Last night I completed W1R2. During the first run I struggled and didn’t know how I would do it again, but I did. And it was easier. I was advised by my doctor not to run on tarmac so I found a field but I ran in the dark which I guess comes with it’s own challenges - obstacles, uneven footing and lack of light so I swapped to the pavement halfway through. I now need to scout out a softer running surface that is well lit.
W1r2: Last night I completed W1R2. During the... - Couch to 5K
Thanks for taking the time to post. I’ve tried machines in the past and get bored very easily. We do have a river near by but it is not lit at all. The other option is that we have a running track near us but I feel a bit self- conscious. Maybe when I’ve been at it a bit longer I’ll have the confidence to run there.
Just read your reply to Oldfloss and I wonder if the advice takes into account the availability of "proper" running shoes? I'm not sure that there's a huge difference between grass and tarmac if you have the correct shoes. Obviously I'm not an expert, but Mrs Sparky has fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis and has received different advice from different health professionals. So a second opinion may be worth while.
Does Mrs Sparky run and if so does she notice any difference? I also have a mild form of Spina Bifida (Spina Bifida Occulta) and have received differing points of view as to whether this is the root cause of my back pain or not so I do understand that there are various opinions. I do have two pairs of running trainers and when I’m more confident will look into running gait. I’m seeing my physiotherapist in a couple of weeks so will ask his opinion too. He has always been supportive of my dream to run and we were waiting for an improvement in my pain levels but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon so I decided to bite the bullet and get on with it.
No, sadly Mrs Sparky finds even walking a short way difficult and uses a rollator. She has had conflicting advice about exercise and even the experts don't always agree. A gait analysis and the right shoes may help you but could be quite expensive and if you can't carry on with the programme would be a waste. Perhaps just walking would be possible until you see your physio.