Well, me too. I'm a runner wannabe right now, maybe. I don't think I could run very far or for very long though at the moment. Everyone starts somewhere and for most of us we start off by walking more and that's ok. Walking is a great place to start.
I know I am trying to walk more and workout on my elliptical and I will gradually work up to running and plan on starting the Couch25k program when it is warmer out.
I've been using my elliptical more and more and then a couple weeks ago now my right foot would be really sore afterwards. I just shrugged it off and attributed it to me being out of shape, but the pain got worse. After my first session with the personal trainer I woke the next morning and could barely put any weight on my right foot. My heel is where I had the most problem, it really hurt! After google diagnosing myself and seeing a doctor I learned that I had Plantar Fasciitis. Let me tell you, it isn't fun.
Basically, the plantar fasciitis makes me have a lot of heel pain. It can be caused by a variety of factors, but being overweight is a big one. I had pain and I ignored it and then I suddenly had all this pain. This is why it is so important to consult a doctor before you change diet and exercise plans. If you aren't careful you can hurt yourself. Now, luckily my case isn't a serious injury and it will go away and the reoccurrence of the problem will decrease as I lose weight, but it could have potentially been avoided.
How you ask? First, by wearing appropriate shoes when working out.
Ok, so you want to be a runner? Let's start at the very basics. Before we even master running at all, let's start with what we need to run. A good place to start is with the shoes.
Honestly, I gave no thought to what sort of shoes I should have. In the past I would just go to a sneaker outlet or something and grab a pair in my size and probably put a lot of emphasis on the appearance of the shoe. I gave no other real thought to it.
Truth is, I've learned that if I am going to start walking, and eventually running, I should go to a running/walking shoe store and be fitted. When I was first told this my "fat girl brain" kicked in and I immediately thought to myself, "I can't go there. I can't be a fat girl walking into a running store." That is so completely ridiculous. I was worried thinking to myself that I'd be judged by all the runners walking in there when clearly I don't look like a runner, but you know what. . . everyone starts somewhere!
I went to a local runner/walker shoe store, you can probably find one in your area by googling it. I walked in and was immediately greeted and asked what I was interested in. I explained that I was in the process of losing weight and increasing my activity level and then the employee explained to me the process for fitting me for a shoe.
When you are fitted the store employee should watch you walk naturally. He/she judges your gait and see how your feet are. When I was observed I learned that my arches are apparently week and I need some extra support there. Immediately that apparently narrowed down my shoe selection. Then, my foot was sized and I learned that my one foot is slightly bigger than the other, apparently very common. After observing my natural walk and then sizing my foot the employee came back with 2 selections that he felt were best for me.
I tried on the first pair and then he had me walk on the treadmill. While walking on the treadmill, he observed my walk. We then repeated the process walking on the treadmill for the second pair. Based on talking with me about how each pair felt and by observing me walk we settled on a pair that was best for me. The proper fit and added arch support that I apparently need should really help with my foot pain and hopefully prevent knee, hip, and back problems.
If you've been concerned about going to a running store I highly recommend going. My experience showed me that the employees are running enthusiasts and are more than happy to help someone who is new to the sport. Even if you are just interested in walking that is a great place to start. I never realized the importance of having the right pair of shoes for you and the impact it could have.
Have you been fitted for running shoes, what did you think about your experience? Are you happy with your running shoes?
Do you have any advice for new runners/walkers?