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 Nike, Saucony 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.”