On May 17th I had arthroscopic surgery on my right knee. Today is June 17th and I almost ran a mile (only walked for about 50 yards). I am really happy with my progress so far and hopefully it continues as rapidly as it has.
Yes I know that I have to be careful to not overdo it and try to go too far too quickly. I have to curb my impatience and be smart about my training regimen. I don’t have to worry about going too fast, now I am too fat to worry about anything but getting a base built up.
After I left school this afternoon, I went to Augusta and shopped for new running shoes. I have been very intrigued with the minimalist running shoe movement and wanted to look at a couple to see if they were what I was looking for.
Unfortunately, we do not have a dedicated running shoe store in the local area (I wish we did). So I went to three different chain stores and tried on about 15 pair of running shoes.
When I tried on some of the minimalist shoes, to be honest I was disappointed with the comfort or should I say the lack of comfort in the uppers on those shoes. For shoes with fewer features, less material, they sure do cost as much or more than many “regular” shoes.
While I was looking at which pair of running shoes that I would buy, I got to thinking about how many miles I would actually put on them over the next few months. I have a feeling it will be less than I want or expect, because I have a feeling that I will have to rest the knee more often than I want too, which means that I really don’t need a high-end shoe this time..
After all the trying on of shoes and thinking about what I actually need for my current level of fitness (fatness), I finally chose the Nike Dual Fusion St.
While they are not a minimalist shoe, they fit me better than several of the minimalist shoes (more comfortable) and were about $30 cheaper than the other shoes I was looking at. The Dual Fusion doesn’t have heavy-duty stability features, which I wanted to avoid. It is a relatively light shoe (around 10 oz), and felt like they had a very cushioned ride, which I was looking for. Also the waffle tread will work for light trail running, when I am ready, which some of the other minimalist shoes would not have been appropriate.
My first run in them tonight was awkward at first, they have a different feel than my Saucony’s that I have worn as walking shoes and ran in the past two nights. After about 100 yards I stopped thinking about how I was running and just ran (slowly). When I finally settled into a good gait, the I found them to be really comfortable and I ran twice as far as I have so far. So far so good.
Course: Howard Circle Loop (0.5) 2 laps
Distance: 1.0 miles
Time: No Time
Week’s Total: 2.0 miles
Month To Date: 2.0 miles
Year To Date: 2.0
Days Run: 3
Current Streak: 3
Weight: Not Yet
“Are you doing the right thing for the right reason.”
Originally written by Harold Shaw published at Veteran Runner © 2011 – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Harold Shaw and Veteran Runner with appropriate and specific directions or links to the original content.