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Old 14th Dec 16, 02:36 PM
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Middle Age Crisis?!

I have managed to get round 2 park runs now. I am happy to remain at a 5km once a week, and am not looking to start marathon training or anything like that.

I have been doing some aerobics at home most days but have never really run until now (I am 46). I had an accident 20 years ago that damaged my left knee and hip. Strenuous exercise means I am aware of this but normally I am fine, and take cod liver oil daily. Hey, I did two park runs, right?

I have two questions that I would be grateful for an experienced runner to answer, please.

1. I start wheezing quite early on in the race, and never really stop until after the run. Do I need medical attention? Is lung capacity something that comes as I run more?
2. I understand that for serious runners, a technical running shoe can be helpful.
For me, as a ‘weekend runner’, do I need to spend this money? I don’t like cheap, but I do like inexpensive. Good value is key however and if I need to spend then so be it. I know that a local independent running shop will sell me a good shoe, but with their limited stock, would it be the best for the money, and should I even worry about this?

I understand that comfort is key, but do I need any more than this? The running shop will tell me yes, but they would, wouldn’t they... Another nearby running retailer chain is very close to a branch of Decathlon, and I am not sure who to visit first!

Thank you very much.
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Old 14th Dec 16, 03:02 PM
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On 1 I would say there exists a thing called exercise-induced asthma so I would google that and see if the description fits.
On 2 I'd say that pronation correction and the like have never been shown to prevent injury, so get a shoe that primarily fits well, and follows the function you intend, e.g., trails, races, bulk road work. These need not be expensive. Avoid for now the extremes, such as low or no drop until you know enough to experiment (if ever).
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Old 15th Dec 16, 09:36 AM
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1. Good call, thanks. After a telephone gp consultation, I now have a nurse appointment booked for next week. Reading the symptoms, it seems I may have had this all my life. I had just put it down to being unfit!

2. A trip to Decathlon coming up methinks... :-)

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On 1 I would say there exists a thing called exercise-induced asthma so I would google that and see if the description fits.
On 2 I'd say that pronation correction and the like have never been shown to prevent injury, so get a shoe that primarily fits well, and follows the function you intend, e.g., trails, races, bulk road work. These need not be expensive. Avoid for now the extremes, such as low or no drop until you know enough to experiment (if ever).
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Old 22nd Dec 16, 12:23 PM
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Aerobics this morning much easier with one puff of an inhaler. Thanks for the advice! :-)

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On 1 I would say there exists a thing called exercise-induced asthma so I would google that and see if the description fits.
On 2 I'd say that pronation correction and the like have never been shown to prevent injury, so get a shoe that primarily fits well, and follows the function you intend, e.g., trails, races, bulk road work. These need not be expensive. Avoid for now the extremes, such as low or no drop until you know enough to experiment (if ever).
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Old 22nd Dec 16, 12:53 PM
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You're welcome. I don't have it myself, but it's nice to know what is going on. It wasn't until I was an adult that I realised I had tinnitus - I though everybody's ears hummed from time to time. Sounds like similar for you with breathing.
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Old 9th Jan 17, 11:11 AM
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Save your money on the shoes. People have been running long distance before shoes even existed, who who cares?

Regarding wheezing, what I found helped me was learning to breath "from the stomach" rather than getting your air caught in your throat. See: https://runnersconnect.net/running-t...-when-running/
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Old 10th Jan 17, 12:49 PM
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Interesting read, I will give it a go. My best PR performance so far has been with a high dose of blue inhaler before the run. A smaller dose, plus another half way around, not so good).

Will finish reading now, and may try this breathing on Saturday. Thank you.
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You're welcome. I don't have it myself, but it's nice to know what is going on. It wasn't until I was an adult that I realised I had tinnitus - I though everybody's ears hummed from time to time. Sounds like similar for you with breathing.
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Save your money on the shoes. People have been running long distance before shoes even existed, who who cares?

Regarding wheezing, what I found helped me was learning to breath "from the stomach" rather than getting your air caught in your throat. See: https://runnersconnect.net/running-t...-when-running/
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Old 10th Jan 17, 02:15 PM
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Yeah my tinnitus is DEFINITELY worse after an intense run.

I'm having my ears syringed next week (I'm 30 now, and boy do I feel it!) which apparently can help the symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no cure for tinnitus. It just 'is'.

Mine is worsened with exercise and whenever my anxiety/depression gets worse. I used to keep background noise on ALL THE TIME to keep it blocked out, but now I don't bother. I quite like sitting quietly, listening to the buzzing in my ears. It makes me feel like I'm letting tension out of my brain just sitting listening to it with an entirely empty mind.
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Old 10th Jan 17, 02:41 PM
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Yeah my tinnitus is DEFINITELY worse after an intense run.

I'm having my ears syringed next week (I'm 30 now, and boy do I feel it!) which apparently can help the symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no cure for tinnitus. It just 'is'.

Mine is worsened with exercise and whenever my anxiety/depression gets worse. I used to keep background noise on ALL THE TIME to keep it blocked out, but now I don't bother. I quite like sitting quietly, listening to the buzzing in my ears. It makes me feel like I'm letting tension out of my brain just sitting listening to it with an entirely empty mind.
Ever tried meditation eg Headspace?
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Old 10th Jan 17, 02:52 PM
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Yeah, I occasionally put some guided meditation on, I quite enjoy it, but I prefer silence mostly these days.
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I quite like sitting quietly, listening to the buzzing in my ears. It makes me feel like I'm letting tension out of my brain just sitting listening to it with an entirely empty mind.

Im doing exactly the same right now. Don't really notice it a lot of the time.



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