ok after at least a week of working out with pain in my knees and calves no matter what stretching i do or how much i push or rest myself, I am beginning to wonder if it's really me. I mean that in the sense of...maybe it's not how out of shape I am (I am no longer getting winded on my workouts...YAY) but most days I STILL can't go more than 30-60 seconds of running without stopping to walk because of the aches in my legs. I dont beleive I have shin splints (my DH says that if i had those I would not even be able to walk much) but I do have flat feet and from what little research I have done, that can/will affect my gait and such. I am also doing my running on sidewalks which has no give/bounce. It was really nice running in on the track for the turkey trot....no pain and i went for a while towards the finish line.
anyhow, i went out in the morning (memo to self...wear hat to keep sun out of eyes) with the dog and feel like i did fairly well despite the pain issues. I tried to jump back into week 2 of c25k (walk for 5 minutes, run for 90 sec, walk for two min, run for 90 sec, repeat) and got the walk part down and even the first 90 second run I pushed through despite the leg pain. But after that it fell apart. I tried two more repetitions of it but could only run for at most 60 sec at a time before the pain shut me off. it's frustrating too because i wasnt winded and felt like i could have kept going but i finally listened to my body and stopped.
So the issue might be with not having the right shoes and also the surface I am running on. DH says concrete is probably the worst thing you could run on...and i'm starting to see why. I might do a lap of my loop on the asphalt later tonight to see if there is much of a difference.
Ah well....time to hit the showers and the books for some last minute cramming. I have a major certification test at 2:30 today...if i dont pass it, my job is in jeopardy. great. I havent been in college for 10 years so some of the literature and language stuff is rather rusty...the teaching methods questions i do great on. I just hope I can properly BS an essay :-)
Endomondo specs for today:
3.79 mph avg speed
14:38 mile split.
time still seems very good for walking most of it....i felt my walking pace improve big time this week so thats a plus...