I need help!!

I am 22, 6 foot 5 and 15.5 stone. I can run a marathon in under 3 hours so i consider myself to be pretty fit, however i am worried that my joints and shins will not be able to keep up for the years to come due to my weight.
Firstly i was wondering if anyone can give me some sensible advice as to how intensively i should be training.
secondly are there any shoes that can offer exceptional cushioning (bearing in mind i am a size 13!!)


  • FL - although not as tall as you, i am about your weight - for cushioning shoes i would recomend Mizuno Wave Riders, see


    Also - i'd recomend a bit of cross training in the form of swimming to help insure healthy joints - Maybe rplace one of your recovery runs with a recovery swim

    Make sure you have at least 1 full day off a week and take an eask week 1 in 4

    I also visit a sports theropist once a month to keep me ticking over - although not cheep at £25 a session, it keeps me pain free

    Hope this helps
  • cheers for the advice will, I have just ordered the wave rider. My previous trainers were worn down so much my toes poked out the front. that can't be too good for me!!
    Being a student, i should be able to get good discounts on the theropist so thanks for that
  • I run 4-5 times per week and have weekend off.
    I am 32 years old and want to lose 2 inch on my waist, although i am not overweight i just cannot shift this stubborn bulk around my waist. I know you cannot spot reduce as well!
    I usually do 6-9k each day and add hill and speed training into my workouts.
    What should be my %hr for fat burn?
  • I have just bought new trainers, Asics GT2090. They were really comfy in the shop and are a size bigger than i normally wear so are wide which I need.
    I have started geting pins and needles in my feet and pain in the sole of my foot, near the toes of my left foot, after about an hour of running.
    I am really puzzled as my feet are not cramped and I can move and spread my toes with ease.
    Any suggestions?
    ps I can't afford another pair of trainers!
  • AJ2 - Maybe to do with the way they are laced? Otherwise, take 'em back to the shop. they will advise.

    tp - not sure. try starting a thread specific to it on this or the training forum.

  • I ran the 2003 London marathon & did the 2003 26mile Moonwalk,since then i've hardly done any running. I'm desperate to start again and to run a few 10k's this year, i've been out on a few morning run/walk's,Do i need to eat anything before a very early morning run? i'm finding starting again quite hard going, Help..!
  • jane
    i dont eat before my am runs though if im trying a long one thats a problem
    usually ok up to 5-6 miles
    come and post on training
  • ps did the FLM and moonwalk too
  • I used to run 10k in under 35 mim, now after a small lay off, I feel sluggish and not as sharp as i used to. Also I suffer from really sorearches in the morning, anyone know how I can get outta my rut?
  • hi all!
    i'm totally new to running, just started in january, i've built up from nothing to about 6 miles and loving it lots :o)
    i'm having some trouble with my trainers, they're really comfy to start with but after about an hour running they start to rub a bit. given that i can't afford a new pair (i really can't!), is there anything like blister patches which would stop this?
    also, why do all the "beginners tips" insist you don't go near hills? - i live at the top of one and you can't go anywhere round here without heading up and down ...!

  • Hello

    I've just started to road run after getting very bored on the running machines in the gym, and think its fab. The country roads around home are rather hilly, but I can comfortably run for about an hour, and cover about 10K. However, I've started to get twinges in my knees. I have got a good pair of running shoes and don't hurt anywhere else! My knees feel as if they are 'cold'. Unfortunately I can't escape the hills but would love any tips.
  • Hazel, it might be worth trying some specialist running socks, often they are meant to reduce blisters, and they're a lot cheaper than new trainers :). As for the hills, I'm assuming that rather than just having to go up or down a hill they are advising that you don't try to do intensive hill training. I live on the top of a hill to and I've never had problems. I think it's just meant to stop people overstraining themselves, but I could be wrong.
  • Amanda Johnston I hate to say this but I think your problems could be caused by your asics 2090. I had been running in some a few months back and had similar problems to yourself. I also noticed when I had done any hard running that I would have small blobs of bruising on the top of my feet about an inch down from the end of my toes [if that makes sense!!] Anyway I carried on running in them not thinking it was the shoe and unfortunately had a major injury and tore something in my foot that has taken me out of running for 6 weeks at least. I would be very wary of ever running in asics 2090s again and if before the 2090s you didn't have a problem I would definitely look at the shoes. Good Luck.
  • Amanda,

