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SAILOR64 SparkPoints: (19,692)
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11/16/13 10:38 A


I went to your Sparkpage to get more info on you and it says you've lost 11 pounds. Great job so far!

As far as running goes, listen to your body. If you are a big guy I would suggest running on a softer surface like a running track or a grassy area. Concrete and asphalt are extremely hard on feet, shins, knees, hips and lower back, but you have to go where space is available.

Properly fitted shoes are key, pay the extra money for a good pair of shoes that fit your stride. Some people pronate (the foot rolls inward) when they walk, some people supinate (the foot rolls outward) when they walk, some people have high arches and some people have flat feet. This is why it's important to get properly fitted shoes.

Start slow. When I started my running program I walked 100 yards/jogged 100 yards and did that 10 times. The next time (2 days later) I did it 11 times, the next time after that I did it 12 times, etc... until I was conditioned to run.

Follow the programs listed below. You will be amazed at how fast you will improve.

Good luck.

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MATT_SP SparkPoints: (2,445)
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11/15/13 10:15 P

Thanks for the responses everyone. I plan to get a pair this weekend or early in the week. At the very least, it should keep me more motivated to keep running, knowing that I bought shoes specifically for that

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11/11/13 1:47 P

You can walk in running shoes, but you shouldn't run in walking shoes.

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JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
11/11/13 1:00 P

I understand your point about doing mostly walking, but if you're determined to get into running, you'll be fine walking in those shoes doing your intervals.

I've taken up running twice (this time I plan to stick to it) and both times I started out before getting fitted for running shoes. Initially it's not a big deal, but my body let me know when it was time to upgrade. Shin splints are a commom result of improper running shoes. Expect to feel tired and a little sore when you first begin, but if you have some chronic pains that linger, that's your sure-fire sign to go to your local running store.

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11/11/13 9:54 A


I agree that if you're really interested in running, you should start with a Couch to 5K program.
a C25K assumes no prior running experience and will literally take you from couch to a 5K road race. To start, you'll do a combination of walking/running. The Cool Running website also has an excellent C25K program as well as a number of great articles on running.

If you are going to start running, I am going to encourage you to go to your nearest reputable running store to be fitted for a proper pair of running shoes. Do keep your running shoes separate from your walking shoes. If you decide to become more serious about running, you should consider buying two pairs of shoes and alternate them. This will help them to last longer. If you don't have a good running store nearby, find a reputable sports store. Don't go to Walmart or Target. Wearing the wrong type of shoe can cause a lot of problems with your feet, ankles, knees and hip joints. Running is very hard on a person's body, thus the need to get a good pair of shoes.

You'll find this article helpful when it comes to looking for shoes.

And I agree with ML, if you find yourself getting exhausted quickly, you may be running too fast too soon. Slow down your pace so that you can run and talk at the same time. Building up your cardiovascular endurance will take time.

Thus the need to slowly ease into a program so that you don't end up injured, fatigued or burned out.

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11/11/13 5:48 A

When it comes to taking up running, the time it takes for your leg muscles and tendons to adapt to the impact is a more important issue than shoes. (This doesn't mean shoes aren't unimportant)

As for jogging being exhausting, try slowing down your running pace. At this stage, it is more important to get used to the motion of running, rather than worrying about speed.

Also, most Couch to 5K programs
would advocate shorter running intervals than one lap when starting out. Perhaps try following one of these more structured programs?


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
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11/11/13 5:34 A

there is an article that you should read on here before you pay out.
I can't remember what it is called

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MATT_SP SparkPoints: (2,445)
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11/10/13 11:24 P

I've been trying to get more into jogging/running. I currently walk the first few laps (because I either haven't/think I haven't quite warmed up yet) and then I jog an entire lap, then afterward, I feel so exhausted I can only do a half lap of jogging or less until I finally stop and walk home. I run at the local track.

My question is, when is it necessary for someone to have running shoes? I hear that it's not good to run too much in walking shoes, but it's also not good to walk in running shoes. Since I mostly walk, I've stuck with my walking shoes. Do I only need to get running shoes after I've become more conditioned?

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