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Week 1 and pains in my thigh muscles

Hi I have just started this on Monday am very unfit and overweight but really enjoyed my first run, but the next day I woke up and could hardly walk stairs where a nightmare and hills, I have left it three days and just done my second run, which was painful is this normal will it pass what should I do run through the pain or cut back etc etc any advice greatly appreciated

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It is going to be hard, especially if this is the first serious exercise you have done in a while. I would suggest watching your pace when running, possibly doing a slightly longer warm down walk, and find some good stretches post run, i think there are some good videos on u tube.

It will get better, but stretching post run will probably help. Good luck and dont give up.


Thank you for the quick reply, and yes I will put that into practice. I was wondering should i stick to the programme and just run through the pain or take extra rest days any ideas on that would be appreciated


Stick with it and make sure you do some exercise on your recovery days. And as itsallanadventure says Stretch. Post-run stretches will help the muscles.


My legs hurt so much the day after my first run! I stretched before my second and just ran though the mild pain and they have stopped hurting now. I think it's reawakening my old muscles that forgot they existed! ;) will get easier and will stop hurting eventually!!


Thanks Swanscot and Boo_scribbles

I have taken the advice about stretching and running through the pain and they are hurting for less after and not as bad, I also tried massaging some deep heat into them as well after the run which seems to help. I also concur with the wakening of muscles that forgot I had lol


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