Hi @TDD! All of this is incredibly helpful, thanks so much for taking the time to provide this information! I have had a history of back, neck and knee issues - so staying injury free is my hope now that I am in my mid-40's. I especially appreciate the reminder to focus on form. I always jokingly say that my running name should be "Bag of bricks" b/c I am not very graceful for the most part! But, to your point - when I am intentional about my movements and how they impact my body I am able to improve my form and feel way better after a run. With my first grader at home, we have been doing strength workouts together a few days a week. I need to try to sneak in some more difficult workouts when she is busy with her homeschooling. With everything going on, running, and any solo time outdoors, is MOST definitely a big treat for me. I have been using cycling and walking (usually with my kiddos) as light cross training as well. I really want to get back to fitness level I attained a few years back- and your gradual approach to continuous improvement is my best bet. Thanks again! Kara
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I bought a pair of Altra trail running shoes a couple of months ago and have been wearing them with my orthotics for hiking. No problem. In fact, my problem of sore toes after a hike has been resolved. I had intended to get a pair of Altra hiking shoes but couldn't find any I liked. Although the trail runners are ok, I feel they are a bit light for hiking. So I just bought a pair of Altra hiking shoes from REI online. They are still light but a bit heavier than the trail runners. I'm still wearing them in (with my orthotics) in at home right now before trying on a real hike.
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