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I think I might be one too much to my own surprise!
I am 42 years old and was 16 stone in weight and eating a lot of junk. I am fatter than I have ever been and generally through life have eaten better and done more. Except for smoking which I stopped 6 years ago. I have had a rather bad year with stress that led to me being mildly depressed.
Self help fix required!
About a month ago I bought a pair of running shoes and downloaded a phone app (http://www.felttip.com/run10k/) and have been swimming (usually a mile) on alternate days with the 3 days a week running/walking schedule that this suggests.
I have also gone back to eating properly and am now half a stone lighter, losing weight and feeling good. I live in the middle of nowhere so runs involve birds/deer/countryside/highlands of Scotland as well as rain/snow/pitch dark/highlands of Scotland. I have thusfar mostly been running first thing in the morning and it makes me feel very up for the rest of the day. I believe I am hooked and I can't believe myself how much I have been looking forward to getting up at the crack of dawn and going out in the cold.
Currently at the stage of running/walking for an equal amount of time in the schedule.
I have some queries that some of you hopefully might be able to help with though.
I am finding my knees/hips hurt sometimes and my legs are almost permanently achy. Kind of dull achy and have often felt the same for a few days if I go on long hillwalking trips in the past. I am hoping this will generally go away as I get fitter for running and also as I lose weight and take pressure off my joints but I am concerned that I dont hurt myself. I realise each person is different but any general rules of thumb to help?
On top of the above I was away last weekend in the car - 2 ten hour car journeys in the space of a weekend and my legs feel terrible today to the point I took some ibuprofen this morning - sore, stiff, sore knees, twinges etc. I am hoping that a few lengths in the pool later will loosen me up again but it's freaked me out a wee bit and I wondered if anyone else had found similar symptoms after long drives? I am due to go for a run tomorrow morning and I want to go ahead - any reason not to?
Sorry - one last thing - I am seeing lots of conflicting advice about warm ups - do stretches before and after, don't do stretches just walk for a while before starting to run and stretch afterwards, do warm up routines then stretches etc. All of the above.....
What advice would people give me - particularly as the winter progresses and I will be going out ealry AM into sub zero temperatures. I am looking to have a routine I can replicate each time before leaving the house - the phone app gets me to walk for 5 mins beofr the program starts - is that sufficient?
Any other general handy hints or tips.
Thanks very much everyone - reading the threads on here is helping with my enthusiasm for the whole thing!