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Newbeak2 Rookie 7 posts since
Dec 14, 2007
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Sep 6, 2010 4:31 PM

Have just about given up for good

My story starts in 84,when at 36 years of age,I took up running.I had been totally inactive my whole life up till then,and in fact,my whole family was completely non-athletic.I was not obese,but still seriously overweight.Amazingly,I ran my first non-stop mile within a few weeks,and never looked back.I settled into a routine of 5.2 mile runs three times a week.This lasted until 95,when I stopped running because of a problem with gastric reflux disease,which caused me to produce such thick,viscous mucus that I literally would choke on it while running.Two ENT specialists failed to diagnose the problem,which I eventually diagnosed myself and I now treat successfully with anti-acids and by elevating the head of my bed.

Anyway,I have recently tried to get back into running,but with a complete lack of success.I have faithfully followed "couch to 5K" programs I have found on websites such as this,but always hit a brick wall where I cannot run beyond a certain time without running out of breath.Before I hang up my running shoes forever,can anyone suggest a remedy? Thanks!

  • stupidlazydog Rookie 5 posts since
    Jul 21, 2010
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    1. Sep 6, 2010 5:34 PM (in response to Newbeak2)
    Re: Have just about given up for good

    We are pretty close in age, I would have been 32 back in 84.  I hope you don't give up.  My only suggestion would be to slow way down until you're just barely going faster than a walk.  Good luck, and don't give up yet!

    Iron Horse 5K  6/6/10 - 32:21

    Lobster Loop 5K 8/22/10 - 30:44

    Maple Leaf 5K 9/11/10 - 30:42

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
    Jan 18, 2008
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    2. Sep 6, 2010 5:58 PM (in response to Newbeak2)
    Re: Have just about given up for good

    I have to agree, slow down.  This assumes your mucous problem is no longer an issue.  You've had 15 years to get out of shape, and you're not 36 anymore.  Take your time and start slow.  Run at a "conversational" pace; slow enough that you can talk in short sentences.




  • Jasko123 Legend 461 posts since
    Apr 18, 2011
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    4. Dec 26, 2011 3:28 PM (in response to Newbeak2)
    Have just about given up for good

    Hi Newbeak,

    I think small micro-tears happen all the time in running, and usually the healing period is a month (maybe five or six weeks), but you will want to be cautious because a weakened tendon can certainly tear under stress.  It is good that you are getting expert advice and recommendations for alternative exercises.  Talk to you PT about any previous injuries and the possibility of massage and strenghtening routines to avoid a recurrent problem with the same areas once you return to running.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  • BowieLinda Pro 136 posts since
    Jul 8, 2010
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    7. Jul 12, 2012 4:05 PM (in response to Newbeak2)
    Have just about given up for good

    Newbeak,  good for you for persevering against all of these injuries and setbacks.  It has to be hard!  I fell and really hurt myself over a decade ago, and was worried, like you, that I might not be able to be as athletically active as I wanted to be, ever again, but it has turned out that with careful listening to my body, I'm back to normal now (not that I will ever be a competitive distance runner, but I am enjoying an active life).


    You might want to consider looking for a running coach in your area, and get a session or two for them to watch you run, watch your form, see whether maybe there are things you are doing or not doing, that keep causing various stresses and injuries.  (Of course, it is also possible that something you do OUTSIDE of your running sessions is the culprit).  Or you might look for a Pilates teacher who can evaluate your posture and body mechanics.  I learned a lot about my body from working with Pilates with a good instructor here.


    Running shouldn't hurt, but we've all learned as we became grown ups, some bad habits, and it could be those are messing up your runs.

    C25K Training begun (Treadmill) 6/1/10); restarted 7/11/12

    First run OUTDOORS - Club Fun Run 1.75 mile circuit time 26:06:72 on 7/29/10

    Proud C25K Grad, 8/7/10

    College Park Cares 5K Sponsored by Vecna Technologies, Inc. 9/25/10 44:04.4

    Fell off of the regular running routine, experienced the DC Derecho Disaster, and now aiming to get back on track!


    Jug Bay Run for Wildlife 5K 11/3/12

  • Lochbain Amateur 36 posts since
    Apr 23, 2011
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    9. Aug 11, 2012 8:47 PM (in response to Newbeak2)
    Have just about given up for good

    Glad you hear that you didn't throw the towel in. Just keep playing it safe and you'll be back out pain free in no time.

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