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SeeJillRun
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Today felt harder than Sunday’s R1, not sure if I pushed myself a bit too hard or I’m more tired cos of yesterday’s yoga session (the first one for several months). Anyway it’s over n done with now lol n I still enjoyed it 😊

Does anyone know if jellylegs are cos I’m going a bit too fast or is it just cos I’m running for a few minutes longer than W3?

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Couchpotato2
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Also maybe you were more relaxed on Sunday, there are so many variants!

Had you eaten or were you running on empty?

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SeeJillRun
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I had jellylegs on Sunday too lol. They seem to hit when I stop running after the final run section. I always eat around 2-3 hours before I run n I always run late afternoon n make sure I’m well hydrated too

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DiscoRunner
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For me - it’s lack of liquid & in my early days running too fast. But I only run slowly now, and know to keep hydrated even/especially on rest days! And no more jellylegs!

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SeeJillRun
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I ran really slow, at least I think I did lol, n I always keep well hydrated every day. It’s only happened on the W4 runs when I made the effort to go slower. I’m hoping it down to the jump in minutes running from 9 to 16

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Aspire24
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I had this a few times around W4 but it seemed to disappear in W5. I put it down to W4-5 being transition to a runner👍. As someone who did NO exercise other than 10k steps a day (2017 New Years resolution 😀). Just make sure to walk it out and don’t be crossing any roads until in full control😱

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SeeJillRun
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in reply to Aspire24

Thanks, that makes sense. Glad to hear it disappears, I’m not awful fond of it 😂. Luckily it seems to wear off before I cross the road on my way home but I’ll definitely not cross if it doesn’t. Thanks!

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DiscoRunner
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Maybe you’re still building strength then? Sounds like your doing all the right things. In my early stages I did sometimes get to the warm down walk and just have to walk very slowly for a minute or two while I recovered and then get back to a brisk walk once I could. That’s gone now, but if I tried 5k tomorrow I’m sure I’d be totally empty!!

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SeeJillRun
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in reply to DiscoRunner

Yeah could well be, I didn’t do much beyond general walking around before I started this, not much of that if I’m honest. It’s really surprised me how much more energy I have now than I used to. Thanks for the reassurance! 😊

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DiscoRunner
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I see from your profile we’re pretty similar - age, weight & fitness wise (or lack thereof 🤣!). I’d say almost certainly you’re building muscle and strength, fairly soon you’ll find your stamina has improved. Stick at it! It’s really working for me - it’s not super quick physical results, but it feels sustainable. I feel I’ve run off the pounds I’ve lost - and that feels good!

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SeeJillRun
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Thanks! I’m definitely noticing my stamina when walking has improved n although I’ve not lost weight I’m definitely losing inches. Plus my resting heart rate has dropped 😊. I’ll certainly be sticking at it, I love the almost instantaneous health n weight improvements n I just really enjoy it, even when it’s hard. Wonder where I’ll be on my 53rd birthday??

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DiscoRunner
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in reply to SeeJillRun

Running marathons! 💪💪

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SeeJillRun
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Unlikely! 😂😂. A friend is hoping I’ll be ready for our local 10k in September, that feels a bit more achievable 🏃‍♀️

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Couchpotato2
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Yes that is a good goal!

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Keeponrunning1

We all have runs that are sometimes tougher than others, at least if you finish them you feel so much better for it. I think you are still building muscle and strength in your legs. Carry on with the 5 minute walk warm down and maybe do some stretching at the end of it. Good luck with your running and hopefully your jelly legs will soon be a thing of the past. 😊🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️

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SeeJillRun
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in reply to Keeponrunning1

Thanks, I hope so too. I did more stretching than usual today lol. Been doing the ones recommended in the FAQ post but today I did those then a short post-run yoga session too.

Most people seem to think it’s cos I’m still building muscle n not that I need to slow down so I’m happy with that 😊

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