Over 5 weeks since I hurt my knee and still not running. Yesterday I walked for about 2 miles and pottered around a shopping centre. Knee was really sore by the end of the day. I have been cycling a bit. Did 4 miles on Saturday and five and a half on Monday. Not the same though, I keep looking enviously at runners out on the street.
Anyway enough moaning.
While I have been couch bound I have been reading about running instead. I have found it very interesting. I have read 'What I talk about when I talk about running' and 'Born to run'. I have also dipped into Chi Running.
Fingalo suggested the runners handbook which I have bought but it looks quite technical and has small print so I haven't started that yet! Sorry Fingalo.
I have found the first two books both interesting and inspiring. They are full of stories and anecdotes which I found easy to read, funny in parts and touching in others.
Chi Running is more of a style of running, focussing on using the body in a natural way and avoiding injury. (Any guesses why I picked that up!)
Having read these and their comments on running shoes I have become quite interested in barefoot running or at least not paying out for expensive running shoes. According to what they are saying these shoes mollycoddle our feet and actually make it more likely for us to be injured! This is an idea put forward by some coaches and athletes especially in ultra running. They also say that old trainers or pumps could be better for us. Obviously I'm not advocating that everyone throws their running shoes away but it has made me stop and think a bit. Would be interested in your views.
Hope everyone is enjoying their running and that I'll be back out there with you soon.