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Doing more damage than good?

This is my 3rd attempt at running this year, all with this app. A bout of the flu and recurring pain in front right thigh has resulted in “resting and recovering.” I admit I am 2 stone overweight and unfit. My pain having gone and having monthly massages and daily stretching for really tight muscles in legs - I tried again this evening. The pain in my calves from the warm up was not good but when I started the 90 second run (snail place) the pain reduced me to tears. Am I in danger of seriously doing damage?

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not unless you have a preexisting condition. Why not try doing a few weeks of brisk walking to build up to the runs. Then do 30 second intervals and build up to 45, 70 etc.

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I would encourage doing slow build up of brisk (and I mean brisk!) walking starting from 5-10min (depending how you would feel) in 1st week, 15-20min for 2nd week and 25-30min in 3rd week. When your legs and lungs adjust to regular exercises and strengthen considerably, then start with runs. As Rignold suggested maybe with shorter times.

Good luck! You can do it!

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If it is that painful...go and get it checked out... by a Sports Physio if possible.

We are not experts but running through or with pain is not an option :)

The runs will wait :)

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I'm so sorry you're having a hard time of it 😕 the general rule is that aches are normal, expected, but you shouldn't try to run through actual pain, time to see the doc or a physio as Oldfloss suggests. I hope a root cause is found, but in the mean time, getting out there walking for half an hour will be good both for your physical and mental health. Keep us posted

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I think you should have it checked out, as Oldfloss says. Until then you won't actually know whether you're doing real damage. Good luck!

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Keep your hopes high and your smile on your face. Keep posting! We are here for you!

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Hi, did you decide if you book an physio appointment or try walking first? Or maybe both things?

Stay positive!

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Hi, IgaT - sports Physio on Monday, long 10 mile leisurely walk today, I’ll let you know how it goes

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Good to hear that you're active :) 10 mile long walk sounds like a very nice hike :) I hoped you enjoyed it without any pain.

Glad that you're going to be taken care by a professional :)

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