Saturday, 25 June 2016


The challenge with making a big change in an aspect of your life that's "been that way" for 35+ years is that your body will tend to complain.  A bit!

It's now 8 weeks since the Achilles went, and I've just completed a week of running without pain.  I can still feel it lurking, and so I'm still taking 2-day or 3-day breaks here and there, but it's definitely better than it was 2 or 3 weeks ago.

I haven't compromised on the shoes - I'm still using the flatter/flimsier soled shoes that I've been running with for 9 months now, despite the physio advising wedges in the heels.

I've not been to the track, and I've eased off the speed. 

The new style is still in place - feet landing nicely under the hips.  But I'm landing flatter footed than perhaps I was 3 months ago - I'm not trying to run on my toes all the time.

I chuckle when I read back through this blog.  I never knew it would be quite so hard to change running style, and the two injuries I've had (fractured metatarsal, inflamed Achilles) are classic move-to-minimalist-shoe injuries.  

But the new style just feels so smooth and light.  There's no way I'm going back to the old way.

I joked with a running friend the other night.  I'd been running 37 years with the old style, and it served me very well.  All I need to do is run for 37 years in the new style, and I'll be sorted!!