Thursday, May 31, 2012

I Gotta Run!

Yep, that's me...

After reading Christopher McDougall's Born To Run (which I reviewed here), and Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, I have been harboring a hankering to run more regularly.

Now, I'm finally getting around to making it a regular part of my weekly routine, with a couple of personal twists.

First, I run in flat-soled Converse All-Stars, not the heavily-padded, shock-absorbing running shoes that most people wear. Second, I run at a quite leisurely pace, often slowing to a brisk walk as I get tired, focusing more on the amount of time I spend running rather than on distance or speed.

This way of running is inspired both by Born to Run and by the recognition that I'm at an age where the stress of training can lead to lasting damage to my body. After all, the only real race I'm in is with myself, right? I'm doing all this to both feel better and enjoy myself, and I want to minimize the risk of injury.

This Discovery Channel segment provides some compelling evidence for why I'm running the way I'm running:

So, what do you think? Am I on to something, or is this just a wild goose chase?

In the meantime, I'll just keep doing what I'm doing until I know better.

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