Edi­tor’s Note

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I AL­WAYS LIKED run­ning best when I was alone and it was quiet. Chitchat and mu­sic were not for me. When my dog was younger, she came along, but she kept to her­self.

Re­cently, I de­cided to tackle a 15K race—that’s over nine miles—and I needed to do in­creas­ingly long runs on week­ends. My son, who is 6, loves his bike and his Satur­day Mom time, so I found my­self with what I’d been avoid­ing for years: a chatty run­ning part­ner. He was happy to shoul­der the bulk of the con­ver­sa­tion, though, with com­pli­cated sto­ries and ex­tra-loud singing. Spoiler alert: I loved his com­pany.

Still, I hung on to the core of what I loved about run­ning: It’s fuss-free. I could put on my shoes and go; I didn’t need any­thing but my­self. (That sim­plic­ity is one rea­son walk­ing is such a win­ner too—see our guide on page 56.) But then, dis­as­ter…in the form of run-ru­in­ing knee pain. It didn’t go away on its own (imag­ine that!), so things had to get fussy: I needed help. My brother, con­ve­niently a run­ning coach, had wise words about rest­ing, and I got a hand­son course in ham­string strength­en­ing—my knee wasn’t re­ally the prob­lem!—from Kym Nolden, a trainer I adore. Be­ing pain-free af­ter weeks of avoid­ing stair­cases was as de­light­ful as a 6-year-old on a yel­low bike singing “Doe, a Deer.” We hope you can get to that bliss your­self with “Ease Your Aches & Ouches” on page 50.

In the end, my whole “run­ning is soli­tary” thing was up­ended, but that was the only way I man­aged to run the 9.3-mile race, and I am stronger and hap­pier for it. Here’s to see­ing life in new ways this spring!

Kym at the gym got me back on my feet so I could ac­com­plish some­thing new: run­ning a 15K race!

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