Novice Questions

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    Nov 26, 2012 10:28 AM GMT
    I have started running 0530 in the morning daily since 2 weeks back. I have a few questions:
    Is it okay to run 7 days a week (right now I'm running only 30 mins a day, plan to add weights in the evening in Dec).


    What do you wear while running in winters? I start sweating by the end of the run. Will it be okay to be down to the T-shirt & shorts when the temperature around is 0 deg C?

    (PS: Sorry for the bother if these questions have been posted before, I searched but couldn't find the answers here).
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    Nov 26, 2012 12:12 PM GMT
    Personally, I espouse cardo exercise for at least 15 minutes each morning...early. This kickstarts the metabolism which carries with you the rest of the day.

    I do not run. I do not live in temperature which dips below freezing. If I can't make it to the gym to do my cardio, I do a brisk walk or bike to the point where my heart rate is at target and I am sweating.
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    Nov 26, 2012 10:47 PM GMT
    Running seven days a week, not matter how well you warm up or cool n stretch after, is not good for your knees in the long term. 5 days max. Most race training programs only have you running 4 days a week.

    As for clothes, if it's 0C...I suggest one good outer layer of moisture wicking clothes (such as Nike Dry Fit) and a cotton under-layer that will both keep you warm and allow for air movement. Exposed skin at that temp isn't a great idea. Will make you wrinkle and dehydrate you faster.

    Also, chew gum to keep your sinuses and throat moist.
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    Nov 26, 2012 11:16 PM GMT
    Thanks a lot for the suggestions icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 05, 2012 6:25 AM GMT
    RunintheCity saidRunning seven days a week, not matter how well you warm up or cool n stretch after, is not good for your knees in the long term. 5 days max. Most race training programs only have you running 4 days a week.

    As for clothes, if it's 0C...I suggest one good outer layer of moisture wicking clothes (such as Nike Dry Fit) and a cotton under-layer that will both keep you warm and allow for air movement. Exposed skin at that temp isn't a great idea. Will make you wrinkle and dehydrate you faster.

    Also, chew gum to keep your sinuses and throat moist.


    Well, to be fair, most race training programs also aren't intended to get you to run your very best race. They generally target an adequate, injury-free race, not that there's anything wrong with that.

    7 days a week can work fine, but build up to it gradually. Start with 4 days a week, increase up to 5 for a couple of weeks, then 6 for a few weeks. However, if you're only running 30 minutes each time you go out, you're almost certainly going to see better benefits to running longer and less frequently. Try making one run longer than your others (perhaps try 45-minute run or something).

    Clothing is totally individual for each runner. If you're comfortable, go with it. I have run in a t-shirt and shorts next to a guy wearing a hat, jacket, gloves and pants because I'm always warm. Around 4 degrees celsius I'll switch to a long-sleeve shirt and at around -2 degrees I start wearing pants and lightweight gloves. At around -5 degrees, I put on a hat. I wouldn't put on another layer on either the top or bottom until it gets really, really cold. Of course, this was when I was living in Boston. This is an entirely hypothetical question for my current location icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 06, 2012 10:13 AM GMT
    At best I am able to make it 5 to 6 days a week icon_razz.gif

    I have been too lazy to go to the city to buy the Dry Fit (or look up online) so I am following the layering suggestion. icon_biggrin.gif Two t-shirts and a windcheater (windbreaker) on top with track-pants. The wearing a cap n gloves was a good idea. Somehow I run easier n better when I wear those. (I tend to feel cold like a cat icon_razz.gif ). In any case temp doesn't go below -1 deg Celcius here so this should be fine. (its around 5 deg in the mornings).


    I would like to run at least a half marathon coming year, so will be looking at some proper training program once running becomes a routine thing for me. Thanks for the 45 mins suggestion, yes I think I should do it on Sundays.
    I do feel running is benefiting me. At least I've stopped cringing every time I look at the mirror. icon_biggrin.gif (small gains keep me happy n going icon_razz.gif )


  • MidwesternKid

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    Dec 27, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
    I have a question to throw out there. I have very muscular thighs and they rub together when I run (haha yea funny). But the inside of my thighs are starting to look like a war zone. Any suggestions on how to take care of the skin in that area?
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    Dec 27, 2012 12:52 PM GMT
    MidwesternKid saidI have a question to throw out there. I have very muscular thighs and they rub together when I run (haha yea funny). But the inside of my thighs are starting to look like a war zone. Any suggestions on how to take care of the skin in that area?
    Underarmour/compression shorts.