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Hi everyone

Feeling a bit discouraged at the moment:confused: I was running for about 30 to 45 minutes each time I went out and was covering about 3 miles... but I was getting pain in my legs and felt so slow and didn't seem to be getting any further...so after reading everything I could lay my hands on about running I decided to take a step back and started following a programme for a 5K which involved a lot of walking in the first few weeks.... I started the programme at the running stage and am now doing 1.5 x 3 to 4 times per week but feel I am going backwards and not forwards....did I do the right thing or should I have kept pushing myself?
 

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Don't push yourself as your body has to become conditioned to running as it puts a lot of stresses and strains on your joints and tendons. Walk/run programmes are excellent for this. Are you still getting pains in your legs is so where?

Maybe you could try increasing the duration of your running but take a walk break to recover - maybe run 3 mins and walk 2 mins or runs 5 mins walk 1 min and gradually build your way up but let your body guide you.

Its supposed to be enjoyable - I know when I started on run/walk it was hard to see how I was progressing but if I looked back to where I started from I could see that it was really working.

I'm currently recovering from some injuries but when I start running again I will be back to walk/running for a while.
 

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Thanks for that

The pains are really just aches from using my muscles and have settled now I am running less distance. I always thought that if you started walking you were cheating!!!ha ha don't know why or cheating who!!

I love my runs and look forward to being able to run further and faster....I will take on board what you have said and give myself a walk break
 

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You will get faster but you need to build your endurance base first and thats all about spending time on your feet, which includes walking as well as running.

I think you are doing really well and at least you are getting out there and doing it.
 

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Keep plodding! I have felt like I've been going backwards all season! I didn't really know why but suddenly things are coming together and I've not changed anything! In retrospect I reckon it was the fact I was doing exams, starting new job etc. I think sometimes we under estimate how every day life can affect our running...but the moral of the story is DONT GIVE UP!! And give yourself a break. Like Steady Edwina says, at least you're out there doing something! It'll all suddenly fall into place...:d
 

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Just to prove that the advice here is true - here is my little story of success.

When i first started running three weeks back, i could barely run 100 yards without being out of breath and my legs caving in.

The first time i went out i felt a right loser, and almost never carried on training.

I'd just kicked a 40 a day habit and my lungs were a mess.


Now, its only 3 weeks on, but after swimming, rowing, cycling etc at the gym, not to mention the 3 nights a week ive been running.. on thursday last i finally noticed the real difference. I went down the usual way i go, and realised that i was where i normally stop, and i felt ok.. so i figured i'd press on a little until i hit that usual stopping point.

Well, i got to the edge of the cycle track, and still i felt ok, not great, but ok- i knew i could continue albeit at a far reduced pace.. so i took a wee walk break (fast walK), and when i felt a bit better, broke into a slow jog.. i ended up doing a full circuit of the block...

The final 1/2 mile, was the worse, my legs were aching, i could feel the burn in them, first time in ages.. i actually felt the warmth coming off them, and my lungs were crying out.

I slowed to a fast walk, then a normal walk, then a slow walk and before long was at my front door. I did my cool down stretches etc and felt very impressed.

I checked on the map, and it was about 2.5miles.

Now, may not seem a lot, but for myself who'd just kicked a 40 a day habit, and only 3 weeks earlier wasnt able to run 100yards, i feel thats a massive improvement. All achieived by merely spending time on my feet, walking, running, jogging, walking again etc.. :)

Still dont know how on earth im going to manage 26.2mi next year though if im successful.
 

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Hey thats really great good for you...feel totally inspired again....i'm off for another run this morning, thanks guys
 
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