Learning To Run

During my time at the gym most lunch hours on the cross trainer, I kept eyeing off the treadmills. I’ve been apprehensive about stepping on the treadmills as historically I’ve had a shin muscle issue with walking fast or jogging that’d cause my shin muscles to become completely fatigued, to the point where I can’t even lift my toes to walk heal first.

A little while ago I decided that I’d give the treadmill a go and to my surprise my shins appeared to be fine. A few more attempts at different intensity levels and they still seemed to be okay. I haven’t done anything to specifically address that issue, however since I’ve lost the better part of 10kg now – I wonder if that wasn’t contributing to the problem all along.

After feeling confident that my shin muscles weren’t going to immediately pack it in, I thought I’d go for a short jog and see how everything held together. I started off with a whopping 1km, a tiny distance by virtually anyone’s measure but nothing was hurting. I did that a couple times over the next week and still no pain. Instead of increasing the speed or incline on the treadmill, I left it flat, increased the distance to 2km & still didn’t have any pain after doing it a couple of times.

Between the second week of June and the end of the month, I jogged ten times across the month during my work lunch hours ranging in distance from 3km to 6km. Each time I go for a jog, I try to increase something, whether it was total time jogging, increasing speed, even if it was just for a particular interval. Given I’m at such an early stage of fitness with my running, I don’t think it matters too much what is increasing, just so long as something is improving or not going backwards.

My next goal is going to be a 7km run at lunch.

1 thought on “Learning To Run

  1. Al,

    Did you know running is the most dangerous sport in the world? What I mean by that, is a higher percentage of runners will become injured as a direct result of this sport than any other. An alarming statistic. Why? In short, High Tech running shoes are the culprit, forcing (or rather allowing) people to run with poor technique, and hence causing injuries. If you are interested in this, I suggest to read Born to Run by Chris McDougall, a wonderful book for people interested in Running.

    I am a runner, and I can say that the result of reading this book has given me such a positive view of my new way of running that I actually enjoy running now, as opposed to doing it before just for fitness.

    Learn to run as we were meant to, and you too can enjoy the benefits of healthy happy running.

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