I Started Running Again Today – June 2011

Tonight I started running again!!!

I haven’t run without significant right knee pain since February 2010.

It has been almost a month since I had arthroscopic surgery on my knee and I am walking really well on flats and not too steep hills – stairs are still a pain, but getting better. So I decided to try running, well actually jogging (really slowly) tonight.

My run/walk wasn’t real comfortable, but it wasn’t painful there is a difference! When I ran with a forefoot strike it was a lot less painful than running with a heel strike stride. Otherwise my knee was just sore, which is a big difference from the way it felt before.

I did a half-mile loop and I ran a lot more than I walked.

Over the past couple of weeks I have gone back and looked through my old running logs to see my injury patterns and what I was doing successfully back when I was running a lot, without being injured.

I was a forefoot striker, instead of a heel striker until just a few years ago. I believe it is more efficient and when I ran this way in the past, my training logs showed I had less injuries with this the forefoot strike style of running. I believe that I changed over to being more of a heel striker when I went to a more “supportive” shoe in late 2007 that was recommended by a specialty running store, based upon my running style and a gate analysis. After changing to the heavy-duty motion control shoe my logs show a lot more overuse aches and pains and less time running as a result of that change.
Last night I started researching minimalist running shoes, because when I was running using that shoe style during 2006-2007 I ran injury-free. The NikeSaucony or New Balance minimalist shoes interest me now and over the course of the next week or so, I am going to find what fits me the best and then get that shoe.

This is the perfect time to re-train my running style back to being a forefoot striker, however, it will harder to run this way while I am first getting in shape again. However, if I am persistent, I believe that I will be better off in the long run returning to be a forefoot striker.

It felt good to be running again and I know that I am woefully out of shape!!!!

Now to get in good enough shape to do some easy trail running later this summer.

“Are you doing the right thing for the right reason.”

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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.

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