Dead legs week 2 day 1 (postponed) :(

So after postponing it due to being ill yesterday I dragged my heavy bum out with my twins about 4 this afternoon.

WORST run yet! From the offset my legs were like burning lead even the warm up walk was nearly bringing tears to my eyes! I only managed about 3 of the full 1.5 mins of jogging, the others I managed nearly a minute and had to walk the as the burn in my calves was awful :(

I did the shortest distance since starting and my runs were slower than my average walks :( feeling a little disheartened BUT happy that I made myself go!

I don't know why I felt so bad, was it the different route, different companionship, time of day ( usually go in the morning), the fact I was ill yesterday, lack of fuel ( not eaten all day as I was too busy) or a combination of all the factors......

Day off tommorow to pick myself back up, and off for a bubble bath to soothe my aching legs 😞


Featured Content

Join the NHS Couch to 5K community

Couch to 5K has been designed to get you off the couch and running 5km in just 9 weeks

Start today!

Featured by HealthUnlocked

23 Replies

oldest β€’ newest
  • Hi Tichy

    I'm no expert but would think its a combination of everything. Being ill yesterday and eating nothing today is no good for the poor old body when you're trying to get it doing this running thing.

    I would give yourself a couple of days rest to let your body recover, eat well, sleep well and drink plenty of water. Then get out and enjoy the run, remember slow, slow and slower.

    You can do it just remember to look after the body. Just like a car it needs TLC and fuel.

  • Feeling ill yesterday, not eating, dehydration maybe (if you didn't eat did you drink?). Enoy your bubble bath and your day off!

  • Be kind to yourself Titchy! You were ill yesterday and you hadn't eaten all day today - so it's not surprising that it was tough. Because you're a mum and used to just getting on with life, it's easy to take yourself for granted. Sounds like a little TLC is needed - not dragging around a pair of reluctant 11 year olds!

    Give yourself a rest. Treat today's run as a 'practice' (wisdom from Irish-John ). Go out when you're fully recovered and have eaten! There is no time pressure - providing you don't give up, you WILL get there! It may take longer than 9 weeks but it is worth it.

    Forget the kids - we're all coming with you on your next runs, but you'll need to be going REALLY slowly or we won't play....

    Keep us posted!

  • Love this post! A practise is exactly what it was. I know I can jog for a minute and a half even when I'm struggling so that in itself is a good thing even if it didn't go to plan lol. Definitley think a morning is better for me and I'll make sure I fuel myself next time too lol. All a big learning curve lol.

  • Reasons for your bad run? Probably a bit of all of the above!

    You did very, very well under those circumstances. You got yourself off the couch and you ran. Not the full session, but that's no big deal. You can just repeat it another day when you haven't been feeling poorly, when you have eaten well, etc. and it will be much better.

  • I think you are going great! You got off the couch even though you weren't feeling tip top ! Well done! We have all had 'practice runs' and had to learn to rest too. I also think the hydration really helps. Remember to drink plenty water even on your rest days!!!

  • Ooo Titchy21 don't be disheartened. we are twinnies. Same names and both on week 2 and both looking for a bath to ease our aches and pains. Chin up. You can do it xx

  • Haha titch121 think ppl will be getting us mixed up lol. I had a lovely bath and my legs feel a little better πŸ˜‰ I'm going to move on to w2d2 on Thursday regardless of today's efforts if it's no better then I will think of repeating it for a few more sessions before moving on to wk 3.

  • That's the fighting spirit. I had a dreadful W1 R3 but put it behind me and pushed on to week 2. Good luck for Thursday. Us Titch's need to stick together.

    Ps how titchy are you. I'm 5 foot 2 when I wear 3 inch heels πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

  • Haha I think you win....just! I'm 5 foot and quarter of an inch... Barefoot lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    I always like to think I don't have a weight problem lol, if I was a foot taller I'd be perfect πŸ˜‰

  • Every time I see your post I think it's my post. πŸ˜€

    If I take my shoes off and I'm having a bad hair day so my hair is sticking up I can just make it to nearly 5 foot but in reality I'm 4 foot 11

    Imagine how many more steps we take than tall people with long legs no wonder we tire easily πŸ€”

    Luckily I don't have a weight problem. I'm one of those annoying people who can eat what I want when I want and my Weight doesn't change.

  • Haha I'm jealous lol I just have to sniff something and I gain a stone lol. I'm hoping by getting fitter and being more active I might actually be able to eat what I sniff πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    My friend has just started week one and is running nearly 1 km more than me, short legs have a lot to answer for lol, we have to run much harder to hit 5 k lol, there should be a special medal for short ppl lol.


  • One of you is definitely going to have to upload a photo on your profile - otherwise we've got no chance of telling you apart! Great that you've both chosen more or less the same names!

