Hello Lovely Runners,
Having completed C25K and B210K I've started running to my own plan which has been something like this in a week;
1 30 minute session of steps/ hills/ intervals
1 short run 5/6/7 Km
1 long run which gets 1 Km longer every week (currently at 15 Km)
The last week or two I've been feeling like my legs never fully recover between runs. Nothing is particularly wrong in terms of twinges or pain, they just generally feel a little tight, particularly in the calf area, and it takes them a little while to loosen up at the start of my next run. I've had no injury problems at all since starting running in March and apart from one festival where I went around a week without running I haven't taken a break. I never do anything particular to look after my legs (no foam rolling!) and I must admit I keep warm up/ down walks to a minimum. I don't know if it's the increasing distance or the bounding up and down hills and railway bridges that's causing the problem.
Anyway, yesterday I went to play tennis with my boyfriend and found I was hobbling about. Because it was sporadic movement rather than a run my calves never seemed to loosen up and ached dully for the whole game. It was then I decided I need to sort this out.
I'm thinking of just (sharp intake of breath!) not running. At least until the weekend in the hope my legs will be back to feeling fresh. Has anyone experiences this? Is it a good plan/ bad plan and will it impact on my progress? (My main goal is to run a HM distance before Christmas so no huge hurry).
Should I buy a foam roller thing or do something else?
Should I take to doing my short run on grass where possible?
Do I need to be taking longer cool down walks?