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2/12/13 8:34 A

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I too started with pain in my hips, ankles and lower back. I kept going anyway using the Spark 5K method of walking and running in intervals...I also added abdominal exercises to strengthen my core and back exercises to help my back. If you work on strengthening exercises as well as running, the pains will fade away. Knees can benefit from an elastic brace which you can buy at Walgreens or Rite Aid. Depending on your weight walk quickly more than run until you are stronger BUT KEEP DOING IT. It will get better as you get stronger. Last but not least drink lots and lots of water as it helps joints enormously and check with your chiropractor who could help or an acupuncturist ...good luck..

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2/11/13 9:45 P

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I have never in my life been a runner. I am committed to running a 5K this year. (I have walked many 5Ks). During the month of January, I brisk walked a 5K 4-5 days per week. Since February started I have been trying to walk/jog my 5K. In the beginning, I had pain in my hips, ankles and calves. I switched the shoes I was wearing a few times. I also tried different time variations of the walk vs jog. I am still having pain in the same places but it has lessened a great deal. I am now having pain in my knees that is difficult to ignore. This is frustrating. I don't want to give up. Is it reasonable to think that this will, too, lessen over time? I am a nurse so I am used to being on my feet 8-12 hours per day. Thanks for any insight! emoticon emoticon

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