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11/15/12 8:14 A

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Thanks all for the encouragement and advice!
And, I do appreciate the original concern about my over-doing it or possible injury. I realized maybe I described what was happening incorrectly and was in no way offended or discouraged by your recommendations to have a doc check it out. emoticon
Coach Nancy - thanks for the book recommendation, I'm going to try to pick up a copy.

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11/15/12 12:45 A

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I had the same issues when I was running everyday. Every single day. Then I was told to take a rest day. But I was still running six days a week and still hurting. Finally an experienced runner told me to run three or four days a week. "No more than two days in a row running. No more than two days off in a row."

Lo! and behold! my runs were more comfortable and my times got better. I also ran for more than 18 month before my first half marathon. It helps to have a good base of running experience before you jump into long distances. 5k and 10k for the first year is good work.

If you have already committed to the April 2013 half, try running less so you can run better. On your non-running days, strength training is good. Swimming if you have access. Biking either on the road or stationary. I used spin classes. Yoga. Aerobics. There is a world out there. some of it you can do in your own family room. Your non-running days don't have to be lazy days.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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11/14/12 10:45 P

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Okay, I am not a doctor and have no medical basis for what I am about to suggest but...is there any possibility that you might be slightly anemic? I don't know if anemia works that way. Not enough to impact you otherwise but enough that your muscles are getting as much oxygen as they should? How do you feel during other intense exercise?



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11/14/12 8:01 P

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Nancy - thanks for the book recommendation.

Deb - it sounds more like you have lactic acid build up. It sounds like you're doing the right thing by taking walk breaks. I hope you didn't think I was trying to discourage you from anything, but it's not uncommon for new runners to really want to push it for various reasons from trying to prove something to themselves to listening to an overzealous friend. That's when they get hurt.

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11/14/12 7:21 P

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Deb, you've received some great ideas. The only thing I can see to add is to suggest you make sure you are relaxed while you are running. I tend to hold myself stiff. When I do my muscles hurt and everything seems to be more difficult. Take some time during your run to focus on those muscles that feel the worst. See if you can relax them and enjoy your time running. The feeling of joy always makes my runs go better.

Nancy, thanks for the book suggestion.

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11/14/12 7:16 P

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Glad to read your updated post as I just went through numbness on my foot - it was really 'numb' and couldnt' feel it. First, podiatrist gave shot of cortizone & orthodic, but said it could also be a pinched nerve from higher up. Then, when back started hurting & I got an MRI they found a bulging disc. I'm now in therapy for back & my foot numbness/tingling has went away! But, that doesn't seem to be your issue. emoticon

I do want to encourage you that "yes!", your legs will catch up to your lungs! It is my lungs that slow me down now... not my legs. Well, at least usually! So, keep at it. It sounds like you are being very reasonable with speed, duration, cross training... everything sounds great! So, just keep playing it safe and it will get easier!

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11/14/12 5:51 P

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Hi Deb,

One thing that new runners must know is that while the cardio-respiratory system quickly adapts to the stress of running, the muscles, bone and connective tissues, along with the energy systems may require a solid year of training before they adapt.

Tightness and cramps can be caused by a number of issues including hydration, but also may be due to bio-mechanical issues as well. I just read one of the best books on running written by Jay Dicharry titled Anatomy for Runners. If you can, I would highly recommend picking up a copy--Amazon carries it for under $15 with S&H included. It is by far one of the most comprehensive books I have read regarding injury prevention and the need for us all to do ancillary exercises which help make us more economical runners.

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11/14/12 3:32 P

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Well, my legs don't actually hurt - they're just feel tired. The "numb" feeling I refer to isn't a loss of feeling, just a tingly-warm sensation (like you get when you do a bunch of crunches and can tell). I guess I was describing it wrong. My legs are not sore after running either. When I'm done, I do have that jelly-leg sensation of knowing I had a good workout.
I'm a slow runner - about a 15 minute mile and if/when my muscles start to tighten up/cramp, I slow down and take a few minutes to stretch, walk, relax the muscles. (Just a note - this doesn't happen frequently). Right now my training program is M-W-F with the longest run being 45 minutes. Cross-training & low-impact stuff is for T-Th (I usually swim). I'm trying to be careful about not over-training too.
I have properly fitted running shoes - went to the Blue Mile and they put me on a treadmill to see what I needed and everything... emoticon That was a different/cool experience.
I guess I was just looking for encouragement that my legs muscles will catch up to my lungs eventually. Maybe they are still in shock from being used on a regular basis again...

