10 thoughts on “A question for readers”

    1. Liliana, once you master hot-weather running, a lot of aspects of running will become extremely easy. I’ll post about how to ease into it, but there’s really no way to do it except for the hard way: run in the heat, a little at first, and more as you get used to it.

      But if you go the hard way, remember to be conservative. Running in the heat taxes your system a lot, so your heart is going to want to go wild. Run slower if your heart pounds in your chest, and even then only do that for a few minutes.

      Then run a little more tomorrow. Then a little more the day after that. In order to safely run in hot weather, your body has to develop a lot of auxiliary systems. They won’t develop overnight. So don’t try.

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    1. That’s a big one for many people. There are a lot of reasons why that happens. But the short answer is that many of our bodies aren’t used to supporting themselves during the run: coming off the ground and accelerating back (with each running stride) stresses the body a lot.

      What you’re experiencing during the first 5 minutes is exactly the stress that you’re not used to, and the most likely reason it’s gone after 5 minutes is because your body starts releasing a whole set of hormones, including dopamine and serotonin (part of the “runner’s high”), to loosen up your muscles and help you run better.

      I suggest jumping rope as a basic conditioning exercise. That’s really the most useful exercise for gently teaching your body to get used to the stresses of running:

      https://runninginsystems.com/2014/09/03/jumping-rope-to-achieve-basic-running-form-2/.

      Soon I’ll post about other ways in which you can get around that.

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  1. Hi Ivan,
    Just reading your blog after reading your very helpful replies on article on Phil Maffetone site. Great blog I must say. Things that stop me running are usually – the cold, dark days of winter where I live (northern Europe), its not that inviting to get changed to go back out into the cold, dark, after coming home from work. That is the main one (I often train indoors Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb) others include the after period of an event when the next on is a long way off (or not decided yet) and you sort of feel like you have nothing to train for. Others are my best training buddy schedule and mine not matching up so not being able to train together and other life demands on time/energy.

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  2. Adductors is my problem, even just walking trashes them on both sides now. Could this just be glute med weakness or lack of activation?

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    1. Hi geomickb –

      Thanks for commenting. The most likely explanation is that — unfortunately — it’s a little complicated.

      To give you a taste of the complexity, muscles aren’t “just” weak or poorly activated. Usually, it’s due to some kind of associated, underlying problem – usually an entrenched, incorrect motion pattern that has led to a serious muscle imbalance (a.k.a. a few overly active and tight muscles and a few overly inactive and loose muscles), but it can also come from an injury: sometimes the body compensates around that injury and the compensation remains even after the injury disappears, or the injury itself causes muscle or nerve damage that creates the need for a compensation that snowballs as time goes on.

      In this video, Dr. Torry Hinson illustrates a really good practical example of how it’s often not the case that the “problem” is at the source of the pain:

      Check it out and tell me if it makes sense to you – although the best route for that kind of issue is to go to a chiropractor or physiotherapist who can expertly deal with these issues, understanding the potential complexity can help you take an active role in your rehabilitation.

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      1. Thanks for the reply. Yes, I get that, thanks.
        Unfortunately I have seen several physiotherapists and all they are concerned with is treating symptoms, not resolving the dysfunction that is causing them. Even walking short distances is now difficult. I figure that I need to somehow solve this myself but it’s too complicated.

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