When I first started C25K, I did the week 1 runs down a local bridle path near my house. I then went to the states for 3 weeks and was in the gym on a treadmill. I completed W5R1 before I left and felt really good after it, but today, back on the bridle path, I really struggled. During my brisk walk I could feel my calves starting to tighten. I attributed this to me maybe walking a bit faster than I had been on the treadmill, but I've been maybe a little conservative and could have pushed myself a but more. I started the first 8 min run and although it felt tough and my breathing wasn't very structured I felt that my fitness was there and I could complete it. The one thing that was different was that my calves became tighter and tighter. I completed the 8 minutes and hoped that the 5 minute walk would loosen them up. By the end of it, they were tight and uncomfortably painful. I started to run, but the tightening grew and I just couldn't continue. I thought I could walk it off still, maybe stretch it out, but my legs turned to jelly. I can see why Laura tells you to keep walking otherwise my legs would have seized up and I wouldn't have been able to get home! I managed it home disappointed and my legs don't feel so bad. I wish I had see the post earlier when someone had suggested increasing the incline on treadmills to 0.5 or 1 as I think it may have been less of a surprise. I have seen other posts recently around stretching, but not read them as I haven't felt that I needed them.....until now. I was thinking that stretching before would be better, but the sticky link for stretching is after running. Are there any other stretches for before running, or will the ones for after work just as well?
I will try again on Tuesday. Hopefully my hubby will come with me and ride along on his bike. It'll be good as I've had the TV to distract me with the hard parts previously
Wish me luck!