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3/18/14 12:13 A

Spring arrives this week according to the calendar from MN and we still have plenty of snow so am very careful where I walk seems the middle of the street is the best place as many people never shoveled their walks and it is hard climbing over the piled snow have two dogs who enjoy the walk have only twenty minutes as leave my DH alone he is sleeping but still worry about him if am gone too long take care and be careful where you walk soon we will be saying it is too hot to walk outside there are lots of malls and indoor stores to walk around in
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1/19/14 9:10 A

Since you already have a bad ankle, I'd certainly listen to what others have said on this post. Try walking first. You're going to have to build up your stamina to get to running anyway. Outside in the winter (I live in Wisconsin) is no place to hit the ground running right off the bat. Have you ever tried any walking dvds? Leslie Sansone makes some excellent dvds that include a lot of walking and cardio boosts, plus some strength training with exercise bands. My favorite is "Walk Slim: 5 really big miles." It's terrific, and I do it nearly every day unless my work or kids' activities interfere. I think you'd like it. Good luck!

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1/18/14 7:00 A

The impact of running is hard on the body, and it takes a while for the leg muscles and tendons to adapt to this impact.

So if you want to be running when the weather improves, you need to start working towards this now.

But the first step towards running is walking, as the moderate impact helps with the later transition to running. A couple of months walking now will build up a solid base of fitness, and also take you into spring.

The second step is then to transition into running through a Couch to 5K program (which work through progressively increasing intervals of running and walking).

Cross training with another form of exercise will improve your fitness, but lower impact activity won't really help the adaptations your legs need to make for running.


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1/16/14 7:27 P

In addition to what others have mentioned already, the conditions of the roads/sidewalks should definitely be taken into account. After moving to the Southwest from Wisconsin, I started running year round. The first Christmas I went back to visit my parents, I said, "No more of this cold weather saying what I can and cannot do! I'M RUNNING."

The very first step I took off the front porch, I wiped out so hard I had a bruise on my butt for weeks. Pride goeth before a fall.

But the benefits can be high, even if you just go out walking for now, given your ankle. Spending time outside in the winter can be great for your mood too. But realize that there will be days when going outside will truly be unsafe, and have a back-up plan for those days (or weeks) so you can stay on track. Something indoors is an excellent idea.

Even in moderately cold temperatures, I would recommend at least a wicking layer on top, long johns, gloves, and a hat. Maybe a scarf or balaclava. If the majority of your skin is covered, you will probably feel sufficiently warm while moving (with the recent arctic vortex being an exception). I would stay away from cotton, since when it gets sweaty/wet it can make you colder.

Good luck to you!

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1/16/14 9:54 A

I prefer treadmill running myself, you might look into that. Definitely start out with Walk/Run, like run for a minute, then walk, then push the time to 2 minutes, then 3, etc. The walking breaks between runs should be kept short as possible, only 1-2 minutes. My daughter just had a baby about 5 months ago, and she's starting to try to run on the treadmill. Of course she's got asthma to worry about, so she'll need to be real careful. The thing about treadmills and indoor tracks is that you don't have to worry about uneven terrain. Be sure to warm up with a 3-5 minute walk, cool down, and stretch those calves and hamstrings after! emoticon

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1/16/14 9:31 A

I run all year round and live in a suburb of Chicago. As you are just beginning, you may want to follow a walk to run program. If the temps are in the 30's w/o wind and the sun is out, you should be ok outside if the pavement or sidewalks are dry. Dress in layers.

Otherwise if you can access an indoor track, try it there.

Good luck! I started running my senior year in college(when dinosaurs roamed lol). I am 58 and still doing it.

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1/16/14 9:16 A

Only indoor. :)

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1/16/14 8:58 A

I would say get a good solid base of walking and treadmill running before running out in the winter. The chance of injury and what not is much higher in winter with the ice and stuff

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1/15/14 10:48 A

I agree that if you aren't currently active, it's a better idea to establish a good base of walking, and then you can slowly incorporate running into your routine. That's the best way to give your body time to adapt and to avoid injury, so there's no reason you can't start that now. Here's an article about how to dress for outdoor exercise that you might find helpful:

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1/15/14 9:33 A

The only drawback is that if you decide you don't like running, winter running is far more expensive because of the gear. You can go run 30 min in warmer weather in a cotton T and shorts, but you risk hypothermia in the winter.

FWIW, I've sprained both my ankles more times than I can count and I've done it exactly once in 6 years of running (over 12000 kms) and that was because of an acorn or something hidden under a leaf. Running if anything, has helped to strengthen my ankles.

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1/15/14 8:31 A

I'm in IL and for me, 20 degrees is the lowest I will run in. I just am way too uncomfortable in temperatures colder than that. Some people don't mind it, but as a Southern transplant I prefer much hotter weather! I started running in March/April 2 years ago and am on running hiatus until the weather turns a bit.

1/15/14 8:27 A

I would start walking in the meantime outside, you will need to get your lungs used to the cold air. As far as keeping warm when running you will need less clothes than you think, but more layers. Here is a handy webpage to help with that.
Snow and ice can be dangerous, you might want to look at getting snowshoes if there is a lot of snow, or yak-trax that you can put on your running shoes for extra traction. Supplementing your cardio indoors is never a bad idea as well.

SARAHMO4 Posts: 336
1/15/14 7:44 A

I am thinking about trying to do running in the spring when its warmer but am thinking I could start now though I have no idea if its the greatest idea. My main concern is the cold and getting hurt in winter conditions. I also have an ankle that I have sprained more than once and that can give me fits if I land the wrong way on it or just try and jump or something landing with that foot first. My doctor says to wear an ankle wrap until I can build up some strength and that its better to take precautions than injure it again. I live in Iowa and on good days its in the 20's temperature wise with plenty of snow and or ice. I don't know if I should try to get active by walking in the mean time, doing something indoors or just a cross training activity to get me ready to run. Any help on how to stay warm or what to choose clothing wise if I go out would be good since I really don't want to be freezing or get sick.

Any suggestions or advice would be helpful since I really am not sure what to do.

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