Couch to 5K
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Suggestions/Tips week 1 run 2

Hi all,

Just joined this group! I’m after some help, I’m not the fittest of people but recently started the gym & im now trying the couch to 5k!

I have completed week 1, run 1 & 2 but I found run 2 a lot harder than run 1, my calf’s are killing me, I complete stretchers before & after.

Does anybody have any tips? It would be very much appreciated.

Thanks

Chloe

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The only thing I would suggest is slowing down and making sure you're having your rest days between runs - you may want to take an extra day of rest

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Yeah I think jogged a little faster than what I should of done, I left 2 days between run 1 and 2, so I’ll try leaving an extra day on between, thank you!!

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Go slow, be progressive. Don't kill yourself over it. Its a long long journey, so take your time. Keep doing exercises, something or the other. You can do cream/oil massage of your calves to get them back in shape.

I have been running half/full marathon for last 8 years. My simple principle is to listen to your body. Don't ignore pain. If its minor it may go away. If it doesnt go away means, your body is trying to tell you something. Always go with the flow. Stretch a little bit, but don't over stress.

All the best :)

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Great, thank you!! I think I was over doing it a little when it was the 1 minute jog, I’ll slow it down on run 3!

Thank you for your advice 😁😁

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I’m currently one run behind you. Keeping my fingers crossed for run 2 🤞

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Good luck with yours! It is enjoyable. 😁🏃🏼‍♀️

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First off - a couple of obvious pointers - were you rested enough? And have you hydrated properly? Check out the pinned posts and the FAQS because they will signpost you to the recommended stretches.

Also be wary of the ‘adrenaline rush’ - it’s so easy to rush off early on with enthusiasm and it catches up with you later.

think glacial pace - that will hold you in good stead. Slow running is cool running, that will build your stamina and endurance equally.

Good luck and happy running for your new running life

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Thank you, some helpful tips!

After reading everyone’s comment, I think I may need to slow it down a little, as it is catching up to soon.

I left 2 days in between, I’m going to also try leaving more between run 2 & 3!

I will check out them FAQs now!

Thank you very much!!!

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yes in my first week, I went off like a racehorse (actually I'm nothing like a racehorse lol), I slowed it down to a literal snail pace. Secondly I started doing a warm up and stretches before and after the runs and that has helped

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That sounds like me! What warm ups did you do?

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healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Welcome:)

Check this link out, it has a lot of useful advice:) Calf exercise will be helpful...and slow down...try to land lightly too...it is a great habit to start...:)

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Ah perfect I was looking for a link! 😁 thank you!!

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Slow down.

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