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    Alright all you runners, i need tips.

    I recently started running and am in the process of building stamina gradually. My problem isn't my breathing but rather my calves/lower legs. They get fatigued just a few minutes into running. My roommate said that my running posture isn't correct, that i drag my feet rather than lift my knees. She could be right. And I do stretch before and after i run.

    Any tips for my problem & a new runner would be highly appreciated. Muchas gracias.
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      #3
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        #4
        Re: Running...

        Originally posted by ~Sehar~:
        My roommate said that my running posture isn't correct, that i drag my feet rather than lift my knees.
        There in lies your solution. Changes your posture and then see results : )
        Rabul MashriqaiN wal MaghribaiN

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          #5
          Also, always make sure your shoes are comfortable for you. I like to use Nike Air because of the air sole absorbing all the impact shock. If it's not your posture, then you most likely just have to get used to running.
          'Music is a moral law. It gives wings to the mind, a soul to the universe, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, a life to everything.' -- Plato

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            #6
            Originally posted by Fret Wizard:
            Also, always make sure your shoes are comfortable for you. I like to use Nike Air because of the air sole absorbing all the impact shock. If it's not your posture, then you most likely just have to get used to running.
            I saw in consumer report that those shocks are bogus and hardly do anything for us common folk unless you are a professional basketball player who is on their feet constantly. Its just a marketing scheme for the public to buy gadgets other brands are just as good at i.e. Puma, Reebok or Addidas do the same work as the "air sole".
            Rabul MashriqaiN wal MaghribaiN

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              #7
              sehar i had the same problem yaar mein ne ab running kerni chor hi dee hae waisay i'ma start rope skipping soon i've heard its great and waisay bhee i hate going to the gym so i'll be able to skip rope at home...
              if running doesn't work for u try skipping rope as well..
              anyways, if u just started push urself harder thora thora everyday and u'll soon get the hang of it..good luck

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                #8
                Originally posted by CocoNut:
                I saw in consumer report that those shocks are bogus and hardly do anything for us common folk unless you are a professional basketball player who is on their feet constantly. Its just a marketing scheme for the public to buy gadgets other brands are just as good at i.e. Puma, Reebok or Addidas do the same work as the "air sole".
                Coconut. Try running in an Air sole, and compare it to a shoe which does not have an air sole. It'll be very easy to tell the difference, and very easy to realize the shock that it absorbs when you run. Running is extremely bad for your knees if you don't have the right shoes because of the shock factor. Regular shoes don't even compare to an air sole. Another advantage of the air sole, is that it never dies out. A regular shoe will harden up after a while, but no matter how old the air sole is, it stays intact. It's no gimmick that's for sure. Been using Nike Air since the mid 80's, and will never use another sneaker.
                'Music is a moral law. It gives wings to the mind, a soul to the universe, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, a life to everything.' -- Plato

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                  #9
                  You need to make sure you stretch properly before running; often people just get ready to workout/ run or whatnot and forget the essential part which is stretching. Warming us is also imperative to avoid any injury you could get i.e. pulling a muscle and good for your heart rate, equally after you finish up its important to cool down. Naturally its going to be painful to go running if you havenít done so in a long time.
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                    #10
                    If it has been only a week or two since you started then don't worry. It's normal and will go away as long as you stay consistant.

                    Streching, changing your jogging style, even lighter sneakers & running on tracks or on the green rather than running on the road or on the machine might help.

                    Walk half the distance you are planning on jogging just to warm yourself up.
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                      #11
                      Seharoooo! be considerate
                      dont indulge urself in a situation where u end up paying some heavy amount to the gym management for damaging the building structure

                      but now that you are on a run, lemme give u a tip...visit "The Athletes Foot" sometime and ask for an expert advice there about the running shoes you are using. It might be that the shoe you are wearing doesnt fit well and is not in line with the shape of ur feet...this could be one reason why you are feeling strain n stretch in calves.

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                        #12
                        don't run on very hard surfaces.... it hurts your legs more than it helps.. take brisk walks instead.
                        JaddoN kaddya jaloos ghareeba tay shehr ich choatalee lug gayee

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                          #13
                          ^ PA did u hurt your legs too building up ur stamina on such surfaces?
                          Sehar i think its all about muscle growth... i suggust you:
                          • practice with a treadmil
                          • go on a calve machine ..do 2-3 sets of 8-12 repetitions every other day.
                          • do sqwats (Sp)
                          • take protein (will help in building stronger leg muscles)
                          hamein to apno ne loota gheron mein kahan dam tha....mera scooter wajja wahaan jahaaN rashh kamm tha......

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                            #14
                            Thanks everyone for such pearls of wisdom. Today was a relatively better day i think. I was easy on my legs but i think getting a new pair of sneakers might also help.

                            I don't run on hard surfaces, so far i've been using the treadmil.

                            Gamma you mean those protein shakes? Yuck
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                              #15
                              actually, I found treadmill to be hard on calves and shins due to some reason unknown. I also have had this problem of getting achy and swollen lower legs. It usually happens, when you are running at a slow pace- as you have mentioned- and not lifting your legs high enough. But, I found it the only way to increase endurance. The pain may recede over the next few days, but it won't go away completely. Your muscles will only get stronger and tolerance towards pain will keep going up; once you get used to it. Donít quit it

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