How Steve Got Back to Running at Age 68 (after a decade off due to injury)

You depend on your running. It holds a place of special importance in your life.

If it didn’t, you wouldn’t have decided to read this.

And yet you’ve got some concerns about your running—which is probably the other reason you want to read what I have to say.

Injury rates among runners are really high, and behind every injury lurks the fear that this is The Big One that you’ll never fully recover from. The injury that stops you from running—for good.

Imagine for a moment you didn’t have to be afraid of that.

Imagine you have the ability to recover fully from your current injury or nagging pain.

And imagine you know in your very bones that virtually whatever life throws at you, you’ll be able to work with your body, find your way back to healthy movement, and again run smoothly and well.

That ability is absolutely within reach for you.

Let me tell you a story.

Steve G. started running in his mid-30s. Nothing crazy, just consistent running to keep fit and healthy, including the occasional 5k or 10k race.

In his mid-40s he added in cycling, and before long he developed plantar fasciitis. Though he was in pain, he doggedly kept on running for another decade.

Then, as he said, “in my mid-50s I got so I just couldn’t do it any more. I would walk but I couldn’t run.”

The plantar fasciitis that wouldn’t go away finally put an end to his running.

With his sore feet, Steve became more sedentary and the problems piled on. “ I sat a lot, you know, I sat all the time, and didn’t really know what to do about it…I’m sure that took its toll on me with back pain, foot pain, whatever, just from that lifestyle.”

But today, 13 years later, Steve is back to running 3-6 miles every other day.

“I just don’t have any pain at all. I enjoy it. And it’s very surprising to me that I can do it at my age. I’m 68.”

It may seem surprising that an achy, sedentary 60-something ex-runner recovered the ability to run consistently—and more comfortably than he had decades before.

But in fact any runner who’s not afraid to think outside the box can use the same approach Steve did to recover their running ability and keep it.

In my career I’ve worked with hundreds upon hundreds of runners from beginner to Olympian and I’ve seen them consistently:

  • recover from tenacious injuries
  • discover that their runs can actually feel good from the first step to the last
  • get faster without increasing their effort

So I’ve complied a series of stories explaining a key mistake people make when trying to save or even just improve their running, telling you what to do instead, and giving you something (free!) you can do right away to get started.

I’ll also be telling you about a premium option for getting these results. But whether that’s something you decide to pursue or not, I promise if you read these pages you’ll get a new perspective on how to keep running a dependable, enjoyable… and even exhilarating part of your life.

Here’s the next one.

May all your running dreams come true,


Jae Gruenke, GCFP
The Balanced Runner™