Using Luna Sandals at 68 in first half-marathon...
by Brian Donovan
Near finish line at first half-marathon...
I am a relatively newcomer to running, as I started with a 0-3k group when I turned 65. Now, I am 68, running regularly with a local athletics club (as well as cycling with a different cycling club). As a runner, I use Luna sandals and have had no problems, or injuries (other than one over-training injury which was totally self-inflicted).
Before running, I had been studying footwear and posture, and upon turning 60, stopped wearing shoes and only wore either flat sandals or flat shoes. My posture improved; I worked on foot exerices; and walked long distances (10-15k) on a regular basis, mostly in forest areas. This meant walking on variable ground.
In the 0-3k running group, the coach/trainer made a point at the beginning of commenting on people's shoes. She looked at mine and questioned my presence in the group. I explained about the science of flat footwear (Irene Davis as from your quote) and continued with the training. After the group ended, a few of us ran a 5k run in a local town, and a new athletics club was started.
The club established itself (believe it or not) a week before the covid lockdown, which meant personal training, but no group work for a while.
In March of this year, I ran my first half-marathon (after appropriate training and preparation). Attached is a photo of me, near the finish line.
Smiling broadly, in mid air, in sandals, is not how I ever imagined completing my first long run. However, I have another in September and am fully prepared (never mind with 5k; 10k; 10 mile runs during the summer) for it.
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