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Wannabeskinny
09-30-2009, 11:23 AM
Since I started running I have noticed many changes in my body and mind.

1. I'm more tired - I used to be able to work out every day doing things like workout DVD's, weight training, walking, and tennis. Now I run every other day but the inbetween days I'm too tired to work out. I push myself to walk on those off days but my energy is lower than I'm used to.

2. I'm starving! - I'm afraid of my appetite getting the best of me. I'm having trouble maintaining my calories and I'm fighting a lot of snack attacks. I don't know if I should be giving in, eating more, eating less, or what. I'm confused about this because of #3....

3. I've gained 4lbs! - How on earth does one gain weight by running? I thought running burned a lot of calories!

4. Clothes - I don't know what to wear to run! I'm freezing when I leave the house and then sweating and hot 10 minutes later. What do I do with my sweater while I run? Should I be carrying a water bottle in my hand?

5. Aches and pains. Shin splints, sore knees, even my hips are feeling the impact of running. These are minor pains and they don't interfere with my workouts but how long will these last?

Thank you all for reading this and being patient with me. I absolutely love running but I'm obviously having a hard time adjusting to it.


luvja
09-30-2009, 11:31 AM
Awww :hug: If you love it, don't give up. It will get better, as you said, you're just having a hard time adjusting. Which by the way, is expected.

pegdav
09-30-2009, 11:36 AM
I am so with you! I have been exhausted since I started running in May. I keep waiting for that "boost" but it never comes. I've only lost about 5 lbs since I started, but I do feel like my body looks different. But I am dragging...


caryesings
09-30-2009, 12:31 PM
the only one I can help with is the dressing thing, as the last time I ran was when I lived in Michigan. I would run my first few minutes around my own block so I could drop off my layers at the house as I warmed up. Once I was down to just running clothes, then I would take off on the "real" run. And I never carried a water bottle but my maximum distance was 5k, maybe longer distance runners would have a different answer.

PinkyPie
09-30-2009, 01:23 PM
For the pains, have you got a properly fitted pair of shoes? Shoes can make a huge difference! I have much less pain than when I started and I'm 100% sure it's my new shoes.

You will be hungrier on the days you run, you should plan on eating more. I think you can find some food/eating tips on coolrunning or activenetwork or even runnersworld.

As for the weight gain, I don't know how to explain that one. Could be gaining muscle. Could be retaining water. Are you also stretching properly?

If you are tired the you really shoild listen to your body and REST. I don't know how much running you are doing but maybe your body needs more time to repair itself and that's why you simply can't do anything on the other days.

Hang in there!!

amyn
09-30-2009, 07:48 PM
I do run a lot, have been building up the last few years and now do about 50-70 miles a week, depending on season, race ect. So, my running advice is carry water if you are going out for over an hour, or if it is really hot. Start your run cold, but not too cold. Your body temp will go up about 20 degrees, and as you become more efficient, you will sweat quicker. I run in shorts, long sleeve shirt, beanie, gloves at above 50 degrees. Below 50 I wear knickers and maybe another top layer, even colder I may add a vest. Layering is great, tie your shirt around your waist and go. Regarding hunger, that is normal, especially as your body gets used to a new routine. High quality, oatmeal, PB, lean protein, ect. Fuller longer for running. As for weight, I feel that is hard to say, are you hydrated? your body may be holing on to stay hydrated, are you eating a lot more to keep from feeling tired? This may all balance out as your body adjusts.
Running takes work, your body should be tired, honor that and be proud, some days you'll run, feel weightless and really move! Enjoy

jamsk8r
09-30-2009, 09:08 PM
How long have you been a runner, and how far and fast are you going? Shin splints are pretty common in beginners that start out too fast/too far, so I'm wondering if you've tried slowing your pace, or running every 3rd day, something like that?

mkroyer
09-30-2009, 09:34 PM
shoes!! get fitted for better shoes!!! aches and pains will VANISH....
i LOVE careysings suggestion about running around the block to warm up then drop stuff off!! FANTASTIC IDEA! :) I usually just suffer being cold the first 5 r 10 minutes...its WAY better than being hot and uncomfortable for most of the run!!
Are you eating more BECAUSE you are running and hungry? that is the trap ALOT of runners fall into..they think "hey, im running, i DESERVE/EARNED this 500 calorie starbucks latte after every run! Unless you are logging serious mileage, you might not be burning as many calories as you think! According to my personal HR monitor, even after running a FAST 10K i only burn about 400-450 calories.... but we are ALL very different as far as calorie burning goes.

