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Still running.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Since finishing the SparkPeople Couch To 5K Your Way (rookie running program), I run 2-3 times per week, usually 1.25 mi. each time (NOT counting warm-up and cool-down). I wear compression sleeves because I get bad shin splints, and they help a bit. I also recently went to a specialty running store and got some new sneakers (Brooks) and a couple pairs of non-cotton socks. The person who helped me in the store is training for Iron Man, so hopefully his advice will help me.

My main issue with running is my back. Halfway into running, my lower back begins hurting and it's annoying, but I push myself through it because it's a muscle issue and nothing more serious. I have shin splints too, but the compression sleeves help with that a bit, and I may be used to them... who knows. I just hope that with time and the advice given to me, things will get a little easier for me.

I still like running though, in spite of these annoyances, and use it as my main form of exercise. I still walk a lot in between running days for cross-training purposes too.

I also haven't weighed myself in a while. I'd rather focus on my running progress and see if my measurements change, instead of discouraging myself every time I see the scale (I usually weigh myself once per month). I still need to find measuring tape though; I haven't found any yet and would prefer to not spend extra money on shipping by getting one from Amazon.

Does anyone else run? How often? Has it helped in your weight loss/healthy living journey? How so?
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  • NHES220
    Running has helped me lose weight, but I found when I trained for my half marathon I plateaued. I was not tracking my food as closely and was not as low carb as I usually am. Good luck with your shin splints. The shoes should help and there are some stretches you can do too.
    1709 days ago
  • SPINSTER321
    Thank you, HANNAH_CALM. I thought I already responded to your comment, so my apologies for the delay.

    I was faithfully counting calories until recently; I got sick of it, honestly. I may have to force myself back into it. I run on a treadmill, but wanna begin running outside since it's getting warmer. I may also try wearing 2 (or more) sports bras and see if that helps with the back pain. I have a few high-impact sports bras, so maybe I'll use 2 of the high-impact ones and see what happens. I've also considered a back brace. And believe it or not, my local dollar store doesn't have any measuring tapes - I went at least twice just to make sure, and they don't have 'em. Ridiculous.
    1770 days ago
  • MILTONS_MAMA
    Do you count your calories? That would help you lose weight. I tried to lose weight without counting calories, and I just couldn't do it. So now I am using the nutrition tracker. Except I like the one at Lose It! better, I'm using their app on my Nook. SP doesn't even have one for the Nook.

    Running is a really high-impact exercise, maybe that's why your back hurts. Do you have a bike? Maybe you could ride your bike sometimes, to take it easy on your back. I love my stationary bike, it's even better than a real one, because I don't have to deal with traffic! Well, there are things you can do to help your body to absorb less of the shock from running. You can wear a really good sports bra, some people wear two and even three to get the support they need. The breasts should move very little when you exercise. Also, they make compression shirts, and that might really help you, if your back muscles and your belly need more support. They say compression products really help by reducing the muscular movements, you become less fatigued and can do more, you can be more active. And in your case, in less pain. If that doesn't help your back, you may need a back brace. Try to find a comfortable one that you can run in. The more bulky it is, the less comfortable it will be. I saved the best for last. The best, most important thing you can do to make running less stressful to your body is to stop running on pavement and only run on a track or a treadmill with shock absorption. I know, maybe you think tracks are for wimps or just people in the high school, but they're not! They are really good for you.

    One place to get a cheap measuring tape is a dollar store. Low, low price!

    I don't run, because I've had a hip injury and I don't know what happened. I really need to know what it looks like inside, before I risk further injury. I can only do low impact things right now. I walk in place, or I go for long walks, and I ride my stationary bike. I have some exercise videos too, but they seem too hard, so I usually leave them alone. I want to run again, but I don't know if I ever can.
    1783 days ago
  • SPINSTER321
    JAMIRBLAZE - thanks for your insight.

    The specialty store person had me run on a treadmill to analyze my feet while running, and that helped him pick out a good sneaker for me and pinpoint my overpronation. I want to get a gait analysis, though, and need to see if health insurance would cover it if I have to go to a medical professional for a gait analysis. (Or was what the store person did a gait analysis?...) In addition, I have yoga at my job once per week, and I incorporate as much core stuff as I can remember into my exercise routine. I am, however, thinking about using more SparkPeople videos for core work.

    Based on what I told him about shin splints, the specialty store person also recommended that I start off slow, running maybe 15 minutes each time I run. I usually stick to that, going anywhere between 15 and 20 minutes each time (1.25 mi. and always under 20 minutes). I also do ST twice per week, no more than that. I tend to walk a lot because of my job, so that's often the main cross-training I do; however, I switch it up from time to time (i.e. elliptical trainer, Arc trainer, etc.).

    I forgot to mention that I stretch a LOT - 15-20 minutes after exercising - because I'm no longer a spring chicken and must do it. emoticon

    I hope that I'm at least on the right track. I like running and while I won't overdo it, I don't want to completely give it up unless a doctor says so.
    1783 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/19/2015 2:55:18 PM
  • JAMIRBLAZE
    I run. Right now, I'm not in training for anything, but run 2-3 times a week for 3-5 miles. The shoes should help with shin splints. If not, you may want to have your gait analyzed to see if there are adjustments that you can make. Core exercises have done wonders for my back issues. Strong core means less pain.

    Running is great cardio, but can be hard to balance with ST and can be easy to burn out on and get over use injuries. I have backed off this spring to be able to add some different things in, but I do like the after effect and challenge of the run. I will ramp up the runs in the late summer and fall for a November HM.

    Running isn't the key to weight loss or the journey, for me. I like different things, and one of the most important things that I have really noticed is ST which is hard to maintain when running long distances. I have had success with HIIT and other forms of cardio as well.
    1784 days ago
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