Well, here I am again after a long lay off. You'll notice in the twitter link on the right that a couple of weeks ago I began Ease into 5K. This is the update of C25k.
At long last I've got myself over the doorstep again; and I'm hoping that this time I can continue day by day to get to some level of fitness, without any sort of time scale and with the goal of simply getting into 34" waist trousers again. The only real goal is the daily goal of completing a walk or Ease into 5K or to take a rest day. And I'm pushing myself no further than that; unlike in the past when I've pushed myself over into pain and suffering. It's that that kept knocking me back more than anything, simply pushing myself too far. So this will be very much an Ease(y) into 5K.
In the pursuit of flat shoes that have some real style (the Vivobarefoot Ra are ok but not all that stylish) and are flat, I found Base London shoes which, in shoes to wear with a suit and that have some style, are about as flat as you can get. They are probably the most comfortable shoes I've ever had and so all the shoes I wear now are flat and the next thing to walking barefoot. This has really helped my feet and legs recover properly from previous injury, although there's some injury there in my left foot which I think is about as good as it's going to get. So I'm getting into the (almost) barefoot running form, as it were, from scratch.
One of my Base London shoes, the left one, developed a squeak. I looked on the internet for remedies. What worked though was what was suggested by a member of my congregation - olive oil. Left to soak in overnight, it worked a treat and now I can walk normally again without the squeak announcing my arrival.
So I'm looking no further forward than each day's walk or run or rest, making the journey the important thing rather than the goal.