I used to hate running

  • chadwick1985

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    Jan 03, 2015 6:47 PM GMT
    So I used to despise running and would only do so when needed at work. 4 weeks ago I started training at my new job and we run every day at least 3 miles a day as required training on top of other PT stuff. I have found a new found love for running. icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 03, 2015 7:11 PM GMT
    Man, I wish I could find that. I hate running. Mainly because shortly after I start some kind of running routine, I end up with shin splints. The pain associated with it is terrible.
  • tazzari

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    Jan 03, 2015 7:30 PM GMT
    willular saidMan, I wish I could find that. I hate running. Mainly because shortly after I start some kind of running routine, I end up with shin splints. The pain associated with it is terrible.


    Have you looked into orthotics, or gone to a shop that really finds the right shoe for YOU? As well, running on a softer surface can help - and be sure to start with very short distances & allow the legs time to accommodate the stress. Running can be a lot of fun if you don't force it.

    Good luck!
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    Jan 03, 2015 7:39 PM GMT
    tazzari said
    willular saidMan, I wish I could find that. I hate running. Mainly because shortly after I start some kind of running routine, I end up with shin splints. The pain associated with it is terrible.


    Have you looked into orthotics, or gone to a shop that really finds the right shoe for YOU? As well, running on a softer surface can help - and be sure to start with very short distances & allow the legs time to accommodate the stress. Running can be a lot of fun if you don't force it.

    Good luck!


    It's just my shitty legs. I had shin splints in high school as a sprinter on the track team. and all throughout college in ROTC I didn't have really the best of shoes. my own fault. but the older I get, the more damage it feels like it's doing to me :/
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    Jan 03, 2015 9:19 PM GMT
    My theory for successful long term running is 1) moderate mileage, 2) there's no need to run fast; wear a heart rate monitor and figure out your appropriate range (high/low) for your heart and stay within that, 3) don't over train, 4) people who run races are more likely to develop over training injuries, 5) be careful with stretching and don't overstretch and only stretch after you run.

    Some people can't maintain a running regimen unless they run races, which I think is unfortunate. Our goal should be to be able to keep running for the rest of our lives, injury free. Running should be fun, not something you suffer aches and pains from.
  • buddycat

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    Jan 03, 2015 9:22 PM GMT
    I do it everyday just because it makes my legs look good and keeps the fat off me especially when I eat junk. It seems like an ongoing process, eat something I shouldn't and have to run to burn it off. I agree you don't have to run fast although to run faster I simply stretch out my legs longer.
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    Jan 03, 2015 9:23 PM GMT
    willular saidIt's just my shitty legs.

    I wonder if stretching would help. After I run one of my stretches is to put my fingers over my toes and curl them down along with my foot pointing down. I feel a definite stretch along the top of my foot and some up along the shin. If I haven't done it in a while I have to be careful because it's very tight. I alternate that with stretching my toes and foot up to stretch the plantar fascia. 60 seconds.
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    Jan 03, 2015 9:30 PM GMT
    willular saidMan, I wish I could find that. I hate running. Mainly because shortly after I start some kind of running routine, I end up with shin splints. The pain associated with it is terrible.

    What sort of pain? Is it pain in the joints? Bones? Soft tissue?

    I think it really comes down to getting the right running shoes and utilizing correct running form. If you really want to get back into running, look into the "pose technique".
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    Jan 03, 2015 10:27 PM GMT
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    willular saidMan, I wish I could find that. I hate running. Mainly because shortly after I start some kind of running routine, I end up with shin splints. The pain associated with it is terrible.

    What sort of pain? Is it pain in the joints? Bones? Soft tissue?

    I think it really comes down to getting the right running shoes and utilizing correct running form. If you really want to get back into running, look into the "pose technique".


    It's the shins --- that burning sensation of shin splints. In high school I'd have to ice them up before and after track practice.

    Lumpyoatmeal said
    willular saidIt's just my shitty legs.

    I wonder if stretching would help. After I run one of my stretches is to put my fingers over my toes and curl them down along with my foot pointing down. I feel a definite stretch along the top of my foot and some up along the shin. If I haven't done it in a while I have to be careful because it's very tight. I alternate that with stretching my toes and foot up to stretch the plantar fascia. 60 seconds.

    I typically will stretch just before, though I know I should be doing it afterwards as well. I do some minor stuff, but not much.
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    Jan 03, 2015 11:55 PM GMT


    It's just my shitty legs. I had shin splints in high school as a sprinter on the track team. and all throughout college in ROTC I didn't have really the best of shoes. my own fault. but the older I get, the more damage it feels like it's doing to me :/[/quote]

    Gosh, that's too bad! I'm is sort of the same spot now (though a lot older, so I can't complain too much) so biking has become more important, as his hiking, and I'm hoping to get back to some cross-country skiing - all a lot easier on the legs.
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    Jan 04, 2015 12:10 AM GMT
    willular saidI typically will stretch just before, though I know I should be doing it afterwards as well. I do some minor stuff, but not much.

