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Q. “Dear Doc: What is the best jogging shoe? Bill”
A. “The one that feels and fits the best. It should have plenty of room at the toe, but not slip at the heel. It should be firm and stable against the running surface, yet be soft-ish directly against the bottom of the foot.”

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More bark, er, a, bang for your buck: Jogging will give you more aerobic benefit, with less effort, in a shorter period of time, than any other exercise I can think of, if!

If what? If you do it correctly.

When I ran cross-country in High School, our coach was the football coach, and knew next to nothing about running...of course, the kids didn’t either!

When I began distance training, at the start of the “running boom,” knowledge was still at a premium, and there was almost nothing written on the subject. We were forced to train by “trial and error.”  At first it was mostly “error!”

Fast and far: I went out and ran as fast as I could, as far as I was able. Then paused just long enough to stop gasping for breath, and did it again. I kept this up until I was too exhausted to move.

Stress fractures: The next day I repeated the ordeal. Day after day I kept it up, until finally, stress fractures in every bone of my lower body forced me to stop running.  Actually the stress fractures almost stopped me from walking - I couldn’t step up over a curb without leaning on someone’s shoulder.

Time to heal: Over the next several months, as I slowly healed, I went to the track and performed partial knee-bends (squats) as others continued to run.

Developing a plan: During this period, I developed the beginnings of a plan - frequently changed, often refined.

Keeping records: I also began keeping detailed records of  training: mileage, time, resting pulse rate, recovery, general physical condition, subjective comments (feelings, observations) and the weather.

I kept similar records for my training buddies.  Gradually a philosophy evolved.

Avoid pain and injury at any cost. Advance slowly, and retrench frequently. Vary running workouts from day to day and week to week. Employ other exercises to develop full body conditioning.

Less than a year after the debilitating stress fractures, I ran in my first race - the hilly 5 mile Bayou City Fun Run. Then it was 10Ks and 10 milers, such as the Crowley Louisiana “Crayfish Run.”

Almost thirty years later, I’m still running strong, and pain free.

If you have any questions about starting a jogging program, reaping the benefits and training without pain, e-mail your specific question to me, and I’ll come to the rescue.

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The information on this website is one man’s opinion only. Before beginning any new exercise or nutrition program, consult your doctor. Then, the decision to proceed, or no, is your responsibility alone.

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