Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I found some good foot stretches online that I'm going to try and definitely work on breaking in my shoes. And if that still doesn't help, off tot he Dr. I go!
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2/8/12 4:58 A
If you are just starting the running, some of the muscles in your legs and feet might be overloaded. The cardiovascular system rapidly adjusts itself to the new increased demand but the muscles need more time. Take some recovery days and try again to see if the next time you could go a little longer without pain. It is better to gradually grow into the running (or pretty much any new exercise) than aim at a 30 minute run right from the start.
If you've experienced this before and "any time" you try to get active, definitely go invest in some time with a podiatrist. Different types of running shoes work for different types of gait, and you may find for example that your "good running shoes" are just the worst possible thing you could have bought for YOU personally.
Also, never work out in new shoes. Last time I bought "good running shoes" from a proper sports shoe store, there was a guide on how to break them in. If I recall correctly it had something like wearing 'around the house' for an hour a day for the first 3 days, then wearing for a day of 'general daily activity', then maybe one short run but not your regular runs, and building up to eventually being able to wear them for running about two weeks after purchase.
Your feet need to get used to the new shoe and the way it wears and supports them.
Have you gotten fitted for running shoes at a reputable store? Sometimes the key to a good workout is the right shoes (and socks).
2/7/12 1:56 P
Are you doing a good warm up before your run? I have very tight plantar fascia (along the bottoms of your feet) and rolling my feet on a golf ball for a few minutes before my run really helps. Might consider trying it :)
2/7/12 1:13 P
Hello fellow sparkers! I have decided I want to run, YAY! I downloaded the C25K app on my phone bought a good pair of shoes and had my first day on the treadmill on Sunday. about 5 minutes into it the bottoms of my feet started to burn so bad I only made it half way through the workout. It wasn't like the skin was burning, it felt more like the muscle on the outside edge and a little bit in the balls of my feet. Ive actually had this problem before, when I had a personal trainer and when i did my bootcamp last summer. It basically happens anytime I try to get active. I'm at the point where I might just go see a podiatrist.
Has anyone else ever had this problem? I want to find a solution so badly so i can enjoy my jogs. Any insight advice or past experiences would be greatly appreciated. thanks!