Speaking of injuries: Spring couldn't have come soon enough. I'm running completely bare again and I'm much more conscious of my form. When running in aquas, my foot-strike was somewhat muted and I think this led to additional hip pain. Despite having over a year of barefoot experience before this past winter began, I slipped into a more destructive foot-strike. The sound of my heel pounding became noticeable, I was still landing on my forefoot, but I was coming down too hard on the heel. The snow and the cold seemed to disguise the pounding and my hip has been sore as a result. I'm sure I have arthritis in my hip as do my Father and Sister, but running hasn't bothered it until this past winter. I am running more miles too. But shedding the shoes has refocused my attention on my heels. I am trying to catch the ground with my feet as if catching a hard ball with no glove. It seems to be helping. I've also noticed a "hitch" in my gait - probably due to arthritis or a short leg or something. The hitch is harder to identify and control. A slow-mo camera would be interesting to watch.
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