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tamap19

New to running, 48 yr old with foot problems

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I just wanted to say hello, and start following the forum to see other success stories which will encourage me to keep going. Just finished week 1 and looking forward to upcoming weeks. I want to try my 1st 5k January 30th (9 weeks).. As long as the injuries stay away I am truly motivated to commit for life to running 3+ times per week.

I started on high bp meds this year, I have a thyroid problem and am 25-30 lbs overweight. Now the doc wants me on high cholesterol rx so this is my motivation, to NOT have to take meds. I am changing my diet slowly and becoming more active. I want the weight to come off but health is the most important factor,  so as long as I lose that weight within a year, I will be happy.

Few questions: I suffer from plantars fascitis, i do wear inserts in my shoes, which are new balance with memory foam. Any suggestions in brand of shoes or suggestions to reduce risk of further problems with feet?

Additional question, a few years ago I tried running and I believe i just started too fast, too hard, and i ended up with swollen knees and ankles which hurt like heck, so I didn't even complete 6 weeks. I haven't ran since.. SO If I follow this c25k program should that eliminate that issue? Thanks in advance everyone for any replies or suggestions.

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I am no expert on your health issues but i have learned that it is best to go to a running store not a big sports chain store and have them evaluate the way you walk and move they will be able to fit you properly for the right shoes for your condition. If you follow the 3x a week you should avoid injuries and the right shoes will help. It has also been recommended that on non running days you strength train simmple things that you can learn off the internet and do at home know equipment needed. there are a lot of posts on injuries and what to do and how to prevent. there are even knee excersizes you can do to make your kneese stronger and as you loose weight your kneese legs and feet should feel better. My other advice is to breath and run slow repeat workouts if needed. Have fun and post progress

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Thanks! I am really enjoying this. I feel better already, breathing deeper, more energy, or think I do and that counts even if it's all in my mind! Week 2 day 2, but I repeated one of week 1 and may have to repeat today as a ferocious shin cramp slowed me down and 1 of my 6 runs was interrupted. Not sure if that means I should repeat it, as I did week 1 or how to handle slower or interrupted days but twice I have walked beyond the exercise for 5 additional minutes, just enjoying myself. I am doing some exercises on off days, too. I am very excited to finally find something that may improve my health and I feel I will stick with.

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