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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 make more gains in that one thing, but I wouldn't be having as much fun. But everyone is different - if you want to focus on strength training and other activities feel like a boring waste of time, then put your energy into what you enjoy. Again, you do you!
  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. " In other words, pick a shoe that feels comfortable. I'd say buy your shoes from a store or website that has some kind of guarantee - roadrunnersports.com is a good one. Go for a jog around the store and see how they feel. Make sure you can return them if they bother you on a run. I had a pair of Brooks that were fine for two miles, and then all the toes on my left foot would go numb. Sometimes you just can't tell until you get out there. I hope you find a pair that works for you. New running shoes can make a huge difference! I feel so much bouncier and faster when I have a shiny new pair of shoes. Happy trails!
  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 suggestions for modifying my training so that I could still participate in almost everything.
  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 tomorrow.â€
  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, with no serious complications. I was so incredibly sore and worn out for the two months following that I didn't do much. I was gradually able to extend my walking and by two months was at a mostly normal pace. My doctor OK'd me to ease back into the activities I'd done pre-pregnancy. After about three months, I started karate again. My balance, strength, and endurance were definitely reduced. It was humbling, but several of the women I train with have been through pregnancies and assured me it would get better. I had to take my movements slowly to accommodate my poor balance, stop for water breaks more often. and In just a few months (maybe six postpartum) I felt like I was back to my pre-pregnancy level of competance. Running has taken much longer to regain. I didn't really start until about six months pp, and I had to take frequent walk breaks. I'm still pretty slow, but at about 11 months pp I am able to run six miles without stopping to walk. I'm currently training for a half marathon, and focusing on a slow, injury-free build up of endurance without worrying about speed. I have been strength training twice a week since about four months pp, which has done wonders for my strength, balance, and self-confidence. The worst part was getting up a 4:30 am to pump before meeting my trainer at the gym. He had experience working with other women who were recovering from pregnancy, so he was great about adjusting workouts. I'm well into deadlifting, squatting, and pressing, and have surpassed my pre-pregnancy strength. I'm still about ten pounds more than I was before pregnancy (and was overweight even then) but I'm very happy with how my body looks and performs. Everyone is different, but I think if you take it slow and have fun with it you will see progress. Don't be afraid to tell your trainer/teacher/training partner that you're still recovering and need to take it slow. Eat tasty nutritious food, so you'll have the energy to move around. Sleep as much as possible (I know, this is super hard with a newborn). When you're ready to workout more, let your family/partner/spouse know that it's important to you and that you need their support (and babysitting). Good luck, and have fun!
  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 advice above is good, give it a try and see if it helps you. 3. Hydration is good, and will probably help the cramping. You could try using a foam roller pre-run to loosen up your muscles. Check out this article for some tips. 4. I worry about my running form, too. All my problems are on my right leg. I try to make sure that I'm warmed up before running, that helps. I also "check in" with myself once or twice during my run. I spend a minute noticing my form - am I swinging my arms? Twisting my torso too much? Reaching too far forward with my heel? 5. Strength Running is my favorite running site. Jason's got a lot of great advice, and the race plans I've purchased from him have worked really well for me. Check out this article for some good dynamic warmups. He doesn't recommend stretching after a run - instead, try a quick bodyweight strength workout. I also suffer from tight hip flexors, and the most helpful things for me have been foam rolling (before and after), and a good dynamic warmup. Coach Jay Johnson's "Myrtle" routine is a lifesaver. 6. Consistency is the best bet! Take it slow and steady, and enjoy the process. Sign up for a local 5k. Running a race is super fun and inspiring - I'm almost always in the back of the pack, and I have a great time. If you're feeling bummed, watch "Spirit of the Marathon" or read "Born to Run" to help boost your spirits. Happy running!
  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, "Dang, you look like a real runner! Let's do this!" I'm currently rocking the Under Armour Fly Fast Luminous Leggings. They have a higher waist, are opaque, and very reflective for night running (handy in the winter). I'm about 180lb, 5'6", and the Large is the right size, if a bit long. All the UA Cold Gear brand is also really nice, but very warm. It's usually warmer than I need unless the temp is single digit or there is a bitter wind. If you remain hesitant to go full-on tights, consider Skirt Sports. They pair running leggings with cute running skirts, and look like they're on sale right now. Good luck finding something that works for you! And remember that you are hardcore for running in cold weather, no matter what your outfit .
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