(Closed) Question for runners/joggers…

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

If I just start running again, I get soreness the next day in the areas you described, but I’m not in pain while I run. Are you running on a hard surface? I’d try running on a track or through a park and see if that improves anything. But if it’s a lot of pain I’d see your doctor! It doesn’t sound typical.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Do you drink enough water during the day? 

Do you get those pains when you are walking or just when you’re running and striking the ground hard?

Does it feel like muscle soreness or something more?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

How far can you go before you start feeling the pain? Could it be that you just are stiff and haven’t warmed up yet? Are you running outside or on a treadmill?

Do you feel any symptoms when you are not running?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

Do you warm up before you start running?? I would say maybe to try walking a few minutes and then stretch both before AND after you jog, to see if that makes any difference…I will also say that I am not really a fan of New Balance for running, I think Asics, Brooks, Saucony and Mizunos are all better but some might disagree there…It also sounds like maybe you need to go up a size in your shoe, if your legs/feet feel cramped…

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

stretch your calves and lower legs before you get started?

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Oh ok. I actually sometimes get cramps in my toes while working out. And usually it is because I haven’t been drinking enough water throughout the day.

But another thing I’ve found is that I need sneakers that have enough room in the toe box for me to wiggle my toes. Are your sneakers too tight? Socks that are too tight could be contributing too.

I also sometimes get a charlie horse in my legs, and I think that is also caused by dehydration.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I’ve been doing Couch to 5k and was getting pain in my ankles and knees. What’s been working for me the past couple weeks is changing my stride so that instead of landing on my heel and running heel-to-toe, I land with my whole foot on the ground at the same time, so the impact is distributed more evenly on the balls of my feet and my heels. It was awkward to run like this at first but I got used to it quickly and haven’t had pain since. Might be worth a try…good luck!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

When I first started running, I had some similar problems.  I began eating more veggies, which helped a little.  More importantly, I added some stretches and walking time before (and after) running and bought new shoes.  I had a pair that was fitted for me at the store, but they ended up causing my foot to come down weird, which was straining the tendon on the side of my ankle.  I know you don’t want to spend the money, but be careful of injuring yourself.  Also, time helped.  When I was new, my body just needed some time to get used to the new movement and muscle demands.  Hang in there and good luck!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am no expert, but I think it also sounds like nutrition/hydration could help.  You need plenty of water throughout the day, not just right before.  Also I think cramping often has to do with potassium? (not sure where I remember this from)  Some of my runner friends would always eat a banana before running.

As far as stretching, you’re right about static v dynamic, but there is a lot of debate on the topic of stretching in general.  I think the warm up is important, but especially stretching after.  For your calfs use a wall or tree and lean over 45 degrees or so and stretch one leg at a time. You should feel it in your achilles and lower calf.  

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

New Balance are not good running shoes. Great for walking and everyday errands, but they don’t hold up for running (I know from experience).

Try looking at Asics, Mizuno, or Saucony. I’m on Week 3 of C25K and my feet have not hurt once when wearing my Saucony running shoes. I love them!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with the suggestions for water all day…try to drink a lot! I started to do that and it has helped my running as well as my strength training work outs. 

good luck!!!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@Babyboo I have to chime in that New Balance are the ONLY good running shoes for me. I love them…tried buying Kayano’s last year only to have foot pain each and every time I wore them. Had NO pain with New Balances (think they were 926’s) and ran three 5 k’s with them. Everybody is different-all my friends have their favorite brand..some like Asics, some Saucony and some (like me) love New Balance.

Everyone just has to find the right fit for them!

@JeniRae  Not sure what it is, but my hubby has knee pain when he runs (after not running for awhile) but after about a week or two (4-6 runs maybe) his pain lessens.  Good luck!

 

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