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Okay, I didn’t listen to the experts and start ‘real’ slow with this barefoot running stuff. I thought I was going slow with running/walking two miles. While I felt great the day I ran/walked I realized the next day that I had nudged a few muscles that I had not used in a while. It wasn’t until two days later that I realized how much of a nudge I had given those sleeping muscles.

Muscle Discovery

Being awaken at 1:00 am by the low battery sound on my cell phone, I got out of bed only to wonder, “What the heck have I done to my lower leg muscles?” Not an expert in anatomy let me see if I can describe the muscles that were annoyed with me. I think I annoyed my peroneus longus and peroneus brevis. I also think I annoyed my soleous a bit too.Peroneus longus and brevis

Wow, what a jolt at 1:00 am. I shut off my phone and went back to bed. I’ll deal with the pain when I wake up later.

Not too Bad

The pain isn’t really too bad. I realize that by running without the support of traditional running sneakers, I engaged muscles that have been long dormant. Rather than aggravate them any further, I decided to stretch them and rest them until they weren’t angry with me anymore (at my age it took about 4 days before they stopped hissing at me).

I love the fact of knowing that I’m actually developing different muscles that will help me in the long run with my new running habits. It’s just that its a little painful at first. Oh well, a small price to pay.

It’s been a few days and now I’m back at it again; so far so good.

About the author: Felicia has learned the hard way that health, whether good or bad, is a result of daily choices and habits. On this blog, Felicia shares what she’s learned and the healthier choices she now makes as a result of her new knowledge. She hopes to encourage others to experiment to find alternative solutions to nagging problems (she’s also is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment).

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