Friday, March 18, 2011

Running or the lack of

So through my work there are some sponsored 5k runs that they provide free entry into. I have decided I might attempt a 5k but needed to get into running. Now I have no problem doing three miles on a setting of thirteen on an elliptical. I can usually average 5.1mpg on that setting but I attempted to run on a treadmill only to be struck down. I am thinking maybe I should start slower and work my way up but maybe I can get some advice on that later.

My issue is when I started running on the treadmill I could feel immediately what I'd describe as shin splits. It wasn't a horrible pain until I got about a mile in and I had to stop. Now I have to say I have not ran ever in my life and that could be part of my problem. I stopped after a mile, or 10 minutes 20 seconds in, and after about 5 minutes or so of resting the pain went away. I have decent shoes , Adidas Super Nova Glide 2, which have nice cushion and support. I am not sure if I need more arch support but I don't feel I need it. If anyone has suggestions on how to avoid shin splits let me know. I am also looking at how to get into running not as permanent thing but to participate in a 5k sometime.

19 comments:

  1. It sounds like you are generally doing everything right. You probably just need to work your way up slowly.

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  2. I can't even run for 2 minutes without getting stomach cramps and having to double over in a coughing fit.

    Damn these smoker lungs....

    Good luck!

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  3. The best way is to start at a slower pace but at a longer time, try 45 minuets at 3 mph, that is a typical practice pace for a runner. and if you feel like you have to walk go ahead and do so. but stay limber and remember a runner can break conditioning in 2 days if he stops, so they must continue to work out. Also Stretch and work out your core muscles. How do I know this, 4 years of cross country as an all county runner and a district qualifier.

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  4. Also its better for your knees to run on street,sidewalk and grass, a tredmill can destroy your knees

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  5. I try to avoid running on pavement altogether; I've had nasty experiences with the 'splints. That might be hard depending on where you live.

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  6. Scary....I've had friends that have died on treadmills. More like acquiantances, and they died from heart failure, but still pretty scary.

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  7. I dont run streets at all anymore since my knee started to hurt like a mofo after a while. Doctor said I should restrict myself to the crosswalker :( Im not fat or anything :(

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  8. it might be your shoes, i cant do long runs in convers but in my nike running shoes i dont feel pain

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  9. I'd recommend running on grass, if you take it slow that would help as well. I've had shin splints before, not nice.

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  10. yes just as Price said, maybe running with some nice shoes might help a little

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  11. i love running, you should give beach running a go, you only run for like half the tme but it gets u much fitter!

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  12. CARDIO HARD, THAT'S THE ONLY WAY TO DO IT.

    Also, the beach-running suggestion is a good one. It requires more work and will get you outside more.

    As other posters have noted, invest in good shoes. This will increase the lifespan of your legs and feet.

    Keep up the quality work, sir!

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  13. our bodies do not get use to the grueling pain we have to go through. to make modifications to our body six pack etc etc. we do need to stretch out a good 30mins before you start heading out. avoiding dehydration and muscle cramps.

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  14. Wife and I are working on the Couch to 5k program. Just finished week 5 (ended in a 20 minute jog). It's a great time, we recently signed up for our first 5k. I'm a big dude and I have problems with shin splints, but they do go away after a while. Looking forward to hearing more... Followed

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  15. Run more than me... I'm so out of shape. Not fat or anything just never really exercised in my life.

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  16. I have decent shoes, but maybe I need more support. Appreciate the comments I will look into running on pavement I guess? I thought that was worse then a treadmill but maybe not.

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  17. I hate running on tredmills ... I don't know what it is but it always hurts me.

    Try getting a gait analysis to see if your shoes are the right type for you.

    Start slow and build it up!

    I'm following you to see how it goes!

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  18. I'd say keep the cost and support of the shoes to the minimum. I read a study about natural foot rolling patterns and a tribe that runs without shoes can run for miles longer than any 'normal' human, because the foot is designed to land on the front ball, not the rear one. You get more forward force this way. :)

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