, ya?  Well, right above that in the back where it's sewn into a more flexible piece of leather, the one that goes half-way up your shins, that's where the hole is.  It's above and behind my ankle.  How the hell did I wear a hole there?  And it's not just the one boot, the other one doesn't have a hole yet but it's pretty worn...
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Try looking into the Bates boots. They've got a good selection.
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56788208 wrote:
I do, however, have one last lesson on this subject. That last one? The only build in this post that can one-shot average opponents[by dealing twice as much damage as they have HP? I would argue that it is not optimized. Why isn't it optimized? Because it's overkill. Overkill is NOT optimizing. This means that there are portions of this build dedicated to damage which can safely be removed and thrown elsewhere. For example, you probably don't need both Leap Attack AND Headlong Rush at the same time. You could pick up Extra Rage feats for stamina, feats to support AoO effects, feats that work towards potential prestige classes, and so on. However, you could also shift our ability scores around somewhat. I mean, if you're getting results like that with 16 starting Strength, maybe you can lower it to 14, and free up four points to spend somewhere else - perhaps back into Charisma, giving you some oomph for Intimidating Rage or Imperious Command if you want. You can continue to tune this until it deals "enough" damage - and that "enough" does not need to be "100%". It could easily be, say, 80% (leaving the rest to the team), if your DM is the sort who would ban one-hit killers.
Tempest_Stormwind on Character Optimization
So when do you think Bachmann will be saying she met a mother the previous night that had a son who got a blood transfusion using a gay guy's blood, and now the son is retardedly gay?
When she meets CJ's mom?
Resident Pithed-Off Dragon Poon Slayer of the House of Trolls
Draco, did you recently get a job as a Bates Boots salesperson?
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This is not a trapp
My temple name is Elohim. What is your super-secret temple name?
Riddle me this
How can two people with physical bodies make spirit babies?
*Two points about this gag. Firstly, every writer of anything makes typos and I’m no different. It’s “there but for the grace of God go I” rather than schadenfreude here. The second is something called Muphry’s Law (no, it is Muphry’s, not Murphy’s) which states that any piece correcting or laughing at a typo, spelling or grammatical mistake will contain at least one worse than the original being complained of.
No, but he is the master of Bates Boots.
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No, I'm just trying to master my Bates.
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56788208 wrote:
I do, however, have one last lesson on this subject. That last one? The only build in this post that can one-shot average opponents[by dealing twice as much damage as they have HP? I would argue that it is not optimized. Why isn't it optimized? Because it's overkill. Overkill is NOT optimizing. This means that there are portions of this build dedicated to damage which can safely be removed and thrown elsewhere. For example, you probably don't need both Leap Attack AND Headlong Rush at the same time. You could pick up Extra Rage feats for stamina, feats to support AoO effects, feats that work towards potential prestige classes, and so on. However, you could also shift our ability scores around somewhat. I mean, if you're getting results like that with 16 starting Strength, maybe you can lower it to 14, and free up four points to spend somewhere else - perhaps back into Charisma, giving you some oomph for Intimidating Rage or Imperious Command if you want. You can continue to tune this until it deals "enough" damage - and that "enough" does not need to be "100%". It could easily be, say, 80% (leaving the rest to the team), if your DM is the sort who would ban one-hit killers.
Tempest_Stormwind on Character Optimization
So when do you think Bachmann will be saying she met a mother the previous night that had a son who got a blood transfusion using a gay guy's blood, and now the son is retardedly gay?
When she meets CJ's mom?
Resident Pithed-Off Dragon Poon Slayer of the House of Trolls
Try looking into the Bates boots. They've got a good selection.


Ugh, laces?  Pass.
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Are you lazy? Or just don't know how to tie?
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Nah. He's just one of those damn dirty hippies that wears Jesus sandals.
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56788208 wrote:
I do, however, have one last lesson on this subject. That last one? The only build in this post that can one-shot average opponents[by dealing twice as much damage as they have HP? I would argue that it is not optimized. Why isn't it optimized? Because it's overkill. Overkill is NOT optimizing. This means that there are portions of this build dedicated to damage which can safely be removed and thrown elsewhere. For example, you probably don't need both Leap Attack AND Headlong Rush at the same time. You could pick up Extra Rage feats for stamina, feats to support AoO effects, feats that work towards potential prestige classes, and so on. However, you could also shift our ability scores around somewhat. I mean, if you're getting results like that with 16 starting Strength, maybe you can lower it to 14, and free up four points to spend somewhere else - perhaps back into Charisma, giving you some oomph for Intimidating Rage or Imperious Command if you want. You can continue to tune this until it deals "enough" damage - and that "enough" does not need to be "100%". It could easily be, say, 80% (leaving the rest to the team), if your DM is the sort who would ban one-hit killers.
Tempest_Stormwind on Character Optimization
So when do you think Bachmann will be saying she met a mother the previous night that had a son who got a blood transfusion using a gay guy's blood, and now the son is retardedly gay?
When she meets CJ's mom?
Resident Pithed-Off Dragon Poon Slayer of the House of Trolls
Actually, he likes cowboy boots. He's wearing them in that pic of him on his motorcycle.
I wear hiking boots.
And at work I wear muck boots.


