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jms in the middle of Nowhere
07/15/12 11:06 pm

409- my orthopedic dr. says it's great for you. The problems usually come from body structure problems. For example, my feet are tilted out a bit. It causes the plantar fascia to stretch a bit more than it should. I'm dealing with plantar fasciitis right now but I got orthotics...

jms in the middle of Nowhere
07/16/12 3:57 pm

Fiat- WooHoo!!! Go Newtons!! They really are the first running shoe I've truly loved. I tolerated other brands. I didn't really mean calluses, I just couldn't think of any other word! I swear it's my age! Bwahahaha
My sister is doing the Montreal IronMan in August!! She did Coeur d'Alene ....

jms in the middle of Nowhere
07/15/12 11:06 pm

..and once my body adjusts to them, I'm good to go and my running won't cause problems. And running didn't cause the problems in the first place. Moving to a new house did. All the climbing of stairs with heavy loads, etc. did far more harm than running. Just because it might be the wrong...

jms in the middle of Nowhere
07/16/12 3:58 pm

...a few years ago. I'm just not that crazy!!! She finished in about 12 hours. Can't remember her exact time. She did awesome for a first timer with no sponsors and a full-time job!!!

4boot LaTrineodeur, MN
07/15/12 7:28 pm

3 to 4 times per week, weather's too hot now.

jms in the middle of Nowhere
07/15/12 11:07 pm

...exercise for you doesn't mean it's bad for all. Tell my IronMan triathlete/massage therapist sister that. She'll laugh you out the door!!!

hvp828 Georgia peach
07/16/12 7:15 am

Yes, I enjoy races, which my boyfriend & I do every month (just did the Peachtree Road Race 10K in Atlanta on 4th of July). However,I never get that runner's high people talk about. I don't love it, but find I stay in the best shape when I'm running.

07/16/12 7:51 pm

If we weren't meant to be sedentary, why does it take us so long to learn to crawl or walk?

jms in the middle of Nowhere
07/16/12 4:00 pm

cpayne- just because ONE friend happened to get tendinitis, doesn't make running bad for everyone. I would bet that your friend didn't do much stretching. Most people do a little but don't realize how important it truly is to keeping muscles and ligaments in good shape. And tendinitis can be cured.

jms in the middle of Nowhere
07/15/12 11:10 pm

wedaslaves- yes, there is actually a chemical reaction when you run. It is a true high!! It's one of the reasons I miss running!! I always have a better day after a couple miles in the morning!!!
And I'm a 'heavy boned' person. Add to that I'm female and well-endowed. Running is still great!!!

07/17/12 7:38 am

I can't. Doctors orders. Too many issues with my knee!

PureCouture San Francisco
07/16/12 4:07 pm

Yes! Run four-five miles, four days a week. Does a body VERY good ; )

jms in the middle of Nowhere
07/15/12 11:12 pm

Fiat- my ortho dr. and I talked about barefoot running. There are some people who should absolutely NOT do it! It's just the way their body is formed. He said I should be fine with my orthotics.

And I LOVE my Newtons!!! Best runs ever in those!!

07/17/12 7:40 am

Well what about swimming or cycling? I do both and I'm skinny

07/16/12 7:19 am

Working my way through the couch to 5k program right now. I don't know how to swim so that's not an option for me, and I use to walk 3 miles every night with my mother but I needed more of a challenge.

wetheslaves Live each moment fully
07/15/12 7:33 pm

Running no good for heavy boned people. Walk, cycle and swim. Running is out for me... My friends that run get withdrawal symptoms if they miss a run. I am not joking. It is some type of chemical endorphin withdrawal or something. They go nuts until they run, then aaaaaaa relax.

07/16/12 4:20 pm

Yea but he's just started this a few months ago. He's a freshman in high school. Then again the cross country coach is a retard anyway

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
07/16/12 12:09 am

I walk and do water aerobics. Much easier on the joints.

07/16/12 1:01 pm

Not a runner, but more of a brisk walker.

