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Week 1 Run 2

Thanks to everyone who replied to my first post - your responses really spurred me on. I was a bit apprehensive about doing W1R2 this morning as I wondered if run 1 was a one off....

However managed all 8 runs today with Laura. First 3 were fine, 4 and 5 harder and started singing on 6,7 and 8, - mostly singing in defiance of my legs telling me they couldn't do anymore :-) and me telling myself that I WOULD NOT give up.....and I did it - and I finished smiling :-)

Getting aches in my calves to start with which eases after 10 mins or so but getting a lot of pain on outside of right lower leg which eases on the 60 sec run but comes back on walking.

Wondering if it's shoes? Haven't invested in any yet - wearing old and not supportive trainers and running on trail paths - no real safe road options here. Happy to get some before my next run.

Any suggestions or advice welcome?

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It may well be the shoes. I suggest you get your gait analysed at a running shop and see what trainers are right for you. The right trainers will make a massive difference to your running. I had my gait analysed on a previous attempt at running so started C25K with the right shoes and did all 9 weeks with no leg/foot related problems. Breathing was another matter!! Be kind to yourself and if you have any pain allow yourself another rest day. Good luck!

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Are you stretching? Also, you could try a foam roller or rolling pin on your calves. You can also self massage this area while you're sitting on the sofa. I do this often and it's amazing how much it eases tight muscles. You need to dig deep and get in there. It hurts but it will ease the more you do it.

And if you can it is really worth investing in proper shoes.

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As her maj' Irishprincess says.. if you can.. invest in shoes.. the track running really calls for them!

Well done you.. great determination showing here :) Plus.. you finished smiling! Bonus!

Onwards and upwards... :)

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Thanks 😀

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Go slow

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Haha. Good advice. I am prone to going for it a bit too much. Thanks

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Slow and steady is the way. Stretch after runs and getting fitted with proper shoes for your running style can be the key to avoiding injury.

Good luck!

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Well done on completing the run 😊if you can invest on getting the right shoes that would be good ☺

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I agree with all of the above - get proper shoes, go slow and stretch. If the new shoes don't fit in your budget, going slowly and stretching will get you quite far.

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