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I hate running, but...

ASammy12010-05-01 10:23:42 +0000 #1
...I would like to do it if it didn't hurt!

Why do my feet hurt when I run? Why do my quads cramp up? Why do my calves ache? Is this normal? I stretch before I go out...

I feel like this is a stupid question, but am I doing something wrong???
spokewench2010-05-01 10:29:49 +0000 #2
I hate running too! But, it just takes a while for all those aches and pains to go away. Running is hard on the body. Try running on softer dirt that helps me when I start out running after not running. Go slow, don't up any mileage too fast; if you feel like you need to walk/run do so until your body can sustain the impact and new use of muscles.
beccaB2010-05-01 11:04:27 +0000 #3
I would run trails if there were some near my house. I am a former marathon runner, but the hard surface of the road just kills me now.
ASammy12010-05-01 10:55:22 +0000 #4
Thanks for the tips...

How long should it take for the aches and pains to go away. The first run or two feels ok, and then I start to hurt a few days in. I think I just wasn't born to be a runner...

I currently run on a treadmill in my living room. It's too hot here in the summer to run outside and by the time it cools off enough to run, it's already dark. I am hoping that as we get closer to fall, it will be easier for me to run outside...

BeccaB,

Where in MI are you at? I grew up outside of Detroit and my parents are in Rochester Hills.

Andrea
Fujichants2010-05-01 10:47:23 +0000 #5
It can take your body up to 1-2 years to get adjusted to running.

Also, I suggest you go to a runner's specific store and get fitted for shoes. This really makes a big difference. I used to run with Adidas running shoes that I bought just like that because they looked cute. But I got terrible aches and pains in my knees and shins from them. Turns out, they were the wrong shoes for me! My Asics definitely make a difference.

Also be aware that as you increase your mileage, you may still feel aches and pains and get overuse injuries. Just make sure to keep strength training and also do cross training, and not just running alone.
Grog2010-05-01 12:46:12 +0000 #6
When I start running, every year (I usually stop almost completely in the summer), there is a 1-2 week adaptation period when I just feel like my legs are lead. I need to walk around a lot, so it sure feels awful. But it goes away, and it doesn't feel that bad when I run.

+ 1 on getting good shoes that fit at a proper running store.

Depending on where you live it can be great to run outside. Make sure you wear proper reflective gear though, and know where you're going. Be extra careful for cars: drivers will not be expecting you there, even if you're glow-in-the-dark visible.

I have heard some coaches recommend AGAINST stretching before running, but haven't done the research. I never do it. I'm just careful to start slowly. Starting with a fast-walking warm up definitely helps, and walking 1 minute every so many minutes (like 1 for 5, or 1 for 10, progressively increasing running time) will also make it easier on your body. It's not "forbidden" to walk!

Good luck.
kenyonchris2010-05-01 13:24:06 +0000 #7
I am a certified (National Academy of Sports Medicine) personal trainer...and so hereby saying, DON'T STRETCH COLD MUSCLES!!! Warm up a bit (walk or slow run), move about, THEN stretch.

I am a hideous runner. I do run, and am sort of half thinking of trying to do a half marathon, just to see if I can. But I am awful. I put my ipod on and try to think of better things. The first mile is usually terrible, then I get into my stride (awkward as it is) and then I find myself having to slow down so I don't burn out. Blech.

Right now I am in MTB mode. I will stay in it until the weather gets too bad to do it consistently. I will run over the winter, then start on the road bike again in the spring.
luvmypwds2010-05-01 12:01:51 +0000 #8
yes, get fitted for proper shoes. Go to a running-specific store if possible. Is there a Running Room around where you are? I'd recommend signing up for a running clinic. When I started running (wow, almost 15 years ago now!) I joined clinics and I found them very helpful - both for the coaching and the camaraderie.

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