  • Aha the Titchy twins! I WAS confused. Great that you're both at the same level and can spur each other on. It's great to have a running buddy. Don't forget Titchy, that you can take extra rest days. Especially after being ill an extra day's rest can work wonders. Good luck for the next run :)

  • So - you ran with twins, while still feeling the after effects (or still actually in the throes of) yesterdays illness, on a different route, at a different time, half-starved and having to adjust your pace to other runners with you.

    And you are embarrassed apparently that you felt bad...

    Bloody hell - they should have a special Graduation medal made just for you! That is True Grit even though it really is not a great idea to go out when feeling under those less-than-optimal conditions.

    Next time I find that I am a wee bit reluctant to go out the door on my Running day I will remember this :)

  • Aw Irish-John thank you. Your words mean a lot! I definitely wouldn't have won any medals if you had seen me huffing puffing and nearly crying lol. The twins didn't make me change my pace but I did get a bit stressed with one when he kept asking me stupid questions while I was trying to focus on a pace during a jog!

    " mum if a dwarf person and a normal person have babies does one leg grow long and one leg stay short on their babies?" Is an example of such questionning! ( no insult intended for anyone reading this, it is a genuine question my 11 year old child asked!) I did have to kindly ask he didn't speak to me while jogging, only during the walking bit and then had to remind him that Google could answer his questions better than me as his randomness continued!

    I am not going to let this put me off, I'll take the positives of I CAN jog ( slowly) for 1.5 mins and therefore I WILL get through week 2 eventually even if I do repeat a couple of days.....ill see how days 2 and 3 go!

    Tommorow I just have the general throws of housework etc standing before me, so I'm going to drink plenty of water, eat well and rest. Then first thing Thursday go out again for run 2. I will unfortunately have to take the twins again, however I'm planning on sorting music out AND giving them rules of not talking to me during the jog phase lol.

    Thank you once again to everyone who has taken the time to support me 😘

  • " mum if a dwarf person and a normal person have babies does one leg grow long and one leg stay short on their babies?" - yes dear, but only if they live on the side of a hill and only go one way around the hill all the time. Which is why Irish John's children tend not to ask him anything. :)

    Do take it easy though - the stress and tension we all seem to run with in the early days is pretty much. I've found the 'Slow down...and then slow down some more ' actually has so little effect on my 'speed' as to be negligible - but it sure as heck buys me a LOT more time.

    NONE of us here are going to win the Boston Marathon - but a heck of a lot of us have a lot more fun than what the people who do look like they are having :)

    Stamina - that is what you will gain. When you ARE running for thirty minutes you can decide then if you want to add speed or distance or whatever.

    What the payoff of taking it 'slow and steady' and trusting this programme and realiseing its NOT about '5k in nine weeks' it' about running for 30 minutes no matter how long it takes or how many times you have to repeat stages (just like us)

    The pay off of sticking iwth it will be having that choice of 'do I want faster? Further? 10K? half Marathon? Marathon...."instead of 'I wish I could run...'

    Hang in there - you WILL run a long way, Baby ;)

  • Thank you Irish-John, that makes more sense than you know! Oh and that answer is brilliant, my son and you would get on well! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • My nephews and Nieces, they don't call me 'Evil Uncle John' for nothin' around this 'ere Manor. Maybe I shouldn't have convinced them years ago that Casper is actually the ghost of a happy little farm boy who was murdered around the back of a barn by a psychotic Avon Lady... ;)

  • I am soooo glad I didnt realise I hadnt pressed submit reply last night. First of all because I decided in my head you were 21 ( hence the user name Titchy21 ) I decided your twins were babies in a twin buggy and I was in absolute awe thinking you had pushed a buggy round with you on your run. then when I re-read it and saw it said your heavy bum and your twins I deleted my reply about the pushchair because I randomly thought you meant your twins were your boobs seeing as they were in the same sentence as your bum. I would of been so red faced today if my reply had been submitted.

    P.s my user name doesnt make me 121. Its my door number (Im 58, mother of 5 and grandmother of 6)

    PPS does anyone else have problems pressing submit reply. Sometimes I dont realise it hasnt worked until the message comes up saying if you leave this page your changes will be lost.

  • πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I wish you had pressed summit I would have been in stitches lol. No I was 21 when I got the nickname and the username has stuck since! I probably should update it to titchy36 but I'm young at heart lol ☺️☺️ haha I might as well call my boobies twins due to the size of them, but alas I was talking about my two youngest children that are nearly 11 lol.

  • Sorry to hear how you struggled. It probably was a combination of all the things you listed. Go easy on yourself, give yourself time to feel well again and feel proud that your setback hasn't put you off. You'll do better once you are well, hydrated and rested.

  • Hi Titchy, well done. It may not have gone as well as you liked but you gave it your best and that is all anyone can do. Our bodies aren't machines and you have little ones which is tiring too. Put the run down to experience and learn that you can still do it when feeling ill and how much better you will do when you are feeling on top form. Well done for not giving in :)

    When my legs are tired I lie with my feet in the air, propped up on the wall or the back of the sofa. Hope you find relief whatever you do

You may also like...