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Brief praise of jogging

Post by Grandpa's Spells » Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:32 pm

This is one of those things that I always hear the benefit of but generally don' t do, since when I ran in my teens/20's as part of other stuff it didn't seem to do much.

As part of generally focusing on overall health, I started the C25K running program. It's a progressive run/jog program that leads up to running 5K.

Aside from the annoyances of adapting to longer running sessions, I've found the following:

1. Less back stiffness/pain
2. Less shoulder stiffness (surprising)
3. Elevated mood
4. Suppressed appetite

I did something similar in my 30's and didn't really notice much. In my teens-to-mid 20's running was a regular enough thing in sports training and I was good enough at it that I didn't notice any change whether I did it or not. At 45 the difference is pretty real. I'm going to follow the program to completion but then do 2 mile runs a few times a week while trying to improve swimming.
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Re: Brief praise of jogging

Post by nafod » Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:49 pm

Cool

Since you are spinning back up, I'd recommend using the pose style of running (don't heel strike). Hard to switch to later. Easier on the back and knees.
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Post by Grandpa's Spells » Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:06 pm

I associated that with the CFE crowd so I wouldn’t have checked this out otherwise. Thanks for heads up.
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Post by Alfred_E._Neuman » Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:12 pm

Second the Pose or other "natural" running style, but wouldn't sweat a forefoot/heal landing. Just focus on foot landing under your hips rather than "reaching" and get your cadence up over 170 total footfalls/minute and everything will fall into place.
Make any changes in running form gradually.
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Re: Brief praise of jogging

Post by Sangoma » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:30 pm

You may want to check Chi running as well.
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Re: Brief praise of jogging

Post by Dunn » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:26 am

Alfred_E._Neuman wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:12 pm
Second the Pose or other "natural" running style, but wouldn't sweat a forefoot/heal landing. Just focus on foot landing under your hips rather than "reaching" and get your cadence up over 170 total footfalls/minute and everything will fall into place.
Make any changes in running form gradually.
Yeah. Solid advice here.

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Post by Alfred_E._Neuman » Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:01 am

Dunn wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:26 am
Alfred_E._Neuman wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:12 pm
Second the Pose or other "natural" running style, but wouldn't sweat a forefoot/heal landing. Just focus on foot landing under your hips rather than "reaching" and get your cadence up over 170 total footfalls/minute and everything will fall into place.
Make any changes in running form gradually.
Yeah. Solid advice here.
Wife and I went down the Pose rabbit hole when it first got popular. My calves were so sore after doing too much too soon that I could barely walk for a few days.
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Re: Brief praise of jogging

Post by Turdacious » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:27 am

Grandpa's Spells wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:32 pm
Suppressed appetite
This is an underrated benefit IMO. I find it holds true even on runs of 6-10 miles.

IMHO one of the best possible companions to running is the old Foundation Training 12 minute lower back routine. Especially if you do it in shoes, it's magic manna for high mileage knees.
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Re: Brief praise of jogging

Post by Grandpa's Spells » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:02 am

Alfred_E._Neuman wrote:
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get your cadence up over 170 total footfalls/minute and everything will fall into place.
This was extremely effective today. Easier to pace breathing at that rate and HR was several BPM lower. Thanks for heads up. I'm on a treadmill because it's December in Chicago, so keeping the feet under hips is kind of a given for me, but upping steps per minute from 160 to 175+ changes the game.
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Re: Brief praise of jogging

Post by Fat Cat » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:23 am

Running is fun, I’m not surprised you enjoy it. Moving around outside is generally pleasurable.
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Re: Brief praise of jogging

Post by Grandpa's Spells » Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:24 pm

Fat Cat wrote:
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Running is fun, I’m not surprised you enjoy it.
JME, but the adaptation from not running at all to running can be pretty unpleasant, which is why it's handy to follow a decent beginner's program for the first couple months. What feel like relatively minor changes in pace can change a run from easy to DNF/injured.
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Post by Bennyonesix1 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:18 pm

The high strides per minute is great advice but I'm very tall and 170+ is not gonna work for me. 155-160 moves contact point where I need it.

Also, Van Aaken understood everything long ago. Run a ton, run easy and get skinny af

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Re: Brief praise of jogging

Post by Fat Cat » Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:34 pm

Grandpa's Spells wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:24 pm
Fat Cat wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:23 am
Running is fun, I’m not surprised you enjoy it.
JME, but the adaptation from not running at all to running can be pretty unpleasant, which is why it's handy to follow a decent beginner's program for the first couple months. What feel like relatively minor changes in pace can change a run from easy to DNF/injured.
No I completely agree. I didn't bother to offer advice because it seems like you're on the right track with a progressive plan.
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Re: Brief praise of jogging

Post by Kirk » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:32 pm

I hate running. I've got about 1800 miles of it done so far this year. I want to set a personal best for # of miles this year then I'm going to mix running and cycling next year. I've already bought a bicycle... I think I might like running more if I was skinny.

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Re: Brief praise of jogging

Post by Fat Cat » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:09 am

Why do it if you hate it? Your prior medical issues aside, there's easier ways to meet your health goals. In fact, there's not a lot of information that correlates running and longevity.
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Re: Brief praise of jogging

Post by Kirk » Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:45 am

I don't really hate it although I don't like treadmill running or running in the dark and it's difficult to avoid one of those options during this time of year.

The thing that has kept me doing it is the sheer convenience of it. Other things match it but, for me, nothing beats it in that regard. It also has the benefit of allowing me to zone out (or get into the zone, depending on how you look at it) so that I can motor along for a couple hours and barely notice the time passing.

I'd like to do other things now like the cycling and likely some weighted walking/hiking (I've got a 40lb vest).

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