Hello all you brilliant people out there who fill my life with endless interest and information with your posts! I have a daft question.
I today completed w7r2 25 mins, and like thousands before me am agog that I can do it, even if it is a struggle. My question is this: for me the struggle is not so much a difficulty in continuing to put one foot in front of the other as the minutes tick by, it's the fact my legs don't feel strong enough to repeatedly take the weight on the landing leg; it takes massive determination to keep going simply because I feel they are going to give way because it feels like my weight plus the landing force is too much on one leg at a time and they really struggle to take it. And if I catch the ground wrong and miss my stride I feel I might fall over! (I run slightly muddy woodland tracks). The performance of my heart and lungs has massively improved during the programme and breathing is now steady and I guess effective enough, but my legs haven't improved, they still feel weak, and when i stop running feel kind of rubbery and almost disconnected as I do my cool down walk!
So, do I need to do squats or something as well as run? Does running get your heart and lungs fitter but not your legs stronger?
For information I'm 5.7 and 11 stone 12 last weigh in, heading for 10 stone 7. I'm hoping that the weight loss will help. I have quite a strenuous job and also ride a horse so do rather feel I need my rest days, but if squats are required then so be it. I don't have time to go to the gym, so any home based activity suggestions are very welcome!