I graduated a couple of months ago and am still finding things very difficult. I had problems with my calves at the beginning but that seemed to disappear very soon. Now it's back with avengance. I have had to stop twice because the pain was unbearable. Before, the pain was more towards the top of my calves but now it is near the bottom. Any advice?
Calves giving up again: I graduated a couple of... - Couch to 5K
That’s best! It really is. As you get stronger with SLOW running your pace will pick up. It takes a while to build running legs, and they’re achieved with slow running and rest days. Cross training is a good idea. Walk more! Swim, cycle, etc etc Do the calf exercises and make sure you have the correct Shoes! 😃
I suggest taking 2-3 of days rest before yoir next run. If you're running a 5k consistently along the same route, you may be over challenging yourself too often too similarly. A short break can do us the world of good and allow us to fully recover amd strengthen.
I suggest a short break. Your next run do intervals, i.e. running fast for 60 secs, then slow running for 60 secs. Do a mile or 2. Next run, do hill training. The run after, do a 5k very slowly. There are the c25k+ podcasts which are a good next step after graduating. Have you tried those?