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My 'Couch to 5k' diary (wk4 d1)

Remikins profile image

I'd been drinking Tonic water and stretching my calf all weekend because it threatened to cramp up on me and then felt tight after a slight stretch in bed Saturday morning, I am kind of prone to cramping up, especially certain pilates moves!

So setting off this morning still with a tight calf I made sure to go slow, really slow (thanks for all your advice on that by the way👍). The first five minute run was a bit of a challenge but I did it relatively well, obviously I felt like I'd run for five minutes compared to last week's three, but it was a good feeling. I was worried about the last five minute run though as my legs were tired, during the walking sections I was having to stretch my calf now and again to ease the tightness.

I had naturally speeded up slightly by the time the last five minute run came up, it's not comfortable for me to go as slow as I'd started off but I now feel I've found a slow pace I am comfortable running, it's a bit faster than as slow as I can go but not as fast as I will eventually be running, the pace I'm naturally falling into which is way too fast for my fitness level at the moment 😝

But I made it, all the way through, these big jumps in running time are frightening yet I'm finding, so far, that I am managing to do it. It's not easy and I'm pushing myself, if the commitment is there, it really can be done.

Stay strong everyone, we can do it 👍

6 Replies
GoGo_JoJo profile image

That's great! Keep your hydration good, also consider adding a few bananas to your weekly diet, potassium can be good for warding off cramp, especially if you're prone to it👍🏻

pete1212 profile image

I am glad banana are good I eat a banana before every run and eat one a day plenty of water haven’t had a problem with cramps fingers crossed 🤞

Buddy34 profile image

It's great when you find that slower pace , it took me a while . Pushing yourself as you say and having the determination to complete a run is all it takes. Well done you 🤗

Rigpig profile image

I’m a week behind you, this is great to read, that first 5 minutes is looming for me so I’m glad you got through it OK 👍

Remikins profile image
RemikinsGraduate in reply to Rigpig

Good luck next week then Rigpig, hopefully you've found a pace that works for you and you'll be fine.

Go at it like it's a marathon, set off slow and just know you've got a long run ahead of you, relax into it and believe in yourself 👍

Brilliant, glad you have found a nice slow pace, and each run prepares you for the next

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