Does anybody have any tips for somebody who is running distance for virtually the first time in years? I’m looking into joining the military and I need to become a solid runner in 5-6 months time.
As a bodybuilder I never jogged/ran, all my conditioning was done on the Stairmaster or Elliptical.
I’m finding that I can barely make it a 1/4 mile before my calves and shin muscles are so pumped that I can barely walk, let alone continue the run. My wind is great and I feel like I could go much further if my legs would cooperate. My strategy so far has been to run 2-3 minutes, then walk 2-3, and repeat for about an hour.
Is there a way I can help expedite this process? Stretches, icing, additional exercises, etc? I am wary of pushing it too hard because I don’t want to develop shin splints, but I need to be making solid progress week to week.
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I am no expert at running, but im a heavy guy and i got into it last year before summer. I had the same problem you describe I corrected the painful pump in my shins and calves by walking the distance i was planning on running and then stretching my lower legs out like crazy. If you want to know how to run look at barefoot runners on youtube. I actually bought a book called “Born to Run” and it was my entrance into the world of running. most helpful tip i can give you is always have your knees bent when you run and never strike on the heel or you will be in a world of hurt. If you have a tendency to heel strike shorten your stride so your feet land more directly underneath your hips while you run.[/quote]
I also found Born to Run to be helpful. However “Chi Running” by Dreyer(?) was even more helpful IMO (but nowhere near as entertaining). It is strictly an instructional work with a series of drills geared toward developing the type of stride described in “Born”. It’s a little new-agey in places but I still found that it vastly improved my enjoyment of running.
I understand that “Pose Running” by Romanov(?) approaches the same thing from a more sports science angle without the more mystical element. I haven’t read it myself but I hear it’s
Foot-strike really does make a huge difference.