I've just started running last week to incorporate into training for my chosen focus sport; boxing. I used to play basketball until around 4 years ago but never did specific running then, plus i got injuries in both knees which put me off pavement running and stopped me playing.
I figured I've always been interested in physiology so have started this new journey with a baseline, and had a VO2 Max, lactate threshold and body composition test done, and awaiting the results now. my first jog was 3 times around the local park which I worked out was around 3 miles, completed in approx 25 mins.
going from the NHS basic bmi calculations I'm overweight, sitting at 90kg and 187cm tall and am around 23% body fat according to a biometric impedance device. I want to get to a competing fitness and skill level in boxing and giving myself 6 months to get down 10kg to be comfortably inside light heavyweight category (81kg Max) so am doing running to optimise calorie expenditure and improve that fitness. A combination of 'roadwork' and sprints.
any advice to prevent old knee injuries coming back? I run with forefoot striking style, mainly because in boxing we're to be on the balls of our feet, but also I've heard it decreases the stress on knees (but can lead to tight calves without pre/post stretching). I will join park run I think, as that kind of distance seems manageable to start off with.