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Struggled with week 6 run 1

Gettingfitslowly profile image

I'm so pleased with myself i ran 20mins. I expected the next run to seem easier but it did not. My calfs are sore this time. More rest needed I guess but makes me nervous to continue as I dont want to injure myself! Any suggests or support would be greatly appreciated

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Go59 profile image

Well done for getting out there and doing it. I don't run fast and usually my legs are ok. A couple of times I've felt a bit sore later in the day, but I think it's because I didn't do enough stretching afterwards. Keep it up and don't try to push yourself too much too soon. 😊

IannodaTruffe profile image

Stretching immediately after every run, while muscles are still warm and supple, pulls out contractions, avoiding carrying tensions into the next run and also improves recovery by improving blood flow.

Do you drink 2.5-3 litres of fluids each and every day? As a runner you need to.

Well done, that is your longest workout to date and catches many out.

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Gettingfitslowly in reply to IannodaTruffe

I've been doing the stretches from here after every run. Maybe just was a bit of a stretch for me. That why I've been aching. But I will recover and carry on. Should I wait for the hurt to completely stop? I Drink loads. started to record it to make sure I'm reaching this goal as of this week. Will see if I am drinking enough!

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IannodaTruffeMentor in reply to Gettingfitslowly

Okay, that all sounds good.

Many people do not hold their stretches for long enough or put enough effort in. Hold post run stretches for 30 seconds and make sure the pull is strong enough to be on the verge of discomfort.

You could try a foam roller or compression socks also.

Rosieg87 profile image

I had the same issue and on W7 R3 I started rolling my calf’s out and I wish I’d done it sooner. Immediately after a run and the morning after. Has resolved a significant amount of my pain. Well done and keep going

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Gettingfitslowly in reply to Rosieg87

What do you mean by rolling them out? Thanks

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Rosieg87Graduate in reply to Gettingfitslowly

Hi there. Hopefully think link works for you but is a good explanation :)

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Gettingfitslowly in reply to Rosieg87

It worked thank you. I've seen yhing before but had no idea what it was!

Gannet1 profile image

As well as the other suggestions here, I take extra days off if I need to and that really helps. In fact I’ll probably need to do that tomorrow, as yesterday I got too carried away with my so called low impact exercise (on my rest day) and stupidly did an hour of Pilates followed by 10000 steps on my walk! 😆 😬Sometimes it’s not the run but the other idiotic stuff. 😀🤷

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Gettingfitslowly in reply to Gannet1

I've be cycling to work and walking between runs I best that your right doing a bit much! Cycle to work tomoz. See how I go for tues x

Bilberry101 profile image

Glad it wasn’t just me who found first run of week six hard going. In thought after to 20 mins it was going to be a breeze. Far from it. Heavy legs and tried to up the pace too soon. Hope run 2 goes better 🤞

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Gettingfitslowly in reply to Bilberry101

I'm sure we arnt the only ones! Starting to mental prepare for tuesday. And Taking on advice above. I wish us luck with the next run 😂

Bloomsbury22 profile image

Ooooh, have mine today (hopefully)!. Well done for getting out there!

Gettingfitslowly profile image

You to. You got this!!

Gettingfitslowly profile image

How did it go? I did w6r2 yday was much easier as legs weren't sore. I will try wk6r3 tomoz and have more rest before next run. Hopefully help my legs not get sore I think that may have been the problem last time.

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