How Do I Start My Running?

by Susan
(Canada)




how to start running

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 Dom:

Hi Susan,
Thanks for your running training question.

Sorry to hear about the impacts the back surgery has has on your ability to run and exercise.

I actually put an article about starting out with a running routine on my site:
How to Start Running.

I would recommend two things here (in addition to checking out the 'how to start running'-article):
1. Strength training with a focus on leg strength.
2. Start a run/walk running program.


The details:

Strength Training with a focus on Leg Strength




how to start running

Back in the good ol' days, when I was young and did not think strength training was important, every time I ramped my mileage up beyond a certain level, I would start getting ITB problems in my left leg. It was clear that my left leg was just that little bit weaker. I believed for quite a while that this was just something I had to live with.

Until I discovered strength training and started working with a Personal Trainer. I haven't looked back. After a number of months of training the ITB problems reduced; then they disappeared to never come back.

Injuries are not necessary. They are not a needed part of running. And I don't believe that you have to put up with it. You can do something about this. Give strength training a serious go. I really think a big key to your problem is dealing with that weakness.

Start a Run/Walk Running Program




how to start running
In addition to the strength training, 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 the various running programs on offer, and see which one fits most with your goals.

I hope this helps.
Kind regards,
Dom

BRT Newsletter





Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Beginner Running Tips Q&A.



Like this page:


Share this page:


Like this site:


[?] Subscribe To This Site

XML RSS
follow us in feedly
Add to My Yahoo!

Helpful
Resources

  • Beginner Running Tips

    Are you a beginning runner? Then this is your best starting point. Many tips and running programs on offer, dedicated to you.

  • Running for Weight Loss

    Aiming to lose a few pounds? Get into the Running for Weight Loss section for tips and advice.

  • Running Training

    The Running Training section of the site has got the most articles. It is constantly getting updated with new tips and information. A must-visit if you are serious about improving your running performance.

  • 5k Running Tips

    The 5k is a great distance to run and train for. The great thing is that you can do it quite often and see big improvements.

  • 10k Running Tips

    The 10k is a real challenge. You need to run fast for an uncomfortably long time! Check out this section if you are strong of mind and legs!

  • Marathon Running Tips

    The marathon is a massive challenge. Proper training is so important! Make sure to check out this section if you have got your mind set on the marathon!




What's New?

  1. Heart Rate Monitor Training - The Zoladz Method

    Every running pace has its own heart rate zone. The heart rate monitor training zones according to Zoladz are explained in this section.

    Read more

  2. Yasso 800 :: The Marathon Pace Workout with a Twist

    running-quote-049.jpg
    The Yasso 800 is supposed to be a predictor of marathon performance. It is a marathon pace workout with a twist. Learn more about the Yasso 800 on this page.

    Read more

  3. Running for Weight Loss - Injured...

    I started a run-walk program 3 weeks ago to help me lose 80 lbs. I was up to running 3 min / walk 3 min 3 days a week on my treadmill. Last week after

    Read more

  4. What Can I Do To Improve My Half Marathon Time?

    I am a 53 yo male 5'11, 165lbs. I have been running for about 8 years. I have run 7 marathons and have never broken the 4hr mark even though all my

    Read more

  5. Daniels Running Formula Book Review - The Running Training Book You Have Got to Have

    daniels-running-formula-01.jpg
    If I had to recommend you to get one running book only, then it would have to be Daniels Running Formula by running coach Jack Daniels.

    Read more