    Try decreasing your running duration and, if you can, do some stationary bicycling before you run. I'm currently doing 15 minutes of stationary bicycling followed by 30 minutes of running, M, W, and F, and on T, Th, and Sat I do only 10 minutes of stationary cycling. I was doing 30 minutes stationary cycling and 40 minutes running every other day and nothing on the in-between days. I'm trying this new regimen to see if it'll help me lose more weight. Being older means being more careful since we heal more slowly. If I feel like I need to do more I'll only increase the stationary cycling on my running days and keep the running fixed at 30 minutes. My heart rate on the stationary bicycle is the same as when I'm running.
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    Jan 04, 2015 1:07 AM GMT
    I hate running, it's so boring. I have pretty much given up on it and do workouts on the elliptical and incline walks instead. It's so much easier on my legs and feet.
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    Jan 04, 2015 4:47 AM GMT
    I hate running too! My opinion is that running will lead to longterm damage on your knees and it doesn't make a difference as to how well you stretch or how careful you take care of your joints. When I worked in a hospital's recovery room, I took care of lots of runners with knee problems and they ended up having some sort of surgery. Either arthroscopy procedures or ACL repairs.

    My preference is swimming. It's equally as boring as running but it's high endurance cardio and less impact on the joints.
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    Jan 04, 2015 4:57 AM GMT
    Something to read..
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/11/phys-ed-can-running-actually-help-your-knees/
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    Jan 04, 2015 7:32 AM GMT
    xrichx saidSomething to read..
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/11/phys-ed-can-running-actually-help-your-knees/


    A rather stupid article. (I mean the level of logic displayed - marathon runners have good knees, therefore, running marathons causes good knees :rollicon_smile.gif
    An alternative, and much more reasonable hypothesis, which I have long held, is that marathon runners are simply persons who were born with Teflon knees.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jan 04, 2015 8:09 AM GMT
    I love love love running
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    Jan 04, 2015 8:34 PM GMT
    xrichx saidSomething to read..
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/11/phys-ed-can-running-actually-help-your-knees/

    The last lines were my favorite:

    “What struck me,” she says, “is that the runners we studied were still running, well into their 70s and 80s.” They weren’t running far, she says. They weren’t running frequently. They averaged perhaps 90 minutes a week. “But they were still running.
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    xrichx saidSomething to read..
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/11/phys-ed-can-running-actually-help-your-knees/

    The last lines were my favorite:

    “What struck me,” she says, “is that the runners we studied were still running, well into their 70s and 80s.” They weren’t running far, she says. They weren’t running frequently. They averaged perhaps 90 minutes a week. “But they were still running.

    If I can still run a slow 1 mile into my 70s and 80s, I'd be ok with that.
  • Orland23

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    Jan 05, 2015 12:32 AM GMT
    I like running fine, but when I started before I lost weight, I used to find it hard. Since I had lost 50 pounds so far, running is far easier for me.icon_smile.gif

    I also would like to go on the elliptical machine to change my routine, and I will get to do that starting next week.icon_smile.gif

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    Feb 22, 2015 7:03 AM GMT
    I still don't feel it, oh well, my problem. icon_neutral.gif
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    Feb 22, 2015 1:02 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidI love love love running
    +1
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    Feb 22, 2015 8:26 PM GMT
    GoCardinalsGo saidI still don't feel it, oh well, my problem. icon_neutral.gif

    You're running too fast would be my guess.
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    Jun 19, 2015 5:54 PM GMT
    Once you find the groove, it will change your life. But, as someone said, the big mistake is expecting too much of yourself at the start, running too fast too soon, and losing steam and interest. Been there myself.

    I love watching kids at races. They line up at the start and tear out of the gate like there's no tomorrow. This bravado lasts about 1/2 mile if they're lucky, and then the poor tykes are begging for mercy.
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    Jun 19, 2015 6:10 PM GMT
    from the 34th Annual Los Angeles Pride Run, getting kids started on running
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    Jun 19, 2015 7:00 PM GMT
    Corriamo saidOnce you find the groove, it will change your life. But, as someone said, the big mistake is expecting too much of yourself at the start, running too fast too soon, and losing steam and interest. Been there myself.
    I love watching kids at races. They line up at the start and tear out of the gate like there's no tomorrow. This bravado lasts about 1/2 mile if they're lucky, and then the poor tykes are begging for mercy.

    Exactly.