As with Hot Yoga...I have found at least a modicum of internal motivation for my nightly run/walk (4-5 times per week); I'm now almost done with my 3rd week and I've doubled my distance. But, I'm realizing, with a new and slight knee injury, that I have jumped into this without enough knowledge to intelligently stave off pain and future leg/knee/joint problem. For example, after doing a little research, I realize that my shoes are probably all wrong, that I'm possibly running too far, too fast, and that there are a lot of terms with which I am unfamiliar and that are quite possibly affecting me (i.e. pronation/suppination). I'm also feeling in need of expert advice, but living in such an isolated, rural area, it isn't very practical for me to just run down to my local running-gear store and get fitted for the perfect footwear. Apparently, I'm supposed to consider where my other shoes show wear, the arch of my foot, the flexibility, the terrain...and a whole slew of other technical dynamics and design features that sound like some strange foreign language to me. And here I thought this would be simple. Maybe I'm over-complicating it. Wouldn't be the first time. But, I AM sure of this: I need to learn more, be gentle to my skeleton, not be suckered into buying things I don't need, buy better shoes, and KEEP RUNNING!!!
(Anyone have any suggestions on stores where expert advice on running shoes can be found on the Olympic Peninsula or in the Seattle area?) It'll be a little while before I can get to Seattle/Tacoma, but I can put it on my list of things to do when I get there.)
See my next entry for an informative article from Runner's World.