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post #11 of 25 Old 07-13-2012, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Alright that makes sense.

I think it's probably straining your leg muscles. Do you do any sort of warmup before you go running?
I try to walk for three-five minutes before I run, that's it.
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post #12 of 25 Old 07-13-2012, 11:34 PM
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If I were you I would stretch slowly before running or any other exercises. It truly makes a difference. I get a lot less achey and better results when I have a nice stretching warmup. Slow and drawn out so your muscles have time to open up and stretch out.

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If I were you I would stretch slowly before running or any other exercises. It truly makes a difference. I get a lot less achey and better results when I have a nice stretching warmup. Slow and drawn out so your muscles have time to open up and stretch out.
Okay, I'll do that from now on. I didn't think it would make a difference but hearing that, I think it could definitely help.
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the thing about stretching...you don't reallly want to "stretch" your muscles before because that's what leads to muscle failure. So the best thing to do is a warm up. Jog in place for a few minutes do a few lunges just to limber up.


As for the pain is it more muscle pain or bone pain? Muscle pain could just be sore muscles from working out....bone pain sounds like shin splints...if its bone pain I would suggest you do an alternative cardio for a few weeks and see if the pain lessens.


Oh and P.S. I good thing to do before running...google Army. PRT Preperation drills. They do a good job of warming up all your muscles. Abdominals, shoulders, legs, etc.
Running is a full body thing besides what people think. You use alot of core muscles (abs) and arm/shoulder muscles running as well so its good to get a full body warmup

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the thing about stretching...you don't reallly want to "stretch" your muscles before because that's what leads to muscle failure. So the best thing to do is a warm up. Jog in place for a few minutes do a few lunges just to limber up.
Really? I know if you do it wrong then you can hurt your muscles more than help them.

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idk. Its what our squad leader told us. He's a huge work out buff and he said if you do alot of stretching before a run its actuallly worse for you...so doing things like jog in place, or the preperation drills we do for PRT is better....

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What my Petty Officers have us do is VERY light stretching before we run to get our blood flowing and open up the joints a little. But honestly, the majority of our stretching is done after our PT session.


As for me, I run everyday (I know you are supposed to have a rest day, but I'm getting ready for bootcamp here people...I gotta work hard) with one day being a very light day, and do strength every other day.

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idk. Its what our squad leader told us. He's a huge work out buff and he said if you do alot of stretching before a run its actuallly worse for you...so doing things like jog in place, or the preperation drills we do for PRT is better....
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What my Petty Officers have us do is VERY light stretching before we run to get our blood flowing and open up the joints a little. But honestly, the majority of our stretching is done after our PT session.
Yeah that's what I do, Tennessee..

I've been told stretching is bad but from my experience it truly helps me. It helps to loosen my lower back muscles before I work them. If I don't stretch then it really strains them.

I do it very slowly and stay stretched for long periods of time.

Just with everything you do to your body, be careful.
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there like a fine line between over stretching and limbering up. You don't want to just walk outside and start out cold but if you do too much stretching youll be doing moe harm than good.

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Yep I can agree with that! :P Sorry I'm pretty stubborn ahaha

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