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3/14/07 3:45 P

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Soft tissue is anything that's not muscle or bone - Meniscus, ACL, MCL, basically tendons and ligaments. Those things that can sideline you for 6-8 weeks!! A bruised or sore muscle can heal in a week. A torn or aggrivated ligament or tendon will have you cheering from the sidelines for months!! Remember, running is a lifetime sport - not an event sport!! :) You'll do great. Just take it easy!!



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3/14/07 2:34 P

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Monica--I found some really good links to walk/running--look on Runner's ed thread.

Start in the back of the pack, this way you don't try to compete with anyone but yourself. Have a good time if you do go.

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3/14/07 12:14 A

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Well I just ran/walked about 5k tonight in 40 minutes, jogging 29 of those minutes. Not too shabby. I could definitely feel it in my calves though... I will take it easy but it's hard to hold back when my cardiovascular system wants to go! I know you're right about the joints/soft tissues and impact... (what ARE "soft tissues", anyway?)

Starting slow so you can finish fast is easier said than done... particularly in a race with 50,000 people! I'll probably have to go with the flow for the start, but I will be as easy and relaxed and slow as I can. Good advice, thanks.

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3/13/07 12:57 P

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Oooh.. I wouldn't even try it. Many of the training programs aren't working just your cardio systems for the race, but prepping your ankles and knees for the run. With an existing injury, trying to cram 12 weeks of prep into 3 weeks leaves your soft tissues out to dry - not a good thing. If you want running to be a lifetime sport, I'd say be happy walking most of it, jog when you can - but don't try to run the whole thing. We call that being a "Weekend warrior" and most weekend warriors end up getting hurt and never running again. Do it too many times, and it may not be an option anymore! Try this - Walk 5 minutes, run 1.. or something like that. Start off the race going slower, and then let yourself speed up at the end. But if you start off doing too much at the start, you're doomed. Good luck!!



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3/12/07 11:27 P

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Oh, the snowboarding injury isn't really so bad, I really don't think I need to see a doctor (and I go see my doctor for almost anything!) I'm doing much better, it's just a bad bruise and all the muscles around it and in my lower back were rather upset by the impact of the fall. I appreciate the concern though!

Thanks to everyone for their advice. You're right - I haven't done much that's high-impact. I plan to run two or three times a week starting this week or next (depending on how my tailbone feels), and just run as far or long as feels good. I'm pretty competitive, but I'm also a little bit of an asthmatic wimp who doesn't like pain. Hopefully if I listen to my body I'll be alright... right? I will try to walk more than I think I need.

Do you think two longer runs would be harder on me than three shorter runs (or runs with more walking) in terms of my body adjusting to the impact? I would rather do two longer runs per week, particularly so I can go with a friend (who runs more than I do).

Are there any warning signs before you get shin splints, or is that lovely shin-pain the only warning sign, and then it's too late?

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3/12/07 2:51 P

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I'd be careful...you definitely don't want to injure yourself and not be able to run at all for a while.

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3/12/07 8:39 A

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To join with everyone else, pay close attention to your body. If you feel pain while training, stop and let it recouperate. Pushing past it might make it worse (speaking from personal self-imposed injuries) If you need to walk the 10k, that's ok too. You'll still be walking a LOT of miles!


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3/12/07 8:30 A

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Monica--looking at your sparkpage I see you are very active but it does seem lo/no impact. Running puts a tremendous impact on legs/shins/knees and hips--and other areas. First I would agree to se a medical person to get it cleared, esp with your recent injury. Second--was there a goal for doing the 10K? You obviously realize that running the whole thing will be hard, if you don't care about walking alot of it thats one thing, but it seems you are competative and might push too much. Cardio-pulmonary wise you are probably fine, but training legs for impact does take time. So...check it out medically, see how you feel if cleared and then evaluate your reason for running it (if you are not ready).

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3/12/07 12:21 A

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If you give yourself pemission to walk as much as you need to, a 10K is completely doable. If youo let yourself get caught up in pushing yourself, you could creat an injury that will have you down and out for months. Impact is certainly a consideration, especially for the calves and shins. There are specific running injuries they call "weekend warrior" injuries becuse they happen to folks who do not run consistently. I had one in my calf after my marathon, because when I went into taper, I missed several maintenance runs and my legs lost some tone. Just give yourself permission to walk, and you will save your legs. Your heart can handle it, from what it sounds like.

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3/12/07 12:01 A

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Ohhh. You know what? I'd check with my doctor if I were you. I would be inclined to think you could do it, but I've never had an injury like that so I have no idea what it's like.

I think your doc is your best bet.

Good luck! I'm sorry you got hurt. :(

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3/11/07 11:58 P

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I've signed up for a 10k race that's five weeks from now. Despite my good intentions, I'm not going to be ready, and I'm curious whether I should attempt to run the full 10 km.

The race provided a 10k Learn-To-Run program which spans 13 weeks (I, of course, signed up 8 weeks before the race - already not enough time!) I'm in pretty good cardiovascular shape, and I've been on two runs so far: the first was 7km, the second about 5km; I walked less than half the time during both. Then I fell snowboarding and hurt my tailbone/lower back a week ago, and so last week I couldn't run at all. I don't know if I'll be able to this week or not - the impact may be too painful. Essentially I'm going to have three weeks to a month to prep for this race, starting from scratch.

My question to all you experienced runners out there is this: should I jump into the last few weeks of the training program, as I think my cardiovascular system can handle it, or will this be asking for injury? I know it takes a while for your body and joints to adjust to that much impact (I use the elliptical now - I'm used to zero impact). I'm worried about getting shin splints from doing too much too soon. Is there any red flag / warning sign that occurs BEFORE shin-splints that I can watch for, to ensure I don't push myself too far, too fast? Or should I hold myself back and do more walking than running during my training until the race, just to be safe?

Edited by: MONICA_W at: 3/11/2007 (23:59)
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