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Ouch.. My calf muscle is rock hard.

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Oh my god. I struggled even with the brisk walk. My calf muscle on one side is rock hard. Limping. So I paused the app and stretched. I did stretche before my workout for 10mins. So again I was off.. And again I had to stop and stretch. 😣 Help meeee

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Hey Liz, sorry to hear this. My legs felt very heavy on my last run and think I need to incorporate some stretching. What stretching do you do? X

I’m not sure maybe somebody else can help that can happen me after a run if I hadn’t drank enough, sometimes severe stretching before a run isn’t good either , hope you get more advice

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LizBlower in reply to Cuig1975

Possibly I'm doing too much. I will do less at the begining but more at the end.

I had calf problems when I started ( a year ago..long story)..lots of burning sensations and cramping as soon as I started....I did calf stretches..but the thing that helped most was doing a strange slow motion march type movement..no idea why..also slowing down to a snails pace but continuing to move..however I have a treadmill at home so could do lots of moves without being 😂 inhibited.

Due to a serious back problems I have yet to complete C25k but the calf problems cleared up ..I have now begun again on treadmill with no complaints from my calves..

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You should be carefull with stretching prior to exercise. You could always undertake dynamic stretches though, which is basically a series of controlled movements. An example here: nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/h...

After you warm down walk your usual stretches, here: nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/h...

Other than that I recommend a foam roller (not for the faint hearted) and heat pads: poundland.co.uk/masterplast...

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LizBlower in reply to Whatsapp

Thank you. I thought I was being good stretching.. Even the warm up walk is making my calfs hard... Let see what happens Wednesday

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WhatsappGraduate in reply to LizBlower

Stretching is good, just not right before a workout. However, afterwards and two or three times a day (even non-run days) will really help your muscles.

Please read the guide to the plan healthunlocked.com/couchto5... which includes advice on minimising impact, stretching after every run and pacing which will all help.

Take care.

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