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Psst: trying to get the courage to begin again but what do I tell my KNEES

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Hi fit fam :) I have been working out steadily on an intermittent basis (yes) due to post op hysterectomy. As I've just gained the ability to walk without holding my abs I do want to add that my knee is 5+ yrs post meniscus repair and inflames & pains easily. Gingerly I do yoga, combat, beach body home programs. C25k is a wonderful add but I had to stop before due to surgery. Any recommendations? Best sneakers? Thanks in advance ૐ

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Hi Ioa. I understand about the knees. My suggestion is take it slow, repeat weeks as many times as you need to, and listen to your body. When I started, my pace was similar to a slow walk, but jogging. I keep repeating weeks until I know my knees are ready to try the next week.

 

Good luck!

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Hi, loa_Dezera. I recommend the running form in the attachment. It's taken away the pain in my shins and calves!

 

Another thing that helped me was building up foot strength. When our feet are weak, another part of the body has to compensate, which results in pain in the body part that is compensating. I built up foot strength by being barefoot while indoors. While outdoors, I wear shoes made of soft leather stitched together. It has no treads or support and feels like wearing a thick sock.

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Hi all, 

New here too. Completed D1W3 yesterday. I have had the app on my phone for ever but have been too scared to try....

Considering shoes now.

I am usually barefoot (except in the winter) and if I do wear any shoes, It's usually just flipflops.

I do run with running shoes (I did not buy them - got them from a friend they were too small for). They are not fantastic but they work.

I am worried about running barefoot or with the "barefoot" shoes since I have had a recurring slipped disc for a long time and don't want to exasperate it if possible.

Any suggestions for shoes? Should I risk barefoot?

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i hate shoes and sox barefoot or chineese slippers or flip flops for me but old shoes hurt my feet gave me blisters hurt my knees i caved in and bought good shoes and some running sox they come off as soon as im done cooling down and streching good luck stay healthy

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Please, please, Please, do NOT run in flip flops. Your toes need to squeeze inward to grip the plastic and that keeps your toes from spreading to grab the ground. Flip flops also tend to catch on the ground which is a recipe for tripping and falling or twisting your ankle.

 

To strengthen my feet, I go barefoot inside the house. While I outside, I wear all leather (sole included) shoes--feels more like a sock--to strengthen my feet. Please do NOT start running barefoot if you are new to running. Walk in a running posture (with ball of foot hitting the ground first and supporting your weight) and go slow to build up foot muscles. Walking and running use muscles differently. The shoes I use for barefoot walking are Soft Star Shoes Run Dash Amoc with Bullhide Soles. Expensive, but I generally buy one shoe a year or less. After 18 months, holes have worn through the bottom of the sole. I'm going to re-buy with a thin vibram sole. These shoes have been used by athletes for ultra marathons. This particular style is also stylish/fashionable and gets compliments. Please note: bullhide soles are extremely slippery on wet tile. They feel like gloved socks and I love them, but that's one reason I am going for a vibram sole this time (also for less wear on the sole). Also note that due to the dye process, the shoe will stain your socks. My Walmart and Costco socks are okay with this :)

 

For running shoes, I'm wearing Under Armor Speedform Apollo. They are incredibly light (for a running shoe), They are not considered minimalist as there is a 6 mm drop. Minimalist range is 0-4 mm. The way the shoe works is gripping/stabilizing the top of your foot. This strengthens your arches so when you step down, your calf and foot arches spring you back up. The thin foam in the sole helps with that too. Great shoe. What you don't want to use it for: side to side sports like tennis or jumping up and down very hard like plyometrics. I just use them for running (as they were designed for) and love them.

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@ Anne I haven't decided yet. I tried on adidas, which were too small - and they didn't have my size, asics , which were too big and New Balance which were too ugly...

Running shoes are so expensive here - the asics nimbus is about $300... so I will have to stick with my old shoes until I find some that fit both my feet and my pocket. So far no luck :-)

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@Anne, just from reading a lot on the internet. So, take it with a grain of salt :) 

 

I also forgot to mention the Soft Star Shoes will stain your socks due to the way the shoes are dyed. They are so comfortable, so it's worth my foot health. I also don't like wearing shoes and try to be barefoot as much as possible without touching the ground. LOL!

 

@Ruthie: my coworker buys shoes from runningwarehouse website. He says they have a 90 day return period. Whenever a company releases a new version (Shoe 3.0), the older line (Shoe 2.0) sells for 60% + off. He got some shoes for $45. I haven't looked at that website, but it seems like a good place to start. If you can visit a running store with experts, they can analyze your gait and recommend the best shoe for you. I haven't done that yet, either.

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@Jessi, I will check that website out (tried now but they seem to be having a problem with their server). Problem is size - which i have noticed is not uniform from brand to brand so unless I find the size and model I want in a store, I might be risking the wrong size shoe....

 

Just found their European website, which is online, and there are some pretty good deals .... All I have to do is figure out the right size...

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I know this is an old post but wanted to add a comment. Look into increasing your cadence. It forces a shorter stride which brings your foot strike position more forward on your shoe and decreases impact on your knees. As for shoes I maintain there is no best brand or model. It's based on your foot and how they feel for you. Get professionally fitted and don't buy a brand or shoe because I(or anyone else) say it's good :)

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