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Wk 6 run 3 - leg pain, had to stop now feeling disappointed

I’ve been reading posts on here for a while but this is the first time I have posted. Things have been going really well up until today. Each run has been challenging but this is the first I have failed to finish. Within 5 minutes of running the pain in my lower legs was building. By 10 minutes in, it felt awful and I eventually stopped after 13 minutes running. I didn’t feel tired just in pain. I then hobbled home almost in tears. It’s now 2 hours later and my legs still don’t feel completely right. I’m not sure what to do. I’ve never had anything like this before. Over the past 6 years I’ve completed the plan twice. Last year I ran a 10k but stopped running in September. I restarted again 6 weeks ago and I’ve felt fine. Now I feel a bit panicked that I’ve done something that means I might have to stop. Should I try this run again on Thursday or give my legs more time to recover? Advice gratefully received.

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It happens. Running is an injury prone sport. So firstly you did the right thing by stopping. Trying to run through pain is always a bad idea. Next you need sufficient rest to recover, as long as it takes. Then start again a bit slower and see how it goes. But don't worry about it. A few days longer doesn't matter. I did week 2 for weeks.

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Go get it checked out, by a sports physio, if rest and exercise do not cause improvement... we are not medical experts...Don't run.. and try some simple leg exercises and rest up too :)

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So sorry to read about your run. I hope you recover and get back to running soon. Good luck.

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I can't offer advice, but totally get what has been said above, esp consulting a sports physio. Had to myself following a knee injury while skiing and the strengthening exercises were brilliant. I do want to wish you a speedy recovery though instead. 😀

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If it’s still continuing tomorrow see GP. Hopefully it’s less painful now 🙂

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