Runners Please Don’t Heel Strike, I Don’t Care How Old You Are!

Runners Please Don't Heel Strike, I Don't Care How Old You Are!

Don't Heel Strike, Please! Thump! Thump! Thump! I guess we only learn from our own mistakes? Today I said to a young runner, on the adjacent treadmill, "Please don't heel strike." I tried to be tactful, not like some irritating old guy. I just said, "How's the running going?" Thump! Thump! Thump! "Several friends of mine have ruined knees due to running with a heel strike, when they were young." Thump! ... Read more

Save Your Knees With Low Impact Running

Save Your Knees With Low Impact Running

You Can Save Your Knees If you don't wait too long! Took me years to master this! Sure glad I did! Sorry the focus is off, no idea why. Too hot to go out there and do it all over again. Life is brief! Follow the advice of Danny Dryer and Jack Heggie, and you might run for the rest of you life. You might even qualify for the Boston Marathon. You never know your luck - more to do with skill and ... Read more

Knee Pain, Runner’s Bane: Beware The Canyons Of Your Mind!

Knee Pain, Runner's Bane: Beware The Canyons Of Your Mind!

Prevent Knee Pain, ASAP! Two images, same cause! "Neurons that wire together, fire together!" Donald Hebb, 1949 Knee pain is the commonest problem I encounter, when asked for advice on living the life of an older athlete. Habits sculpt our minds, and consequently our bodies! To change your body, you have first to change your mind. It took three knee surgeries, two due to running, before I ... Read more

Running Shoes Are Tools, Pay Attention!

Running Shoes Are Tools, Pay Attention!

Running Shoes Are Tools? So Use Them Accordingly! Work WITH your running shoes! They are wonderful tools, just like a hammer is a tool! Running shoes play a big role in my life, but I have to work with them for an optimal experience. Don't just put on your shoes, and expect to not think about them anymore. You're a team, you and your shoes. Running shoes are not supposed to be a crutch. In fact, if you use ... Read more

Returning to running safely? Thumbs up for body awareness training!

Returning to running safely? Thumbs up for body awareness training!

Body Awareness Training The Key To Active Healthy Aging  Returning to Running, Safely? Andrew Weil Said Running Is For Young People! I Say, "Forget that!" On returning to running in my 50s, I could have avoided two knee surgeries, and lots of pain, with a little body awareness training. But I had no idea, back then! I was, basically, clueless! Body awareness training came consciously into my life, much ... Read more

Never Give Up: FitOldDog’s Run Is Really Back, After Three Years!

Never Give Up: FitOldDog's Run Is Really Back, After Three Years!

Never Give Up! Remember Robert the Bruce! When I say my run is back, it's true. I know it! The final piece of advice came from Rick, of Ironman Dreams, and my swim mentor. After my last terrible recent triathlon, where I just couldn't run, Rick said, "Try increasing your mileage on the bike. If you have strong legs, it may help your run." Remember, my running has been hopeless, since that bike ... Read more

That Knee Pain Is In Your Knee? You’re Sure?

That Knee Pain Is In Your Knee? You're Sure?

Kids run around all day, without knee pain! I was thinking about knee pain, in my vegetable garden! Knee pain is generally from tight quads or hamstrings, I realized. Especially in runners with good running technique. Use your thumb to find the tight spots in your quads, to recreate the knee pain. Then roll those spots (gently, kindly, somewhat painfully) "Men are born soft and supple; dead, they are ... Read more

Running After Knee Surgery: Qualified For Boston Marathon 2009

Running After Knee Surgery: Qualified For Boston Marathon 2009

Boston Marathon? Running After Knee Surgery? Hell, I qualified for the Boston Marathon (2009), only two years after the last of three knee surgeries (split meniscus, both sides, Baker's cyst, bilateral inflamed plicae). Still doing Ironman training, and running after knee surgery, seven years later. In spite of overcoming ITBS and plantar fasciitis (2x), a displaced pelvis (bike wreck), followed by dry ... Read more

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