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I am an absolute complete running beginner. I have always wanted to run, but due to many years of bad knees where I would struggle to walk any distance, and certainly not up hills, I have never been able to run. Now thanks to 4 dogs dragging me out every day and helping me to loose two stone, my knees are much better and I am able to run very short distances.... and i mean literally a minute or two. I compete agility with my dogs which has helped a lot and I can now comfortably run a 20-40 second course (and 5 or 6 runs a day) with no problems.
My problem now is I have started competing with my 2 year old border collie who is super quick and I just can't keep up with her, hence why I have decided to attempt running again. I started at the end of last summer with the couch to 5k podcast from the NHS. The problem I have is I get really bad pains in my calves, backs of my knees and feet. I make sure I stretch before and after, but even stretching hurts my calves. I also drink loads of water. I tried the podcast for a couple of months last year, resting for a couple of days in between sessions, sometimes for 3 or 4 days when my legs where really painful, but as soon as I start again i am in pain, it just doesn't seem to be improving.
Can anyone advise what is causing this and what I can do to over come it? I have tried resting until the pain goes but as soon as I run again I am in pain to the point i struggle to walk. When I go to agility training I can easily train for an hour or more with no problems, but running for just 5 or 10 minutes leaves me in agony.
Thanks in advance