THE MERRELL BLOG: WHAT'S NOW. WHAT'S NEXT. LET'S GET OUTSIDE.
Tom Forman's Journey from Stability trainer to Merrell Barefoot
By way of introduction, let me start by saying that I am not a professional athlete. Nor am I particularly great at running. What I am - I guess - is a middle aged man, who for a number of reasons finds himself running a bit here and there. I never take myself or my events too seriously and I've been known - on the odd occasion - to 'aeroplane' down hills. I'm known by many names, but for professionalism and politeness sake, we'll stick with Tom.
Name; Tom Forman
Fastest Marathon: 3:36
Longest Race: 160miles
Std Training Distance: 10k
Aims: To finish more races than he DNFs
Tom: A Brief History Of Running
The running started back in 2008 with the odd 10k whilst training for a half marathon (Run to the Beat). Although not the quickest by any means, I fell in love with running and was convinced I could run further.
In 2009 I ran my first marathon and completed this in around 4:30. Convinced I could run faster, I entered a few fell races in order to improve upon my fitness. This lead to wanting to improve upon the fell race times, so with that decided to run further than a marathon, in order to train for them.
Boom! January 2010, my first ultra marathon. I nearly died (maybe a slight exaggeration), but I did end up in A&E with a very poorly ankle (Photo).
I have been hooked ever since and am always convinced that I can run further.
This brings my running history up to the present day and with that I should probably explain why I'm even blogging at all!!
I have been asked by Merrell to feed back progress and any thoughts whilst I make the transition from 'normal trainer' to 'Merrell Barefoot'.
And as this information may help others make the change, we thought a public blog would be a good idea.
In the near future I will be posting about the general transition, reviews on the trainers used, running style / stride changes and more.
The aim is to be 'barefoot ready' for my ultra marathons in 2014, but I will discuss those later.
For now, I will say thank you for reading my first blog post and should anyone have any questions feel free to contact me through any of the details above.