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I have to vent and ask some advice.

So...I hate jogging.

I know you shouldn't do any exercising that you LOATHE (lol) but one of my goals is to do a 5k, so it's kind of inevitable that I've got to jog.

I'm still attempting to do the couch to 5k program...and I DO NOT like how it makes me feel.

I loved getting out there by myself, having time to think and all that.... but it hurts.

My ankles mostly. (and of course the pain in my lungs from gasping for breath)

Is this something that will get better? Common sense tells me that it will, eventually it won't be so hard on my lungs. When I lose more weight, there won't be as much pressure on my joints...like anything else I have to build up endurance or whatever....but I'm impatient.

So....for all you joggers....

If it hurt for you.....when did it stop hurting? Or at least feel better than dying and gasping for breath?

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took me about 2 weeks for the soreness to stop.  I would also get horrible stomach pains for the first week or 2.

If your ankles are bothering you, I'm wondering if you have shoes that don't fit right.  You may need a new pair.

I agree it took about a couple of weeks for the body to get used to the stress of jogging.  

stargazer1 is correct about your ankles.  If they hurt you should think about replacing your trainers.  I would recommend Running Room, if you have one in your area.

Your cardio and lungs will catch up if you continue with jogging.   I had checked out FITBIE on MSN about articles on breathing and running.   The articles are linked to Runners World and a lot of great advice on how to breathe when you job.

 

make sure you are doing a proper warm up- walking at a fast pace for 5 minutes should be sufficient.  you may want to do some ankle rolls before starting to walk. I switched to minimalist shoes (i use vibram fivefinger) and that helped my joints tremendously.  the lung capacity will just come with time.  good luck

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Ya my shins killed each time i ran then i got assic runninh shoes and they dont hurt now! It may b your shoes! Also when i run i chew gum to help my throat not feel dry and just make sure to breathe in through your nose and out of your mouth! Good luck! Loved my 5k run doing another one soon!

To be honest it probably took a couple of months at least, rather than a couple of weeks, for me before running stopped feeling horrible and difficult and started to feel good. Thing is I used to give up before then and go back to other forms of cardio, deciding that I simply hated running. But a few years ago I decided to stick with it, and you know what, you do reach a point when it starts to feel really awesome. And it's the best feeling. These days, going for a long run in the woods with the music turned up loud on my ipod is one of my favourite things. What I also love about running is that you need no equipment to do it - just a decent pair of trainers (and this is important - make sure you have good running shoes that will soften some of the impact as running does put strain on your joints etc).

I went from HATING running to training for a half marathon (13.1 miles), I did two of them! AND never felt better in my life!

The truth was I was in crazy pain for about two months when I first started. I joined a group at a local running store and met on Saturdays for long runs, during the week I trained on my own. We followed the Galloway Method, look it up on line. It is a run/walk method that prevents injury but even then you have to be careful to not overdo it initially.

Running is a mental sport, you really have to push through the pain,(as long as it is not an injury) when you do you get better, stronger, faster and more confident. Then one day you'll feel the so called "runners high" and you'll never want to stop!! I used to get goose bumps when I was running with my group at 5am, 8,9,10,11 miles and I felt strong and powerful not to mention all the weight I lost :)

Good luck. I have struggled with my weight all my life, and I can tell you that the two things that I KNOW for a fact work are Running and Spinning, combine the both and you will be AMAZED!!!! ( by the way I am in the process of doing the same for me)...... see you out on the road!!!!

PS...... SHOES ARE THEEE most important gear you can get, go to a running shoe store, get fitted and invest in a great pair of shoes, that is really important! and stay hydrated, buy a water belt!!! good luck! Hope my advice helps!

Original Post by kelrantymus:

Yes, shoes. Ankles shouldn't hurt. Don't go to a sports store, go to a running store where they ideally have a treadmill so they can watch you run and evaluate what shoe is best for you. Warm-ups aren't necessary but for newer runners can be useful. I never warm up anymore; just hit the pavement.

I have to ask, though. If you hate running, why force yourself to run a 5k? Find an event that is more enjoyable for you. If you like swimming, check out US Master's Swimming for a club and events in you area. Biking? There are lots of road and mountain bike events around.

What is it that you hope to gain by doing the 5k? I'm not being snarky, I just have found that if you don't want the event, dont feel a compelling passion for it, it's a lot harder to train for it and do it well.

I have good shoes. I went and got some Nike running shoes...had them fitted as well. They fit really good, that was my first thought as well.

