Running is a bad idea.
The chances of injury are high. The physical benefits are modest. No matter what your fitness goal, there is almost certainly a more effective and a safer way to achieve it.
Do you want to get stronger? Lose weight? Look great? Feel better and have more energy?
Don’t run! Find yourself a great bodyweight exercise routine and you’ll accomplish all of these goals with less chance of injury and in a much shorter time frame.
Now I’m not a personal trainer or an exercise physiologist, but I’m pretty certain that most professionals would agree with what I just said.
Having said all of that: I love to run, and that, in my opinion, is the only good reason to go for a run.
My Run Today
Today I was back at Currahee Mountain for the third time in as many weeks.
My number one goal every time I run is injury prevention. The last time I ran Currahee my left knee started to whine a bit on the downhills, so this week I slowed my downhill pace quite a bit. I shortened my stride and slowed to about a 12 minute mile pace when going downhill to minimize any stress on my knees. The result was a 30 second reduction in my average pace, but a happier knee, and that’s an unqualified win in my book.
This week I only took one photo. At the summit I hiked around a bit to get a good view from the opposite side of the mountain. The side of the mountain facing east-to-northeast is an open rock face with tons of great photo opps. All my prior photos have been from that side of the mountain.
The other side is mostly forested, but I found a boulder-strewn area where I got a good west-to-northwest view and was able to just barely sneak the water tower into view.