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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,283)
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2/17/14 10:32 P

The first question is this: Are you walking?

Before you can run, you really do need to build a good walking base, first. Walking builds the same muscles, and will help ease your skeletal system into the rigors of running.

And I want to doubly echo what ARchimedes says about the shoes; you NEED to be properly fitted; every shoe fits everyone differently, and what works for you might not for me. You need to know what kind of shoe will support you. The right shoe made the difference between debilitating pain and no running and actual, real running, pain free for me.

MSFATAL Posts: 474
2/17/14 9:35 P

I agree with couch 2 5k program. Theres a bunch of apps for the phone. I am a terrible runner too I have zero endurance for it. I have used couch 2 5k before but I didnt finish it but i started it up again today :)

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (195,969)
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2/17/14 4:29 P

If you've never ever run before, I would suggest starting with a Couch to 5K program. a C25K program assumes no prior running experience and will literally take you from your couch to a 5k road race.

This article will help get you started.

Also, if you are going to run, don't wear any old shoe. If you have had prior surgeries, then you need to make sure you're wearing properly fitted shoes. Wearing the wrong shoe can cause a bunch of problems including shin splints as well as problems for your feet, ankles, knees and hip joints. Running is very hard on a person's body regardless of age. Thus the importance of starting slowly along with getting fitted for a proper pair of running shoes.

Go to your nearest reputable running store. If you don't have a running store, a reputable sports store. Don't go to the places where the teenagers buy their Jordans. Those aren't sports stores. You want a place that will put you on a treadmill and watch you run in various types of shoes.

You can learn more about that here.

And well, because running is high impact, you might want to check with your doctor to make sure it's okay to run.

HAMSTERINAHAT SparkPoints: (621)
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2/17/14 4:20 P

Hello, I am new to Sparkpeople. I am 25 and have never run due to the fact that my feet were a mess when I was younger. I have had several surgeries and have been cleared now for all exercise for over 1 year. While I am enjoying the activities that I can now participate in - skiing, ice skating - I would really like to start running. Does anyone have any tips on how to go from 0 to becoming a runner? I'm sure there is an article about this and I know I'll find it, but I'm looking for personal tips - what worked for you?

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