I started running (thank to you!) a few months ago. I have run only on treadmill in a gym, with perfectly fitted Asics shoes (normal pronation, as independently tested at two different stores).
Alas, as I was in the last week of Coach to 5K, I slightly strained my ankle. Nothing serious, no swelling, it just would hurt when trying to jog. So I had to stop - it took about 3-4 weeks to fully recover.
I started running again. In the first run after the break, I managed to run for 25 min total. After about 20 min I could "feel" the ankle, albeit it wasn't a problem. A few days later I run again, managed to run for 27 min., with the ankle once again starting to hurt a bit toward the end of the run. I stopped partially out of exhaustion, partially from fear of straining it again.
So... I don't want to conclude that my ankles are just too weak for running and I should give up totally. So, the question is... what should I do?
I thought about buying a compression sleeve/band. Maybe doing some exercises... taking some vitamins....
Your help would be highly appreciated. A little bit pain in the ankle has been a perfect excuse NOT to run, but... it's time to get back to work!
I wouldn't mind shoes for mild overpronators, as I do think I might have such tendency in the long run. Also, I do not know if wearing such shoes would necessarily cause any problems/injuries, should I happen to be 100% natural pronator?
As mentioned in my other thread - I am zero, slowly hoping to change it, by running regularly (5K being my first little goal). After reading some of the threads on this forum, I decided to visit a local shop where, after a short run, I was determined to have natural pronation. I was recommended Asics GT-2000 (2E).
I would appreciate any opinions you might have about this pair of shoes - is it a good choice, or is there something better worth considering?
It has been quite surprising for me to learn on Asics website that the shoes are made for overpronators. I guess a bit of support wouldn't be bad, especially in the beginning, but I am not sure how big a mistake it would be for me to buy them, given my natural pronation.
What do you think? Would you suggest buying something else instead, or is Asics GT-2000 a good choice? I really liked the cushoning in these shoes...
C25K sounds fantastc - I will definitely give it a try. I understand that I should run as slow as possible, making sure to run for the designated time (e.g. 10 minutes), rather than focusing on the distance.
Also, I understand that the natural progression of training plans in the running world is: 5K; 10K; half-marathon; marathon. (as opposed to starting with 10K plan or taking half-marathon training just after 5K). That will definitely help me when searching through the Internet.
Are there any... runners-dating sites? . I mean, a nice place where I could find a fellow Londoner who I could join in running once I learn how to put one leg in the front of the other?
Also... do you know any good apps for Android for running? I was hoping to have something which could monitor my running + distance + have the schedule pre-installed... I have seen "Couch-to-5K" by Active.com. Have anyone used it? Is there some other system/application/website which could be used to keeping track of the running?