First pair of running shoes!

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    Nov 19, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    Today marks the official starting point of my new found hobby. UPS has delivered my first pair of running shoes and I'm ready to break em' in! Seeing as the last time I went for a "run" was during 6th grade track this should be pretty interesting but I'm hoping with a little bit of determination I will be running marathons in no time.... Not actually, but I'm excited because now I can finally run away from all of my life problems!

    So I'm pretty sure you have to warm up before you run? Yes/No? Anyway if anyone has some starting out tips that'd be appreciated! Or any good running playlists for the good ole' ipod...
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    Nov 19, 2012 10:02 PM GMT
    Yes Sir,
    I got a really good deal! So I felt like it was meant to be! They fit nicely tho
  • atlxc

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    Nov 20, 2012 2:24 AM GMT
    Make sure to stretch properly before and after your run! Don't go out killing yourself on the first run, take it easy!
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    Nov 20, 2012 2:32 AM GMT
    Make sure to break your shoes in before you actually run in them or else you'll have some sore feet.
  • mrblue

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    Nov 21, 2012 5:50 AM GMT
    I just bought my first real pair of running shoes too! High five!
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    Nov 21, 2012 5:52 AM GMT
    part of the problem is u had to have them delivered... the first step is actually leaving the house to get stuff...LOL.
  • 1blind_dog

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    Nov 21, 2012 6:06 AM GMT
    What shoes did you get? Keep a comfortable and consistent stride. Over or under striding causes you to use more energy. Keep water with you. Bananas are great before you run. If you run on a treadmill during the winter, try incline training. Really strengthens the legs and helps with endurance. It's going to take time but after awhile you notice your breathing getting easier.
  • Ironman4U

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    Nov 21, 2012 6:22 AM GMT
    Do a few minutes of neuromuscular activation (not static stretching) to get your legs ready. Easiest way is to stand on one foot and bring your other leg (knees bent) forward mimicking a runner stride. Then extend the same leg back. You should move your arms in conjunction (shoulders relaxed) - again, you want to mimic what you would do when running. Do this with controlled movement for about 10 reps and then alternate to the other leg. What this does is it prepares your motor pathway neurons for running. You can google other neuromuscular exercises for running if you want to use others.

    Start your run at a very slow jog, warming up your legs for the first 8-10 minutes. From there, you can pick up the pace to what you are comfortable with. Start slow and build up (both with speed and distance). You can gradually (about 10% per week) increase both as you condition your body.

    I hope your shoes work for you. It will take some time to know, and I hope you luck out. Normally, I would never recommend buying shoes online without trying them on and for first-time runners, it's best to go to a "true" running store so the educated staff can look at your gait and make a proper recommendation based on your specifics (pronation, strike location, etc.) Another tip that most novice runners don't take into account is running shoes should be bought one size larger than your regular shoe size.

    Good luck man! Hope you find a real passion for running.
  • Ebadger

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    Nov 21, 2012 6:24 AM GMT
    The first set of running shoes I got were great, until I broke them in. I would say give yourself the time to feel them out, it took me almost 3 months to break mine in and that included a marathon. Also if anything below the knees begins to hurt, it's most likely the shoes. This is what happened to me and for not wanting to admit that these really cool comfy shoes were hurting me, I continue to use them and had to miss my second marathon because of my injuries. So give time to break them in, if things below the knees begin to hurt, change the shoes. For music look up Chris Slutz in Facebook, great DJ from Spain, he releases his tracks which are about 2-3 hours long and they are free!!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 21, 2012 8:53 AM GMT
    Good running shoes do not need a break inicon_idea.gif they should feel good as soon as u lace em up and stand. Try New Balance (running).

    At 18 they won't break your bank.
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    Nov 21, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    timetopretend529 said

    So I'm pretty sure you have to warm up before you run? Yes/No? Anyway if anyone has some starting out tips that'd be appreciated! Or any good running playlists for the good ole' ipod...


    How much experience do you have running? Have you checked out any 'Couch-to-5K' programs?

    Stretching your hamstrings/calves will prevent injury over time. I like dance music podcasts while I run / workout.

    Good luck but start slow. You've got lots of miles ahead of you. (:
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    Nov 21, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    Wow that's some good feedback! I'll make sure to stretch and hydrate! I'll definitely have to start slow but I'm hoping that in time I may actually find running to be enjoyable. I actually got New Balance shoes so hopefully those will suffice. I only paid 50 so my expectations aren't high but then again I'm not running any marathons anytime soon so hopefully they will get me by for at least my first few endurance building months! Thanks for all the great tips, I really appreciate it!
  • Medjai

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    Nov 21, 2012 5:16 PM GMT
    I'm going to disagree with some stuff here.

    Do not eat fruit before a run. The simple sugars will cause a blood sugar spike, then you'll crash. They are too quick release. A package of instant oatmeal 30-45 min before the run will be a more consistent energy source. As for water, if you are properly hydrated before your run, and are running for under an hour, you will not need water. A simple electrolyte drink after (such as milk or juice) will be fine. Studies have shown than nowadays, over hydration is more of an issue than under hydration.
  • runnermtl

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    Nov 24, 2012 1:46 PM GMT
    Medjai saidI'm going to disagree with some stuff here.

    Do not eat fruit before a run. The simple sugars will cause a blood sugar spike, then you'll crash. They are too quick release. A package of instant oatmeal 30-45 min before the run will be a more consistent energy source. As for water, if you are properly hydrated before your run, and are running for under an hour, you will not need water. A simple electrolyte drink after (such as milk or juice) will be fine. Studies have shown than nowadays, over hydration is more of an issue than under hydration.


    +1 for Medjai's comment. I've dialed it back a lot to accomodate weight training, but I used to do 60-70 km per week (10-12 km sessions, around one hour).

    I don't know if you plan on running on steep terrrain, but I would advise against over doing it (learned that one the hard way).

    I think you will probably regret your $50 shoe purchase - if they look nice, use them as street wear. You will be pushing your body hard and you need to protect it appropriately - and the problems will not necessarily manifest themselves after the first or even tenth run. The damage can be cumulative. You may discover feet problems you never knew you had. At least go to a proper running shoe store to see what they have to say about the way you walk and run.
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    Nov 24, 2012 2:22 PM GMT
    re: buying running shoes

    I started running this past summer and the very first thing I did was
    talk to some marathon runners at my gym. They directed me to a local
    runners shop where the specialize in running gear. This shop was owned
    and operated by people who run marathons. They had me walk bare footed
    in the store and then watched me run on the sidewalk outside so they could
    see how my feel moved and then they suggested two sneakers. I tried on
    both and the fit and comfort was amazing. So I left with the perfect pair
    of sneakers and now 5 months later they are still terrific. There was no breaking in period because they fit perfectly from day 1 and they never
    hurt my feet. The marathon guys all told me that a good pair of sneakers
    is the most important thing when running. These were not cheap - both pairs
    were in the $120-130 range and if you run constantly then they should be replaced after so many miles - I don't remember the exact mileage but
    about once a year.

    And yes you should warm up before you run.

    All the best - a great way to keep in shape.