Fitness Advice

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  1. kenzie7575

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    I got the NROTC Marine Option scholarship and had a pretty good PFT score but a few months ago I got shin splints and busted my knee so I had to take a few months off of running. Now my run time has gotten worse and I dont want to show up to orientation with a bad fitness level.. I need to drop around 2 or 3 minutes off my 3 mile, is that even possible? Do any of you have any advise for dropping time?
     
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    thank you!! that is so perfect!
     
  4. Thompson

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    .... well before we start up running again - we need to diagnose the problem. You're body doesn't make you pain unless something is wrong.

    First things first - do you have flat feet? Common problems with people who have flat feet, is that they start to get shin splints, knee/hip pains -- this is due to the fact that since you have flat arches, your knees start to overcompensate for that. So when you run, your knees start to bend inward - leading to things such as shin splints and knee pain. Trust me; I have flat feet ... which sucks as a runner :bang:

    To be honest (my personal opinion as a runner) - you don't necessarily need a running program. Blunty, to decrease your run time - it's all about the mileage; not necessarily about doing this program or that. To get the speed, you need the mileage.

    So here's what you can do, depending on your current fitness level, start at say 3 miles a day, 5 days a week. Then keep bumping it up 1 mile/week. And maybe if you want swap out/add in 1 day of track speed workouts.

    The key though - is to stay injury free. Which means, if you haven't gotten a diagnosis or you don't know what was causing that pain, I would highly recommend that you have it checked out.

    I know you're thinking short term on this - you want to decrease your run time. But the thing is, if you keep running to keep that run time at the time you need, and you still don't correct that problem, your pain will only get worse over time and possibly even lead to bodily damage -- which may only result in more time off to fix the problem.

    So do yourself a favor, do it right the first time around. And don't rush into things - especially for running (ie: don't start at 30 minute runs, and then just amp it up to 60 min).

    Best of luck.
     
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    What exactly does "Busted my knee" mean. Have you been to the doctor at all.

    Remember if you have any change in your medical or physical condition you are required to inform Dodmerb. If you have seen a doctor about your knee or shin splints then you really need to inform Dodmerb because this will now be part of your medical records.

    I agree, you really need to address these issues before you start heavy running, things will only get worse. Orthotics for your running shoes may help but you should talk to an Orthopedic doctor first.
     
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    Strongly recommend that you heed the advice given above.

    Knee pain sucks. Knee surgery really sucks. I've got about 10 months of recovery time from my knee surgery, and it sucks, and has delayed my commissioning.

    Do it right the first time, you'll have plenty of time for knee surgery when you get older.

    *my surgery is unrelated to your situation, but was still an army related injury.
     
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    Thank you for the input! I did go to a dr. and the problem is fixed as far as I can tell, with the help of shoe inserts.
     
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    Good. Glad to hear!
     

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