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2018 July 4

Resuming jogging

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After a three-week break to let my tendons and bursæ heal (see Taking a break from jogging), I started jogging again today, cautiously.

I went to Santa Cruz Running Company on Monday and bought a pair of running shoes. I ended up buying ASICS Kayano 24 shoes in size 10½ US (44.5 European, 9½ UK), for about $142 (including tax),  which is somewhat more than I would have paid on-line, had I known that those were the shoes I wanted, though less than I would have paid a month ago (the shoe is now last-season’s model).

I’m glad to pay the 20–30% premium for the ability to try on 8 different pairs of shoes from different manufacturers (as well as seeing a little slow-mo video of my running on the treadmill, to see if I had an problems with rotation of my feet—none were visible).  The shoes I had originally thought I wanted, because of the big toe box, ended up not being comfortable, because the stiffening at the toe pressed down on my big toe nail—there was plenty of room horizontally, but not enough vertically.

The shoes I ended up with have soft mesh uppers and conform better to my feet.

The tenderness in my pes anserinus tendon (or bursa underneath) is almost gone, so I tried taking a short run this morning: just 1.5km with no hills.  I’m going to switch to an alternate-day schedule to give more healing time between runs and to give me more warning if I start damaging my tendons or bursæ again.  I’ll ramp up the distance more slowly this time also.

It is unlikely that I’ll be up to Bike Santa Cruz County’s  12km run on 26 August 2018, but it is more important to me that I don’t make the minor injury worse.


  1. Congrats. I hope the shoes do the trick. Have you looked at this technique of doing distance runs? Very low stress for distances.

    It is interesting how my internet purchases have dropped over the years. I do everything I can to stay local. That 20-30% extra makes sure I have experts local.

    Comment by gflint — 2018 July 4 @ 22:47 | Reply

    • I’m afraid that my internet purchasing has gone up in recent years (though it started from a low level), largely because I’ve been buying more specialized items that are not available locally (electronics parts and tools, for example).

      I may use a run-walk-run strategy this time around, to reduce the chance of injury—based on my current pace, it seems like suggests that I run for 3–4 minutes then walk for 1 minute.

      Comment by gasstationwithoutpumps — 2018 July 5 @ 10:18 | Reply

  2. I’m glad to see you’re taking things cautiously. Running is one of my great pleasures, but it takes careful strategy to avoid the musculoskeletal issues. Remember, that the Bike Santa Cruz Run by the Sea event also has a 4K option!

    Comment by whatisron — 2018 July 5 @ 09:08 | Reply

    • I’ll consider the 4km option—I’m a bit bummed that I won’t be able to ramp up to the12km run as I had originally planned.

      Comment by gasstationwithoutpumps — 2018 July 5 @ 10:20 | Reply

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