Painful cramp during Wk3 run 2 - help! - Couch to 5K

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Painful cramp during Wk3 run 2 - help!

Gomango
Gomango

Hi I was really enjoying the program and on my 2nd run of week 3 when I suffered a painful cramp in my left lower calf, which has now laid me off running for over a week. I’m itching to get going again but not sure where to pick up the program. Should I go back to week 2? Cramp was always something I’ve suffered in the past when attempting running which is why I was so determined to follow C25K to avoid doing too much too soon.

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Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Ouch... makes sure you are warming up really well...

Some useful tips here maybe?

runnersconnect.net/muscle-c...

Maybe start Week 2 again... have you checked out this post... particularly the section on stretching after running:)

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Gomango
Gomango
in reply to Oldfloss

Many thanks for this Oldfloss, there’s a huge amount of info within your reply. After reading I’m going to go the following: 1. Go back to Wk2 and slow down, 2. Improve my hydration to include electrolytes as I sweat considerably when running, 3. Improve stretching, 4. Try different shoes as my old Merryls are a bit on the heavy side. Thanks again 😊

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to Gomango

Take it gently and I feel you may see things improve:) Keep posting please:)

Gomango
Gomango
in reply to Oldfloss

Yep I’ll be sure to slow down and let you know how I get on

Nothing else helpful to add except hi 👋 and good luck with the rest of the programme! Nice to see actual faces! Keep us updated with how you get on! 😀

Thanks, I’m looking forward to getting back to it next week

Gran4z
Gran4zGraduate
in reply to Gomango

Sounds like you've got it under control, best wishes. In this heat plenty of fluids, and the added electrolytes is a good way forward. Good luck, and enjoy 😎

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