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I've been an on again off again walker for about a year now, but the doc says I need to make it an everyday thing. The only time I can find to get in the exercise is first thing in the morning as soon as I wake up. I've been trying to add more running to my walking to ease into it, but I find it to not be enjoyable. I'm overweight and I've never been a runner, so I'm sure my technique is completely wrong. I do have comfortable shoes--Brooks Beasts--and they provide excellent support, but I still get some shin pain. I don't believe these are splints, but I'm not sure.

 

Does anyone have advice/sites for helping me use the proper running technique? I know I need to ease into it so I've been doing intervals as best as I am able, but I really want to get up to speed (no pun intended) as quickly as possible so that I can get more benefit out of my morning walks/runs.

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Guest JennC01033

If you want to run, get running shoes. The entire mechanism is very different. The right shoes, fitted and chosen by a professional at a running shoe store is where to start. That's first.

 

And then... the next time you are out walking start a very slow, light jog. Jog while you count back from 30. Then walk until you are breathing fairly easily. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

 

You need to acclimate to running. You also need to stay consistent. You should be doing this every other dayear or at least 3 days a week.

 

You will make progress. Your shis will hurt. Your butt will, your.back, etc. Life is painful progress. ;0)

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Thanks for the advice. I got the Brooks Beasts on the advice of a professional runner, so I'm pretty sure I'm good there, but then again, it could have been bad advice. Are Beasts running shoes?

 

I like the counting back from 30 thing. Right now, I just run until I can't run, but maybe that is too big of a shock. I'll change it up and try this method.

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I do a combination of running and walking. I walk at a quick pace to get my heart rate up and then jog for as long as I can and then back to walking. And repeat as I catch my breath.

 

My real concern is with my stride and foot impact. I'm not sure if I'm using the proper technique at all, which is why I'm asking for technique advice.

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You can find lots of videos on YouTube for running form. Look up Chi running. I found some videos that were really helpful. Most important is to avoid slouching/rounding your shoulders when running. Also, don't let your arms swing across your midline, it can cause injury as it throws your posture off. Leaning forward from your ankles encourages a mid foot strike (a video helps explain that info). Good luck! I found that once I improved my form my running felt better.

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