Wannabeskinny
10-01-2009, 10:44 AM
I'm a new runner, being doing this for 3 weeks. I run at 3mi/hr and I do this workout every other day.

When I say hungry I mean RAVENOUS!! Like stomach growling 1 hour after breakfast, which is usually yogurt with honey and walnuts. I mean hungry like I want to eat the pillow if it's too close. I'm a calorie cycler eating anywhere between 1400-1800 per day and even on my 1800 days I'm starving.

I'm scared to invest in shoes for fear that I'll give up when it gets too cold :?:

Shannon in ATL
10-01-2009, 11:07 AM
I bought real running shoes in January, they made a world of difference. I went to a running store and had my stride analyzed for the right fit. Love them. My running dropped off a little in the summer, but I've picked back up. The people who have said that the aches and pains will vanish are absolutely right - I feel so much better just with different shoes.

I get hungry like that after running, too. If I don't eat more protein the day of the run I feel like I'm eating myself up inside all day the next day. I try to drink a protein smoothie or pb&j or something as soon as I get home from the run and that seems to help. Do you make your high calorie days your run days in your cycling?

On the clothing, I also dress in light layers and tie around my waist. I've learned that a stocking cap makes a big difference for me. I can go lighter on the clothes if my head is warm.

Go for the shoes, you won't regret it! It might make you more likely to run when it gets cold, actually, if you don't have the achy feelings on top of the cold feelings. :)

Wannabeskinny
10-01-2009, 11:49 AM
How much should I expect to spend on these shoes?

Shannon in ATL
10-01-2009, 11:53 AM
Mine were $105, I've seen pairs that range from $85-$150. I'm considering trying to find my replacement shoes cheaper somewhere else now that I know how they fit and what shoe to look for, but I feel some loyalty at this point to the store for spending so much time with me. (I had to exchange mine a few times, go back in twice for tweaking on fit.) I think that they say replace them every 300-400 miles?

nelie
10-01-2009, 12:06 PM
I think my first pair was about $80 from a running store. Funny thing is I had a choice between 2 pairs of shoes and went with one. The running store had a 'black friday' sale and sold the shoes I didn't pick for $25. So I ended up picking those up and waiting until my other shoes were worn out and switched. Once my $25 shoes wear out, I'll go back to the original shoes or even go back to the running store, not sure which.

Also be sure to stretch. Are you saying you are running 3 miles each time you go out? 3 miles is something you build up to. I would look at the couch to 5k plan to help you get there.

Wannabeskinny
10-01-2009, 02:14 PM
Also be sure to stretch. Are you saying you are running 3 miles each time you go out? 3 miles is something you build up to. I would look at the couch to 5k plan to help you get there.

3 miles is the total distance, mostly walking. I walk to the track which is .75 miles, stretch and then run/walk for 30 minutes. Then I walk back the .75 miles again and stretch when I'm done. That whole thing takes me about 45 minutes.

mkroyer
10-01-2009, 04:16 PM
expect to spend about 100 buks...TOTALLY WORTH EVERY PENNY AND THEN SOME!! PLEASE dont give up on running till you have great shoes and experience what a world of difference it will make!! you have to go to a specialty running store and they will have you run/walk on a treadmill and determine if you over pronate or underpronate and theyll check your arches and determine what shoes will compensate for whatever problems (physiologically) that you have....those "problems" are what causes your aches and pains!!

NELLIE--if you currently own two pairs of good running shoes, start alternating them NOW!! you will get more use out of them!! Alot of runners have more than one pair, that they alternate each day!! Switching them out between every run allows each pair to "recover" and rebound and you will get more miles out of both...extend their lives PAST the 300-400 mile mark!!

Wannabeskinny
10-03-2009, 12:36 PM
the only one I can help with is the dressing thing, as the last time I ran was when I lived in Michigan. I would run my first few minutes around my own block so I could drop off my layers at the house as I warmed up. Once I was down to just running clothes, then I would take off on the "real" run. And I never carried a water bottle but my maximum distance was 5k, maybe longer distance runners would have a different answer.

This is great advice, thank you caryesings! I will do that next time it''s in the 50's or colder!

I've been meaning to get new shoes, I know they're necessary. I just hope I can find them for $100 or so, I never seem to have any luck with finding good deals, especially not in Manhattan.

