Firstly let me start by saying I am no runner. Never have been, never will be, especially now I am Rapidly approaching 50, 6ft 4 and very much the wrong side of 20st.
But what I have done 32 times up to today is shuffle round Park Run, painfully slowly but without too much pain to me.
Yes sure it hurts at the time, my legs & feet ache, I need heart and lung surgery when I cross the finish line and occasionally an ankle or knee will give me jip but nothing that limits my enjoyment of the rest of the weekend.
Today on the other hand I visited a new Park Run which was on pavement rather than my usual soft forest floor. Well right now I am laying on my bed watching Eurovision, my left ankle is sore, the same knee is swollen, my back is killing me in my lumber region, my neck hurts as do my shoulders!
I guess what I am trying to say is, if you have recently starting running and something hurts, that shouldn't really be a surprise. Listen to your body, adapt to it, think about how and where you are running and make sure your trainers are giving you the cushioning you need.
After all that, stop finding reasons not to, get on with this program, go and find your nearest Park Run (now! Not when you have graduated) and reap the benefits.
Week 5 here I come, kicking and screaming as ever.
have a great weekend all, God bless