It hurts – no way around it. My feet especially hate distance and now my knees are starting to complain when I hit the double digit miles. But you know what else it does? It makes you feel young and amazing. I just have to keep reminding myself that if it were easy, everyone would do it. As it is most people tell you you’re crazy. You know what I say to them? SUCK IT! Actually I just give them a wry smile; a knowing smile.
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The key for me has always been to learn to run on tired legs. My knees are very thankful for the walk/run interval training method.
What marathon are you training for?
I don’t know if you use orthodics, but they have helped my knees on long runs. My feet get numb when I run over an hour, so I get inserts with metatarsal support. Feels weird at first, but it works.
You have some amazing accomplishments! Keep up the good work.
I had to use orthodics too after my incident but you know what is best for you. However don’t surrendere and keep on running.
What marathon are you preparing?
To the pained runner there awaits the glory of stopping and accomplishment.