I am incredibly splay-footed (opposite of pigeon toed) and after some googling I found out that might be the problem. My feet naturally point in opposite directions (nothing like a ballet position...in between that and a 45 degree angle. And when I walk...instead of heel-toe movements I roll my feet from the outsides in (all my shoes wear down rather quickly from the outsides in).

So I'm thinking that's the problem. I think I'm going to hit the gym and talk to the trainers there to see if that's what it is...maybe relearn how to jog properly...lol. And get some insoles that will keep my feet from rolling too much.

 

Yeah, I hate jogging....lol... you didnt sound snarky at all Smile. Running a marathon is something that I have always wanted to do.... doesn't make much sense since I hate running.

I just want to prove to myself that I can do it. I know a 5k isn't a "marathon," but for me it is.

I doubt that I'm going to become a runner but it's something to cross off my bucket list.

 

Thanks everyone for the responses.

I'll at least have a good idea when it's not a lung blistering moment.

 

I think I'd enjoy it more without the gasping, lol.

My tipping point was about a month into c25k. I had never been able to run for more than about two minutes, then I had to train for a triathlon (but that's a story for another time). The workout was 4x (3:00 run, 3:00 walk). It was about 5:30 in the morning, cold and windy and rainy, and I was wearing sweats and a slicker. I was miserable, but I said, just get it done. I got done with the third interval and realized that I could have kept going, and that was the first time I had ever felt that way while running.

Of course, once I was able to run for 15 minutes at a stretch, the endorphins kicking in was a nice bonus. So there's that to look forward to.

when you jog, try to jog a little slower, if it starts to hurt, do a little walking, it only hurts at first, but when your used to it, it won't hurt at all.

Here's my routine:

I jog around a soccer field for 6 rounds:

1st round = jog

2nd = walk

3rd = jog

4th = walk

5th = jog

6th = walk

try not to push your body so hard.

If you hate jogging then you will really hate a 5K so don't do either.  There's plenty of other goals you can have.  Complete a biking tour, or a walk.  Something like that.  On the other hand, you can walk a 5K.  It doesn't take too long to walk it.

i hated running as well until i could do it comfortably.  I love it now.  don't give up quite yet.  if once you are more comfortable with it and you still hate, then find something else, but give yourself a chance first.

Original Post by nicolae_anna:

Original Post by kelrantymus:

Yes, shoes. Ankles shouldn't hurt. Don't go to a sports store, go to a running store where they ideally have a treadmill so they can watch you run and evaluate what shoe is best for you. Warm-ups aren't necessary but for newer runners can be useful. I never warm up anymore; just hit the pavement.

I have to ask, though. If you hate running, why force yourself to run a 5k? Find an event that is more enjoyable for you. If you like swimming, check out US Master's Swimming for a club and events in you area. Biking? There are lots of road and mountain bike events around.

What is it that you hope to gain by doing the 5k? I'm not being snarky, I just have found that if you don't want the event, dont feel a compelling passion for it, it's a lot harder to train for it and do it well.

I have good shoes. I went and got some Nike running shoes...had them fitted as well. They fit really good, that was my first thought as well.

I am incredibly splay-footed (opposite of pigeon toed) and after some googling I found out that might be the problem. My feet naturally point in opposite directions (nothing like a ballet position...in between that and a 45 degree angle. And when I walk...instead of heel-toe movements I roll my feet from the outsides in (all my shoes wear down rather quickly from the outsides in).

So I'm thinking that's the problem. I think I'm going to hit the gym and talk to the trainers there to see if that's what it is...maybe relearn how to jog properly...lol. And get some insoles that will keep my feet from rolling too much.

 

Yeah, I hate jogging....lol... you didnt sound snarky at all . Running a marathon is something that I have always wanted to do.... doesn't make much sense since I hate running.

I just want to prove to myself that I can do it. I know a 5k isn't a "marathon," but for me it is.

I doubt that I'm going to become a runner but it's something to cross off my bucket list.

 

Thanks everyone for the responses.

I'll at least have a good idea when it's not a lung blistering moment.

 

I think I'd enjoy it more without the gasping, lol.

Go to a physio instead. It will probably cost less and the advice will be good.

yeah. soreness will always be there. and yes there is good and bad soreness. it depends on your physical condition. 

