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KATIENIU SparkPoints: (5,008)
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5/8/12 10:28 A

Like others have said, I would consult with a doctor. Also, how long have you been running/walking and what kind of shoes are you wearing? The kind of shoes you use can make a huge difference. I would suggest going to a running shoe store and getting fitted. At these stores they put you on a treadmill and watch you run and provide recommendations for shoes. Shoes can be expensive but totally worth the price of not having to be in pain.

I would not rush into running a marathon. You need to start slow and buld yourself up and get comfortable running shorter distance races. I was running for about two years before I even started training for my first full marathon.

SMERRIMAN7 Posts: 296
5/8/12 9:39 A

How long ago did you start? Rushing from no activity to a high activity level in a short period of time can be harsh on your body.

Seeking local/medical advise is the safest way to go. Once you are cleared to resume activity, make sure you have a good pair of running shoes. (Look for a local running store where they can analyze your gait and recommend an appropriate shoe.) And then ease into it. Perhaps start by walking 3-4 times a week, and from there try a couch to 5k program.

LUCKYNUMBER23 SparkPoints: (10,792)
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5/6/12 9:52 P

I would check with your doctor. Also, you might want to set smaller goals, running a 5K then a 10k then a 1/2 marathon and then a whole. Drink water while you work out.

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,228
5/6/12 7:04 A

Don't rush to a marathon - you need time to build muscle strength. Take it one step at a time.

For the pain, can you talk to a doctor or maybe see a physical therapist?

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5/5/12 11:31 P

Hi DEETE123,

It's very difficult to say as we are not privy to your running form and what could be causing your issues as injuries have a wide range of causes from the running surface, to lack of adaptation from running to biomechanical issues. You may want to see if you can locate a running club or running coach who may be in a better position to guide you.

If you are a resident of the US or Canada, you can go to the RRCA.org for a list of coaches and clubs.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

DEETE123 Posts: 15
5/5/12 11:25 P

I weigh 215lbs, 5"1', 34 yo, female. I have started going to the gym. I wish to run a marathon so I have downloaded apps that help train. When I walk slow or run fast I have no pain (I can only run for almost a minute). But when in between it hurts (3 to 3.6 mph). The sides of my legs hurt so much that I have to stop and I go to the locker room to sit down. The side that hurts is called the peroneus longus muscle. ( I googled it ). Both legs hurt but my right hurts more. What am I doing wrong? Pls help.

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