Hello! I have been on the couch to 5k plan and I have just completed week 9! Absolutely amazed as I could not have been more of a couch potato before. Now I exercise every day and run three times a week. I was able to run for 30 minutes at my own pace with relative ease (pretty exhausted at the end but I got there)
On Saturday I decided that I would try and run for as long as possible as I had discovered that I have never made it to 5 kilometers at the rate I was going and I thought it was time to give it a go. I ran until I was exhausted, and then some and when I got home I measure the distance on google maps and it was about 4.5 km. I was really disappointed because I thought if i really wanted to I could have pushed myself that bit further, but, I realized it was probably the furthest I have ever run in my life so I should just be happy that I am on the right track.
On Sunday, I had a rest day, but this was the laziest of all rest days. I normally try and do a different exercise on my days off but this week I was definitely back to the couch.
So yesterday it was time for me to run again. I walked for abut five minutes up to my usual spot where I normally start running (so that I can measure the distance. I ran to the end of the road (about 2 minutes, maybe less) and my legs and knees just really hurt to the point where I had to stop - feeling kind of guilty I walked back to the start and started running again. This time there was a gradual build up of pain especially in one knee and at about 2km is i had to give up. My legs hurt all the way home and I sat down for about an hour after which it felt fine to the point where I was even able to do a workout dvd and they still feel fine this morning.
I am kind of annoyed because I have been developing really well. I did have alot of leg pain much earlier in the programme and admittedly on the longer runs - when I begin my warm down walk I half expect to fall over, but I have never experienced it like this. The annoying thing is I wasn't actually exhausted or out of breath at all.
This is where I really need some advice.
Am I feeling it more because I missed exercise on Sunday?
Or because I pushed myself to hard on Saturday?
Or is it something else?
Thank you so much If you have spent the time to read all of that! Any tips would be hugely appreciated.