Really enjoying reading people's posts on here! I'm new to this all but it's lovely to see how everyone is progressing!
I've been doing C25K since August and have been taking it carefully because, in the past, no matter how fit I was, running would always damage my knee tendons and I'd be hobbling for a week (this despite being a fitness kickboxing trainer!). I never thought I'd be able to run until I started this programme and I'm so impressed with how it helps you become a runner.
Anyway... I've been fine until Week 5. I've been doing this week for around four weeks now because while I can cope aerobically with the runs, I've been getting a weird pain in my left thigh, towards the top, nearer the groin. When I run I don't feel it at all but when I slow down for the cool down it immediately seems to seize up and feel stiff. I've tried stretching as well as doing the warm up and cool down walk but it's made no difference. I still managed to run the Day 2 run and managed Day 3 too but the second time I attempted W5D3, I could feel it getting uncomfy near the end and then, when I got home, it became very painful, even when resting. The pain went from the groin right down to the knee so I assumed it was a pulled quad muscle.
I took a week off (just walking and a bit of cycling, although that made it worse) and went for a run on Sunday - W5D1. It felt great to be running again but the stiff muscle was STILL there! (At the top again.) Anyone else had this and any ideas how to get beyond this niggling point? It's really irritating me now as I am - shock horror - actually enjoying my running!