Thursday, January 24, 2013

Running Is The Easiest Thing In The World

There is no exercise that is more simple than running.  It is the easiest thing in the world to do.

Everybody learns how to run when they are a child.  My daughter actually learned how to run before she learned to walk.  She would get into the standing position and let go of the coffee table.  Then she would start to lean forward.  She would lean too far forward.  Which meant that she was either going to have to move her feet quickly or fall.  She kinda ran from the table to the chair to the wall.

The required list of equipment is very short.  You just need a pair of running shoes.  Unless you don't have shoes - like these kids in Kenya. But most of us would want shoes and some workout clothes.  Maybe sunglasses and headphones would be nice too.  All of it will easily fit in a small gym bag.

You can go for a run just about anywhere.  You can run in your neighborhood or near your workplace.  I really love to run when I travel because it allows me to explore the area and see amazing places.  Running along the beach, or in the mountains, or on my own street are all as easily done.

Any time is also a good time to get a run in.  In the morning, before work, during your lunch break, after work, after dinner, in the middle of the night.  Whenever you have 30 minutes or an hour free.

So maybe this really adds up to running be very convenient.  I'm sure that you will want to curse me or somebody when your legs burn and your chest is aching as your try to sprint up that last hill. So try to focus on the easy parts and don't worry about the hard stuff.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Life In New Orthodics

My attempted return to running last year kinda fizzled out.  Back in August I got some new customer orthodics and my hope was to be running more.  I ran a handful of times and frankly, my bad ankle / fallen arch did not feel great.

I really pushed things further when I went to Barcelona in October and did tons of walking and running.  Totally worth it.  Some of the best running I have done.  But afterward it was time to shutdown the running and regroup with another effort.

So in December I had an appointment with a real live podiatrist.  He looked at my feet and at my existing custom orthodics.  He says that I really need something with a firm arch support - more firm than what I have - and he recommended getting fitted for some custom orthodics through his office.

Had some molds made of my feet and just got word today that the new orthodics are ready.  My plan is to try them out tomorrow.

New year and new hope for getting back on the journey.