In the beginning (ok, couple of months) I experienced extreme leg pains, to the point it was even affecting me when not jogging. I read every article I could find and they all seemed to provide different information. But after a while I saw the same pattern, shoes, terrain, and stance. Well, shoes (Asics Trail Tambora 3) were taken care of for my birthday, and as far as terrain, I do my best to jog in woods, asphalt, or stone paths versus the sidewalk. But this wasn't enough.
I turned to my stepdad who is an avid jogger and he said I needed to think about compression, wrapping my legs to help with the pain. Well, I unfortunately don't have time to wrap my legs, see, I squeeze jogging into my schedule twice a week and it can't take up anymore time than it already does. Then I remembered when researching shin splints and tibia pains, they kept mentioning compression socks or sleeves. They're expensive but luckily I received an Amazon gift certificate for my birthday and I knew just what to buy. Being that I order from the UK and have it shipped to The Netherlands you can't always get the exact item you want, so I ended up with men's compression socks - but hey they still do the job. I love them, from the moment I put them on I knew they were going to help. Too bad it takes 5 minutes to get them on, they are soooo tight, probably could have gone with the next size up. Besides the socks I ordered support soles for my shoes but after a couple uses took them out and never thought about them again. (BTW, I use 2XU Men's Compression Performance Run Socks.)
It's been a couple weeks since I adjusted my stance and I finally feel I am making progress. The only other thing I had to work on was my playlist. I had been using a couch to 5K program but since I don't have the time to jog 3 times a week it wasn't working, plus the music sucked and didn't motivate me at all. I decided I needed my own music but since I still walk & jog in intervals I couldn't just let the music play on, I wanted it to change per activity like the program I had used. So I searched out an MP3 cutter, and now adjust the songs to the amount of time I want to jog or walk. It's simple, fast peppy songs mean jog, and slow songs mean walk, I even added a warm up & cool down. It's been really motivating. And as I improve I adjust the length of the songs, I trim off walking time and build up jogging time. I hope to one day be able to jog for at least 20 minutes straight (have to set small goals and be realistic).
Needless to say, I enjoy jogging and pushing myself. Telling my body to just hold out and keep running because the song will eventually end, ha-ha! (I'm only up to 3 minutes at a time.) And besides everything I mentioned above, I still tote my dog along for company and use Endomondo to track my results.
Any of you have any jogging tricks to share?
Bye! Dag! Adios! Namaste!