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How Do I Start My Running?

by Susan
(Canada)

I had back surgery a few years ago which left me with no feeling in my left leg from the knee to my hip.
I need a beginners running program that will help me start out very slowly and try to build some strength back in my left leg. I have found that every time I try my right leg is over compensating and therefore takes all the stress and an injury occurs.






Any suggestions would be great!


Answer by Dominique:


Hi Susan,
Thanks for your running training question.

I actually put an article about this very topic on my site:
How to Start Running.

I recommend starting off with one of the
beginner running programs on my site. They are run/walk programs. These programs have a number of great benefits over regular running programs:

  • The walk breaks in between give you a chance to ease into a running program. They allow you to recover not only after your training, but also during your training.


  • These beginner running programs build up the mileage slowly and safely giving your body a chance to build up strength.


  • Have a look at these running programs, and see which one fits most with your goals.

    What you might also want to consider is additional stretch and strength training, e.g. pilates or gym work to make sure you tone the rest of your body and make your legs and upper body stronger.






    I hope this helps.
    Kind regards,
    Dominique

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