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Shins

March 25, 2008 by Richard Wright in Journal, Life

Shins are exhibit A in my contention that human beings are not intended to run, set neatly alongside the fact that we can barely manage being upright, and surely evolution would never have removed two of our legs if running was the intention?

Shins though, hurt. At least, mine do, quite a lot. I’ve done my research, and discovered that my shoes probably aren’t helping, because I’m stuck running on tarmac and concrete instead of nice soft grass, and the impact is correspondingly worse. The trainers I’m running in right now are about five years old, and ‘lived in’. Next week, when I can afford it, they’re getting replaced, because today going for a run including the sensation of being flanked by a midget who insisted in beating the fronts of my legs with a steel bar every time I dared take a step…

Other than that, I’m surprised to find that I quite like running. My stamina is appalling, but even after a few days it’s noticeably improved. It also does amazing things for my mood, which I’ll be monitoring to see whether it really is the exercise doing that, or just the temporary satisfaction of getting on with it.

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3 Comments

  1. MarkMarch 26, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Ha, midgets with steel bars. Gotta love ’em.

  2. Dan LaurikietisMarch 26, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    I have tried as several points in the recent past to “do running” but after around fifteen minutes end up collabsing in a bloated, red faced, sweaty heap and being unable to move for three to five weeks afterwards. I seem to be a morbidly obese man stuffed into a fairly skinny man’s body!

  3. Richard WrightMarch 26, 2008 at 8:59 pmAuthor

    There must be story mileage in midgets with steel bars…

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