Hello :-)

Hi everyone, I have been lurking :-) and have found your posts and advice very useful. I began Week 1 on Monday and did my third 30 mins yesterday, I think it went okay apart from painful shins which felt worse on the walking part of the 30 minutes. Is this just par for the course or is there anything you can do to help this? I have not run for a few years, well since school actually and that was a good wee while ago! Look forward to reading more of your posts which will hopefully help me on the way :-)


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  • Well done for finishing week 1! Starting off is definitely the biggest decision. Not sure for advice on shins, though I've seen people posting on here about using foam rollers so it might be worth looking into that if it carries on being a problem.

    This site is an excellent one to help keep you motivated, especially if like when I started, you don't know anyone else who runs. I found that there was always someone to cheer me on and answer any random questions that crop up.

    Hope week 2 goes well for you! :)

  • Thank you :-) Will have a look at foam rollers if it continues. It seem a really supportive site and advice is always useful when you are starting out.

  • I think that we all had some aches and pains when we started especially if your body is not used to thins running lark!! I groaned like an old man for a few days and then my legs sort of got used to this new activity although it still moans a bit!! Of course you don't want to injure yourself.... so take it easy and well done for starting the plan.... beware though....it gets addictive!!!

  • I think you are right, its probably just the shock of doing some exercise lol

  • Hi, ive just started too! my shins are hurting as well and haven't run for over 10 years :) did 4 mile walk with running on Wednesday, but I think im gonna need to repeat this week for a couple of weeks, just to get myself used to it.

  • Hi :) I have had same aches in the beginning, leaving one or sometimes two days rest is very helpful

    I found some weeks challenging but if you finish the run, you can challenge yourself and try to move on to the one after

    Happy running :)

  • Well done for starting too :-) That's the good thing we can just take it at our own pace and repeat a week if we don't feel ready to move on. Look forward to hearing how you get on with your journey.

  • Sorry your reply is below it seemed to go in the wrong place! Zeinab thanks for the advice, I was planning Mon, Weds and Fri but if you are feeling a bit achey (like my shins) maybe an extra rest day would be beneficial :-)

  • Good luck on your next run! Yeah just like others said take an extra day of rest if it still aches. You will be fine!

  • Thank you :-)

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