CASSIOEPIA: I definitely did NOT mean 10mph pace haha sorry! I meant 10 min mile pace. It was 4am when I wrote this post =).
BAILEYS: Yes I have a pair of asics gel kayanos that I only wear for running and they are the only shoes that have ever worked for me. I'm pretty sure I hurt my ankle while stretching my calf... Just pushed too hard and pulled or tore something and stupid ankles take forever to heal (especially when you don't rest them enough from the start).
COACH NANCY: During the couch to 5k I only ran 3 days a week and cross trained on some of the other days. My cross training usually included kickboxing, step, and lots of cycling classes plus rest days of course. Unfortunately I think a combination of running too fast from the start and stretching too hard put my ankle out of commission. My dad is a doctor and has seen it and suggested RICE and advil which I did for about a week. It is definitely a LOT better, but now that I have been doing a lot of kickboxing some soreness has come back. I don't plan to get back to running until it stops getting sore from my other activities, hopefully just a couple more weeks.
I was finally starting to enjoy running and was able to maintain an ok pace for a full 30 minutes (between 5mph and 6mph the whole time) so it's been a bummer to know I'll be starting over again =(
As a new runner, you should leave speed totally out of the picture for a minimum of six months, while your body gets used to the running process. And did you really mean to type 10 mph pace? That's pretty smokin' hot! I run at around the 5 mph pace.
I have just recently started back into running, after an 18 month injury lay-off. I'm on week two of the C25k program, so you aren't alone in starting from scratch! Actually on this team, you are never alone, wherever you are. We have people here at all levels.
Good luck with the ankle.
Judi Saskatchewan, Canada
May Minutes: 320
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The main thing to remember is that as important as running, so is rest. This does not mean you can't cross train or do some other activity, you just need to allow you body time to recover from the stress of running.
As for your ankle, if you are still having issues, you may want to have it checked out so that you are doing more harm.
RUN SPARK STRONG! Nancy
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Hi everybody! I've been on sparkpeople for years and have been attempting to get into running since I was 11 years old! I have just never been a runner! This new year I decided to start the couch to 5k program and it was going really well, I was up to almost the last week... then at some point my left ankle started to get sore and I had to stop running. I'm worried I've lost all of the ability I spent so long building up, and now I'll have to start all over again =(. My ankle still gets sore off and on, so I am going to take it slow until I'm sure that running isn't aggravating it. I also focused a lot on speed when last trying the couch to 5k program, and I think this time I will try not to worry so much about my speed and simply focus on gaining distance instead. Hopefully this way I won't be pushing myself too hard just to run at a 10mph pace for the entire time. I really hope to eventually get to a place where running is enjoyable for me and something I can maintain for about an hour. I am already capable of completing a 5k, but I would like to someday build up to a half and then a full marathon as well as work on speed. I would love any advice you might have for a yo-yo beginner like me and I hope to try and stay active on this team and become a REAL RUNNER! =D
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