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Hi everyone.<br><br><br><br>
I'm sorry if I sound whiney, but I'm almost about to cry I'm so frustrated! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"><br><br>
Today was supposed to be my first day of scheduled exercise in ages. I was so excited. I am over 200 freaking pounds and need to lose weight (<i>again</i>, that is)<br><br><br><br>
I literally just got back in from my first ATTEMPED walk/jog session 2 minutes ago. I'm doing the Couch-to-5K Running Plan (found here: which begins with a 5 minute warm-up walk, then intervals of 60 seconds jogging and 90 seconds walking for a total of 20 minutes. I was mentally prepared to do it even if my lungs gave out!<br><br><br><br>
But my stupid ankles, of all things, were the real problem. Grrr.<br><br><br><br>
My shins got this cold, tight burning sensation in the first 60 second jog. I had to rest for a couple minutes, then tried jogging another 60 seconds, which I completed, but just barely. My ankles and shins got so tight and burny I could no longer walk at a brisk pace. So I slowly walked back home. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veryangry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":grr:"><br><br><br><br>
My ankles/shins have ALWAYS had this problem, no matter how much I try to stretch them.<br><br><br><br>
I am bored with simply walking outside (I enjoy it, but it's not enough to help me lose weight at this point), I want to jog! I want to challenge myself and get in shape!<br><br><br><br>
Again, I'm sorry for the included rant, but I was so amped to have this great first work out, to have this day be the starting point of losing all this weight and KEEPING it off this time around. But sadly it didn't turn out that way.<br><br><br><br>
I don't know what to do about my ankles. Does anyone have any advice? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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I understand what you mean, as I also went through this plan.<br><br><br><br>
What you need to do, first, is rest for a little while. Don't overdo it with your legs, or it will get worse and worse until it hurts to walk.<br><br><br><br>
You should drink more water. Have some when you get up in the morning, with meals, an hour before attempting a workout, after the work out, etc. It may also help you to eat more bananas, though I think that's mostly for side stitches. Wouldn't hurt, though.<br><br><br><br>
When you do jog, do it slowly. Speed will come with time, but right now you want to do the jogging parts very slowly. When are you stretching, by the way? Before and after?
 

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Hi - I did the same plan, about 6 years ago. I weighed 265 lbs and hadn't exercised since grade school. From there I went on to lose all my excess weight and do marathons, so don't be discouraged - that plan will get you there!<br><br>
First, make sure your shoes are good. It sounds like you might be beginning down the road to shin splints, which hurt but are not the end of the world. You want actual running shoes, hopefully ones you have had an expert help you fit (this is one thing you actually WANT to go to a specialty store for). Don't skimp on this. It's the only equipment involved in running!<br><br>
Second, stretch. Coolrunning has a few pages devoted to stretching - look at them and try them. Many running injuries are begun with muscle imbalances, which are frequently aggravated by your muscles being tight. Calf stretches can sometimes help if you have ankle pain.<br><br>
Third, you might try running cold water over your legs when you are done working out. I do this after my long runs, and it really combats the soreness and inflammation very well.<br><br>
And I second everything Elena said.
 

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Elena99- I always do basic stretching sometime after I wake up in the morning, and always before working out. I stretched a bit after my first 60 seconds of jogging today because I thought it might help loosen my ankles up, but it didn't. I will eat a banana and drink more water next time like you suggest.<br><br><br><br>
Congratulations Cassiel! That's amazing and inspiring! My shoes aren't the top of the line or anything, but they're comfortable and still fairly new. They're the best athletic shoes I've ever purshased, so I'm not going to buy new ones until these wear out. I've jogged/walked in the past with K-mart cheapy walking shoes and had while I still had weak ankles and shins, it wasn't any worse.
 

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I would recommend the shoe thing too, no matter what you think. LOL. You should go to a specialist shoe store where they have a running carpet (what are those things called in English ??) so they can analyze what type of shoe is best for you. I have heard many times from friends that they got rid of ankle/shin problems that way. I used to jog as well (had to stop for medical reasons awhile ago) and never had any shin problems but this is what I hear... If the cost scares you off, maybe you could get these "made to fit" shoes with a gift certificate for your birthday/x-mas, whatever ?<br><br><br><br>
The biking sounds good too but if you want to do it outdoors you'll have to invest in a decent bike, which costs more than a pair of shoes... And I dunno... I've always preferred running over biking ! (it's hard to get to any flat biketrails where I live, maybe that's why ! those hills ! LOL !!!)
 

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Maliaka, try other sports and return to jogging later. Swimming and biking are good, and of course good old walking. Jogging has about 3times more impact on your ankles than walking!<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Is there a running clinic you can go to? They will watch you walk/run and tell you if there are issues. Often, the way you step on your foot will affect your hips, ankles, knees, shins...<br><br><br><br>
Alternately, are you running too quickly? Can you get a heartrate monitor? You will probably be surprised to find just how slow you need to run to be in the "fat burning" stage. When you run, slow down. Then, slow down a little more. You probably want to be a little faster than a slow shuffle. Yes, you'll be going slow. But it'll help.
 

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Go with *new* running sneakers. Use these *only* for running. Anything under $50 is pure junk. First, go with a curved-last sole and a combination last support inner. If they get wet, let them dry fr *at least* 3 days.<br><br><br><br>
If your under 25 and otherwise healthy, you should be able to reach your goal. But, everyone is unique and has their own unique abilities/limitations. Between ~25 and ~35 you may need 2-3 days recovery between runs. Bike in the mean time.
 

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I've run for many years without injury. The key is to realize that this is really a fairly poor form of exercise, when you consider the pounding that your joints endure. I find an elliptical machine to be a much better workout with far less stress on the joints. That said, I still go out once a week for a run, and enjoy it. But I wouldn't make it my primary form of exercise. Sorry for the bad news... Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 

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Thanks for all the tips you guys!<br><br>
As it turns out my ankle/shin issue seems better. I was out of comission for a week or so with a cold, but other than that I've been going out for my walks/jogs regularly and have noticed improvements already! It still hurts every time, through the whole session, but I stop jogging as soon as it starts to go from uncomfortable to painful, and that's what seems to help a lot. I also stretch my lower legs out throughout the session and every time it starts to hurt.<br><br>
I also had a weird knee problem for a couple days where it hurt to bend my knees. I am just realizing that after over a year of being lazy this is a "growing pain" my body is going through as it adjusts to working out again.<br><br><br><br>
I just got so freaked out when I realized it hurt too much to walk! It's scary to have your body go crazy like that, ya know? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
I know shoes are important, but I am just way too frugal to buy new shoes before these current ones wear out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
Thanks again!
 

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Welcome back to the fold. A couple of points: first, take it easy, and do not worry about meeting a plan. The point is to build, build, build. Second, I would highly recommend you consider new shoes. Shoes are the necessary equipment for this sport, and ones older than 6 months or over a number of miles wear out before you may notice that they have. A good pair of shoes keeps you from getting injured.
 

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I guess, think of it this way (re: the shoes)... is it better to fork over ~$100 for a good pair of new shoes, or fork over more $$ later when you're at the doctor doing physio and/or x-rays on your knees <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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