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11/14/12 3:10 P

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I hope you do not have a serious problem as numb can sound pretty bad at first read. However, what is the temperature that you are running in and what kind of clothese are you wearing? When it is cold, rainy and windy out my legs may "feel" numb but they really aren't. They are just cold.

I agree with the pushing to far. I am starting my training plan on 24 December. From now until then, my goal is to run 3miles 3x per week minimum. I No problems with that on Sunday for me but yesterday I wasn't feeling it so ran a mile and walked another one. That is what this month is for.

With my story being said, what was your base when you started running? What kind of plan are you using?

Please add walk breaks into your training plan too if you think it may be too aggressive to start. My recommendation as I completed my first race about 3 months ago, especially for your first long endurance race your goal should be to finish and not compete for time necessarily. The walk breaks are to keep you moving forward which really can be just as good. It just depends on the goals.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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11/14/12 2:39 P

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I would agree that maybe you are running too fast. I can run for miles without my legs hurting - it's only when I'm really pushing or racing that they hurt. On my regular long runs, they are fine. So, maybe do some walking breaks or just slow down a bit. emoticon

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Feb 16 - Lions Club Bike Ride, 46.5 miles
Mar 3 - The Great Plane Ride, 25 hilly miles
Aug 18 - TriGirl Sprint Duathlon
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11/14/12 2:39 P

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Are your legs actually going numb? If so, stop running and see a doctor.

If your legs are simply feeling heavier as you get into the run, then you should try warming up more. You can do this with some warm up drills (see my blog at www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=1426470
, or do the first mile or so about 1.5 to 2 minutes per mile slower than your intended run pace.

Other factors may also be at play including how far you're runnining, how often you're running, what you're doing for recovery, whether you have been fitted for running shoes by a professional or bought off the shelf, and how fast you're running. Are you following a training program? If so, which one? It should explain the differences in the runs and the paces you should be doing as well as telling you how often and far you should be running.

You also don't say how long you've been running. If you've running for less than a year, then you might be taking on too much too soon. The guidelines for half marathon is not to even start training until one has been running injury free at least 3x a week for a year. The reason is because running is really hard on the body and it takes time for not just your muscles, but your joints, tendons, and bones to adapt to the rigors of running. If you try to do too much too soon, then you're setting yourself up for injury (I've seen people do this).

Pushing through warning signs of injury is never a good idea. If you're doing everything correctly your muscles should feel slightly rubbery/tired at the end of a workout, but it should be at the END, not at the beginning or middle, and yes, it should be getting easier. If not, there is something that needs to be addressed.

I think we need more information in order to figure out where your problems might be stemming from.

-Carolyn

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11/14/12 1:50 P

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You might want to add some walk breaks in there. That may help out with those legs.
I do a walk/run type of training and my legs feel great no matter how far I go. I even did a marathon using that method. If you are not concerned about your time, you might want to try it out.

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Well one thing that comes to mind is whether you are running those long runs too fast. You run a 5 k at a different pace than a half marathon race and you do you long training runs at a slower pace too. If you are training at the right pace and run consistently over time then the endurance certainly gets easier.

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11/14/12 1:34 P

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I'm fairly new to running. At least consistently and longer distances anyway... I've started my training plan for my very first half marathon in April 2013 & warm-up 8K race in January 2013.
Here's my question: I can tell my lung endurance is getting better - I'm not gasping for breath and don't feel like my lungs are on fire when I run anymore ( emoticon ). However, my LEGS just want to quit! 2 minutes in, 5 minutes in, 10 minutes in, 15 minutes, you get the picture. My legs feel like they just want to fall off! My thighs kinda start to feel numb after the first 20-25 minutes, but they still just want to stop.
DOES IT EVER GET BETTER? WILL IT EVER GET EASIER?
I push through it and tell myself that I CAN do it, and I do! But, ugh! Just curious if anyone has any advice or encouragement to offer this newbie...

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