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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!
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
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.
Just an update for my friends here.I finally started to make progress,running without being winded for 4-5 minutes at a time,and only stopping because I didn't want to push myself too hard.Well,on Dec 5th,I had an excellent run,but when I got home,my achilles was sore as hell,and I was unable to continue training.The injury,strangely,didn't come on suddenly.My family doctor diagnosed it as a calf muscle tear,saying I should have seen him 2-3 days after the injury,and now (I saw him on the 19th),I probably would not be able to run again,as I was well past the treatment window! He gave me a referral for physio,and I got a different diagnosis from the physiotherapist,who said I likely had micro-tears in the tissue that joins the calf muscle to the achilles.Anyway,my evaluation visit resulted in laser therapy,followed by placement of electodes on my calf and the application of electricity,which felt like an almost painful tingling.The physio said this sort of injury is quite common,and never said anything about it ending my running career.Has anyone on this board had experience with this sort of damage,and if so, how long were they off training? My physio wants to see me a couple more times,and gave me three exercises to do at home-a standing bent knee stretch,a standing straight leg stretch,and some sitting toe raises I can do in the office while on the computer. Anyway, Merry Christmas!
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!
Hello,my friends.I have finally beaten the calf muscle tear,and have been power walking/running the last few months (nothing too ambitious- 30 minutes of mainly brisk walking),but yesterday morning when I got up,my left Plantar tendon,the one just inside the bottom of the heel,was somewhat tender.I had Plantar Fasciitis in both feet when I was a real runner ( 15 miles a week),and know how miserable this condition is. If one catches it early,can it be nipped in the bud? I am dreading yet another interruption in my training!
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
Thanks for your encouragment! I think slacking off a bit ( I haven't been out in a couple of days) helps. I am still eating lunch at my desk,and going for a brisk walk on my lunch hour-I am encouraged by the fact that the heel pain has subsided inspite of that activity. There are local programs for beginning runners here,and I have been playing with the idea of joining one.I will keep you up to date on my progress.