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Problems with running

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flumperoo Mon 20-Jul-09 14:33:49

I'm quite young, fit and active, enjoy swimming, cycling etc. I'm not a natural runner, but I've been giving it a go and have, over the last couple of months, slowly built up to being able to run for 1 hour non-stop on a treadmill. This is quite an achievement for me as, in the past, I've had problems with shin splits, getting stitches, or just finding it really hard work. My problem now is that I have developed pains in my knees and lower back.

I really do want to keep at it and get better and fitter and maybe even enter the odd race, but I'm wondering if my body is telling me to just give up.

I'm running at a pretty slow speed (8km per hour) and I wear air max running shoes, which are really comfortable. Is there anything I can do to prevent these pains I'm getting?

Any advice would be appreciated smile

racmac Mon 20-Jul-09 14:47:23

Have you actually had your feet checked by a proper sports shop? It is definately worth doing - they will do it for free and advise you on the shoes you need.

fishie Mon 20-Jul-09 14:53:09

yes go to a proper shop and get ready to spend about £60. all pain (bar usual effort) i have suffered has been shoe related.

flumperoo Mon 20-Jul-09 15:14:48

I don't live in the UK and unfortunately there are no specialist running shops here; only department stores and sports shops with unqualified/non-specialist staff.

Saggarmakersbottomknocker Mon 20-Jul-09 17:32:21

flump - how often are you running and are you doing any other exercise or strength work? It could just be overuse. You could try changing the gradient/speed throughout your run to use slightly different muscles. When you road run you speed up/slow down naturally over the ditance and I think you use your muscles more evenly if that makes sense. Although road running is harder on your joints.

Fwiw I find running on a treadmill really difficult - it gives me shin splints which I never get running on the roads. And I find that I run quite tensed up and unable to relax.

Do you warm up properly and atretch fully afterwards?

flumperoo Tue 21-Jul-09 16:34:12

Thanks for your response. I have been trying to run nearly everyday, so maybe I'm overdoing it a bit. I'll try running every other day and see what happens. I do make sure I stretch my legs. I'd like to be able to go running around the streets, but I'm in the middle of a very busy city, with little in the way of suitable sidewalks, unfortunately.

ExpositionDesMains Tue 21-Jul-09 16:39:58

You are not resting enough. A complete rest day is as important as a day with a good workout. If you try to run every day you are not allowing your body chance to recover. Your knees and back will be the first places to suffer.

I'd also recommend trying to shake up your running so that it's not just an hour at the same pace/gradient. You need to work in fast running/jogging/gradients to maximise the effects of running.

TutTutter Tue 21-Jul-09 16:45:00

(wotcha saggar)

yup, agree that running every day is waaay too much

ease off, and if you're still struggling ask for a physio referral

TutTutter Tue 21-Jul-09 16:45:40

<glances at rain>

<mutters about not having run since saturday>


flumperoo Tue 21-Jul-09 16:58:15

Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure how to shake up my running though. Anything slower feels like I might as well be walking and anything faster is too hard. I think I could do with someone helping me work out a running routine - as in 10 mins speed x followed by 5 mins speed y iycwim.

Saggarmakersbottomknocker Tue 21-Jul-09 17:41:44

<waves to Tutter - I've not run since Saturday either>

Walking on a stiff gradient is as good flump. You could start your hour by doing 10 minutes at about 6k speed. I put the treadmill on a 12 gradient which on my machine at the gym is pretty steep. I have to hold on to the bars. Then you could do some short intervals just a couple of minutes at a pace faster than your 8k (maybe around 9 or 10) then drop back and recover either by walking or slowing right down repeat til you are too knackered to carry on. The cool down with a slow jog.

Do intervals once or twice a week and REST MORE, an hour everyday doing the same thing is too much. Your rest day doesn't have to mean you do nothing. Do some strength training if you go to the gym or swim/cycle/walk.

ExpositionDesMains Tue 21-Jul-09 18:01:17

Just back from doing 10k!

Have you looked at an online programme? Try the Bupa ones for example. Very good indeed.

Apart from anything else running for an hour at the same pace gets boring and you lose motivation as well as being ineffective. Your muscles need to be surprised every now and then.

On a rest day I go for a long walk or a swim or do some resistance work with free weights. You don't have to lie in bed all day. Although...

TutTutter Tue 21-Jul-09 19:37:55

heck i really want to run

but have swine flu a nasty cold

i loathe treadmills - gawd, the monotony

DjangoTheDjinn Tue 21-Jul-09 20:20:37

I know. I wouldn't run if I couldn't get outside.

Had a nasty cold a couple of weeks ago and started running again too soon. Don't rush it.

flumperoo Thu 23-Jul-09 11:04:58

Thanks again for the advice smile

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