Lately, whenever I had the opportunity I have been choosing not to walk on the pavement. When I go out to exercise at the park I run on the grass, on the dirt, or on the part with the leaves, wood chips and barks ( as seen on the photo above).
I started doing this because I noticed that my feet hurt when I run on the pavement. Maybe, I run wrong. Maybe, my expensive running shoes are not doing their job.
Thinking it was my shoes, I swapped my running shoes with my walking shoes. My running shoes are bouncy and have soles that are thick and inclined, whereas my walking shoes are waterproof, skid resistant, and have thin and relatively flat soles. This swap made a significant difference. My heels didn't hurt with the flatter and the less inclined walking shoes. However, running still wasn't pain free, the soles of my feet still ached.
On a different day at the park I decided to cut through the park to go to the sunnier section and continue my exercises there. As I walked on the dirt, the wood chips, and the grass to get to the other side I realised how good it felt, my feet didn't hurt. So, I continued my run on the grass.
Whilst the paved path is stiff, painful, and unsupportive, there's buoyancy and support when you run on the grass, or on the dirt road. Now I run in my walking shoes, and not on the paved running path. I guess sometimes things that aren't meant to be used for what they are intended for.
If your feet have been aching when running, try different shoes and definitely try getting off the pavement. Read the signs though, I know some places that don't allow people on the grass.
Try something new, walk on the wild side. Remember to listen your body!
With love & simplicity,
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