    your trainers do not siut your feet. You can take them back to the shop you purchased them from. i had exactly the same problam. I tried different socks, losening the laces and none of it worked. After about two month i took them back to the shop and they happily exchanged them. they said that they just didn't suit my feet otr the way i ran. Not every runner runs the same, some take long strides,n i personally take shorter strides. i tend to land slightly to the side of my feet, some people land neatly on to their heel first.
    Take the shoes back. If it is a decent shop (normally owners are runners themselves) they will take them back, and allow you to swap. Test them out as well. go for a run around the block before you buy them. Good luck
  • Freddie, I'm 21 6'5" 15.5 stones.
    Try glucosamine sulphate and cod liver oil tablets - I'm not sure if they're doing me any good but I suspect they are.
  • Message to Hazel. I started running about 2 years ago, but only recently joined my gyms running club. They use hills quite a lot in training, and my fitness has improved dramatically since hill training. You can't always avoid them when out running, and I now enjoy my runs much more knowing that I can tackle the hills. You can always recover on the way back down! Good luck.
  • freddie must agree with 2 trenches glucosamine sulphate 500mg 3 times a day certainly helped my dodgy knee and i am 16stone 5foot ten plus you can get them cheap at holland and barrets so that nice kim wilde tells me
  • After some help. Recently started running again after a long absence. Advised by running shop to wear Asics Kayano XI. Still experiencing tightening of calf after approx 2 miles. OK to walk, with some discomfort, but painful to run. Do 10 mins warming & stretching. Anyone help with specific exercise to alleviate this problem?
  • I have been running on and off for 4 years or so, (mostly on a treadmill at the gym) but i have run a few 5ks and 1 10k, am doing a 10k this June so I am in training at the moment, I am 51 and like to think that i am quite fit, however, i hate running out of doors I find it more exhausting than the treadmill, how can i overcome this.
  • I have never run before and am overweight. I have just entered for a 5k race in 2 months. A little ambitious I know but I needed to do something that will hopefully get me motivated. If i walk and partly jog (maybe!!!) the race will people laugh at me and do other people ever walk. I am so scared!!!
  • SticklessStickless ✭✭✭
    Yes, other people do walk.

    What sort of 5k? They come in all sorts from Race for Life, which is very friendly to first timers, village fete 5k's which are also a good introduction, to interclub competitions in which I would not get back before the next to last runner had finished his second round at the pub.

    What you are doing is worthwhile, and the beginning of a change that does more than shed pounds. There will be no mockers worth noticing. Those who mock are not worth noticing, by definition.

    I have come last in races. I'd rather be last than not in the race. I've come last in a race which was also my personal best, and far from my first at that distance.

    It may, indeed, it probably will take a deal of courage to pin a number on your front, line up at the back of the pack behind a mass of people all of whom seem fitter stronger and slimmer than you. But you will find the courage, have already taken the first steps, and the act of finding the courage in and of itself makes you hugely stronger.

    Don't be afraid. You will be fine.

  • Thanks thats really reassuring. It's the Liverpool Hydro Active Women's Challenge. I read about it in a magazine and thought what the hell!!
    Its about time I did something and hopefully this will focus me and stop me falling off the wagon!
    I have always wanted to race and the London marathon is an ambition but as you said its not about winning. I need to do this for myself and hopefully raise loads of money for charity.
    Thanks again for the message, it really cheered me up.
  • Stay motivated. Keep reading the kind of comments like that of Stickless.

    When I started running I was 7 stone heavier than I am now - five years later and v proud of the change I made in my life.

    In my first race I just managed to avoid coming last but at that point I became a runner - wanting to do better and better. In my last race on Sunday I came 5th!!

    Dont worry about the crowds - they are there to support you. You'll be fine.
  • Thanks and wow congrats on losing 7 stone I'm impressed. Hopefully in a couple of years time that;ll be me saying that. Fingers crossed. Thanks for the support. Going for my first ever jog tomorrow so hopefully will get further than end of road, but hay at least I'm trying.

    P.S does anyone know how to change my name on these pages
  • Catherine - the race you've entered is a fab introduction to running. It's a really supportive women's event. You won't be anywhere near last, guaranteed. Just enjoy and good luck with the training.
  • Excellant, thanks. Thats what appealed with it being a womens event. I will do my best to enjoy.
  • Catherine - running is about the friendliest sport I've ever been involved in. A whole heap of runners started out just like you are with the desire to lose weight and get fit. I've lost 6 stone through running and next year intend doing a half marathon or marathon every calendar month and the Himalaya 100 Mile Challenge (4 marathons spread across 5 days at 12,000 feet up in the mountains) all to raise money for charity. You can get there
  • Wow, I'm very impressed. 6 stone is ace. The Himalaya challenge sounds fantastic. You'll have to let us know how it goes.
  • Catherine - to change your name go into "My details" at the top left of the page. If you put in something under "Nickname", that's what you'll appear as on here.

    Best wishes with your first race - you'll be hooked before you know it :o)

  • echo above

    if you are struggling in a race you can guarantee at least one person will help to keep you going. it's brilliant

    Obviously there are the speedy g!ts, we doin't talk to them, who finish several hours before us mere mortals, but more often than not those who know us will wait for us slowbies to finish and cheer us over the line

    keep it up and be proud
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