Newbie with question: heavy legs

Newbie with question: heavy legs

Post by Kat » Sat, 29 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Hi all.  My name is Kat and I have been lurking here a short time.  Quick
background:  I started a walking and weight program in April, to lose weight
put on from finally quitting smoking.  I decided in July that I was ready to
start running (jogging) and am (sort of) following a "walking to running"
program that I got from  book.

Here's my problem/question:
Each time I have to increase my "running" time, (I.e. go from running 3
minutes-walking 3 minutes to running 5 minutes walking 3 minutes)  while my
lungs and heart seem to do O.K.  my legs start to feel like I have on
Frankenstein boots or something (very, very heavy) after the 2nd or 3rd
running interval.  Is this normal (as I am training my muscles)?  Could it
be my shoes?  I do suffer mild shin-splints, although they are decreasing.
Any advice would be great!

 
 
 

Newbie with question: heavy legs

Post by George Beinhor » Sat, 29 Aug 1998 04:00:00

It's a little hard to follow memory back to when I was a beginner, but
yes, I believe heavy legs are normal. Beginners typically experience
"plateaus"--you run a certain distance for several days, weeks, or
months, and then all of a sudden it becomes easy and your body wants to
do more.

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Newbie with question: heavy legs

Post by Vin W » Sat, 29 Aug 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>Hi all.  My name is Kat and I have been lurking here a short time.  Quick
>background:  I started a walking and weight program in April, to lose
weight
>put on from finally quitting smoking.  I decided in July that I was ready
to
>start running (jogging) and am (sort of) following a "walking to running"
>program that I got from  book.

>Here's my problem/question:
>Each time I have to increase my "running" time, (I.e. go from running 3
>minutes-walking 3 minutes to running 5 minutes walking 3 minutes)  while my
>lungs and heart seem to do O.K.  my legs start to feel like I have on
>Frankenstein boots or something (very, very heavy) after the 2nd or 3rd
>running interval.  Is this normal (as I am training my muscles)?  Could it
>be my shoes?  I do suffer mild shin-splints, although they are decreasing.
>Any advice would be great!

Make sure you're eating enough -- especially carbos -- before you hit the
road.  If you've been dieting, you might be leaving yourself without enough
fuel (glycogen) stored in your muscles.  Try eating half a bagel or a
PowerBar an hour or so before you go out.  Also, try to spend some time
stretching before and after your workout

Vin W.

 
 
 

Newbie with question: heavy legs

Post by Vin W » Sat, 29 Aug 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>Hi all.  My name is Kat and I have been lurking here a short time.  Quick
>background:  I started a walking and weight program in April, to lose
weight
>put on from finally quitting smoking.  I decided in July that I was ready
to
>start running (jogging) and am (sort of) following a "walking to running"
>program that I got from  book.

>Here's my problem/question:
>Each time I have to increase my "running" time, (I.e. go from running 3
>minutes-walking 3 minutes to running 5 minutes walking 3 minutes)  while my
>lungs and heart seem to do O.K.  my legs start to feel like I have on
>Frankenstein boots or something (very, very heavy) after the 2nd or 3rd
>running interval.  Is this normal (as I am training my muscles)?  Could it
>be my shoes?  I do suffer mild shin-splints, although they are decreasing.
>Any advice would be great!

Make sure you're eating enough -- especially carbos -- before you hit the
road.  If you've been dieting, you might be leaving yourself without enough
fuel (glycogen) stored in your muscles.  Try eating half a bagel or a
PowerBar an hour or so before you go out.  Also, try to spend some time
stretching before and after your workout

Vin W.

 
 
 

Newbie with question: heavy legs

Post by Nicole Sinclai » Sun, 30 Aug 1998 04:00:00

When I first started out about 4 months ago, I nearly died a thousand
deaths. I could feel the fat bouncing and my legs felt like concrete
slabs were attached to them, I couldn't run 100 metres without stopping
The next day the soreness was immense and I nearly took a sick day off
work. But then after a few weeks it became easier and easier and stopped
aching. I think beginners have to be warned about starting out, because
they might consider it too hard and stop before they have given
themselves a real chance, because it does get easier:)
Nicole:)
Quote:

> Hi all.  My name is Kat and I have been lurking here a short time.  Quick
> background:  I started a walking and weight program in April, to lose weight
> put on from finally quitting smoking.  I decided in July that I was ready to
> start running (jogging) and am (sort of) following a "walking to running"
> program that I got from  book.

> Here's my problem/question:
> Each time I have to increase my "running" time, (I.e. go from running 3
> minutes-walking 3 minutes to running 5 minutes walking 3 minutes)  while my
> lungs and heart seem to do O.K.  my legs start to feel like I have on
> Frankenstein boots or something (very, very heavy) after the 2nd or 3rd
> running interval.  Is this normal (as I am training my muscles)?  Could it
> be my shoes?  I do suffer mild shin-splints, although they are decreasing.
> Any advice would be great!

 
 
 

Newbie with question: heavy legs

Post by Felix N. Malini » Sun, 30 Aug 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
> Each time I have to increase my "running" time, (I.e. go from running 3
> minutes-walking 3 minutes to running 5 minutes walking 3 minutes)  while

my lungs and heart seem to do O.K.  my legs start to feel like I have on
Quote:
> Frankenstein boots or something (very, very heavy) after the 2nd or 3rd
> running interval.  Is this normal (as I am training my muscles)?  Could
it
> be my shoes?  I do suffer mild shin-splints, although they are
decreasing.
> Any advice would be great!

Your muscles aren't used to the running yet. If you run (consistently) 4 to
6 times a week, the "heavy" legs feeling should subside in about a month to
a month and a half.

Felix

 
 
 

Newbie with question: heavy legs

Post by Kovie Ada » Mon, 31 Aug 1998 04:00:00

It's normal. Just make sure to run only as fast as is comfortable, which at
your level shouldn't be much faster than walking. Try to stick to 3-4
workouts per week for the first month or two, till you're mainly or
exclusively running, and don't overdo the distances. 1-3 miles each walk/run
the first month or two should be enough. Only then, when running starts to
feel "normal" and your legs don't feel as heavy, should you consider
starting to increase your mileage and frequency of runs. Don't go all out
when you run, don't push yourself beyond whay your body can do, and you
should be OK. Also, make sure you have decent *running* shoes, and that
they're right for your foot type.
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Quote:

>Hi all.  My name is Kat and I have been lurking here a short time.  Quick
>background:  I started a walking and weight program in April, to lose
weight
>put on from finally quitting smoking.  I decided in July that I was ready
to
>start running (jogging) and am (sort of) following a "walking to running"
>program that I got from  book.

>Here's my problem/question:
>Each time I have to increase my "running" time, (I.e. go from running 3
>minutes-walking 3 minutes to running 5 minutes walking 3 minutes)  while my
>lungs and heart seem to do O.K.  my legs start to feel like I have on
>Frankenstein boots or something (very, very heavy) after the 2nd or 3rd
>running interval.  Is this normal (as I am training my muscles)?  Could it
>be my shoes?  I do suffer mild shin-splints, although they are decreasing.
>Any advice would be great!