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    Google 'Running for beginners' and a LOT of good information comes up. It always amazes me how many otherwise fit Soldiers have an incredibly hard time with the run event. There's a lot of misinformation out there though, so double check your sources, and above all EASE INTO YOUR ROUTINE! a LOT of Basic Trainees get hurt (and women get injured at higher rates than men) when the Army makes them run farther and faster than they ever have before, when they may have done little or no training before reporting to basic. My favorite is the couch-to-5K plan. One great writeup of it is here:

    Cool Running :: The Couch-to-5K Running Plan

    Key points:
    - Ease into your running program gradually.
    - Each session should take about 20 or 30 minutes, three times a week.
    - Space out these three days throughout the week to give yourself a chance to rest and recover between efforts.
    - Don't worry about how fast you're going... for now focus on gradually increasing the time or distance you run.
    - Precede each session with a five-minute warmup walk or jog.
    - Be sure to stretch both before and after. (Once you're an experienced runner you may decide to omit the before session stretch ON YOUR RACE DAYS - but before and after stretching should be part of every training day)

    In addition to the above, a trip to a running store to get fitted for shoes that fit properly is well worth the time and money. There are different types of shoes, because there are different types of feet - and the right shoe can do a lot to help prevent injury.

    Now make a plan, get the right shoes, and GET OUT THERE AND RUN!
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    good post. lets keep everything in one running thread.
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    Ideally we'd have a separate physical training section, and could devote separate threads to running, rucking, approaches like P90X and Crossfit, Nutrition, injuries, etc. By all means, please organize this thread along with the others however makes sense. I just wanted to address the specific concerns of new runners, and didn't want to mix that in with topics for more advanced runners.

    Along that line - the next topic for new runners is selecting running shoes. There is a HUGE variety out there, and the proper shoe will do much to helping prevent injury. A really good guide is at How to Choose Running Shoes! - it explains how to determine what your gait, or running style, is - and how to select the proper shoe for you. If you are clueless, though, I highly recommend you go to a running store and get fitted for a shoe that will eork best for you.

    Every time we have a PT test I look at Soldiers' shoes - and we still have people trying to run in court shoes, worn-out shoes, or shoes that are clearly inappropriate for the individual. I tell my Soldiers; "If there's a picture of a guy dunking a basketball on your shoe, it most likely wasn't made for distance running".
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    It is not only not made for distance running but also against regulations. The shoe for the PT uniform is a running shoe and there is a distinct difference from the basketball, Tennis court and other shoes for weight lifting and the like. If they are not wearing running shoes they are wrong.
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    Good post Doc. I started running with the Couch to 5k about 3 years ago. It is an excellent way to go. Definitely take the time to get the right running shoes. It is worth the trip to go to a running store and get fitted and your knees/shins will thank you later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief View Post
    It is not only not made for distance running but also against regulations. The shoe for the PT uniform is a running shoe and there is a distinct difference from the basketball, Tennis court and other shoes for weight lifting and the like. If they are not wearing running shoes they are wrong.
    Chief - all AR 670-1 says is that the "commander may authorize civilian running shoes to be worn with the PT uniform" and FM 21-20 specifies the run event will be compled wearing running shoes and not barefoot. The difference between running and other athletic shoes is never addressed, nor is fit of the shoe or he need to replace it regularly. In addition, we don't train our NCOs to differentiate between running, court and other physical fitness shoes - one reason I encourage career NCOs to consider getting certified as a personal trainer is for exactly this kind of knowledge that comes with it. At the same time, some running shoes are not permitted, at least in some units - my Battalion Sergeant Major saw the need to sent out a memo specifically stating that the 'barefoot' style running shoes are not authorized in my unit...
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    Today's age everyone needs to be aware of good running shoes. You have shoes that are made with a contoured heal and soles built to tax the leg muscles? yeah ok. You have running shoes with utility soles? yeah, ok. The point is you need running shoes that are just that. Like LT said, fitted properly for performance running. I give my parents credit. I always had high end equipment that was fitted and personalized. It does make a difference.


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    Is there a policy on the 5 finger running shoes?

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    Meyer - those were the shoes my CSM specifically stated are NOT allowed in my battalion. You'll want to stick with the classic running shoe in basic - if you want to try one of the more avant-garde styles later, when you're running in civilian clothes off post - then go for it.
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