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Fitness 2022: Brand New Nikes

You may ask why I post these crappy photos of my treadmill workout. I don’t know. It’s my brand.

Speaking of brands. I need a new pair of shoes. My old Nikes are dead. They are ex-workout shoes. They have joined the choir… ok, I won’t belabor the point. The point is that I’ve tried other running shoe brands in the past and they always gave me inflamed knees.

I’ve seen good things about the Nike Pegasus. Has anyone tried them? (Yes, it does have to be Nikes.) Any other recommendations? I’m about 95% back from my sprained ankle. I usually feel a little sore spot on my right foot outer edge the morning after the treadmill. I’m picking up my speed and am psychologically ready to run but I don’t want any setbacks. Recommendations for shoes with good cushioning and stability are what I’m looking for. Pronation isn’t my problem.

Also, I think I need to do the treadmill regularly, as in at least once a day for 2-3 miles. I would need a treadmill in my basement to ensure consistent use. It would correspond to all the walking I did when I was commuting to downtown Pittsburgh before the lockdown and Great Empudgening of 2020. My jeans are too tight. The struggle is real. So any budget treadmill recommendations also welcome. I’m kind of nervous about buying an old one. Looking at a Solo.

Cool down over, I’m going home to do a second proof on some bread dough. Have some topical cool down music: