I've jumped to week 2 - Is it too soon?

I enjoyed a while ago but have finally started my journey!! I ran on Saturday doing Week 1 run 1, but I found it quite easy and didn't struggle at all. So this morning I took the step to do Week 2 run 1, I coped fine apart from my ankle feeling sore near the end. Have I pushed myself too soon? I am nearly 15 stone so I am carrying a lot of weight! I have started healthy eating and doing the couch to 5K so hopefully the weight will shed and that will give my poor knees and ankles an easier time!!

5 Replies

  • The program is set up to build your muscles and strengthen your joints as you progress. I would maybe think of doing all of week one to help them, especially if your ankle is hurting. It's just one week and if you adjust to running so well, I am sure it will be nine weeks and you be out there running as a graduate. That's not long in the great scheme of things. An injury would take you a lot longer to get over. Slow but steady is the mantra we have. Let us know how you get on happy running.

  • Hi, congratulations on starting to exercise and healthy eating, you are making a great investment in your future health. I found the runs in week 1 quite easy on the heart and lungs but followed the programme as I have tried to run before, got injured and gave up. Only you know your body and what you can do but the nine week programme does work if you following it, as many of us can testify. Good luck

  • I wouldn't be too hasty in moving on through the weeks. The three runs are designed to build up muscle strength and your stamina. You will be more likely to suffer injury if you don't work through the programme as its structured. Good luck though and well done on getting started.

  • Stick to the rules Thejud. They're there for your safety and well being. Good luck.

  • I would say yes the runs are designed to help build up the strength in your legs so even though it may appear easy and you have no problems with it always follow the program and give your body time to adapt as this is a very stressful time for your body... I like you am carrying extra weight and this makes it all the more stressful for your legs and ankles so follow the program and enjoy the easy bits coz it only gets tougher the more weeks you go in!

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