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Old 06-15-2007, 12:26 PM
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Couch to 5k questions

Ok, so since I bought the Mizuno wave riders, I noticed that they were not giving me enough support in my heel, so I exchanged them for a pair of asics, and they were giving me WAY too much support, it even hurt to stand up for long periods of time in them. So, I exchanged for another pair of asics--I want to say 1220 version or something along those lines--so hopefully these are the winners. I feel like such a weirdo going back in forth changing shoes every other day.. So my question about the couch to 5k...

Today I'm in week 1, work out 3, I normally like to do at least 30-40 minutes of cardio, so I was wondering if I could do my 20 minute run/walk, then do my weight training, and then do another 20 minute run/walk?? Would that be too much or..? lol .. TIA
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Old 06-15-2007, 12:58 PM
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that seems like a lot to do at once. i don't know anything about the couch to 5k program, but just in general, that seems excessive...unless you can split it. maybe do 20 min run/walk then weights. then come back later and do the other 20 min. i normally will do something similar on the weekends. come in and do half an hour of cardio in the morning and then my weight training in the evening.
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Cardio in the morning and weights in the evening is the best way, but if you want to do them together that's not much of a problem. Just do cardio after weights.
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^What I did when I was starting the C25K was I would do the workout and then walk extra, so that my total workouts were around 45 minutes, but the last 15-20 was all walking. I think it's important not to increase the amount of running too fast
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Old 06-15-2007, 02:37 PM
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It's probably the Asics 2120 or 1120. Both of which are very good shoes. The 2120 is the model for higher mileage. I agree that you should not increase the running mileage too fast. You could do non-impact cardio such as riding a stationary bike, getting on the elliptical trainer or doing some laps in the pool for the last 20 minutes.
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I'm not familiar with that specific training program but I don't see an advantage to splitting the cardio up. Getting the actual mileage in is the most important thing but you don't want to overdo it and set yourself up for injuries. For cross-training I would recommend biking and/or swimming.

Asics are great, I run with the 2000 series. Brooks would be a close second for me. Most running shoe companies make a variety of different shoes so it's all about getting the fit that is right for your particular running style.

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Old 06-30-2007, 12:24 AM
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I am a runner....don't increase more than 10% per week as you could get injured.
But I definately split my cardio... sometimes I run to the gym, then workout then run home. That way I split my 5 miles into 2-2.5 splits. Makes it easier. I would not do that all the time if training for a race though.
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I know this is lame, but I'm on week 3 and I am so glad that I am sticking with it.. ! Just had to share ;0)
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Not lame at all...I'm glad you're liking the program!
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keep up the good work!
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i've been running 4-5 days out of the week and i'm getting better at the durration that i run. I can almost run 2.7 miles non stop. the only thing really holding me back is that my legs are begining to hurt more. Like the front of my shins. Ouch.

What should i do. I stretch, but is there a special type of stretching i can do to help this. (i'm running on a concrete sidwalk)
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Old 07-23-2007, 10:23 AM
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^sounds like shin splints- what type of shoes do you run in, and how often do you replace them? you def. need to strech that area properly before and after a run to help avoid getting them.

also, once you have shin splints, it does take a bit to heal them. you should cut back on the duration that you run until they start to feel better, then gradually increase.
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i've been running 4-5 days out of the week and i'm getting better at the durration that i run. I can almost run 2.7 miles non stop. the only thing really holding me back is that my legs are begining to hurt more. Like the front of my shins. Ouch.

What should i do. I stretch, but is there a special type of stretching i can do to help this. (i'm running on a concrete sidwalk)
Concrete sidewalks are also very hard. Can you try to vary the terrain by running on grass, dirt or at the track? Even asphalt is softer than concrete. It could be shin splints which you should be careful with as they can take forever to heal.
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my shoes are about a year old. Asics.

I'll switch to running at the gym for a while.
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my shoes are about a year old. Asics.

I'll switch to running at the gym for a while.
How many miles do you think you have on the shoe over that year? It may be time for a new pair.
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How many miles do you think you have on the shoe over that year? It may be time for a new pair.
probably only around 100 miles. I've only been running for the past 4-5 weeks. The shoes still look good. Not many visable wrinkles to the sole edge.

Probably be good to just by some more. I'm going to the beach all next week. I think i might take these and run in the sand.
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