Hi everyone I started the couch to 5k at the beginning of the month and I'm currently at the end of week 3. I've done all my runs on the treadmill so far, as the gym is a 5min walk from my office and I wanted to have no excuses. Whilst I feel good at my progress and like going to the gym I've tried twice to do a run outside and failed both times. It's a lot harder than the treadmill and my legs started hurting on the first run for both so much so that I gave up and then went back to the treadmill.
Whilst I'm happy to carry on the treadmill ultimately I want to do some park runs once I complete the c25k program. Has anyone else started on the treadmill and managed to successfully transition to outside? Should I just keep going on the treadmill to increase my stamina etc and hope that my legs will be fine outside in a few weeks as they'll be more used to running? I'm aware that weeks 4 and 5 seem to be the hardest so I'm reluctant to try another run outside only to fail again.
Guess I'm just looking for some reassurance that it was just that my legs weren't fully used to running and thats why they hurt so much and the further along I get in the programme it will beomce easier?