Well I had a little wobble last week (Wk4) but have kept going out and ran W5 R2 on Wednesday. I feel like I'm making excuses but whichever 5k route I pick, there's always one big (to me) hill or several long uphill bits. So I went out on R2 and still, within the first 8 minute run, my shins feels achey and my lower leg feels heavy. I then get to the second jogging section, which starts halfway up a hill and by the time I got to the top, my legs felt so ploddy and my breathing was so heavy that I struggled to continue on the flat (to complete my next section). I ended up coming back to walk 1.5 mins short of the planned time. Now I know that one failed run isnt an issue, but I just feel like my lower legs hate running and right from the off pretty much, it's so hard on them. Every time I get near the hills, it drains me so much that I'm out of breath and too lethargic to complete the next bit, even though that's on the flat.
I went out with my husband for this run (which might not have helped), and he tried motivating me to get to the top of the hill and then said "you can relax a bit now we're on the flat" but after the hill, I feel too exhausted to continue and my lower legs aren't feeling much stronger yet. Is everyone still finding it really hard and have aching legs almost as soon as they start? It's almost like my lower legs tighten up as soon as I break into a jog and it just gets progressively harder until the hill section finishes me off.
I'm just wondering if I'm doing something drastically wrong? I'm going very slow, even though I have been power walking at virtually the same speed for years and over long distances, so I should be fairly fit. I'm making a conscious effort to remain upright and not slouch. I never feel anything in my thighs or bum (where i hoped it would target), it's just all in my calves and shins.
As I hadn't completed the run on a Wednesday, I attempted the same one today as I feel I'm way off a 20 min run on this route. I drove to a flat lake so that I was almost making it a bit easier but within 20 seconds, my legs were tight and I felt like I was dragging my legs. I did one lap (only 1.5 miles) but walked nearly all of it. Each attempt to run only lasted 10/20 seconds before my legs gave in.
I feel so demoralised as today, I feel less fit than I did on Wk1 and being able to run 5k was such a goal for me that it has really upset me.
What is making it worse is that I have worked hard to lose 3 stone this year and exercise has been helping to maintain this. I've been doing spinning classes and regular long power walks. Since starting this programme though, I haven't felt able to do anything more than a gentle stroll on my rest days as when I have been cycling or walked too quickly, or even done an aerobic class, I'm then too tired in my lower legs to run the following day. This has meant that most weeks, I'm only getting 6/9 of light jogging in and perhaps another 5 miles of walking and the weight is creeping back on. I don't want to cut my calories and then find I've got less energy for running, but it still a vicious circle. I'm also concerned that my cycling fitness and just general fitness is disappearing since I haven't done anything much for a month.
I'm so close to giving up because I feel I must be doing something wrong or my lower legs just aren't working as they're supposed to. I will feel so disappointing to not complete it though, so I'm desperate to not give up. I just can't gain the weight again and I'm hardly getting any exercise, despite my lower legs feeling so achey.
Any help or advice would be really helpful. X