JulieJ08
10-05-2009, 10:52 PM
I'm in So-Cal, so I'm not dealing with real winter. But I do have mornings around 40 degrees. I wear a light weight cardigan over my t-shirt and just tie it around my hips after I warm up. I also start out wearing gloves and tuck those into the top tied around my waist. It is a bit of a pain, but it's too cold to start in the t-shirt. When it's cold I wear capris instead of shorts. It helps a lot to have my thighs fully covered, but the loose cropped hem is enough ventilation after I've warmed up. This is vs. my summer-wear: tank top and shorts (i.e., as little as possible from the get-go, because it's too hot, even before dawn).

Ilene
10-05-2009, 11:25 PM
Wannabeskinny you said: Like stomach growling 1 hour after breakfast, which is usually yogurt with honey and walnuts. If I had ONLY yogurt w/honey and walnuts, I'd be gnawing my hand off too! Try more nutritionally dense foods. If I run first thing in the morning I run on coffee :lol: then when I get home I have water, I'm not usually hungry right away but about 30 mins later I'm ravenous and will eat oatmeal with raisins and eggwhites. This meal sticks to me for a least 3 hours...

Definitely get new shoes, if you give up on running, but please don't, you can always use them for walking or going to the gym... Shoes are EXTREMELY important... They will alleviate a LOT of your aches and pains, like the shin splints...

I also feel that you may be starting out trying to run too fast... Get a nice pace going and you may be able to run further and longer... Vary your runs too, do sprints, easy runs, hills...

I had a lot of ached and pains when I first started too but eventually they went away, I can't remember how long it took but they did go away.

I was also very tired when I first started running, it's such an intense workout I think that's why you're so tired...but that eventually stopped too...I'd sleep like a baby though so I really liked the fatigue....

I run in -20C/-4F and I love it! Invest in good wick away clothing and layer and peel off if necessary. When it's cold you should feel a bit on the cool side when you first start but you'll soon warm up. I do like the idea of running around the block a couple of time too, what a great idea...

I don't run with water, I'm just gone for 50 mins usually, I know I won't die of thirst in that time. I've also read that if you carry a bottle it throws your balance off and that 's not good for you.

Hope this helps, keep us posted on your progress....

walking2lose
10-06-2009, 12:24 AM
I know everyone has feet and stride issues that are particular to them, but I'm curious what brand and model of shoe everyone has. If you care to share, I'd love to know.

Ilene
10-06-2009, 09:16 AM
I know everyone has feet and stride issues that are particular to them, but I'm curious what brand and model of shoe everyone has. If you care to share, I'd love to know.My most recent pair which are only 3 weeks old are by far THE best I've ever owned, they are Asics gels, for a neutral gait.... I've had Brooks, Nikes, Reeboks, Saucauny and none compare to this pair... I :love: them...

mkroyer
10-06-2009, 11:32 AM
i run in Mizunos and i am NEVER getting another pair for as long as i live!! Mizuna wave rider 12, or something. They are a nuetral shoe, for high arched feet, and performance (meaning they are light weight, and for racing). What this equates to is a pair of shoes i have to replace almost monthly, but they fit my feet and runnign style like a glove. Ive tried asics (and they F**ed up my feet something fierce, as well as saucony (which exacerbated all the problems that started with the Asics!) The minute i put the mizunos on my tendonitis dissapeared and i stopped getting stress fractures!!

Ilene
10-06-2009, 12:07 PM
iIve tried asics (and they F**ed up my feet something fierce, as well as saucony (which exacerbated all the problems that started with the Asics!) The minute i put the mizunos on my tendonitis dissapeared and i stopped getting stress fractures!!:lol3: not laughing at your feet problem caused by Asics.... but this just goes to show you how one shoe does not fit all... I love the Asics and you hate them ....We all learn by trial and error when it comes to running shoes ......

mkroyer
10-06-2009, 12:09 PM
absolutely Ilene!! We are all individuals and we cannot take to heart what one brand that works for someone else!! The Asics gel model are actually the best selling running shoe nationwide

Fat Pants
10-06-2009, 12:41 PM
Lol... funny thing about runners, when we find shoes we love, we are so loyal to them!

I run in Saucony Hurricane 10s and LOVE THEM!!! Though I tell you what, I've been hearing fantastic things about Mizunos so when I'm due for my next pair, I may have to break my loyalty to Saucony. :lol:

My hubby on the other hand loves his Asics!

