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hairyears From: hairyears Date: November 11th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Serious runners who bugger their knees do so by having bad shoes and bad gait - one or both of which can be cured by professional training... But who's serious enough about being a serious runner to get coaching?


Let's just say that warming-up is essential. And bashing along and jarring your knees is A Bad Thing. The rule of thumb is that you shouldn't be able to hear your own footfalls - not, at least, as impacts: aim for a sort of rolling engagement with the ground, rather than hitting it with a terrible crash.

You may look rather silly doing this at first. You will also, at first, have a rather inefficient gait. But your aim was to go out and exercise, not to win races, and your gait will improve over time. Coaching will speed up the process, but it's only essential if you find it always hurts and you're constantly working against injuries.

As for pace... Every runner has a 'right' pace - a speed that you naturally settle down to, and can sustain over a distance of a couple of miles. At the beginning, this pace will be faster than your level of fitness permits: this is frustrating and it means that your first month of regular running will be hard work. Suffering, even. Walk a bit, run a bit, look for the mix of the two that's easy and stretch it a little bit every day: soon you will be running continuously and think nothing of it. Stop and do gentle stretches when you can't run - you might clear the lactate and the tension more thoroughly, making the rest of the run a lot easier. Plus, it doesn't look quite as much like wimping-out and being unfit - although you should do this as often as possible, because the uber-fit running fundamentalists need someone to feel superior to, otherwise they'll get no pleasure from their run.

In time, you will find a pace - a place - where you stop forcing yourself, and relax, and find that you are running effortlessly, naturally, every breath and every step a work of poetry, mind and body in unison and the ground rolling away beneath you.

All this, and you'll have time to keep up and appreciate some of the hot rower babes close up, because you'll be able to keep up.

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