On a side note, I got the kids each a pair of toe shoes.
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Are you lazy? Or just don't know how to tie?


He is a government employee, so both. 
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This is not a trapp
My temple name is Elohim. What is your super-secret temple name?
Riddle me this
How can two people with physical bodies make spirit babies?
*Two points about this gag. Firstly, every writer of anything makes typos and I’m no different. It’s “there but for the grace of God go I” rather than schadenfreude here. The second is something called Muphry’s Law (no, it is Muphry’s, not Murphy’s) which states that any piece correcting or laughing at a typo, spelling or grammatical mistake will contain at least one worse than the original being complained of.
Are you lazy? Or just don't know how to tie?


He is a government employee, so both. 




Which reminds me of something.
I was writing a report to send to the DEP and my boss was reviewing it. He said I wasn't being redundant enough or explaining things thoroughly enough. I thought I was doing rather well so I questioned him about his remarks. He replied "This is going to the state, so it has to be written so a 3 year old could understand it".

I burst out laughing!
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Someone did a study of effective hours worked and apparently the average govt employee works only 2 hours a day.

I'm trying to figure out which sectors I can get in on for that

I've got a new set of Brahma boots last august that have held up really well so far.
Steel toed, slip resistant, water proof, nice leather, and gortex uppers with a hard rubber sole on the bottom.


The initial fit kind of sucked until they broke in, and now they are almost as comfortable as my loafers. They are still horrendous for driving anything but an automatic of course (which is why I keep my loafers in the car).


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Someone did a study of effective hours worked and apparently the average govt employee works only 2 hours a day.



The A and B students go to work for the private sector, the C and D students end up working for the gov't.
What do you expect?

Was watching a PENNDOT crew work on the road a few days ago... one guy was shoveling while 3 more were standing around "supervising".
It's only tax money...
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Are you lazy? Or just don't know how to tie?


Eh, lazy to a degree, but more of that I just don't like them.  They're messy, can catch on things, and if the boot goes up high enough then the laces are either purely decorative or a real pain.

The only good thing I have to say about laces is that they're a handy material in a MacGyver situation.

Hell, I think I only have two pairs of shoes that have laces.  One's my dress shoes (which I would replace with nice shiny black cowboy boots if I dressed up more then twice a year) and the other's my sneakers which I only wear for my work-outs.  And if I had a local place that sold 'em, I'd totally replace those with vibrams or something.  But seeing as I won't buy a pair of shoes I haven't tried, I'm still going with the cheap sneakers.

But yes, I wear my cowboy boots pretty much everywhere for something around five or six years now.

Someone did a study of effective hours worked and apparently the average govt employee works only 2 hours a day.

I'm trying to figure out which sectors I can get in on for that


Not R&D or T&E, I can tell you that.



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Someone did a study of effective hours worked and apparently the average govt employee works only 2 hours a day.

I'm trying to figure out which sectors I can get in on for that

Aren't you already a high school janitor? Isn't that a government job?

I've got a new set of Brahma boots last august that have held up really well so far.
Steel toed, slip resistant, water proof, nice leather, and gortex uppers with a hard rubber sole on the bottom.


The initial fit kind of sucked until they broke in, and now they are almost as comfortable as my loafers. They are still horrendous for driving anything but an automatic of course (which is why I keep my loafers in the car).



Those boots sound terrible.

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Micha's a janitor, too?

Yes. We joke around about ZB being a janitor because we feel bad that he is actually a Quebecois hobo living outside of HD's waste of money condo. Micha, though, is a real janitor. Micha also has terrible taste in shoes.

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I was thinking about trying these out.  Good price point for me as they will likely not last long.

 www.brooksrunning.com/PureDrift/1101411D...



From what I've heard, Brooks are a pretty good brand with pretty good shoes. I haven't owned a pair, soI can't say, but they don't look to bad. At $100.00 they should be easily replaceable once they do break apart. What sort of mileage have you gotten out of your previous shoes?
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I was thinking about trying these out.  Good price point for me as they will likely not last long.

 www.brooksrunning.com/PureDrift/1101411D...



From what I've heard, Brooks are a pretty good brand with pretty good shoes. I haven't owned a pair, soI can't say, but they don't look to bad. At $100.00 they should be easily replaceable once they do break apart. What sort of mileage have you gotten out of your previous shoes?

Since I have been moving toward lighter, softer more minimalist shoes, they have not been lasting as long.  I got about four months out of my last pair of Nikes.  Ballpark 500 miles, and they are toast.  I should have replaced them a month ago.  Did my last run on them yesterday, going to pick up something today.  I also want to find some new fitted socks.
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Since I have been moving toward lighter, softer more minimalist shoes, they have not been lasting as long.  I got about four months out of my last pair of Nikes.  Ballpark 500 miles, and they are toast.  I should have replaced them a month ago.  Did my last run on them yesterday, going to pick up something today.  I also want to find some new fitted socks.


