Hi Juglula! I think some form of exercise in recovery is a really positive thing to do too.
I was co-erced into running what ended up as 14.5 miles on Saturday with members of the running club. We were reccying the Seven Bridge Half Marathon.
Well it's been months since I've ran that far and I think I over trained and stressed my body. I ended up with the trots (sorry if that's too much info) and when I moved from sitting down I got a thumping headache.
I was fine the following day though, and at least I know I can do the distance.
Brett, you left the army in 1992; just out of interest what were you issued to run in when you joined up? I joined the army in 1986 and we were issued boots and black plimsols, which were knowns as our 'slaps' (from the sound they made on the tarmac as we ran).
I never had any problems then. A bit later we were issued with Silver Shadows - green ones - and I used those for a long time. Again no problems.
I have a £40 rule where I don't run in running shoes that cost more than that. Fairly recently Mrs Easy and myself ran the Gower Coastal Marathon and it was interesting to see people falling out along the way with feet problems wearing Inov8s and Salamons, when my £34 Addidas off-roaders were great.
Good running form is what's important, in my experience, rather than over-engineered running shoes, which may actually cause problems, rather than solve them.
I'm currently running in £15 Crivits from Lidls and I love them. It's a shame I didn't get a bunch of them, but I will the next time they're in stock.
OK, so I managed 1.5 miles without having to stop or walk - it was really warm and really windy so that'll do for starters. My new trainers felt good and I'll try to push to 2 miles in the next couple of days.
That's good. One thing to consider if you're new to running is your running form. There's loads of youtubes on the subject. Short strides, forefoot/midfoot landing and that kind of thing, rather than heel-striking. Take a look; it's meant to be good for injury prevention.