Post # 1
So I’ve been training for a 5K in October since July and I’m convinced I suck at running. When I started, I couldn’t run a mile without stopping, and by the middle of August I had myself up to 3 miles, but I swear I’m regressing. Swollen calves, a puffy ankle, aching knees, and now I can hardly even make a running motion from what google searches tell me are hip flexor strains. I’ve gone from running 3 times per week to barley once per week because it is taking me a whole week to recover. So runner bees, should I just quit while I am ahead? I feel fitter and my body is starting to tone up, but it’s also in a constant state of injury. Maybe I’m just not cut out for it.
Post # 3
@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
@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
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
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
- 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
Post # 8
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 # 9
Thanks everyone. I already went and had my shoes assessed at a running store. Apparently I’m an overpronater. My ankles have been better with the new shoes. But now my hips are killing me.
Post # 10
@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
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).
Post # 12
@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
- 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
- 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!