Thursday, November 11, 2010


As I've mention many times I've started running again but I'm running the barefoot way. No, I'm not actually running barefoot, I'm just making sure I don't land on my heels. That is when all the damage happens to the knees and hips. The problem is that when you land on the balls of your feet (like our bodies were designed to do) you use a whole lot of muscles that don't normally get used. Every thing you read about this warns you to start slowly and allow those muscles to build up. Of course I've always been the type to dive right in when I wanted to do something and so when I started running I started at three miles. The first time I ran I felt great but the next day there was a nagging pain in my heel. The second time the pain was worse and then this week I started feeling the pain as I was running. By the time I finished my cool down I was limping and the next morning I could hardly walk. I decided to check out what all the ligaments are in your foot and if you look at the picture I've drawn an arrow to the one that I'm definitely feeling. I don't know what it's called but he's sure complaining about being worked after many years of under utilization. I think I'm going to have to back off and get into this running thing more gradually.

Most mammals can only breath once for every step that it takes while running. Man is the only animal that can breathe faster than his running pace.


Lisa said...

Finally! I'm glad you decided to slow it down a bit. You were limping much too much.

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

With my hurt foot I am actually walking on my heel right now haha So I am working those muscles out!