I have a weak ankle that causes me some serious jip at times, and in fairness that's been an excuse too, but with smoking cessation starting next week, discovering this plan could be the saving grace I've needed.
I completed run1 with no real trouble and the dog on the lead, strapped the ankle up and loved it.
I love the structure and the countdowns. I took my day off with great reluctance, but the aching calfs are now recovered and it's time for run 2. I've been looking forward to it all day!
Glad it's going well for you
With your shins and other pains – have you got yourself a pair of running shoes that correct any gait problems you might have? It's definitely worth checking out that option if your discomfort continues. A number of other users went to running shops and got their gait analysed, and then bought shoes based on this. All of them have reported that the result is like magic in terms of the increase in comfort. It needn't be expensive (although it's not going to be the cheapest option): a shop should usually be able to suggest several models that will suit you at a range of prices. They'll often even provide "money back if you're not happy with them after a fortnight of running" type guarantee too!
Other things are to make sure you're really well warmed up – you could take a longer walk at the start. Make sure you're doing plenty of stretching. If you've particularly tight legs, it might be a few weeks before you start to loosen up. If you continue having problems I would suggest stopping with running for a few weeks, and just doing intense walks of the same length, and with the same stretches before and after.
Also, you can use R.I.C.E. treatment on painful shins – it will help them heal and it'll take away some of the discomfort, so it's worth doing.
Good stuff indeed! Well done
Did a good warm down and am so much happier with the residual stiffness.
I love this plan, and providing I make it to am 5 am looking forward to the 20 minute challenge, from there in it seems like the results will be clear, so bring it on!!!
Good for you mate I'm 27 and a big guy about your size too. Glad i'm not the only ex couch potato on here. I've just started week 3 it's tough sometimes but worth it, and since getting started I've been looking forward to the 20 mins in week five. Keep up the good work buddy and good luck with the stopping smoking too I know from experience how hard that can be.
I must be making progress though because the distance is stretching. I know there was an additional 30 secs today, but I seemed to run a lot further. I've added a tracking app for the rest of the runs, so progress in terms of distance should be clearer.
I've even been inspired to write this http://www.twoplustwoplusone.blogspot.com