This week I made an active effort to walk and jog/run. After only a couple of minutes, I would get really bad shoulder pain so I had to retreat back to my pit of self pity and walk home, defeated. I then thought about the equipment I was using and made some changes to reduce the shock/impact running up my legs-hips-back-shoulder.
Like I mentioned before, I have pretty bad knees derived from my rugby and extreme weight lifting days (God, I wish I was more mindful of my future physical health then!) I made 3 changes:
1. Purchasing new trainers designed for under-pronating heal-strikers with extra support around the heel. Judging from how the heel of your shoe is worn in, you can determine where you need extra support when buying new shoes - you may find this link useful: asics.com/gb/en-gb/running-...
2. A knee brace designed for runners with meniscal injuries or problems associated with OA.
3. INSANE noise-cancelling headphones (Perhaps not 100% necessary but there is a lot of research on the power of distraction therapy).
The result: Just went for a 100% PAIN FREE run around the park for 20 minutes. Totally smashed my 100 CAL goal on my iwatch and my own expectations. I felt absolutely no impact coming into my back and my lord it was amazing!
Early days, but this MIGHT be a total game changer. I am going to buy another knee brace for the left side.
With consistent small tweaks along the way and being mindful of everything around me, I know I can get there!
CUDOS to you all,