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    Running advice

    New to triathlon training, I can't run and I can't swim so I thought that trying to do a thriathlon would be a good thing to do. Done a few short runs, but I keep getting a pain in my right hip. It only comes the day after I run, it is a sharp pain about the strength of a muscle cramp, and it only comes when I move my hip. It is not really bad, more annoying than anything else, but I know it is really easy to injure yourself running. Does anyone have any advice, should I be doing some more hardcore stretching (I am doing next to no stretching at the moment)? It only comes in my right leg so I doubt it would be stretching cause I do the same for both legs. I am only running about 2-3 miles at the moment.
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    Your pain may be due to a lack of stretching. The fact that it happens on only 1 side doesn't necessarily mean that it's not muscle tightness that is causing discomfort. When I was getting back into running again after taking 12 years off, I had all kinds of weird discomforts for a while. I ran through the discomfort without consulting a physician, because the pains weren't persistent or too debilitating. I don't know if that was the wise thing to do, but it turns out that my body just needed time to adapt. Running can be punishing on your body and your body may rebel when you first start out. Consult a physician if it doesn't go away or if it gets more intense. Otherwise, try to get adequate rest after your workouts, stretch and massage your muscles well. Good luck.

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    illiotibial band (itb)

    Doing too much too soon can inflame your ITB. If that is the problem you do not want to aggravate it anymore as it can get much worse. Search ITB for info.

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    How old are your running shoes? I've noticed that when the midsole of my shoes starts to break down I get knee or hip pain. The midsole breaks down long before you can see that the shoe is worn.

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    If you think it's inflammation, take a little ibuprofen along with streching and resting. Not only does it make the hurt go away, it actually is an anti inflammatory. Just make sure you don't replace other treatments with it, and don't take too much because it causes liver damage.

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    cheers,

    Any advice for what kind of stretching I should do, I have had a quick look around on the interweb, but most stretching routines I have found seem to last about 20 mins, which seems a bit excessive for a 15min run.

    Also, if bricking, should I do stretching after the bike, or only at the start.

    And my running shoes are pretty much brand new. Always had pains in my feet from running, then I went to a shop with treadmills and video cameras and tried out lots of shoes and they really sorted me out.
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    Stretching cold muscles can do more harm than good. An easy warmup of a few 50-100m repeats at an easy pace, then easing into your run is usually better for you. Stretch afterward, when your muscles are warm and lubricated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mintyai
    cheers,

    Any advice for what kind of stretching I should do, I have had a quick look around on the interweb, but most stretching routines I have found seem to last about 20 mins, which seems a bit excessive for a 15min run.

    Also, if bricking, should I do stretching after the bike, or only at the start.

    And my running shoes are pretty much brand new. Always had pains in my feet from running, then I went to a shop with treadmills and video cameras and tried out lots of shoes and they really sorted me out.
    Like Valpo says above, stretching cold is not that good. I have always heard it is better to stretch post workout rather than before. You can do both, but just make sure you warm up before your main set, then stretch, run your main set, then cool down and stretch.

    If you are bricking, do your normal warm up and stretch after warmed up, such as you would before a race. Between your bike and run should simulate race conditions, unless you are going to stop and stretch after your bike ride during a race, you should switch to running as quickly as possible. Less than 5 minutes.

    Shoes take awhile to break in, before your feet get used to them. Somewhere in the range of 50-100 miles before you can get used to them.

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