Thank you so much for the kind words you left on my blog post. Its always nice to know that someone is going through the same issues as me. Somedays it feels quite alone, although, the support offered from the lovely people on here is so helpful and appreciated.
I wish you the best of luck on your journey here...and an excellent start to the upcoming new year!
Hey, I was reading some of your blog entries. Please feel free to ignore my unsolicited advice. I don't know everything but I thought you might find my experience helpful.
I'm a runner, but quite new to serious running. I spent years running 4-5k at a snail's pace on and off. Really it was just a form of purging calories, not meant to be serious running. But since joining Spark and starting a genuine training programme I am becoming a runner who runs for joy rather than the calorie burn (which is pretty good none the less ;-)
One of the things that has helped me is to run off road and not on concrete. I also have spent a lot of time on the Runners World website getting my running technique correct (no hunching, striding out, heal striking). I still have so much more to learn as I can't breath very well and I get stitch easy. But my knee injury from skiing in July never gives me grief. I also use minimalist shoes when running off road. And I follow a training programme, no more mindless runs just to burn calories. If you need some inspiration for your running, go read "Born to Run" by Chris McDougall (I think that's his name). That story will get the shoes on faster than anything else I've read. It's quite a good yarn as well. Very funny!
Good luck with the running. It's becoming a really important part of my life and I wish the same joy for other people who want to become runners.
Well thank you so much for your kind comment! I have only done well because I've stuck with SparkPeople and make sure that I stay active on this site. Please let me know if you ever need any help or support! I'm here for you.