A true minimalist shoe should last you a good while with proper running form. I'm not sure what you had, though, and I don't think some of the transitional shoes hold up as well.
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Since I have been moving toward lighter, softer more minimalist shoes, they have not been lasting as long.  I got about four months out of my last pair of Nikes.  Ballpark 500 miles, and they are toast.  I should have replaced them a month ago.  Did my last run on them yesterday, going to pick up something today.  I also want to find some new fitted socks.


A true minimalist shoe should last you a good while with proper running form. I'm not sure what you had, though, and I don't think some of the transitional shoes hold up as well.

I think I have a pretty good running style, but it has been a while since I had a trainer look at my gait.  I definetely do not heel stamp, and never get shin splints or knee pain.  My last pair were Nike Free 3.0.

Tried out some fitted Nike running socks yesterday...awful.

Good day to shop for shoes, blowing 20 right now, do not feel like running in it.

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I was thinking about trying these out.  Good price point for me as they will likely not last long.

 www.brooksrunning.com/PureDrift/1101411D...



From what I've heard, Brooks are a pretty good brand with pretty good shoes. I haven't owned a pair, soI can't say, but they don't look to bad. At $100.00 they should be easily replaceable once they do break apart. What sort of mileage have you gotten out of your previous shoes?

Since I have been moving toward lighter, softer more minimalist shoes, they have not been lasting as long.  I got about four months out of my last pair of Nikes.  Ballpark 500 miles, and they are toast.  I should have replaced them a month ago.  Did my last run on them yesterday, going to pick up something today.  I also want to find some new fitted socks.

You can find something that has a Vibram sole. It doesn't need to have the toe-shoe design. Merrel makes minimalist shoes that have a Vibram made sole. Several of their models also hav a zero heel-to-toe drop.

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Riddle me this
How can two people with physical bodies make spirit babies?
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Shin splints!
Shades of PT when I was in the Army!

But that may have had something to do with them running us down tank trails in combat boots... the dirty bastards.
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Shin splints!
Shades of PT when I was in the Army!

But that may have had something to do with them running us down tank trails in combat boots... the dirty bastards.


That, and you had terrible running form.
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This is not a trapp
My temple name is Elohim. What is your super-secret temple name?
Riddle me this
How can two people with physical bodies make spirit babies?
*Two points about this gag. Firstly, every writer of anything makes typos and I’m no different. It’s “there but for the grace of God go I” rather than schadenfreude here. The second is something called Muphry’s Law (no, it is Muphry’s, not Murphy’s) which states that any piece correcting or laughing at a typo, spelling or grammatical mistake will contain at least one worse than the original being complained of.
Shin splints!
Shades of PT when I was in the Army!

But that may have had something to do with them running us down tank trails in combat boots... the dirty bastards.


That and the fact that the Army does not teach good running form and the fact that you often end up running with extra weight which just makes the heel striking even worse.
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Yup, running form is key. People don't realize how important it is. I think a lot of time people that have bad running form and go for a run and then claim that they "feel the burn" in their calves and legs are just feeling the pain cause by having bad running form. When you correct your running form, you're able o run longer, and you feel a lot better afterwards.

Also, BN, didn't the army come out and say that Vibrams gave people an edge in running during their PT exams that was unfair to other soldiers? Maybe the Army, and the militry in general, should look into teaching soldiers proper running form. It would cut down on injuries, and reduce costs by having less injuries to pay for. 
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This is not a trapp
My temple name is Elohim. What is your super-secret temple name?
Riddle me this
How can two people with physical bodies make spirit babies?
*Two points about this gag. Firstly, every writer of anything makes typos and I’m no different. It’s “there but for the grace of God go I” rather than schadenfreude here. The second is something called Muphry’s Law (no, it is Muphry’s, not Murphy’s) which states that any piece correcting or laughing at a typo, spelling or grammatical mistake will contain at least one worse than the original being complained of.
Also, BN, didn't the army come out and say that Vibrams gave people an edge in running during their PT exams that was unfair to other soldiers? Maybe the Army, and the militry in general, should look into teaching soldiers proper running form. It would cut down on injuries, and reduce costs by having less injuries to pay for. 


Yes they did. They said a lot of contradictory things that basically amounted to "OMG it's new and different and therefore bad because we hate change!"

They said they were an unfair advantage. They said they lead to injuries. They finally settled on "detracts from a professional military appearance" even though the Army is the only service to issue a total ban on them. Most services leave it to the commander's discretion.
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Why didn't the Army complain about the shoes allowing you to fly? Obviously they were grasping for excuses. The least they could have done was come up with some interesting ones.


That would be counterproductive. They were already researching the possibility of humvee tranformers that fly (I wish I was joking) and claiming that the shoes fly would only lead to a fleet of vehicles with funny-looking toe-tires.
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Just pulled the trigger on the Brooks Puredrift.  They are extremely comfortable With a wide toe box.  They manufacturers insole can be removed to achieve a zero drop.  I will probably run on them a couple of times with the insole before I try them without.  I don't think they will need to be broken in, but I am going to wear them around the house today as the fit is unique.  Gonna try them out tomorrow or Tuesday.

Other than good running form, I cannot say enough about stretching before and after.  I also like to end my runs with a two mile walk. 
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