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7/29/12 9:50 A

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Hal,
I know how you feel, when I am not worried about my knee, I worry about my ankles, I have found every stone, hole in the yard, bump in the dirt, in northern Illinois....oh, and don't forget twisting my ankles over thin air too, haha. I never broke an ankle, but spent a LOT of time as a child and younger adult, wrapped up in some splint or bandage.

There are a bunch of foot strengthening exercises that might help...my favorite one is to place a towel on the floor and while keeping your heels on the floor, 'walk' the towel towards you using just your toes and arching your foot.
As your feet get stronger, it suggests to put a weight (or a can of something) on the other end of the towel to add resistance.


Tracy, Illinois, CST

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Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.

And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;

The result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
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7/29/12 8:54 A

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I've found the best way to avoid shin pain is to (before running) stand on a step, with my toes & balls of feet on the edge (facing the step) and lower my heels as far as I can and then raise up as high as I can. I do that about 20 -25 times.

If I don't do that, I'll get really bad shin splints.

I was told by a chiropractor that the cracking and popping sounds we hear aren't necessarily a bad thing, but more annoying than anything else. My 16 year old has toes that make a snapping sound with every step when he's barefoot.

Make sure you do a lot warming up and stretches before you start. Be careful as you go and take your rest days. You should do great!

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6


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7/29/12 8:44 A

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I guess it's my weight, I first fractured my foot in the 8th grade, then in high school I twisted an ankle, then in college I've fractured my feet 5 times, I went to a college where you walked every where in a city, so occasionally my toes would get so sore I couldn't stand, or my arch would make a popping sound and my foot would swell up to the point I couldn't fit in my shoe.

I'm hoping these resting intervals will help, but I still flinch whenever I hear a cracking noise in my joints or my feet or legs. I took a weight lifting class my final semester before graduation and it was the first time I didn't get injured while in a PE class, I may have a tendon or bone that never healed correctly, but whenever I go to a doctor they just tell me to stay off my foot for a few weeks (after they Xrayed me and billed me)... that was kind of impossible in college when I didn't have a car.

But yeah, I'm really hoping these rest intervals are helping, my shins hurt less and less each exercise as well as my feet :-)

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Absolutely. I have severe osteopenia and am a high risk for fracture. I watch out for every single crack in the sidewalk and am very careful about how I move when stepping off curbs. An injury would set me back so far that I'm extremely careful and do wonder and worry about it when I'm running.

But this past week I've been painting the kitchen and not running. I can't tell you how many times I nearly fell off the kitchen counter or the ladder!

How/why do you keep fracturing your feet?

Elisabeth Grace

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7/28/12 9:48 P

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Oh no...you need to think just the opposite...not this time! Good luck in your training, be careful, follow the program and listen to your body. This is going to be your time to a healthy 5k finishing without injuries... emoticon

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I just wanted to start a thread and ask this question. "Has anyone experienced multiple injuries while starting running programs and worry that their next injury will make them lose momentum for the 5k training?" I've sprained/fractured my feet so many times in my life that I'm almost kind of waiting for it/bracing for it to happen again.

Is this irrational?

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