So, I'll start with the good news: I've completed my W1R3. I haven't yet managed to run for the full 8 minutes, but each time I've ran I've made more and more progress each time. This time, I ran for 6.5 minutes, with one lot of thirty seconds' running forfeited simply because I had to re-tie my shoelace.
The problem I'm having is with my calf muscles. In short, they feel like they're made of rocks. I feel it primarily down the front of my shins when I'm running, albeit it's spread now to well... everywhere. I stretch as soon as I get home, but I'll admit -- not for very long. Normally, I'm too preoccupied with flopping down onto my sofa, ha.
In between running days, I walk a lot. Yesterday, for instance, I walked for 11km at a leisurely pace, and eventually managed to 'walk off' the tightness, only for it to return the second I started running again today.
I'm also concerned that maybe it's my 'running style', because I'm pretty sure the way I run is the only way I know how, and it's well, a very slow shuffle. Like, very slow. Plus, the more tired I get, the more I tend to hardly pick my feet up off the floor -- or so it seems. I'm really hoping that's not what is adding extra strain onto my lower legs.
Does anyone have any advice? Is it simply that I should stretch more? If so, how can I focus the attention on my calves to alleviate their suffering?