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A question about running

Posted by on Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:05 PM
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What can I do to keep my calves and shins from becoming so tight while running? I just finished week 3 of c25k, and I'm struggling to run the full 3 minutes at a time because my legs hurt so bad. My endurance is built up enough, I think I could go further, but my legs stop me. Any pointers?
by on Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:05 PM
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cj123573
by Member on Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Do you stretch after your run? I stretch at home while watching TV. I also notice that my water intake (or lack thereof) directly impact how my legs feel while running.
I just started week 4 today of c25k and it felt better than week 3 because I watched my water this weekend.
lovebugs_mom906
by on Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:45 PM
I do stretch after, and I will do random stretches throughout the day. My last 2 runs, I've stopped halfway through, just to stretch. My water in take has been lower than it should until today. I'll drown myself in water tomorrow and see if it helps me on Wednesday.

Quoting cj123573:

Do you stretch after your run? I stretch at home while watching TV. I also notice that my water intake (or lack thereof) directly impact how my legs feel while running.

I just started week 4 today of c25k and it felt better than week 3 because I watched my water this weekend.
momlovestorun
by on Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM
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Drink enough water, stretch and make sure you have good shoes.

It takes time to build up the muscles so it shouldn't always feel like that. My legs start hurting when I need new shoes or I have increased my miles too fast.
crabbyD
by Diana on Oct. 22, 2013 at 6:20 AM
Same here! My shins start hurting when I need new shoes.

Quoting momlovestorun:

Drink enough water, stretch and make sure you have good shoes.



It takes time to build up the muscles so it shouldn't always feel like that. My legs start hurting when I need new shoes or I have increased my miles too fast.
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Lesgerm
by Leslie on Oct. 22, 2013 at 6:22 AM
Lots of water before a run and also eat a banana about an hour before. Works really well :)
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mcginnisc
by Claire on Oct. 22, 2013 at 6:30 AM
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Shoes, form, grade of where you are running...those are the things that have jumped out at me. 

I was continually having pain in my IT band recently. I got new shoes and it didn't help. I went to my Ortho and they ordered an MRI to check my lower back. It turns out that I have a form of arthritis in the bones of my spine as well as bulging disks. I am in PT for 4 weeks and see a Specialist next week. I also found out that my running form has changed significantly- I am over pronating all of a sudden ( always been a neutral runner), as well as my torso is not "rocking" the way it should. Form is huge! If your form is suffering, so will your body. 

Make sure you are working your core. Runners need a very strong core as it is in charge of your entire body. If you have not been fitted for shoes- go to a running store and get fitted. Have someone watch you run and check your form as well. Dehydration will also affect your runs, so make sure you get enough water. 

Claire


" I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13 

JodiLynn3
by on Oct. 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM
I always eat an Access Bar 15mins before a workout. I buy them from a health & wellness store. It helps access stored body fat earlier in your workout to help you burn it faster. Also helps with endurance & keeps your body from producing too much lactic acid which is the reason for muscle soreness. It also helps with shin splints....which I have tendency to get if I don't eat a bar first. You can go to
IMFORTHEFAMILY.com if you want to know more about the store....thanks!
srehman
by Bronze Member on Oct. 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM
Stay hydrated first.
Make sure you aren't tightening up as you run. I tend to do this and idk how exactly it happens but the more "intense" my run becomes the more tense my muscles get it seems. Idk how. Lastly, make sure you have shoes that are at least a half size bigger and are running shoes. When I changed my shoes to actual running shoes it helped a lot. Good luck! And keep on runnin!
Hadadat
by on Oct. 22, 2013 at 1:48 PM

If you can get one yourself or borrow one from a friend/gym, try using a foam roller to roll out the calf muscles. I find that helps. and compression socks and make a difference.

mommymeade
by on Oct. 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

stretching, better shoes, and better running form 

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