Couch to 5K
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Hi all,

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post. I've been really down recently because I was getting what I thought were stitches but turned out to be a pulled muscle in my ribs which is really ruining my running.

I popped some ibuprofen and then went out in the cold and wet again today trying to be positive... felt fine for the first 10 mins or so and then just before the halfway point I could feel my sore bit starting to act up so I stopped and walked. Very frustrated as I hadn't even had a twinge up to that point (which I suppose is good in itself, but still very annoying).

Guess I will just keep on trying, see how far I can get and stop when I feel it hurting, just to keep my hand in. Hopefully my body will toughen up and I will be able to get further and further each time. The only thing I am worried about is that I might lose fitness and find that when my side is healed I won't be able to run 25 minutes any more and I might have to go back in the programme :( That would be a real bummer.

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I'm sure you'll still be able to run, it's just important to let yourself heal first. When I used to do kung fu, my teacher always said that rest is equally important to activity when it comes to training and it's important to respect both. Just because you're not running it doesn't mean your body hasn't still benefitted from the work you've done already and it'll continue to benefit with plenty of downtime too.


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