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#1 Old 07-08-2005, 04:14 PM
 
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I am finding it really hard.



After 10 minutes, my knees start to hurt and so instead of my planned 20 mins with 10 mins of walking, I can only take 10-15 mins of jogging.

I do have good shoes and I am not going too fast or too slow.

Any tips on how to combat this? I really don't have anywhere else to run - only roads and very rough (nearly went flying today) pavements..
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#2 Old 07-08-2005, 04:53 PM
 
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From what I've read, my road running problems were still mainly to do with my shoes. I had always purchased "good" shoes, but they weren't appopriate for my weak arches, so I was still getting hurt. Have you been evaluated by a running expert or podiatrist? Maybe some orthotics would help?



I've gone back to the treadmill, but now that I have new (supposedly appropriate shoes) I plan to try the roads again. Otherwise, everyone tells me to run on trails. Bike trails, hiking trails, trail trails trails. Which I haven't tried yet, and sounds like isn't really an option for you, anyway.
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#3 Old 07-08-2005, 05:13 PM
 
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Road running takes some getting used to. How many times have you tried? What did you do before?
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#4 Old 07-08-2005, 07:08 PM
 
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Are you new to road running, or new to running in general? What shoes do you wear?
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Are your shoes new? It can take a while for them to break in, and they may cause discomfort meanwhile.



And I also agree that trails are preferable if you can find one.
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#6 Old 07-08-2005, 08:32 PM
 
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The surface of the road can make a huge difference in how much pounding your legs/feet are taking. I'd suggest avoiding concrete if at all possible, and trying to run on blacktop, which gives more. Even better would be to run on grass or dirt if you can find someplace to do that.



Also, if you're having knee problems, it would be a good idea try to figure out what's wrong and start doing stretches/exercises to fix the problem. I had runner's knee last year, and it cost me 2 1/2 months of no running. Try this site for starters.
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#7 Old 07-09-2005, 03:33 AM
 
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The majority of my running is on roads or sidewalks too. I've somewhat gotten used to it, but I still can't take it more than 45 minutes or so, and maybe 20 minutes walking in one session. I do like to run on grass or dirt when I can, though. And I second what Oriole said about blacktop vs. concrete. Much less hard-feeling.

On a semi-related note, I was running across an expanse of grass last week, and stepped into not one but two sinkholes, and sank up to my knee both times. Thankfully, I didn't twist an ankle or anything....but it was a bit odd. Running along and then all of the sudden being sunken up to one's knee in the blink of an eye...
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The majority of my running is on roads or sidewalks too. I've somewhat gotten used to it, but I still can't take it more than 45 minutes or so, and maybe 20 minutes walking in one session. I do like to run on grass or dirt when I can, though. And I second what Oriole said about blacktop vs. concrete. Much less hard-feeling.

On a semi-related note, I was running across an expanse of grass last week, and stepped into not one but two sinkholes, and sank up to my knee both times. Thankfully, I didn't twist an ankle or anything....but it was a bit odd. Running along and then all of the sudden being sunken up to one's knee in the blink of an eye...







Sinkholes?? That is scary!!



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#9 Old 07-09-2005, 10:43 AM
 
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cheers guys - I'm going to try some excercises and hunt for a more suitable surface to run on!
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#10 Old 07-10-2005, 08:40 AM
 
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get a book that talks about running form. learning proper form will help decrease these sorts of problems. Also, if possible, run on black top instead of concreate. it has a little more 'give' and is therefore better on the joints.



also, don't worry about working up to it. intervals are a good idea--so run-walking until your joints can handle the impact (and you get your stride right) is also a good idea.
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