Mileage reporting 19th week 2014

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  1. Sid

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    Certain strap adjusters can be installed in a certain way, so as the adjuster never touches the skin, and only the strap does.
    http://www.strapworks.com/Plastic_Strap_Adjusters_p/psa.htm

    Keep up the great work! You've inspired me to work on my 2mm sandals today!
     
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    Ya I have some that dont touch the skin, but often if a foot bends a certain way it can pull a buckle tighter towards the skin so you still feel the pressure of it despite it not actually touching the skin. I don't know, maybe I'm just a big fan of rip and stick because of the ease of adjustments.
     
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    Here they are Sid. Now, keep in mind these sandals have been used many many times before and for several different attempts on different types of lacing variations so they have a multitude of holes that would not be there on a clean version. They also are molded to my feet from previous use so they curve up in the front so I don't catch them on carpet or anything else. They are probably the most comfortable sandal I have ever had now that I have them adjusted fully. In my little testing they have performed beautifully when wet and slightly muddy, but I need to try them on the trails after or during a good rain here and then I will get a good idea of how good they are.
     
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    Nifty! Nice job on the sewing! My DIY 4mm Cherry Vibram have a several holes from trying a variety of straps and ropes, as well!

    It seems that basic sandals either strap across the toes or in-between the 1st and 2nd toes. On my first version, I used the strap across the toes method, as my toes were too squished to tolerate the in-between method. After a couple of years, as my toes began to spread, I could no longer tolerate the strap across the toes. My bunions were improving, and the straps were too uncomfortable, no matter how I adjusted them.

    Eventually, I got around to redoing them, and used the in-between method with rope. It took a while, but eventually I got used to them by learning how to spread my toes wider (which was even better for my bunions).

    I don't think that you'll have to worry about someone stealing your design, because essentially all basic sandals are variations on the themes of either strapping across or in-between the toes. How each manufacturer does it, is a bit different.

    Nice job and good luck!
     
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    Ya, my first few tries of over the toes I had the same problems. The trick I found is to have the strap farther back so it doesn't cover the toes themselves. The problem with that is with brand new soling material they are perfectly flat and so will hang a bit till broken in and molded to the foot, which is when the sandals really shine. Up until that point though they can be a bit frustrating because you will catch the front edge on things. I am trying to figure out how to avoid this problem.... I knpw one manufacturer bevels the front, which helps but does not stop the problem altogether.

    I've also done and primarily have used the traditional style lacing with hemp or cotton laces between the toes. While this is fine if you get them just right, the problem is getting them just right each and every time. Also, I get pain and numbing around the toes from this method. I have the ats laces on a couple of my lunas, but I still get the numbing and pain issue. Another problem with the between the toe method is if you're on muddy trails you're screwed and are just going to have to run barefoot. The foot cannot seem to be secured very well in these conditions (which is the sole reason I started trying to make a better method of doing the laces on my sandals). I can tolerate the between the toes method for most runs that I do here, but we get so much rain that if I want to trail run you really can't use sandals much except when its fairly dry.
     
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    My new 2mm sandals. I plan to use them just for walking. Weight is 4.8oz for both.
    Not bad, but barefoot is better!
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    My old 4mm sandals. Weight is 9.7oz for both.
    The contours are different, because 4yrs later, my feet are no longer pointy and squished!
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    wow, you guys are very inventive and impressive with your handmade sandals!

    My final run of the week, 1.8 miles, wearing VFFs - very rocky/gravelly in parts and i said "ouch" a couple of times :inpain:

    Happy overall with how things are progressing.
     
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    Smooth 8 mile run at 5:45 am 73 deg. f., 83 % rh.. 4 rooster crowing in different areas, 2 different sets of ducks flying overhead.
    Last run of the week. total miles 21.
     
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    Sid these are my favorites that I have made so far. I think the new ones will become my favorites, but for now these ones have all the bugs worked out (other than operator error with lacing). They are super comfy and look nice too. These are the ones I just added suede to a few weeks ago.
     
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    They look really comfortable. What kind of glue did you use?
     
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    Um, I can't remember what its called. It's for gluing leather to rubber products. I ran out while doing these so I'm glad I had just enough. Those are also cotton laces that look like the hemp laces from luna. I prefer these because I can pick up a whole ton of it super cheap at a local store, plus its softer on the skin. The biggest downfall is that it acts like the hemp laces and constricts when wet. This is fine for dry runs amd light rain with no puddles, but they suck with lots of water. The sole is a 6mm sole normally, but I have worn them a while and they have molded to my feet so I would imagine where my feet actually sit is less than that due to compression. The suede footbed probably adds only a mm or so.
     
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    rip and stick. i like that.

    Runlite, i get the feeling you're being followed.

    nada saturday. recovered from drinking friday and drank a little more.
    today walked the dogs.
    got my new watch and can't wait to use it. i may even start biking to school this week.
     
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    It's an old saying for velcro. Not sure if it applies to a certain product with velcro or not, I can't remember. Anyhow, I like it too, pretty accurate in it's description. Makes for fast and easy adjustments too.
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    That sort of gravel is more challenging for me that rough asphalt!
     
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    The little stuff likes to dig right into your feet! The asphalt I can run on light enough it doesn't hurt.
     
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    That little stuff is all over the sidewalks here too. It's almost doable when it is dry, but in the rain when that stuff gets wet makes it even more painful.
     
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    Yah a week or two ago, I ran on the wet, gritty surfaces consecutive days when it was below freezing windchill. Got that soleful tingle afterwards. Reminded me of the old days. The worst are those little buggers that stick for several steps.

    Anyway, they swept half my neighborhood's streets yesterday, and will do the other half tomorrow. Yippee. Bad news is, I got a bit of a fever yesterday, but much better today. Will try running in another day or two. Spring is shaping up to be as mediocre as Winter, running-wise. If I don't improve by the end of May, I'm firing the coach. Two losing seasons in a row is my limit.

    Also, congrats to Nick and Sid on the first extended thread-hijacking I've seen in a while.
     
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    I'm pretty good at it. ;-) Hope you get feeling better soon. Sucks being sick.
     
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    Update on the 2mm sandals: Best groundfeel ever!
    They seem like they will do fine.
    (If not, then I may have to resort to Saran wrap and dental floss!)
     
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