It took me some years, and some pairs of too-small new running shoes, to realize that our feet get bigger as we get older.
Fortunately, when I was at Sport Chek, I had my foot measured. I take size 10 and 1/2. It used to be 8 and 1/2.
So, have your feet measured as you start to get older.
In the past, I didn’t get my feet measured. I guessed: “I must be 9 and 1/2 now. No, I must be 10.” I didn’t know until a Sport Chek sales person named Maria said to me, “Here, let’s measure your foot. Put your left foot here and let’s see.”
So now that I have a new pair of New Balance running shoes, that are the right size, I’m back to regular running, with three times a week at 30 or 40 minutes. I go by the research regarding such matters. A Nov. 20, 2014 Science Daily article regarding this topic is entitled: “Jogging keeps you young: Seniors who run regularly can walk as efficiently as 20-somethings.”
Running and strength training
As with all matters of this nature, I take it easy when I run. At times I run hard, but I do not overdo it. I’ve also bought Saucony waterproof running shoes for running on rainy and snowy days.
By way of an update: After reading a Dec. 14, 2014 Globe and Mail article, which mentions a recent report based on the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study, I’ve added a 10-minute run for the other days of the week as well, aside from the three days a week when I do longer runs.
Well, I can share another thought. I’m very attentive when I drive. I see the “zone” of what’s happening ahead of me and at the sides and back. Before I adopted that routine, I wasn’t thinking so much about the zone. My thoughts were on my destination, on the past, on the future. Now, after a few serious wakeup calls, fortunately quite some time ago now, my attention is on the road ahead. When I get too tired, I do not drive. A word to the unwary: Attend to what’s ahead of you.