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Running Through The Pain

- Posted by Kevin - Posted on 01/04/13 02:51PM

A couple of months ago, I picked up running as an alternative form of exercise when I simply don't have the time to saddle up and get out on the bike.  Of course, after taking such a long time off from running, there is a slight learning curve as well as some physical changes and issues to deal with since running in high school.  With these changes and the extended time off, there is quite a bit of pain during the rebuilding process, not just in my muscles but the joints and tendons as well.Image

A few of the causes are pretty simple to understand but less simple to avoid. Others, just take time and the recognition to not overdue it and impede my progress in the future.  Where I reside, the area is quite hilly which results in a minimum ascending run of about 200 to 500 feet for every couple of miles.  This makes it quite a bit more difficult to run a pain free and steady pace.  Intervals can be a good way to practice certain stretches of hills or flat trails and allow for maximum muscle growth and provide you with the opportunity to run in the safest sections without facing injury.

Most of my pain comes from the long time off of running and attempting to get back into it in such a hurry.  My average run is about 5k or 3+ miles, however I have noticed that when I try too hard and overdue it on a particular run, for the next few days I certainly face the consequences.  Traveling up and down stairs can be difficult on the knees and muscle soreness makes subsequent activity harder to get into comfortably.

I have been told by a few friends and experts in the field, that I simply need to stretch more before and after my runs as well as my bike rides.  I realize I do have the tenancy to be in a rush and forego the stretching altogether.  This is something I plan to focus on and remedy over the next few months and my ongoing cycling and running activities.

The cold weather does not help keep muscles warm when I am forced to stop for red lights, or passing riders/runners.  I try to counteract the intense cold with under armor base layer leggings and a base layer longer sleeve shirt covered by a favorite hoodie and active gear outer pants along with a hat and some running gloves and clear glasses. Dressing appropriately helps avoid the immediate suffering from the temperature and other elements like rain and snow.

Follow me as I stride to achieve running improvement throughout this years cycling season and leading up to it.  you can follow me on strava for my most up to date and accurate information on my courses, times and distances.