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Hi all, new here. Just a few words to explain myself:
I'm 56 & ever since I turned 50 & stopped smoking I've been doing a lot of walking with my dogs, mainly on road & sometimes getting up to about 45-50 miles a week; (25 miles a week minimum); always having one eye on keeping relatively active for the annual 40 mile walk in May, which I've completed 3 times, walking only, in between 11-12.5 hours.
After overcoming the smoking hurdle I've now managed to shed 3 stone & now find I can jog non stop 4 miles in approx 43 mins which to be honest I'm really chuffed with.
I now have a goal to see if I can do the 40 mile 'walk' in 9-10 hours which would mean partial jogging & I want to invest in decent shoes.
Here's my dilemma; I've had a pair of asics gel shoes in the past & was amazed at the gel cushioning experience; but; suffered a calf tear whilst using them. Would I be correct in stating (a), I may have over stretched my calf due to the excessive cushioning of the gel & (b) does the same apply to soft gel shoes as does bicycle tyres in that the more of a cushioning effect you go for, (lower tyre pressure) the more effort you need to put in per mile?
I feel it's a topic worth exploring as on this particular walk many find they can get to say marathon distance without problem but the next 14 miles are where the niggles, both major & minor, come in.
Hope its a topic worth debate.