I suck at running. Help!

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@GrannyPantiesRock:  How old are your sneakers?

90% of running injuries are shoe-related. Get new shoes (I run in Saucony, because I have wide feet, but most people wear Asics)– it’s about $50, but 99% of your running problems could disappear!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@GrannyPantiesRock:  And I run 20-30 miles a week, but I started out running just 2-6 miles! And I was CONSTANTLY hurt. As it turns out, it was my shoes!

I haven’t had a SINGLE injury since I upgraded shoes–not even blisters!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@BrandNewBride:  +1

OP, head to a really good running store and get fitted for some proper shoes! They will have some good training tips for you as well.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

FI and I signed up to run a 5K for the next weekend after not running for 3+ years. He won (never ran a 5K) and I finished a few back! I just wanted to not walk and it was sooo much easier than training! Once you get out there it’s a lot easier, to me at least, than running by yourself or on a treadmill. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

OP, maybe take a 1-2 weeks off to let yourself heal? You don’t want to get mentally and physically burnt out! Then get back into it slower?

Also, I might suggest switching up your workout routine. Try adding in some strength training and stretching. And yoga maybe!! This will help your muscle development and healing

 

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Newbee

Definitely look at your shoes, and go to a store where they can properly assess your pronation on a treadmill. I wear Adidas Engergy Boosts which are the most comfortable things ever, but a lot of people like Asics and Brooks. Also, invest in a foam roller. The crazy looking one by Trigger Point is pricey, but man, let me tell you, it totally works for massaging sore muscles and keeping things supple. I started running 5 and 10K’s in February and am training for a 10 miler on 9/29.  I’m currently running anywhere from 18-24 miles/week. The roller has helped keep my legs and hips pretty much pain free since upping my mileage.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

@GrannyPantiesRock:  I love to exercise but honestly running is not for me. I feel like it puts way too much pressure and stress on my joints. My body seems to hate it:(

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m having the same problem with my hip flexors right now (skipped my run today because of it), and it’s making me crazy, so I feel your pain!!

If you’ve resolved your shoes, I would also recommend checking your mileage and coming up with a weekly schedule to make sure you’re not increasing too fast. Generally you are not supposed to increase more than 10% a week. That’s kind of a challenge when you first start out, as it can feel like it’s taking a long time to build up your miles – but if you stick with it you will get there. Try balancing with some walking, cycling, swimming, or other activities to vary up your routine a bit (that should also help with the soreness, as it will use your muscles in different ways and help even out your fitness).

Good luck!! 

 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@GrannyPantiesRock:  You know, I am a hurty mess when I run on pavement/side walks.  I have to run on trails.  1.5 miles on the sidewalk versus 4 miles on a trail is soooo different.  I hurt less despite there being more lung busting uphills. 

So hard surfaces could just suck for you as they do for me!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

If your hips hurt, pretend you have a string pulling your head straight as you run. We sometimes tend to slouch while running. Posture is very important.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

And for what it’s worth, it took me YEARS to get good at running. I ran my first 5k in 2005 (almost died) and I have now done 2 half-marathons. They weren’t even too much of a chalange. But it did take a really long time!

I also found running was much easier mentally and physically when I lost weight. Carrying around an extra 20 lbs was really hard on me.

And I also second the Aasics but get s GOOD pair!

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