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  1. I find that if I take a break from running, when I come back I often get shin splints and knee pain. I increase my mileage slowly and walk when it starts hurting, and after a few weeks the aches and pains fade. Comfortable shoes are important, but they aren't a panacea. Remember to give your body time to adjust.
  2. Wow, that's awesome! Sounds like your training is going really well. Good idea to have someone look at your form. If you suspect glute trouble, maybe try some foam rolling in between sets? I do that when I'm lifting heavy and it seems to help unstick my muscles.
  3. I definitely agree with this! You're going to stick with the activities that make you look forward to getting out of bed at 5AM. People will try to tell you what is "best," but that's what's best for them, because they enjoy it. You do you! Heck yeah! I run, bike commute, strength train, and practice karate. I love them all, that's why I'm a "Ranger" class. I've found that lots of components transfer across activities - controlled breathing, mental toughness, mobility, focus, muscular endurance - and they definitely complement one another. If I specialized in one thing, I'd be able to mak
  4. Glad to hear your symptoms are improving! I do calf raises at work too - no idea if it's useful, but at least I feel a bit more active. This is me! I often think "Oh, if I take the time to warm up I'll never get out the door. Better to just do it." I easily fall into the habit of never warming up and later regretting it! So I'm trying to take five minutes before each run for warm ups.
  5. I have quite wide forefeet, and it's often tough to find Women's shoes that fit well. Men's shoes either don't come in a small enough size or fit all weird. My favorite all around shoe is the Altra Intuition. They're nice and wide. They have enough cushioning to be comfy for running. They are zero drop, so I can use them for lifting and crosstraining. They look great for just walking around. When I'm going on vacation and don't want to take a shoe for every possible activity, I pack my Altras.
  6. I too have this problem with barbell rows and bench presses. It was a little embarrassing to explain to my trainer (a guy), but he said he prefers dumbbell presses and rows anyway, because they engage more of your stabilizing muscles.
  7. I've bought my last few pairs of running shoes online, from Zappos and runningwarehouse.com. I grew frustrated with shoe stores because they refused to fit me for a wide enough shoe just because they didn't have them in stock. I've read lots of articles on shoe fitting, and studies seem to go both ways on the pronation model that most stores use to fit shoes. In fact, the most recent article I read on how to pick shoes cited a study that concluded that "a runner intuitively selects a comfortable product using their own comfort filter that allows them to remain in the preferred movement path. "
  8. It's certainly not the same as a chronic illness, but I kept up my karate training through most of my pregnancy. My stamina, balance, and strength were really reduced. But I felt I was still getting the benefit of refining my technique. If I'd just stopped going for those nine months, I'd have taken several steps backward in training, instead of staying at around the same place. I just did as much as I could, and it helped me both physically and mentally. If you're concerned about not getting any benefit, I'd talk to your teacher and make sure they know your situation. Mine were able to give s
  9. Great job! I have pretty bad social anxiety, and I've actually turned around and left when the gym is really busy. Kudos to you for sticking around and doing workout! One thing that helps me sometimes is wearing headphones and turning my own music on pretty loud. The gym has loud music anyway, but something about hearing just my own music makes me feel more like I'm on my own, and I can focus on what I'm doing instead of thinking everyone is looking at me. And remember, “Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tom
  10. Here is my experience (your mileage may vary): I gained about 50 pounds during pregnancy. I was pretty active beforehand; I biked to work, ran, strength trained, and practiced karate twice a week. The strength training was the first to go at two months. I trained for and ran a 10k at five months, but stopped because I couldn't stand my bouncy belly. The belly got in the way during biking soon after. I managed to keep up with karate (adjusted for lower impact) until about seven months. I continued walking almost every day, about a mile at lunch time, until birth. I had a vaginal birth, wit
  11. Hi there - welcome to running! I've been running pretty steadily for about five years, and a lot of your issues have come up for me also. 1. If you get a stitch and have to walk, don't worry about it. Focus on breathing until it fades, then start running again. If it's constant, try running slower. Running can seem boring at times, but music and audio books can help. Also, sometimes my runs are also a type of meditation, and I mull over all the random things passing through my brain. 2. Side stitches happen. It sucks, but they will probably get better as your endurance increases. The advic
  12. I second the dynamic warmups on Strength Running. You can find a few of them here: http://strengthrunning.com/2010/05/elite-core-and-dynamic-warm-ups-a-comprehensive-guide/.
  13. Pull ups would be nice! I've been working on them for years...
  14. Here's an article that links to some good articles about big cyclists: http://fitisafeministissue.com/2014/10/15/big-women-on-bikes/ The blog focuses on women's issues, but I think most of the advice could apply to anyone.
  15. I used to be hugely self-conscious in running tights. Running clothes in general are very form-fitting, especially on women, and I don't have a marathoner's figure. My thighs, hips, waist, and bust bulge in spandex. One day I asked myself, "You think you look bad, but when's the last time you looked saw someone running and criticized their outfit or shape?" I never do that, of course, I'm mentally cheering on every other runner I see, even the ones who pass me. I found some tights that make me feel like a superhero, and now when I look at my running outfit in the mirror, I tell myself, "Da
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