I recently started running to both lose weight and strengthen my lower back muscles. I'm pleased to say I'm succeeding in both despite only starting less than a month ago.
I run on average three times a week and am currently averaging at a couple of miles a day, though not all in one shot. I power walk between running. I am trying to build myself up gradually which is NOT in my nature at all as my instinct is to do as much as possibly as quickly as possible.
The pain I was experiencing in my lower back which drove me to start running anyway has completely gone. However I am getting dull aching in my calves that gets steadily worse the further I run. I believe it is this that is stopping me from improving my distance more than my fitness level. I run both on pavement and in woodland near my home and my running shoes are of decent quality. I spoke to my doctor who said take ibuprofen before I run.
Does anyone have any tips for me, or ways I could improve or suggestions for doing thing differently...? My only goal is to keep losing weight. When I am at my target weight I still plan to keep running as to tell the truth I am already a little addicted to the endorphin rush I get!