I have taken NSAIDs occasionally, however, this has become such a hot bred of issues that ultra-marathoners are being discouraged from taking them. I was talking with a friend this weekend who knew of a tri-athlete who started taking them daily and ended up bleeding out, to the point he ended up in the hospital. While this is an extreme case, being sore is part of moving our adaptation to the next level. Ice, tart cherry juice, rest and a nice active recovery workout will help.
Coach Nancy, thanks for also weighing in. That helps me a lot too. So, soreness is just part of the game right now. I can live with that. I will not run back to back. Maybe on off days, I can swim lightly or bicycle (maybe I will just rest in between for a couple of weeks).
Ok on the Aleve. I'm not a big medicine person anyways. I will hold off on that unless I am in lots of pain. I put bags of field peas on my knees, but my joints are actually doing well.
Thanks for the quick reply. I have been stretching...but I don't think nearly enough...so I think you are right-on there. I am actually using barefoot running shoes (that's probably my other problem). But, because my knee problems (and one surgery, one knee was scheduled, but i was too scared ). I probably should go to a running store and ask them to "suite me up" so to speak. The many years ago that I did that, I walked out of the store with a $99 pair of Saucony's...can't do that anymore. So, the shoes may be a problem too.
I am also getting used to running a different way, because of past knee problems. So, that may be adding to it...you reminded me of this when you mentioned the shoes. But, my knees are doing great...it's just every muscle is killing me. I feel muscle pain is better than joint pain any day.
I'll check with my doc about using naproxen (I have some industrial strength as well as Aleve). That may help while my body gets used to running again.
Thanks so much! That really helps me a lot!!!!!
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WELCOME TO THE TEAM! Soreness is very common for some runners. Remember you are stressing the muscles, bones, joints and connective tissue like nothing else. The soreness you are experiencing is from microscopic tears in the muscles which take time to heal. As your muscles heal, they grow and get stronger over time. That being said, as a new runner you should not be running on back to back days. The reason, you want to give your muscles, bones, joints and connective tissue time to recover and repair.
As for stretching...this is up for debate. It will help with flexibility for some runners, but the new research shows that is does not necessarily lesson our discomfort and for some runners may actually prolong your soreness.
Know that it can take up to a solid year of consistent running for your musculo-skeletal system to adapt to the stress of running so patience is key.
As for taking Aleve, I would only do so if you have been cleared by your doc to do so. The new research shows that some inflammation is needed for the body to adapt to running. The risk for GI bleeding and kidney issue far exceeds the relief you can get with patience.
I'm sore a lot after my runs (and I do a lot of walk/jog intervals as well). I found that REALLY stretching after my cool down but while I'm still warm (just not out of breath) helps a lot. For me, really stretching meant stretching to the point where I thought I was good, then doing it all over again. I also take naproxen sodium (aleve) most days to help with my pain. I've been cleared by my doctor to take it and never take more than 2 pills a day (I'm only 26 but have had 4 knee surgeries and experience daily joint pain). I can definitely tell the days I don't take my meds and don't stretch.
You have to find what works for you, this is just my two cents.
Also, how are your running shoes? A GOOD pair can make all the difference in the world!
Becky ~Loving Life in the Mountains~
"Every great success is ultimately the triumph of persistence" -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am almost 45 years old and i am trying to start running again. It's pretty hot at 90 degrees or so, so I sweat a lot. I go 2 miles total...I walk 1/2 mile, jog about 1/4 mile or more, then alternate and jog as much as I can. Then I cool down 1/2 miles at least. I eat before I go (not much, just what I read is helpful) and I eat within 30 minutes after, like peaches and Greek yogurt.
That being said, OW!!! After I walk/jog/run I am so sore, it's ridiculous. Yes, I am new to it. I used to run many years ago and I don't expect myself to be in good shape now at all. But, should I be so sore I can barely get out of a chair afterwards? Am I just old? Any ideas? I am drinking plenty of water. Just a little frustrated.
I am glad to be in this group!!!! Sorry if I am griping before I even introduce myself.
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