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9/3/12 2:01 P

Are you running on a flat or hilly route? That is also something to consider. Sometimes a hilly route can cause some pain for beginners. I had a lot of pain when I first started out, but as soon as I switched to a flatter route, it disappeared.

I also echo what the others have posted about shoes and getting checked out by a doctor. A little bit of soreness is expected, but the pain you are talking about sounds a little more serious. If it continues, I definitely wouldn't continue to run on it until you get the OK by a doctor. Your doctor may also recommend some physical therapy or exercises to strengthen your ankles like these:

Good luck!

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9/1/12 3:54 P

Even if your shoes don't have many miles on them, that doesn't mean they're necessarily not the cause. The thing with running shoes, particularly, is that there are so many different feet that every brand or model is not appropriate for your foot. I, for example, am an overpronator with flat feet. So I have to have a running shoe to compensate for that.

Go to a running specialty store for a proper fitting, and find the shoe that's right for your feet. It likely doesn't cost as much as you think it will, and it will make a WORLD of difference!

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9/1/12 2:01 P

take some Tylenol then ice your ankle, after that wrap it in an ace bandage and keep it elevated.

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8/30/12 10:42 P

Thanks for the advice. Nope, there are not any underlying problems. My Asics running shoes don't have very many miles on them yet.

I plan to complete Day 3 of the program in the morning. If I still experience the same or worse level of pain I will call the doc.

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8/30/12 9:44 P

I agree, you need to make sure your shoes are not the problem.

Also are there any underlying conditions that might be causing the pain? I ask because I have sprained my left ankle 3 separate times since the first in 5th grade. This has caused that ankle to be a little bit stiffer and while I am running, if I land on it wrong, I tend to twist it causing pain.

You have to listen to what your body is telling you and if the pain do not improve, then you need to check with your doctor. You should never force yourself to run if it hurts.


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8/30/12 1:28 P

I'd agree that your first step is to look at your shoes. Make sure they aren't worn out and fit properly b/c bad shoes will give you all kinds of aches and pains.

If that doesn't help or the pain persists/gets worse, then you'll want to get it checked out by your doctor.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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8/30/12 12:43 P

I had a very similar pain in my right ankle while doing my 5km training it would start to hurt about 30 min into it and then for days afterwards.I found my solution was a new pair of shoes with more shock absorption made for running and this helped completely take the pain away. Hope this might help you out a bit.

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8/30/12 12:21 P

I started the 5k Training Plan a few days ago and each time I've been experiencing pain in my ankle. The pain starts after the second running segment and continues for about 30 minutes post workout. It's sharp pain along my outer ankle of just the right ankle. I'm thinking it's probably tendonites. I need advice on what to do about it. Should I keep enduring the pain? As each time I should be pushing myself harder. Is there a way to prevent the ankle pain from occuring?

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