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CurlySu717
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Date: 9/15/10 12:45 PM

I started the Couch to 5K app last week. So far so good. My knees started to hurt and a friend who runs told me to get new shoes. So I did and the knee pain is better.

Right now I'm running on the treadmill, as it's still too hot here in Texas to run after 9am.

Any advice? Websites? Books?

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Date: 9/15/10 4:14 PM

No official advice with a link, but some simple things to do:

(1) warm up r-e-a-l-l-y well, better and longer than you think you might need, as new runners often have stiffer tendons and stiffer tiny muscles than an experienced runner; and

(2) on the days when you'll be running inside on the treadmill, don't be afraid to remove shoes and socks, and "quick walk" or "jog" in your bare feet, as running barefoot makes the body weight hit at a different location on the foot than running with shoes; this differing strike zone on a bare foot is often easier on your knees. Also, don't hesitate to alternate quick walking, jogging and running within the same workout.

Congratulations on your new plan, Lily

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Date: 9/15/10 6:40 PM

Shoes, shoes, shoes. Don't be cheap on these, get good ones for RUNNING, not just general athletic wear.
And a good GOOD athletic bra. Again, get the real thing that really supports. Try it on in the dressing room and jump around some and see if you jiggle. If so, try another style or size. They should be tight, but don't have to be flattening - though if you're small chested it's the best way to go.
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Date: 9/15/10 6:56 PM

Along with good running shoes ... make sure they fit properly and are designed for your foot type. Ex: I have very high arches, son has flat feet, hubby has slight high arches ... three very different kinds of shoes - although all three have a regular price in the three digits. It really does make a difference!

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Date: 9/15/10 7:02 PM

You can use MapMyRun.com to help plan local routes using GPS maps and their distances. Don't forget to also do some muscle toning exercises during the week on top of your cardio! I am also on my path to get back to running, I am currently able to do about 2.5 straight but I am aiming for 6. Hope to get there by February. Good luck with your goals!

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Date: 9/15/10 7:31 PM

Sports bra wise, I like the reversible Champions from Target that cross and have a white modesty panel under layer that seems to hold them down. I do have a very hard time getting out of them (like basically I have to hold my arms over my head, then pull up on the bottom band from under the opposite armpit- my joints pretty much all go in ways they're not really supposed to go, so it works for me), but I would rather do that than face the pain from a less supportive bra. I wear a 34DD, and I have tried on every back hooking/zipping bra I've ever come across- these work best for me.

Oh yeah- shoe-wise, my Ironman friend loves her Vibrams.
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Date: 9/15/10 7:57 PM

My husband is using the vibrams also, he loves them to bits. Gorilla feet. All the rage.....Five fingers yes for running... theoretically good for your feet

here's a discussion about shoes; I recommend the link provided to the NYT blog. I am sure people feel passionate about this, one way or the other, just comes down to personal preference, and maybe injury history....
Shoe stuff
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Date: 9/15/10 8:41 PM

If you don't have it already, invest in the foam roller. I love mine. It can hurt but if you stick with it, it really helps get those muscles to relax. Found mine at Target.

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Date: 9/15/10 10:29 PM

I always recommend this book to anyone who asks me about running:
http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Runners-Handbook-13-Week-Walk-Run/dp/1553650875/ref=sr_1_17?s=STORE&ie=UTF8&qid=1284603943&sr=1-17

13 weeks to a 10K. I've done it twice now - once when I quit my pack a day smoking habit and once after I gave birth to my son. I've been running strong for 8 years and I would thank this book for getting me started and in shape.

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Date: 9/15/10 10:46 PM

Quote: dfr2010
Along with good running shoes ... make sure they fit properly and are designed for your foot type....... It really does make a difference!

Absolutely positively agree. I buy mine from roadrunnersports.com because they help you identify which arch type you are, which type last you need, and categorize the shoes that way. They also tell you if you need to go up 1/2 size, etc. I'm willing to pay a little extra for that information and have always had great service from them.
Good sales, too.

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