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A little encouragement needed!!

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 21:15

Your shoes will make little or no difference to the impact. When you calculate the numbers you will see why. Running puts a tremendous stress on your body and at nearly 20st that is all the more relevant. I'd recommend mixing your running with some cycling and or swimming for some lower impact training.

As said above I recommend a walk run program. Keep your calories in check. Running is great exercise, but people have a tendency to reward themselves with treats that undo all the good work and then some on top. It is really hard to run from a bad diet.

Get some advice on running technique. Try not to stretch your legs out too far in front of you, your feet should land below your knees. Anything in front of that is putting extreme force through your knees and hips and is actually slowing you down.

Enjoy the progress you make, but take it slow. Pushing it too hard will lead to injury and that can be devastating when you are making good progress. Remember slow and steady progress is the best way forward.

Good luck buddy, I was 17 and a half stone at one point, now happily at 13st 6, I've been there and done it. The sacrifice is worth it!

5k in under 20 minutes - Beginner

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 17:53

Mate it took me about 2 years to break the 20 minute mark (by 2 seconds) it is no easy feet.

I don't know what your base fitness is like, but you sound similar to my level when I started running regularly.

Rather than speed I went for distance and thought I could run a marathon within 6 months of picking it up proper. It broke me for the next 4 months.

It isn't worth it in the long run. Nice and easy and build it up gradually!

IT Band - trainers?

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 17:49

You seem to be running at a reasonable level and I imagine that means you are covering a lot of miles. Some of this injury could be as simple as too many miles without the necessary base fitness behind it. Only you will know if you have been pushing that too far though.

For me personally I think structured support shoes are a nightmare for most runners. I think they encourage the foot into an unnatural shape and position and keep it there throughout a run when a foot should be able to turn and mould itself to the run, it should be the point of contact that fires all the other muscles off in your legs and right up to your core. A support shoe stops lots of this happening.

For me a neutral shoe is the right shoe for most people, I mean the name even suggests it. If you have been running for a long time, your body should be able to cope with you feet having a bit more freedom!

As for the shoes, well you just need to try a load on. Personally I'd stay away from anything Nike. The people in their shops have no clue about how any of their shoes work or who they are supposed to be for and having tried to talk to Nike about it, I feel like most of the company doesn't have a clue either! To me they entice you in with good (fashion) design, but the substance isn't there behind it.

I'd do a load of research, then wait for a sale while you recover then go and try a load on and see how you get on.

weight not dropping - hit a plateau

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 13:05

Maybe weight loss being your goal is unhelpful at this stage. Many find that after they have been training for a while the weight loss stops, but there are still other changes that go along the way.

My body shape certainly changed when I started marathon training without losing any weight. I looked more athletic, I was fitter and stronger, my resting pulse rate and blood pressure fell.

All this while the weight didn't move an inch.

Sometimes keeping track of your weight is just demoralising.

Is this Plantar Fasciitis?

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 10:50

It is a massive pain to get rid of and because of the type of tissue it is it doesn't heal well.

The give away with PF in terms of diagnosis will be that it hurts like hell first thing in the morning and at the beginning of a run, it will slowly diminish on a run or when you walk and then return with a vengeance after rest or the next day.

There are a few things you can do to deal with it in my experience.

- Stop running until it goes away
- Sports orthotics might help to support the arch and allow it to heal (It worked for me)
- Put up with the pain using massage and pain killers. Although be aware if you are running long distances and using anti-inflammatories your stomach will hate you and it could damage your kidneys. Gels are therefore preferable.

26.6.15 I started running.

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 18:44

Backing up the whole calories burned thing. 1600m will at a reasonable pace burn approximately 150 cals which is so very easily by passed with one chocolate bar!

So if you are looking at running for weight loss make sure you have a look at your diet too.

I'd advise writing everything you eat down and using online guides to write down the calorie in take and what you lose through exercise. It will focus your mind on things and make sure you aren't rewarding yourself too much.

Good luck with the rehab, recovery and running.

Is it highly likely when you get faster you'll migrate to racing flats?

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 18:18

This is all preference. I ran last year in very light weight flat shoe. I loved them and I was fast but then again I came away with more little niggles and injuries from the transition.

I've decided that the pain of all the little injuries wasn't worth the speed gain.

But that's just me.

Help, foot injury before marathon

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 17:26

You will be one of hundreds out there who have some sort of over training niggle or injury.

Just have to decide if you can run it or not.

At this stage I'd rest until the day and just do it.

Everything is going to hurt on the day anyway!

what is the best new balance running shoe?

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 17:23

The best one is the one you are most comfortable in and won't get you injured.

No one can tell you what shoes to buy my friend, everyone is different.

Talkback: Runners and low heart rate

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 09:06

Then don't worry.

As long as you aren't showing any signs and symptoms of problems then there is nothing to be concerned about.

If you experience, faints, near faints, dizziness, shortness of breath or symptoms of feeling overly tired out for no reason then maybe time to get it checked, but otherwise it is your normal physiological baseline.

Everyone is different and just putting an arbitrary figure 'below 60 bpm' as bradycardic is really not helpful. I once took the resting pulse of an ultra runner at 35! He certainly wasn't unhealthy!

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