Graduated in december, now my legs are like dead weights!

I completed my c25k in december and then I suffered a sprained ankle, my running pals who completed with me are triving, they can run 5 miles. However I struggle to complete 5k and end up having to walk. Should I join another c25k group (They are on week 5) or should I persevere and run through having dead legs and calf cramps.?


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  • Hi kaza10, our circumstances sound so similar! Following injury then illness I have gone back to W5R2 and will be running it again this morning for the third time. Maybe you risk further injury if your body is 'protesting' on the longer runs meantime? Hope you work out what's best for you soon and keep enjoying it!! All the best.

  • Listen to your body and take it a bit easier for a while. If the problems persist then probably wise to get it checked out by your doctor. Hope it gets sorted soon. Best wishes.

  • Really interesting question as I was just about to return online and ask something very similar!!! I graduated last Autumn and have run occasionally since then. Yesterday ran for 10mins and it nearly killed me!!!! Was thinking that week 5 might be a really good place to restart the programme and was thinking of asking the forum for their thoughts - but you have beaten me to it ... I will look at the replies you get with interest ...

  • I graduated mid Jan and haven't been able to run because of a sprained ankle. When I start back Im going to do 1 run from week 1, then if all ok 1 run from week 2 etc, until I find the level where my muscles do not moan too much the day after. C25k was designed to build up muscles slowly to reduce the chance of injury. Maybe you need to do some strength training for your muscles or go back to earlier weeks.

  • thanks for your very helpful replies. Well I give myself a good rest! then went out tonight to see how far I could go and was able to complete 5k although at a very slow pace. Alliesp thanks for your suggestion about doing some strength training I think I will join a Pilates Class and just take it slowly. Good luck guys!

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