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Just came back from a great run. Beautiful cool night, about 70 degrees, strong breeze from a threatening thunderstorm, no one else on the roads.
I haven't run in a couple weeks but I decided to go for W5D1 because I thought I'd enjoy some slightly sustained runs more.
It felt great. My total distance was 2.25 miles in 31:00 including my cool down.
Felt great to get back out and better to find out I didn't have to start completely over. The body remembers, even at 265lbs.
Now to stick with it!
OK two days off, but I finally got out for my second run. I forgot that W5D2 was different than Day 1 so ended up with a weird mix. Did three runs, 4.5 minutes, 7 minutes and 4 minutes... averaged 12 minute miles. Overall 2.62 miles in 38 minutes with my warmup and cooldown. Felt great to get out again.
Hope everyone is getting out there! I need your stories!
All I can say is that you should experiment more. I run barefoot, which forces me to run almost exclusively on my forefoot/toes, and I never suffered from shin splints. Nor do most barefoot runners. Try your new shoes. Try no shoes. I firmly believe no two people's bodies work exactly alike so don't take the word of one running store or one "expert." If it's something you really want to pursue, then start experimenting. Your body will tell you what works for you.
What I can tell you for sure is that running on your toes does not inherently put more strain on your shins. If it did all barefoot and minimalist runners would be crippled.
If you're doing what I think you are - running like you're tip-toeing down the road - you may indeed be putting more stress than usual on the shins, and probably calf muscles too. (I have occasionally seen people running like this in races.) I can agree with Wideguy as far as trying different things. You might try a little barefoot running to see if you do it the same way. It might teach you a different footplant. A midfoot or forefoot plant lands on the ball of the foot, with the heel coming down very quickly (less heel contact for the forefoot plant), then the foot rolls forward and inward (pronates) to toe-off. The whole foot landing and pronating is what spreads the load. Note that this is a brief and somewhat simplified explanation of what happens. When you land exclusively on your toes you are skipping most of the pronation and load-spreading part. You may be able to teach yourself to change though it will probably be a slow process.
SpartanJD01, I'm currently at 270 and am training for my first half marathon. Now, it is for the WDW Half in January, so I have some time, but my training so far has gone well. I am training using the Jeff Galloway Run Walk Run method and his plan from the runDisney site. Right now, I've already run 9.5 miles no problem using run walk method, though my last 11 mile run didnt go as well thanks to poor planning and prep on my part. If you aren't currently using the Jeff Galloway method, you may want to explore it for yourself. The plan for the half is 20 weeks, so that can also help you plan for if you think you can push it. But you're doing right, by listening to your body (or as far as I know as a still new runner).
Thanks John W. I have decided to split the difference and go for a 15K on September 14 (9 weeks away) and run the New Orlean Rock n Roll Marathon on Feb. 2. I will look into the run walk run method. I have been steadily increasing my max but my pace is real slow. Does the RWR method help with that?
Spartan, I finished a full marathon a few months ago using Galloways RWR method. I was 230 on race day, I think. Could not have done it without RWR.
I was initially planning to just run/jog all the way, but when I did my first 10K, my knees and ankles were just killing me, so I switched to RWR to avoid hurting myself. Not only did I finish injury-free, I found that my overall pace actually got faster, because I was able to conserve energy for the latter part of the race, instead of fading.
Good luck. As John W said - push yourself, but listen to your body.
Wideguy, way to keep this thread rolling.. and by the looks of it, still one of the top threads in Active! Woot!
To anyone starting/restarting running for weight loss.. patience and persistance pays off, don't rush into mileage or pace, give your body and mind time to strengthen. Clean eating and consistent practice pays off huge, the weight will drop and the pace will quicken on its own.. before long you'll look back and see your former self as unrecognizable in many ways.
What a great thread.. wow this really takes me back in time! Wideguy, who else is still posting from back in the 2010ish timeframe?
325lb @ 2/1/2010 to 211lb @ 7/4/2011
I'm 6'3"+ and seem to be pretty locked in at around 227lbs. I was pushing up near 280's not long ago and battling a dozen "incurable" autoimmune diseases. Took matters in to my own hands, found out what was causing my illnesses and the weight melted off rapidly. Prior, I would exercise up to 3 hours a day ( predominantly martial arts ) and saw very little weight loss. For me - getting my diet / nutriton right came first. I started running BECAUSE I lost the weight. Before that, the pain was pretty rediculous.
My knees are shot, I walked with a cane, but I challenged myself to run 1 mile a day for 101 days. I did. So, I set a half marathon as my next goal and was able to complete that earlier this year. I now run about 25-30 miles a week. Best shape of my life. Best muscle development of my life... and I'm mid 40's! I have a few trail runs and 1/2's coming up and my first full marathon ( trail run with about 5,000' elevation gains ) will be my major goal for the year.
* Lots of credit to reverting back to minimal running shoes. Completely resolved shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and knee pain.
Nothing inspires me more than seeing "BIG" people run! Seeing some "Pixie" fly by me at a 5minute pace with ipod and starbux in hand just sucks the life right out of me. But seeing the big guy / gal out there accomplishing what they "shouldn't"... now that's a motivator!
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Hey Rev, not many and I don't post as much, or run as much, as I should.
But to all of you who haven't met Revgum yet, meet one of the true success stories. From 200+ and starting C25K to running Ironmen and ultras. I highly encourage everyone to read his posts. See what you can do, and what I still hope to do, someday.
Well I've been really hit or miss with my running, mostly miss. But last night I rediscovered the reason I keep trying to get back into it. I've been restless for days, irritable, on edge. Last night about 8:30 I decided to go for a run. First time in two weeks.
It wasn't pretty, it wasn't long and it wasn't fast. I think I managed 20 minutes with my warmup, maybe 8 or 9 of it running. And less than 2 miles completed.
But it felt great. It reset my mind. Cool night, stars, quiet road. I felt good, even as I panted and gasped. I realized I need a lot more of that.
Summer's not gone yet. I still have time to get some miles in before snow. I'm hoping I can keep myself motivated this time.
How are you doing?
Got out again last night, had a much better run. I did Week 4 Day 2 and it felt great, a nice cool night, quiet roads, no music... I ended up doing a little extra at the end for fun before my cooldown and my pace on my run segments got faster through all 4. So that felt great.
Night off tonight for work but back at it tomorrow. Actually looking forward to it
I am very new to all of this... joining a website, "blogging" (I guess its called), and running! I have attempted to run MANY times in the past, because I have always wanted to be able to do it, but have never suceeded close to a mile. Out of frustration I would give up. By chance, I came across this thread (again, not sure if I am using the corrrect terminology). I am just under 200lbs, but this is the heavyiest I have ever been (with the exception of my pregnancy), and even worse, the unhealthiest!!! Anyway... in some of the posts I came across Jeff Galloway run/walk method. I googled it and think this approach may work better than what I have tried in the past. Here are some questions I hope someone can shed some light on...
1. I, like many other begginers, do not have shoes. Where do I go for good advice?
2. What is the best time to fit in a 30 min walk/run? Does it even matter? I have always tried to run in the am to get it over with, but i am NOT a morning person and I assume (I may be wrong) that exercising on an empty stomach is what could have been making me quit so easy.
Like I said, I am new to this site so I am still learning. But I hope to get started FEELING BETTER!!!! Thanks for the help.