I am just now starting to get over that hump. I think I ran off and on since November, and maybe consistently for a month or so? I'm not sure. One thing that helped me was getting off the treadmill and to a local preserve. I was just more interested. Another thing that's helped is celebrating the small things. I ran one minute at an extra mph, yay! Or I did my whole run with only one walk break, yay! I still get passed by everyone on the trail, but you're really competing against yourself, right?

I agree that running is a mental sport. If you push (a little), you forget about the pain later and remember the accomplishments. Also, pinterest's "motivation" boards are really helpful to me!

Original Post by nicolae_anna:

Original Post by kelrantymus:

Yes, shoes. Ankles shouldn't hurt. Don't go to a sports store, go to a running store where they ideally have a treadmill so they can watch you run and evaluate what shoe is best for you. Warm-ups aren't necessary but for newer runners can be useful. I never warm up anymore; just hit the pavement.

I have to ask, though. If you hate running, why force yourself to run a 5k? Find an event that is more enjoyable for you. If you like swimming, check out US Master's Swimming for a club and events in you area. Biking? There are lots of road and mountain bike events around.

What is it that you hope to gain by doing the 5k? I'm not being snarky, I just have found that if you don't want the event, dont feel a compelling passion for it, it's a lot harder to train for it and do it well.

I have good shoes. I went and got some Nike running shoes...had them fitted as well. They fit really good, that was my first thought as well.

I am incredibly splay-footed (opposite of pigeon toed) and after some googling I found out that might be the problem. My feet naturally point in opposite directions (nothing like a ballet position...in between that and a 45 degree angle. And when I walk...instead of heel-toe movements I roll my feet from the outsides in (all my shoes wear down rather quickly from the outsides in).

So I'm thinking that's the problem. I think I'm going to hit the gym and talk to the trainers there to see if that's what it is...maybe relearn how to jog properly...lol. And get some insoles that will keep my feet from rolling too much.

 

Yeah, I hate jogging....lol... you didnt sound snarky at all . Running a marathon is something that I have always wanted to do.... doesn't make much sense since I hate running.

I just want to prove to myself that I can do it. I know a 5k isn't a "marathon," but for me it is.

I doubt that I'm going to become a runner but it's something to cross off my bucket list.

 

Thanks everyone for the responses.

I'll at least have a good idea when it's not a lung blistering moment.

 

I think I'd enjoy it more without the gasping, lol.

Not to sound snippy or silly but WHERE did you buy these nike running shoes? Who fitted you for them? A shoe store that ONLY sells running shoes and nothing but running shoes?  There are 3 main kind of shoes, Stability, Mobility and nuetral. Each has their own charactoristics and style and I don't want to bore you with the details of the differences but know that not all shoes are the same for running. Yours may be running shoes but be neutral and you need stability or mobility. If your ankle is hurting it is very likely you have the wrong shoes for your style/ankle movement.

I actually went to my running shoe store and the nice lady in there gave me a lesson on the difference in shoes and how to tell which kind is which. She knew I likely wouldnt be buying shoes there that day but wanted me to learn. I respect her greatly for that information and bought my shoes at dicks sporting goods  (let me be clear. Dick's sporting goods is not a Running store but I used the information from the running store to buy a nice pair of running shoes on sale at Dicks) but only after verifying they were the correct style for me.  Sore ankles should not be part of running distances under 5k unless its a shoes issue or a form issue.  Go to the same running shoe store and they can give you instruction on your form too. :)

 Also are you running inside on a treadmill or outdoors?

Also-  I'm severely splay footed, and I have absolutely no problem with my ankles...  I really think you need new shoes.

well yes. one factor is shoes. its good to have a nice running shoes. one that you are comfortable of.

Original Post by spiderpig0402:

when you jog, try to jog a little slower, if it starts to hurt, do a little walking, it only hurts at first, but when your used to it, it won't hurt at all.

Here's my routine:

I jog around a soccer field for 6 rounds:

1st round = jog

2nd = walk

3rd = jog

4th = walk

5th = jog

6th = walk

try not to push your body so hard.

I gave this a try...rather than sprinting like a maniac I took it slowly, and that seemed to help. Ankles weren't hurting Still going with the c25k program, just pacing myself..... and my ankles felt fine. :) yay! And I wasn't *as* breathless...whouda thought?

I'm still going to hit up a jogging place and get my shoes and all that checked out to make sure I'm using the right ones. I just hope I don't end up having to fork over 100 bucks for different shoes.

Thanks again everyone for the advice.

glad that i could be of help. you don't have to spend much money on shoes, as long as your comfortable with it. buy the "Lighter" ones.

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