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Old 07-14-2014, 02:50 PM   #41
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Try swimming or road cycling...much easier on legs and joints from what I've heard.
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Old 07-14-2014, 03:11 PM   #42
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Try swimming or road cycling...much easier on legs and joints from what I've heard.
But both are low impact, so there's a downside to that.

Running, done properly, is great exercise, builds bone density, cardio capacity, stamina and strong muscles and joints. It's also cheap, can be done just about any time and anywhere, can be done solo or in groups, etc.

And I say that as a road cyclist who's just signed up for an ocean swim in a few months, and so will be doing a bunch of swimming. So I loves me some riding and swimming. But some kind of medium to high impact exercise has a place in every regimen.
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So OP whats the update? run a marathon yet?
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So OP whats the update? run a marathon yet?
I downloaded couch to 5k. That's as far as I got That's worth like 6 calories right?
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k guys I did my first couch-to-5k workout. Don't have specific running shoes yet but I tried anyway.

I started cramping after the 5 minute warmup walk. Probably shouldn't have had all that fettucini alfredo right before doing it. But I made it through. My hips and ankles hurt but I was focusing on not slamming my feet. This is gonna be hard.
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k guys I did my first couch-to-5k workout. Don't have specific running shoes yet but I tried anyway.

I started cramping after the 5 minute warmup walk. Probably shouldn't have had all that fettucini alfredo right before doing it. But I made it through. My hips and ankles hurt but I was focusing on not slamming my feet. This is gonna be hard.
Dude you are making problems you don't want. Go get running shoes from a good shop that can watch you run. Do side leg lifts, calf stretches, light squats. Make sure you don't over step too and slam your heels into the ground.

Ask me how I know. Years of bmx, mx, and trying to power through the pain has fvck'd my sh1t up.

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Also look into running classes or a group. It'll help more than you think. Shoes and stretching are key before and after

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go to a specialty running store and get the proper shoes for your feet. any reputable running store will watch you run/ walk and see what shoe is best for you. I started early highschool with terrible form and ended it running a sub 5 minute mile and sub 11 minute 2 miles. (not great but became decently good. don't really run anymore but i still have great form. also work the core op. Having a strong core is key to a good form without wasted energy. also make sure you are looking strait holding your head still and looking forward when you run. this area tends to waste a lot of energy with certain people leaning their head back or bopping it side to side.
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and cramping usually comes from dehydration or too close to your workout. also cut carbonated drinks out of your diet. this would always give me cramping problems back in the day. Realize when you are running everyday what you eat plays a big role in what you feel/energy level etc during runs
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k guys I did my first couch-to-5k workout. Don't have specific running shoes yet but I tried anyway.

I started cramping after the 5 minute warmup walk. Probably shouldn't have had all that fettucini alfredo right before doing it. But I made it through. My hips and ankles hurt but I was focusing on not slamming my feet. This is gonna be hard.
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Dude you are making problems you don't want. Go get running shoes from a good shop that can watch you run. Do side leg lifts, calf stretches, light squats. Make sure you don't over step too and slam your heels into the ground.

Ask me how I know. Years of bmx, mx, and trying to power through the pain has fvck'd my sh1t up.
^ This, if you are cramping after a 5 minute walk you are either doing something wrong or you weigh 400lbs.

If you are cramping you need to eat more calcium and potassium for starters. Also, you need to drink a lot more water. How much do you drink a day?

You also REALLY need to get the right shoes otherwise you will fvck up something important and regret not doing it right. Pumas are not running shoes, you will screw up your knees and ankles if you keep it up.

As was said, core is huge. Work on your core and use it to support your upper body while running. Stay upright, keep your core tight, and look ahead. Watch youtube videos on proper form and compare them to what you're doing.
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k guys I did my first couch-to-5k workout. Don't have specific running shoes yet but I tried anyway.

I started cramping after the 5 minute warmup walk. Probably shouldn't have had all that fettucini alfredo right before doing it. But I made it through. My hips and ankles hurt but I was focusing on not slamming my feet. This is gonna be hard.
You didn't get test fitted.. Mistake. Did you stretch? If not mistake.
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You didn't get test fitted.. Mistake. Did you stretch? If not mistake.
stretching before running actually impedes performance. stretching after is crucial.
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stretching before running actually impedes performance. stretching after is crucial.
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Op, some of us have gone through what you're dealing with. Take the advice and work into it slowly. I'll admit the running classes can be cheesy but it's worth it and they've seen everything.

You might also want to try some vibrams, maybe not for running all the time but lite jogs on a treadmill. It'll help strengthen your feet and help your form as you'll avoid heel striking. Just a thought but they help me after and between runs.

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stretching before running actually impedes performance. stretching after is crucial.
That's so simplistic as to be wrong.

If you're trying to help OP, you need to actually explain it all.

Static vs dynamic stretching. Cold vs warm vs post stretching.

No Olympic runner goes into their event without having stretched, and their performance is not impeded. So just saying that stretching before impedes performance is .
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That's so simplistic as to be wrong.

If you're trying to help OP, you need to actually explain it all.

Static vs dynamic stretching. Cold vs warm vs post stretching.

No Olympic runner goes into their event without having stretched, and their performance is not impeded. So just saying that stretching before impedes performance is .
are we talking olympic level activity here? no? piss off then.
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While running is good or your cardiovascular system it's terrible for your knees and joints. I ran in high school 100 years ago and was decent, sub 5 minute mile etc. 17 minute 5k, but my knees are garbage now.

Get in the health and fitness sub forum, start a thread and we can help you out. So much more to do than running, being former runner I hate it and I not do it when I have to.
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OP, why are you running? To get in shape? Terrible idea. Sorry but it is. Distance running is a recipe for making a skinny fat person. You will not build muscle.

Eat right, sleep good, lift weights and do sprint work. Thank me in 8-12 months.
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are we talking olympic level activity here? no? piss off then.
Aaaaand now he knows how valid anything you say is.

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OP should stretch after the 5 minute warm up and then after finishing the run. Cold stretching is a bad idea but not stretching at all is also a bad idea.
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