I started the C25K in Spring - and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Even when I had to run on a damp drizzling evening gasping past commuters. Maybe, I thought, I will one day be a runner. Maybe I'll be that fitter, lighter, faster me. After a couple of weeks I got myself fitted for good new running shoes.
Then I hurt the tendon on the outside of my ankle, and without realising did one more week 5 run on it. By the end I could barely walk - and had to admit defeat. Finally months later - the limp has gone, the pain has gone. I've been swimming, and doing some pilates, plus exercises the physio gave me to strengthen my legs.
So this morning, I ventured out again to nervously try week 1, run 1. It was ok. I kept my fingers crossed.
I really want to make it all the way through this time. I want to do park runs, then maybe a charity 5k or two.
So I'm thinking of taking it more slowly - maybe doing each week more than once until I'm confident I'm not going to get injured. Has anyone else had to do that - repeating weeks several times before moving on? Are there any exercises that help prevent injury in runners?