Not so Bad!: Following my last post, I decided... - Couch to 5K

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Not so Bad!

SarahBrown
SarahBrownGraduate

Following my last post, I decided to give myself a complete rest day yesterday, no 30 minute walk, nothing. Felt so lazy!! This morning I went back to my old trainers, and with rested legs, began my run!! My intention was just to do 5 or 10 minutes, it instead my legs wanted to do more and more. Unbelievable, considering the amount of trouble I had following my last run. So today I actually ran further and longer than I ever have and was virtually pain free. 35 minutes and also nearly reaching that 5k.

The trainers 👟 definitely played a part in helping me through, but is it also psychological? In my head I knew my legs were well rested and that I was running in trainers that I have always felt comfortable in.

Gait analysis is definitely my next plan of action before new trainers.

I feel so happy 😁!

8 Replies
oldestnewest

Well done! What a lovely feeling - and all it took was an extra rest day. We’ll have to remember that next time :)

John_W
John_WAmbassador

We all learn a lot on this journey. Question: how many times a weeks had you been running? Had you not had complete rest days before?

SarahBrown
SarahBrownGraduate
in reply to John_W

There is so much to learn!! My rest days were walking days and I ran three times a week. I got to a point during consolidation whereby I wasn’t sure what was going on with my legs. I did the whole program pain free with just a few calf problems here and there and then all of a sudden, unbearable calf pain.

I changed trainers which didn’t help the situation, but I thought they would be good for me. They weren’t as they put my feet in what I believe was the wrong position for me, hence the calf pain. So I have gone back to my old trainers and will get a gait analysis done in the new year.

I still intend to run three times a week and do the walking in between, but I’m going to try two shorter runs and one at around 35 minutes to see what happens.

Still so much to learn!!

John_W
John_WAmbassador
in reply to SarahBrown

From what you've posted, it *does* sound like the new shoes were/are very much part of the problem - 3 runs a week in itself should be fine. Footwear is CRUCIAL. IF your old trainers were fine, why not get the same model again?

SarahBrown
SarahBrownGraduate
in reply to John_W

My old trainers are unbranded, no idea where they even came from!! The reason why I wanted to get new ones was because they have absolutely no cushioning at all and I was worried about joint injuries as the running was progressing. I have tried so many other trainers that I already have at home but keep going back to the same old ones!! It seems that as soon as I put different ones on, the pain is almost immediate. Anything with a high, cushioned instep inside automatically gives me calf pain. I guess it’s the position of the foot inside the trainer? I have definitely learned from this experience and your comments are definitely correct. Thank you!

John_W
John_WAmbassador
in reply to SarahBrown

Sounds like gait analysis will be useful - get yourself to a well regarded local running shop and explain exactly what's been going. I suspect you need very simple 'neutral' shoes, i.e. ones with no correction. But beware, that any needs shoes might need some getting used - breaking-in etc.

Good luck!

SarahBrown
SarahBrownGraduate
in reply to John_W

Thank you for your advice. I will post how I get on. X

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

The rest will have had you ready to go... but I don’t doubt at all that the shoes played a huge part in the comfort of the run... consign those others to non-running I think. If they’re comfortable and cushioned they’ll be great for rest days!

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