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No No No No, Crap....

Monday, July 09, 2012

Today I woke up extremely late. Having not be able to sleep, I have been relying on good old off brand Benadryl to get the job done. Well it always gets the job done, but I end up spending the entire morning in bed asleep, or attempting to wake up. Thus was today. I think I finally woke up around 11 am, and got to the gym at maybe a little before noon. I was excited and nervous about starting my C25K program again, for the umpteenth time. So I did my morning routine and headed to the gym.

A few changes had to be made for today's workout. I had to set the treadmill to a 2% incline instead of my normal 3%, but it was much the same as normal. I was really hoping to be able to go for 2 full minutes at 5.5 mph, but I just couldn't do it. Yet, doing one minute was a bit easy. And we all know how I detest not pushing myself! So I opted for a 1:30 time. It was just challenging enough that I felt myself pushing, but not to hard as I had to stop early! Perfect comprise on both sides!

The first set was good, the second set was good, and the third set was good. According to the actual plan, only four times is need, resulting in a 20 minute workout. Of course, me who goes a total of 65 minutes, with a true workout of 55 minutes is thinking, I'm not stoping now!!! The fourth set, or at 20 minutes, I noticed that my shin was starting to hurt, then my knee. I can handle shin issues, shin issues is nothing to a bone bruise on my knee. And then it really started to hurt. I powered through my last set at 30 minutes, making me do a total of 6 sets, and then started power walking at my 4.0 mph at 35:00 minutes on the treadmill. I only need one one minute break and continued until 60 minutes which is what I normal do. As I walked, my knee stopped hurting and I was fine.

So, does this mean I need new shoes, or a the very least new innersoles? Probably. Does this mean that I'll never be able to make my dream of running come true? I don't know, but I sure hope not. I hate that I have such flat feet, that if I don't wear good shoes I get a nasty bone bruise that "looks like some of the car wreck bone bruises it's so bad" and "you need to use your crutches" and "time to go back to PT." Yes they are that bad. Maybe it's the way I run. Maybe I should forget the running on the treadmill and just do it outside. But then how can I tell how long I ran, or at what speed?

I really really want to run. And I know that it's my flat feet and over pronation that causes it to be so difficult. I know that when I lose more weight, it will be better. And I know that it's probably the way I run that can cause issues....

So I need help, advice, anything that would help me feel like I can be a runner!!!

And here's hoping I eat better this week!

Everyone have a great week, an awesome Monday and keep up the Sparkiness!!!

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  • BAKER1009
    You did an emoticon job Misha!!!
    Maybe some new emoticon will do the trick. I don't know, but just keep it up!!
    2112 days ago
    I've got some sketchers athletic shoes and they are awesome for working out. high arch support. i have achillies tendonitus and they have been great. Running is something you have to build on. Intervals are a good thing, so work at them like you have. Just don't stop moving, even if you slow down, keep moving. You aren't going to die, it wont kill you, push. Try carrying some light weights in intervals, like 2 or 3 pounders, and pump your arms while you walk and move. It will help the blood flow from upper body to lower and burns more calories. Also, it will condition you better.
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    2114 days ago
    I'd try doing some strength exercise for your legs. Building a strong foundation is just as important as build your endurance. Inclines are sure to hurt your shins if you're not used to it. When I started running the same thing happened to me. Good shoes are key but also check and practice your form, how you run, where does your foot hit. I started running at a 5.0 for about a mile on a 0% incline. When I was comfortable with that I'd increase everything a bit. Oh yeah and speed walking on an incline gives you bad shin splints too... Remeber to do stretch exercises after you run! Keep stretching those shins all day, it will help them start to feel better faster. Keep on Keeping ON!

    Okay so yes you can be a runner! Don't tell yourself you can't or whatever because we both know you can!! *high five* Xo

    2114 days ago
  • -CORAL-
    First of all, I think you are trying to push too hard. I know you're excited, but stick to the program. You will injure yourself if you try to do too much, too soon. i know all too well about this, as I also injured myself about 3 times doing C25K and saying to myself I will just do one more repeat, or I will ignore the looming shin splints and knee problems. I also have flat feet and was determined to become a runner. It has taken 2 years, but I finally feel good and don't have issues when I run anymore. So here is what I did. 1. I went to a running store and was fitted properly. After doing this, I was still having shin issues but knee pain went away. 2. After healing my shins (this was like 6 months into my journey), I went to a podiatrist and got fitted for orthotics. Now I run pain-free! You can become a runner if you put your mind to it. It just takes trial and error to find out how to fix your body mechanics to run injury-free --- And take it very slow!!!! OH, and try to run outside as much as possible. For me, treadmill running doesn't work very well. I get hip pain when I run on the treadmill. In addition, you will pace yourself more naturally when you run outside. To be able to know how far you are running, you can use your smartphone and download the Run Keeper app, it uses your GPS to determine distance and pace. I personally like using my Garmin HRM watch better, but if you're not completely committed to running yet, try out the Runkeeper app.

    2115 days ago
    2115 days ago
    As a flat-footed rolling-ankle runner, FITTED RUNNING SHOES ZOMG!

    I did C25K in February (through April). When I started, I was having terrible shin splints. I went to a running store where they had me run on a treadmill and they videotaped my feet. They then saw how flat-footed I am and how badly my ankles roll, and decided I needed motion-control running shoes for extra EXTRA stability. I also got insoles that were molded to my feet. It was incredibly expensive, but my running improved IMMEDIATELY.

    If that doesn't work, then talk to a doctor and see what they say about your running program.

    Happy running!
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    2115 days ago
    1) Sleep aid - can you talk to your doc about your sleep issues? Benadryl is good in a pinch, but really horrible to take long term. There are so many better prescription options that won't give you such a bad sleep hangover.
    2) Shin issues - once I started running on the mid-to-balls of feet, my shin splints completely disappeared and I have never looked back! At first it will feel like you are running on your tippy toes, but you will eventually get the feel for it
    3) Try running outside? I find with the C25K that was best because I could really set my pace.
    4) Stick to the C25K program!! If you push it too hard, you will have more difficulties! If you want to lengthen your workout more than the 20-30 minutes, just to an easy walk before and/or after.

    Keep up the great work though, Misha!
    2115 days ago
    Definitely recommend you get a good fitted pair of running shoes. This would make all the difference in the world on your feet, legs and body. Try an athletic center that specializes in running shoes and will fit them properly, such as Luke's Locker. I have heard and read a lot of blogs where injuries occur without proper shoes.

    Your doing great!

    2115 days ago
    Hi! I finished Couch25k in April. I think the biggest problem you are having is just over doing it. Especially if you have to keep starting over. I would stick to how it it on paper. If you breeze right through the first couple weeks, that's great. But it is designed to stretch your muscles to certain point and then give them a chance to rest and heal before stretching them further.
    If I were you, I'd do the program once on zero incline (I know, I shin splint from inclines if I am not careful.) Get yourself a base c25k under your belt. Then if you feel the need to add inclines or push yourself for faster times, your body will already be up to that level.
    2115 days ago
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