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6-7 minutes of ouch and then OK

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Does anyone else suffer from this ? For the first 5 minutes or so, plus a bit more, when running various bits of my anatomy compete to see which is hurting the most (today it was right foot and right knee and the lungs weren't too happy either). My inner couch potato complains vociferously. After this it eases and I'm basically OK. I just completed week 7 and once over the pain barrier I was fine for the rest of the 25 mins. I wonder is this the reason I always hated sport at school - I never made it past the ouch threshold? :)

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Following this post to see what replies come in.... as it sounds like we’re built from the same cloth on this one. My legs feel like dead weights after a 3 minute run (just completed W3R3) and definitely apprehensive about starting W4 tomorrow with a 5 minute run in the middle....!

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JulesAllostockGraduate in reply to AlphaExecDave

Exactly, the worst run I did was an 8 minute one where I thought I'd have to stop at 7 min 30 seconds. I gave myself a stern talking to, "Keep the legs going for another 30 seconds." and I did. All other runs 10, mins up to 25min so far have been much better once over this threshold.

Same here, I feel awkward and stiff when I start then loosen up and settle into a rhythm once I've been plodding along for a while. Did w5r1 today, 3x 5min runs, each one was easier than the previous one.

I'm actually looking forward to the 20min run on Saturday 😁

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cheekychipmunksGraduate in reply to F4TMAN

Same here! Did my W5R1 yesterday, and each 5 minute run got progressively easier. My 20-minuter is on Friday. Good luck with yours!

You too!

I know my first 5 minutes of running my body finds some sort of pain, but goes away pretty fast. Personally I thinks it’s all in my head and my body trying to get me to stop. My only advice is to ignore it and keep going.

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Google toxic 10. Part of the answer is there.

How fast is your warm up walk? It may be that your bits and bobs need a slightly faster or longer warm up to get you going?

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JulesAllostockGraduate in reply to Jay66UK

Thanks 🙂

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EL82Graduate in reply to Jay66UK

Good tip, I might try a longer warm up this week as first couple of minutes do seem a bit more effort.

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JulesAllostockGraduate in reply to Jay66UK

I'll try this

☝️Yup toxic 10 😣. I’ve found by starting off slowly and maintaining that for first KM sorts the problem.

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JulesAllostockGraduate in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Thanks v much

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