I coach a woman who started out 100 lbs overweight. Over the course of a couple of seasons, she finished her first half marathon, a marathon, the Breast Cancer 3-Day (60 miles in 3 days) followed by another half marathon, a triathlon, and numerous shorter distances. She lost 50 lbs in the process, and is still working at it.
One of my running buddies lost 100 lbs due to running, and, while she still thinks she has more to go, she has become a very strong runner.
I think they would be the first to tell you that you're not too heavy to start. Who cares if you feel you can only manage a trot, right now. As you develop the strength and endurance, you'll also develop speed.
But, that really doesn't matter. What matters is the fact that you're out there doing something for yourself, which is exercising.
Is it normal for your shins and ankles to hurt? Yes - because you're probably trying to push yourself too hard, too fast, too soon and your stride might be too long. This is a common mistake, and even experienced runners make it. Proper training will help you learn how to stay injury free.
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