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  • Aching legs after a day of walking?

    This is probably obvious to those of you who have been active for years, but should 4 hours of moderately fast walking make my legs and feet hurt?
    I'm wearing minimalist footwear.
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  • #2
    If you're walking a different pace, terrain, distance or with different footwear, you're probably using different muscles. I wouldn't worry unless you don't see any improvement.
    Durp.

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    • #3
      Posture also matters. If you're out of alignment your center of gravity is off and muscles are working more than they should. Neuromuscular Therapy can help analyze your posture and correct it. That's what I do, that's how I know. It is a possible cause.

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      • #4
        Probobly. Unless you're really conditioned for longer walks (regardless of footwear) you're going to feel it. Same goes for minimalist footwear. So I would imagine with the 2 put together on a 4 hour walk (I'm assuming all at once), I would guess most people would have some level of soreness.

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        • #5
          I'm just getting back into shape (unless you count round) and have found myself sore when I walk for any extended period of time... seems normal to me.

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          • #6
            Every spring when I ramp up the hiking mileage I'm sore for a bit.

            Gordo

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            • #7
              Yes, four hours of walking is a lot. I normally walk 3-5 miles every day, which takes me about an 1 hour to 1.5 hours. Sometimes I can feel it after those walks, especially if hills are involved. 4 hours of walking for me would translate into around 15 miles. That's a lot of walking, so expect to be sore.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Alex Good View Post
                I'm wearing minimalist footwear.
                I think this is one of the biggest factors for you being more sore than you expected. Its pretty normal just make sure you do not over do it at first. If your new to minimalist shoes you need to let your feet/legs adjust to being used the way they evolved again. It takes time and initially your feet and calves might be more sore than you expect. I know I could feel the difference all they way up through my legs and glutes when I started using them as my primary footwear.
                Last edited by critta; 06-03-2011, 08:22 AM. Reason: edited quoted reference

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                • #9
                  Primaldog says,

                  Yes, you are going to hurt. This is because you are now walking differently ( I'm assuming that you are now in minimalist footwear vs. standard footwear. If this is true you are now walking on the balls of your feet and not the heels. Check out barefoot Ken Bob's website and follow his conditioning advice. I read it , didn't follow it, learned my lesson, then followed it. Did 9 1/2 miles within a year. You also need to do this for the beginning, walking phase. It doesn't just apply to marathon runners.

                  Be patient. Be consistent. Be aware of your body.

                  Arf
                  - how does one escape living in darkness?
                  Primaldog: first understand that Fear is the only darkness..

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                  • #10
                    Four hours of walking will definitely hurt...atleast for a couple of days. If you are a regular walker then it will go away little by little.

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                    • #11
                      aching legs

                      Originally posted by Alex Good View Post
                      This is probably obvious to those of you who have been active for years, but should 4 hours of moderately fast walking make my legs and feet hurt?
                      I'm wearing minimalist footwear.
                      I have the same problem. My legs are cold and feels like growings pains. I am not feeling anything while I walk, it is afterwards. My son being a cross trainer and doing warrior races says it is my diet. Can it be and how do I change it.

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                      • #12
                        While 4 hours is quite a bit, especially if you're working on getting into shape, you might also want to look at how you are walking. I am a pretty active person, and a few weeks ago I went on a 3 hour(ish) walk. The next morning I was crazy sore. Someone pointed out to me that I was walking with my feet splayed out a bit, and I think that is why I was so sore. Now, I've noticed that if I'm attentive to my form (making sure my toes are pointing forward), I can walk without any soreness afterward.
                        Last edited by Primal Hippie; 03-01-2014, 02:42 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Nope. Not normal. You're dying.

                          Seriously, any time you do a physical activity you're not accustomed to, some soreness is normal. You'll be okay, and it will cease to be an issue as you get acclimated to it.
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