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Newbie Running Advice Needed

I'm starting a running program and I'm having trouble determining how much is too much for a new runner.

I don't like to push myself very hard, but I know I have to- otherwise I'll just keep sitting on the couch :-) I'm starting off slow and running a little more each day, but I'm wondering about some of the physical things I will experience along the way. I need to know what type of "pains" I can keep running though as well as what I need to watch out for.

Any other tips would be great! Thanks ahead of time!!!!

Wed. Aug 2, 11:16am

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Newbie Running

You shouldn't increase your mileage more than 10 percent a week. You should also only run 2 to 3 times a week and on the off days do some cross training like walking, swimming or weight training. You should expect to be a bit sore- and maybe have a little trouble sitting down/squatting.

Is there a running group in your area? It is alway more motivating to run with a group and often times the leader has training schedules. I did a run/walk program based on Jeff Galloway and really liked it.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 11:28 AM

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 11:40 AM

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question for 11:28 poster

Is it a good idea to run through the pain of "trouble sitting down/squating"? If you run one day, weights second day, and have trouble sitting/squating third day, would you take a day off or run? Thanks for the advice.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 11:55 AM

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Pay VERY close attention to your form. The bad/good habits you form now will stick with you for years. The coolrunning website is great and should have some excellent pointers for good form.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 11:57 AM

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Not the 11:28 poster, but answering the 11:55 question.....

I would run gently until I felt good and warmed up and then would take a long period to stretch well. Then I would run a bit more (still gently) and end on that note. I wouldn't do nothing, but I wouldn't go hard either. Flexibility is key to avoiding injury and protecting your joints.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 12:00 PM

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