I agree with KCLARK89. If you aren't, you need to make sure you are strength training. I also highly recommend that you try to add a yoga routine to your running for a bit. I bet that your joints and etc. might need more stretching. I know that it has helped many people I know with joint pain after that type of exercise.
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I go to an hour-and-a-half gymnastics class once a week, which includes a lot of strength training, flexibility and concentration on form, but it can also be really hard on my body and I give myself two rest days before I exercise again. Outside of gymnastics class, I walk 5 miles as my commute and then try to run or go to dance class twice a week. I replace my shoes regularly because my commuting time really adds up quickly.
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Are you doing any kind of ST routine to help strengthen your muscles? I found that after I started doing ST, running became a little easier because I was working the muscle more deeply during the week. Is your form sloppy? That could contribute to the pain/soreness that you are experiencing as well. Check your shoes too; it could be time to be re-fitted for a new pair if yours are worn out!
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275 7/2/13 10:06 A
I'm 35 and I tend to take up exercises that are pretty challenging for me, but I also have had a few sports injuries in the last few years that have sidelined me. I don't want to go back to my sports doctor and PT again, but I'm also not sure what sensible self-care really looks like.
I took up running recently and while I've learned that I can run fast for a beginner, I've also had a mild ache for days after my run. It's not DOMS, it's limited to my hip flexors and it sticks around. I cut back to one fast 5k a week and do a very through warm up/cool down/strech now, but the ache still keeps showing up. I also twacked my ankles badly over the weekend and while nothing was badly hurt, my left ankle gets a little tender after a few blocks of walking without actually being painful. I haven't gone back to running yet and have limited the amount of long walking I do this week, but I want to get back out there.
Neither of these things rise to the level where I should go see my doctor, but I'm not sure where the line is between cautious and lazy. I really want to get out there and do things again, but I also don't want to excerbate a mild injury into something bad. I used to just ignore aches until they became overuse injuries or serious strains and I'm not sure where the line is.
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