07/16/12 4:38 pm

jms & fiat - I switched to Merrell Barefoot shoes last year due to knee pain from my many surgeries and have completed a marathon and five halfs this year so far with no pain. I run about 35-40 miles per week and live every minute of it.

KudosToYou California
07/16/12 12:27 am

I swim, bad ankle...I'd like to bike and walk, which is better for fat loss than running, and isn't as hard on your body.

07/16/12 1:08 pm

Swimming has way more cardio effect. You use your whole body instead of just your legs.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
07/15/12 7:50 pm

Yes I do. Anywhere from once a week to thrice a week. This coming week I'll shorten my runs and make them once a day for two weeks to get my feet ready for some more distance. Consistency is key in a lot of things and barefoot/minimalist running is no exception. If I do it too infrequently…

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07/15/12 7:50 pm

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FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
07/15/12 7:50 pm

I lose the progress I've made.

If you've had trouble with traditional running and still like the idea of running here's a few things to check out:,, Jason Robilard's free info and book, Ken Bob Saxon's…

Zack100 Tatooine
07/16/12 1:17 pm

Nothing like short-shorts and getting up at 6:30 in the morning to run for 7 or 8 miles!!

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
07/15/12 7:50 pm

website,, the book Born to Run by Chris McDougall, and anything else related to those themes. Some of them have very interesting anecdotal stories by the authors on how this idea helped them.

monkeyy Ohio
07/16/12 1:18 pm

@AJisfine: I know right??? I don't run 15 miles but looking forward to that glass of chocolate milk is what keeps me running during my 5 miles. :)

07/15/12 4:41 pm

Camp Gladiator!! 4 days a week.

mza418 Nevada
07/16/12 7:51 am

I'm doing the c25k program too. I stopped running recently to focus on summer classes. Just started again this morning. I don't love running yet, but I'm getting there.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
07/15/12 7:51 pm

But I also enjoy cycling and swimming and do those both pretty frequently. More frequently than running in fact.

07/15/12 4:43 pm

I try to when I can. Not always though

07/16/12 4:57 pm

If Jim Fixx* can drop dead from heart disease, no one is safe.

* = Author of "The Complete Book of Running"

07/15/12 4:45 pm

I swim. It's so much better for you.

07/15/12 4:45 pm

I have to run every night otherwise I feel really crappy. I run thirty to forty minutes so not very long.

wktortoise US Coast Guard Academy
07/15/12 7:52 pm

Running is my life. And i really hate it when people call me a jogger.

drcynic Pittsburgh, PA
07/16/12 12:59 am

If I'm to exercise why would I do so in the most mind numbingly boring way? Sure, some of our Presidents have been joggers, but Theodore Roosevelt beat the shit out of people in boxing and judo. That seems more fun.

Nerdz Texas
07/15/12 7:53 pm

Not really, I'm lazy in the summer :)

07/15/12 7:56 pm

I walk regularly, don't run. my daughter runs though, ran the LA marathon twice, and a lot of other ones too. I am very proud of her for that, and countless other things.

goldy California
07/15/12 7:57 pm

Nope, bad knees and asthma. I do other things though and fyi I am not overweight.

mstar1 Saint Cloud
07/16/12 3:09 am

I've never met anyone or anything scary enough that would require me to practice running from. What's the point of becoming a runner, and practicing running every day, if you aren't going to need the skill at some point?

JHello Michigan
07/16/12 1:45 pm

I run on most days of the week.

commonsenc District of Columbia
07/25/12 6:47 pm

I have a bold preseur issue the makes me faint if I do streues exhaled so no

jms in the middle of Nowhere
07/16/12 1:46 pm

Fiat- my dr said that with the way my feet are formed, I should be fine with barefoot running because you're not striking on the heel and rolling to your toes. That's where problems start for me. I remember running barefoot as a kid. My feet are wimpy now, though. Gotta build up calluses again!!

BabyBoomer Illinois
07/17/12 4:35 pm

Of all the types of exercise I've done in my life, I hated running the most.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
07/15/12 8:01 pm

Running, ducking and dodging are regular parts of my job.