Running with weight

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  1. I've started running with weight for a half marathon on June 11th which I'm wanting to run with a bergen with half my bodyweight, or more in. I'm not serving and left a TA unit about 6 months ago now (because of a persistant back/shoulder injury).

    Basically I did 3.5miles tonight with about 8-10stone and I was hanging, I had to walk up a couple of hills and I wasn't running massively faster than a quick walking pace. Is there any recommendation of how I can lengthen my stride a bit and not end up looking like I've done 10rounds with Bruno?

    Also I'm running in trainers, but I'm worried about turning my ankle over, is it worth wearing boots and adding to the torture?

    Any information is gratefully received, thank you

  2. I would wear boots personally m8 because like you say if you rock your ankle your going to know about it. Obviously boots give you the support.
  3. Those were my thoughts but running in boots reaaaally knackers your shins and knees (extra weight). I might give it a go tomorrow without any weight on my back, see how I get on - I've not run in boots much recently. Have lowas so at least I'll have strong ankle support. Anyone got ideas on how to deal best with the shin and knee tiredness from running in boots? (other than moral fibre)
  4. Sorry but are you mad? Why?
  5. Beat me to it on the ol moral fibre. I get stress fractures so I'm abit of a poofter anyways did abit of a bergan run myself not so long ago 18miles but I was in trainers and with not alot of weight in bergan. Think if your carrying abit of weight you deff got to wear the boots.
    Sorry but got no ideas for dealing with shins and knee tiredness it's just part of the fun.
  6. i'm not claiming to be any sort of expert, but i was always told to get you running fitness up to scratch, then start with boot runs, and then gradually indrese the weight on the boot runs. The body can adapt to most things, as long as you introduce it to the idea gradually.
  7. Probably. I've done two half marathons already and in an effort to get more sponsership money for charity and as a bit of a challenge I thought I'd do it with as much weight as my crippled body can take.

    It's not real exercise if it doesn't hurt... 8O
  8. Ok now I'm slightly more convinced that you have good reasons for doing it, I do have a little advice.

    1. Ice cold baths or cold showers on your legs will make a massive difference to the aches you suffer. As cold as you can stand!

    2. Within 15 minutes of finishing your exercise take on a pile of carbs to help boost your speed of recovery. A still sports drink is the best way. Some people also add a little protein at this point, but I'm unconvinced of its use.

    3.Try to give your legs at least 36, if not 48 hours between each session.

    4. Look carefully at any products you are taking. Avoid creatine like the plague!

    5. Go for slow burning energy foods, such as porridge and wholemeal toast to fuel you.

    6. Stay uber-hydrated.

    I'm no doctor but these rules I've learnt the hard way and work for me. If I can help or offer any advice I'm more than happy. Hope it helps.
  9. You'd be better off with one of these - no seriously.

    They're available in different forms from UK suppliers and provide you the same resistance training, but without the need to carry weight - which by the sound of your injury might be a good idea. Also ideal for the hill runners of lincolnshire.

    Best of luck.
  10. My unit enter a platoon / troop sized team in local half marathon each year. We speed march course (Boots / C95 / TShirts) with Bergans (35lb) and typically complete around the 2hr mark and raise sponsorship for Service & Local Charities. Good for recruiting (TShirt with contact details etc) and has always worked out well for us with lots Press / TV coverage.

    For what it is worth........

    1. With 5 weeks to go you are leaving it a bit late. I would expect you to be comfortably running 9 miles with kit at this stage. Run at least the distance beforehand. If things go pear-shaped in a speedmarch the team will pull you through. As an individual you will need mental / phys confidence of having done it all before.

    2. Bergan - Pack it properly with soft (but right weight) kit (SBag / CBRN Kit etc)... don't lob in a few bricks / gym weights. Use a Camel Back / Bladder.. the drinks stops will be too far apart for the fluids you will lose.

    3. Have an E&E plan (Mobile & Taxifare). This will save trying to cache your bergan in the doorway of Asda and walking home when it all gets too much.


  11. Hi, this is my first post here but I've been on the site a lot over the last few months picking up very useful training tips. Just wondered why you advise to avoid Creatine?
  12. I've been running for a few months, I completed the Reading Half Marathon on the 9th April. The point about the shuffle is well taken, I'll carry on looking like I belong around a carer carrying my ballons. I've been watching my diet and hydrating, so no worries there. Gas_guzzler I think that's really great what you've done with your platoon/troop.

    I am leaving it quite late for training with weight but I'm quite stubborn and should get round. To get to the right weight I'm using books which have a bit of give but more importantly are well balanced - no "soft" kit has the density to get my bergen to the wait I need (80 litre civvi karrimor bergen).

    Definitely carrying money with me, even when training, just incase that taxi seems too tempting :p

    Thanks for all the advice
  13. To help your legs I personally wouldnt use lowers they are to stocky, good for tabbing but to bulky to run with. Ive always just issue boots for running and found them fine, altbergs would be another option though.
    To help ease the shin pain make sure you dont do your boots all the way to the top or to tightly so to allow some 'give' and your feet will swell after afew miles to.
    When running if your shins start to feel tight try pointing you toes as you go, to get some movement in the shin muscle. Hope this helps a little.
  14. 12 years ago i was running with weight too, and it was easy.

    Now, I'm having Physio once a week for a recurring lower back problem, and dodgy knees. You may think its worth it at the time, but you will suffer for it later. It has been attributed by the MO and Physio to running with weight and in boots. I know several people in the same position.

    It may seem a good idea now, but youll regret it later.....
  15. Am only going to do it this once. I've been referred by my physio to a specialist about my back/shoulder problem. When I told my physio she said it wouldn't damage me long-term, just to take it a bit easy (I cracked a kneecap about 2 months ago which affected my recent half marathon). I'm 21 and already have a dodgy back and army knees (go off like pistol shots when I bend them) so I thought now would be the best time for me to do this.