I Strapped on a Pair of Running Shoes Today

Can these bony legs withstand the strain?

George “Ace” Acevedo
Crow’s Feet

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I’ve decided to go back to running, but I’m not sure how this will go.

My life and body have changed a lot in the last five decades. Are my knees, ankles, and hips at risk?

I’ve always believed running was the easiest kind of cardio. It’s not about the physical part. That sucks, of course. Instead, it’s about how simple it is to do. You put on shorts and running shoes, and you’re off. Yeah, you could make it more complicated with fancy smart watches and snazzy accessories for water, your phone, and high-priced shoes, but at its core, running is simple.

However, it’s been a long time since I’ve laced them up. I ran my last marathon 28 years ago, then never ran again. I just moved on to other things. I took up skiing, hiking, and weight training. Then, like many of us as we age, I eventually stopped doing anything.

I’ve written before about how my doctor suggested (strongly) that exercise would eliminate much of what ails me these days. I tried a handful of things, but they all suffered from the same issues: the equipment was too expensive, was too complicated, or took up too much room. Doesn’t everyone have a rowing machine to hang clothes on?

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George “Ace” Acevedo
Crow’s Feet

Writer. Noisemaker. Visual Artist. Former radio guy who knows a little about a lot.