Running Advice from a Squeaky Shoe

I’m probably the last person on earth who should be giving running advice. After all, I’m slow. When I was in cross country back in high school, I was always dead last. When I crossed the finish line, the other kids had their sweats on and half-finished drinks in their hands. Things have not gotten significantly better in the speed department with age. Every year I run a 5k at my church, but never do particularly well even for my age group.

Well, despite my lack of speed, I do feel that I have a small bit of wisdom to impart.

Until recent years running injuries were a regular thing for me. Lately, however, I’ve discovered that I can avoid them. Part of the answer is my squeaky shoe. My dad bought me these really cool shoes that have springs in the heels. I’m not sure what happened to them, but now whenever I walk it makes a really loud squeak. When I run, I’m careful not to let them make a sound. I believe this means reduced impact stress.

I’ve also decided to focus on limiting the up and down motion of my body. I try to make the motion of my legs smoother and more continuous. The result has not only been fewer injuries, but I’m faster now. I’m still not winning races, but it’s progress.

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