Hi there! I was here 10 years ago and got up to 5K barefoot, but then backed off when some nagging pains started to persist. My job as a letter carrier had me walking 25,000 to 30,000 steps per day, 5 days a week, so the running had to go. I retired early a bit after my 60th birthday (reduced pension yes, but major increase in overall happiness/freedom) and started running again. It took about 3 months this winter to get to 5K again. I've been wearing running shoes (Saucony Tornado's) because I walked my route in hiking boots or New Balance walking shoes, both of which have pretty high heels. To get ready for low/zero drop running shoes, sandals, or barefooting, I've been wearing cheap pool slippers while in the house to give my achilles time to get some length. I have a dream...to run 4,500' up a local mountain and back, which is about a 25K round trip. Have started a 12 week 20K running plan, so if everything holds together should be able to do it (in shoes/sandals) before I turn 61 at the end of August. Good to be back!