Well, after having aching legs after W1R1 I felt sufficiently rested to run it a 2nd time. I thought I would change my route slightly as the first time I ran it I covered much more distance than I thought I would (3.94km). My changed route involved starting slightly further along the shore to make my run a there and back type run instead of running the same section 2 or 3 times. Foolishly the middle part of my run involved going up a small hill before returning back down.
All was going well until I hit the hill when I felt my lower back twinge slightly. I tried to run through it but the pain became quite uncomfortable resulting in having to walk the remainder of the session. This was very disappointing as other than my back I felt ok (well it was hard work but was confident I could see it through). Feel a bit flat at the moment as I am still in week 1 and finding this more difficult that I first thought. I am still determined to see this course through but have some questions that I hope people are able to help me with.
Does anyone do any stretches before running? The podcast seems to suggest that a brisk walk at the beginning and end is sufficient but my calf muscles in my leg feel sore after running as well as my lower back.
Are ordinary trainers ok for running or is it worth investing in a pair of proper running shoes?
Does anyone else get lower back ache when running up or down hill. Maybe I should stick to running on the flat for the time being.
What distance should I be looking at covering in week 1? So far my 1st run was 3.94km and if I completed my 2nd run it would have been 4.73km. Not sure what my running pace should be, I am guessing it is too fast at the moment but it feels strange running at a slower pace (not that my pace is fast at the moment!).
Typing all this out is quite therapeutic and has underlined in my head my determination to get back on track as soon as possible, without any injuries of course!
Thanks in advance to all those who can offer any advice or suggestions.