Taiyo wrote:1) I've noticed that the last 3-4 weeks my right knee has become really sensitive to me landing on it crooked. It doesn't really hurt when I'm running but if I'm walking and my foot lands slightly twisted I get a sharp pain. Not only that, I've also noticed that now when I squat down it produces a shooting pain. My left knee seems fine, is this something that's been triggered by running? Is there a way to fix this? Is this something I should go to a doctor for or is it pretty typical when you start trying to run?
I'd say you should probably get it looked at. I don't recognize those symptoms at all. Sharp pain sounds bad. Could be anything though. Might just need some rest?
Taiyo wrote:2) When trying to learn to run like this as a beginner, is it better to maintain the same pace for the entire 5 minutes or better to try to push for more speed in the last minute or two of each interval? Being a beginner I run pretty slow and it can be really frustrating to have everyone in the world passing me, but if I speed up I know I can't maintain the pace. Will speeding up for part of the interval gain me speed in general (and faster) or at this point is it better to just maintain an even pace?
I think when starting out learning a steady pace is most important. Cant' really provide sources for that one though. While progressing you will automatically gain some speed though.
If you want to focus on gaining speed you can do short intervals maybe. Like a minute (or a half minute) of race-pace running and then a minute of jogging slowly. This should build some strength and speed for your normal pace.
Taiyo wrote:3) The past two weeks instead of it getting easier to do the 2 min walk/5 min run and the 1 min walk/5 min run intervals, it's been feeling like it's been getting harder and harder. I usually go 3 times a week but sometimes the days are uneven, ie: 1 week could be Tue, Wed, Fri, the next week could be Sun, Mon, Wed, etc. Is this the cause of things getting harder? Is it detrimental to run consecutive days? Is there a certain number of days where taking too long of a break will have a negative effect (ex. If the break between going is 5 days vs going 2 days in a row, etc)?
Training effect is maximized if you can recover fully before running again, especially if you're really pushing yourself hard. If you work really hard you need your muscles to be able to repair themselves before getting 'damaged' again.
My mum had the same thing when she started running (after quitting smoking
). She just pushed herself too hard. Now she backed off a bit and is progressing again.
Taiyo wrote:4) Is it better to wait to have a water break until after the 30 minutes is up, or is it better to pause the run to get a drink in the middle?
Not very important I think, just do what you feel best with. Personally I don't do water breaks at all except when it's hot and i'm running 1 1/2 hours or more.
Taiyo wrote:5) Will learning to run like this increase my normal walking pace?
Not necessarily. But you'll be able to keep up a brisk walking pace much easier probably, but it won't be automatic if you're usually just strolling
Sorry for all the newbie questions! I actually really dislike running (elementary school gym class flashbacks) but always wished I could do it, so when I found a "learn to run" program on Google in February I decided that I was going to go for it! Maybe if I can actually run without feeling like a puking fish gasping for water then I'll like it a lot more
, it's just brought on a lot of questions.
Heh. I'd say... slow down a little bit until you can do your intervals without feeling like you're dying. Then when you get further on in your program (say when you're close to running a half hour continuously) try doing speedwork once a week.
When starting out you're trying to be able to run *longer*, not faster.
Good job on your running so far though, good luck and keep up the good work!
What's your goal by the way?
You go your way.
I'll go your way too.