JulieJ08
10-06-2009, 01:00 PM
I have Brooks Infinitis. They were the only pair of a bunch that was small enough in the heel without being wide in the forefoot. I have had some problems still with my knee, and I wonder if I need a more supportive arch. I'll be asking when I go back for a new pair. But it I might just have knee problems regardless. A shoe can't fix everything! But I think I'll be trying out a pair with more stability and see how that goes. But the narrow heel is a necessity too.

Shannon in ATL
10-06-2009, 01:10 PM
Mine are Asics gel as well, can't remember the model number. I tried a Saucony & a Mizuno at the same time and neither of them worked for me with the two different foot size issue. I really like the Asics, but the Mizunos were a close second.

daisy5819
10-06-2009, 01:24 PM
I'm not sure if I should post here. But i completed my first 5K on Saturday. I did the C25K program, and I cannot say enough good things about it. I highly suggest following it for new runners. (i'm pretty new myself) I also started out with Mizunos that were supposedly fit for my feet (they were a half size too small). Please go to a running store and have someone fit your foot and fit your style of running. It has worked wonders for me.

I have another question. I signed up to run a 5 mile Jingle Run in December, and a 10K in January. Does anyone know of a good training program? I can run 3.1 without stopping. TIA.

Fat Pants
10-06-2009, 03:16 PM
I'm not sure if I should post here. But i completed my first 5K on Saturday. I did the C25K program, and I cannot say enough good things about it. I highly suggest following it for new runners. (i'm pretty new myself) I also started out with Mizunos that were supposedly fit for my feet (they were a half size too small). Please go to a running store and have someone fit your foot and fit your style of running. It has worked wonders for me.

I have another question. I signed up to run a 5 mile Jingle Run in December, and a 10K in January. Does anyone know of a good training program? I can run 3.1 without stopping. TIA.

I use Hal Higdon's training plan... he has training plans for beginner/intermediate/advanced: http://www.halhigdon.com/10ktraining/10kintro.htm

There's also an 8k training plan, too!

MBN
10-06-2009, 03:40 PM
Since I started running I have noticed many changes in my body and mind.
1. I'm more tired / 2. I'm starving!
3. I've gained 4lbs!
4. Clothes - I don't know what to wear to run!
5. Aches and pains.


Hi Wannabeskinny - here's my 2 cents!
Anytime I "step up" my exercise routine (add a new class, increase intensity, increase distance), I find I am a little more tired and hungry. Once I adjust to the extra work, that usually improves.

Weight gain could be water weight -- or you could be eating more to compensate. It's very easy to do! You'll just have to see how it goes over time.

Clothes -- make sure you are wearing wicking fabrics, cotton kills! If you are warm enough when you begin, then you are overdressed for the weather because you will definitely heat up as you run. It's a trial and error thing, I'm afraid, depending on your heat/cold tolerance. I run in shorts and short sleeves until it gets to the low 60's. In the 50's I'm wearing tights and long sleeves. In the 40's I layer a windbreaker-type jacket over a long sleeve shirt and may wear gloves. In the 30's, I add a hat and switch to a heavier jacket. I don't run in weather colder than that! (but I don't HAVE to because I live in Florida!)

I don't take a water bottle unless I'm running for more than an hour. But I'm used to that. YMMV.

Aches/pains -- get good shoes! Stretch regularly. Increase your mileage by no more than 10% per week.

(and I love my Asics!!)

P.S In my photo, I'm running a half marathon and as I recall it was in the mid 60s that morning. And I was PLENTY warm once I got going. Before and after, that's another story!

walking2lose
10-07-2009, 09:24 PM
It's helpful to see which shoes everyone wears. I have Asics (I think the most expensive), and they're pretty good but not perfect. I think I need to go get fitted at a good running store once and for all. Thanks, y'all!

dcapulet
10-07-2009, 09:48 PM
hi wannabe -

I had shin splints for three months solid: they finally disappeared 2 weeks ago. I love running, but I was also tired in the beginning. As I stuck with it, I got some more energy, and slept alot better at night.

But now, i've added weight training to my routine, and I am exhausted again.:/

I totally understand your frustration! Ice those joints, eat properly, and stick with it!! It will hopefully be better soon.

JulieJ08
10-07-2009, 10:00 PM
Shin splints always kept me from sticking to a running program in the past. They'd last forever, even though I took it super slow. I tried a number of times and always had a problem. This time around, I did yoga for several months before I took up the C25K program, and I had no shin splints. I think a lot of the poses did a lot to strengthen my ankles and shins and made a huge difference.