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Old 17th May 17, 10:10 AM
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General leg ache all the time

Hello I'm new to the forum but not running! I'm reaching out for some advice. My legs start to ache as soon as I start to run-or do any exercise! I've been training 3 times a week, i Wembley up with fast walking, I do stretches after I run and I now can "run" 20km but I'm frustrated because the ache in my legs always makes me want to keep stopping for a break. It's not a sharp pain, just a general ache. Does anyone else experience this? Is there a cure??!! Any advice much appreciated!
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Old 17th May 17, 05:29 PM
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The only advice I'd give is get a foam roller and give your legs a really good going over with it every other day, also look to eat foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties such as pineapple, ginger and turmeric and make sure you're getting plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, you can combine all I just mentioned in a pre or post run smoothie.

One book I swear by for general body and leg maintenance though is 'Becoming a Supple Leopard', it teaches you to pinpoint and treat all manner of aches and pains in your legs, it's also an eye opener when it comes to stretching and rollering techniques etc. It's really helped me to understand and look after my legs a lot better than I used to, they need plenty of tlc if you're a runner!
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Old 18th May 17, 12:26 PM
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Thanks Gruff! I have a roller, so I will start to use it more! I hadn't thought about the fact that maybe my legs are just in a constant state of inflammation or tension, that would ofcourse explain what happens! I will also look at the book! I don't do smoothies although I do eat a lot of healthy food I will try and increase my intake of ginger etc! Thanks for taking the time!
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Old 18th May 17, 01:03 PM
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No problem, also one great way of learning to use a foam roller properly is get a physio to show you, I was having a routine massage a couple of years ago and mentioned I foam rolled but did it a bit half-heartedly and wasn't really sure what I was doing anyway, next thing I knew I was getting a full hands on tutorial on how to foam role, doing it correctly makes a massive difference! I've never looked back, putting together a regular routine for leg maintenance turned me into a much happier runner, you feel looser and rangier which all helps to make you a more economical runner.

That book has some great stuff in it though and it has easy to follow descriptions and pictures, it taught me how to really get into my hamstrings like never before.
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Old 18th May 17, 03:26 PM
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That sounds so good! You've inspired me!! I'm doing a half marathon (my first) on Saturday, which will be tough and slow. But after that I'm going to invest some time in leg maintenance, so I can enjoy running even more!
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Old 18th May 17, 04:24 PM
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Good luck on Saturday! Just remember to stick to your race and don't let people around you effect how you're going to run, it's really easy to get carried away and start too fast.
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Old 22nd May 17, 08:56 AM
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Thanks Gruff! I had a great day! A very slow run but I achieved my goal of finishing with a smile on my face! Now I'm going to get that book!
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Old 24th May 17, 12:30 PM
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Running makes your legs ache. Learn to like the ache it means you're improving
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Old 24th May 17, 12:31 PM
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Well done, at the end of the day time means nothing in running, the experience, the journey and the people you meet along the way is what it's really all about. One comment that always stuck with me from the book 'Born to Run' concerned two types of runners, those who run with a smile on their face and those that don't, it's one reason why I love trail running, some days I make sure I really open my eyes and enjoy the views, it really makes me smile and I even sing out loud and throw my arms in the air like a complete idiot, never stop smiling!
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Old 24th May 17, 01:03 PM
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I work mostly night shift, so I like to run before work. During the 11 hour shift I feel my legs getting worse and the pain really slowing me down to the point I can barely walk up the stair to get in the aircraft I am working on. After work on my way to my car I think to myself tomorrow I will skip a day of running. But! in the back of my mind I know when I wake up the next afternoon my legs will feel fine and I do it all over again. I really dig the way my body heals and regenerates.
If it is JUST pain, that is the way it is. if it is something else see a doctor or try a different shoe.
Well done on your first half

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