Running on a dirt track solves foot problems.

For nearly a year, I had foot and ankle problems while running. The trouble began after a series of winter snow storms kept me off the road for some months. when I tried to resume my regular mileage too quickly, a nasty case of plantar fasciitis — an irritation of the tendon connecting heal to toes — was the result. This forced me to switch to bicycling for regular exercise.

As the foot pain lessened, I resumed jogging about 3 miles once a week. Whenever I tried to run longer distances or two days in a row, pain returned.

I started jogging on a dirt track a couple of weeks ago. As if by magic, all foot troubles have disappeared. I’ve done over 6 miles on consecutive days without any soreness at all — while running or the next day.

Regular running on the concrete and asphalt of the city streets just seems to have been too unforgiving for the injury to heal. The dirt track has just enough “give” to cushion the pounding that the feet get on the road. It’s to be expected that the softer surface will also aid in the prevention and rehabilitation of ankle injury, shin splints, and knee pain.

According to the heart rate monitor, as a workout, running on the track is equal or better than the streets.

There is a problem with running on the dirt track: going around in circles is boring! The solution is an iPhone packed with MP3s of the Brian Jonestown Massacre!

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Anthony Olszewski

********** E-mail This Page | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Resume as a Word Document ********** A vegan in his mid-50s, Anthony Olszewski believes that inertia, not time, is the enemy. His 20 mile plus bicycle commutes over the GWB to NYC prove that. Anthony Olszewski was born in Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital in 1956. During his college years, Mr. Olszewski worked as a bartender in a tavern owned by his family, the Tunnel Bar. He also operated an exterminating business and raised canaries and parakeets for sale. Mr. Olszewski was the Web Site Editor for Bret Schundler's 1997 campaign for Mayor of Jersey City and the 2001 Gubernatorial campaigns (primary and general elections) against James E. McGreevey. Mr. Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics, including Jersey City short stories, tropical fish, running with your dog, the genetics of cage birds, the poetry of Amiri Baraka, the portrayal of African-Americans in popular culture, Jersey City politics, and Hudson County history. He currently provides Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing through a number Web Sites and is a member of Mensa. Anthony Olszewski is best reached by e-mail at -- voice mail is available at 201-984-1956.