Running Basics Help
I was hoping that someone would be able to give me some advice.
After a lot of consideration, I have decided to start running and I am aiming to the Cumbrian Run in October. I have spoken to a few of my friends who are runners and they have advised me that it requires a good 4 to 6 month training so I feel I have just started at the right time.
On Thursday I ran my first 2 mile on the treadmill, 1 mile running then fast walked then a further mile which was fine but definately needed some new trainers as the ones I had are just for the gym and offer no support whatsoever.
I have been to my gym shop and went on the running machine that shows you how you are running and which trainers are the best to buy. I have purchased a pair of Asics which are so much better than my old trainers.
I went out last night and ran my first 4 miles ever, I did ok, I think, but I noticed that when I was running I was 'stomping', slightly going on my heel first but only very slightly and then my balls straight down as though I am flat footed. I have woke up this morning with very sore knees on the bottom.
Can anyone advise me how to run better, especially when it comes to my foot fall. I am not out of breath just my shins and knees are so sore while I run and feel like my legs weigh a ton weight. I do spinning and body pump at the gym. Should I be doing anything else or will this just go as I run more?
Any advice will be great.
Having done this event after training 3 months I can tell you it is possible (i did it in 1.54 the first time) have done it a second time as well.
I would try and get off the treadmill and outside as much as possible- it is an undulating route the treadmill will not prepare you for this)
Your 4 miles is a good start, i would just take it steady and build up your mileage. I kept a log of each run so i could track improvements. I can't really help on the footfall issue as its not something i have experience of, defo keep an eye on it...
Perhaps slow down and concentrate on your form? plus you might just be expecting too much..i mean it is your first 4 miles you're bound to ache afterwards, go easy on yourself
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