I love these shoes. Whew–it’s been an odd running year. When I started this blog, I thought I’d do a regular running post. However, my running life has been crazy this year. I was halfway through typing this post when I realized I should rename it The Running Epistle: Yeah, It’s That Long. Then I decided to just give you the highlights and spare you the details.


1.Pregnancy-Stopped running.

2. Miscarriage-Longer recovery than expected.

3.Back and Leg Pain-Eventually stopped running.

4. No $ for new Running Shoes for three months-Led to some Aha Experiences.

Aha Experiences:

1. Listened to Interview with author of Born to Run Christopher McDougall.

2. Discovered if I lifted weights I could make it through the day without so much pain. Increased weight lifting to four times a week.

2. Fitted for New Running Shoes-Discovered I have terrible running posture and they were out of shoes in my size. Learned all the clerks run barefoot or in Vibram FiveFingers. Hmm…thinking more about that book now. Maybe I should move Born to Run up on my “to read” list.

3. Tried running barefoot one minute sprints on the treadmill during my 30 minutes of daily walking using the posture and footfall techniques the running store clerk showed me. It really works! It causes no more pain than I already experience daily.


1. My husband made me go to the doctor to get a physical therapy prescription.

2. Physical Therapist said no more running and asked me what my goals were for physcial therapy. I said to be able to perform my household responsibilities pain free and run a half marathon.

3. Physical therapy exercises are amazing. The pain is tolerable throughout the ominous 4-bedtime hours, and I wake up without pain now if I do my exercises twice a day.

4. I’m halfway through Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. I think I’ll post a review here when I’m done.

5. Still thinking about that half marathon. Is there enough time left this year to get it in? (Shh … don’t tell my physical therapist.)

3 Response Comments

  • Tuck  November 23, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I have a good friend who has two bad knees and a bad back. Both knees have had meniscus tears, and his back was injured in a fall twenty years ago. He’s had constant back pain for the last 20 years, requiring weekly visits to a chiropractor, and lots of pills.

    I convinced him to read “Born to Run”, and buy some Vibrams, since I’d read online that some folks have seen their back pain get better when the stopped wearing shoes with heels.

    Sure enough, that’s what happened. Not only is his back pain entirely gone (except when he wears shoes with heels) but he can run without his knees hurting him.

    It’s changed his life. Just a thought…

  • Jenni K. H.  November 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I didn’t know you’d had a miscarriage. (Not that such an announcement is easy to share.) I want you to know I’m so sorry.

  • shandrae  December 3, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Another book about running that you might want to try is “Chi Running.” Haven’t read more than an excerpt yet, but it’s supposed to be great.