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Hi Rich, Jim and DH,
IIRC Admiral Grace Hopper said "It's easier to ask for forgiveness then permission". So, if you're running at a fitness center, like Nike says in their ads, Just do it.
Jim, yes I can verify that it is easy to get blisters running on the treadmill, but you can feel your feet getting sore. The first time I ran barefoot on the treadmill made it about a mile before I knew it was time to stop and I had been running in the vibrams for a couple of months so my feet were somewhat prepared. These days I can do slightly more then 2 miles in barefeet before the heat/roughness of the treadmill gets me. Outside I usually run in vibrams, tho did where a hole in one pair and ended up running a couple miles outside barefoot. I like to go faster, so usually where the vibrams.
DH as an alternative to barefeet you can wear socks (do that sometimes as well). I can run 3-4 miles in socks on the treadmill. The main thing is that if you go this route is take it slow. Running barefoot on the treadmill will naturally limit the tendancy to do too much too soon. At least, in my experience.
Colloidal Mineral Suplements?! Who knew...
I just read this article on the running phsyio blog that talks about the concept of modifying your activities to get over a chronic injuries:
It's written with regard to back pain and running but I think the basic premise could apply to most conditions that have been going on for years. You mentioned having a long history of being injured. Your nervous system may be sensitive to any increase in activity as a conditioned protective response that's something you may have to work slowly to overcome.
Thanks for posting that article! Fascinating read. It helps put in context why coming back from chronic injuries can be so frustrating.
"Kick off your high heel sneakers, it's party time."
-- From the song FM by Steely Dan
Excellent, insightful article. Thanks for sharing.
I liked a lot of things about the article, but especially the overall attitude that you can break through barriers if you use a flexible, persistent approach.
As I've said before, I am extremely fragile, which gets in the way of a lot of things because I love to be physically active.
I have been a soldier in the reserves for about 20 years and at one time did 200 pushups a day. In recent years, especially as I age (I will be 54 tomorrow) I have found that I have to stay in shape at all times, because if I get out of shape--due to slacking off for a few months--I can't do any kind of normal workout without hurting myself. This past winter, after letting myself go (again), mainly due to a horrendous job commute, I found that I couldn't do even 10 pushups without pain. Well, as a soldier, I can't live with that kind of physical weakness, so I developed a program. I did 10 pushups (even though it hurt) every other day for a month. I pushed through the soreness and a general feeling of weakness and instability in my shoulders and that routine strengthened me. Then I did 20 pushups every other day for a month. Eventually I found I could add pushups quicker, and I could get back up to 100 pushups every other day (not 100 pushups all at once, but in sets of 10-20). I think 100 pushups every other day is probably a good, safe place for me to be right now.
Similarly, I have been struggling to run even 2 miles lately, with multiple leg and back pains. It was getting to seem like it was ridiculous for me to try to run at all, I felt so limited. Partly inspired by Rich's high mileage, yesterday I went to the park and ran extremely slowly--crept, really--at around 10:00 mile pace, and found I could do 6 miles. I have never run that slow before in my life. But right now, running very slowly helped me to do the mileage. Today of course I am sore as a b*st*rd, but I don't feel injured--there's a big difference.
I'm a dark horse, running on a dark race course.
Lot's of good stuff in that article, thanks for sharing VJ.
DH, do you think the "heightened sense of pain" the article describes is what you're dealing with? It doesn't seem likely if you're getting hurt, the pain you're experiencing is your body telling you to back off for good reason..
At any rate, it'll be interesting how you recover after yesterday's run. If you bounce right back, you may be onto something, eh?
And I admire the way you keep plugging away, it can't be easy...
Enjoy life, this ain't a rehearsal...