Hi. I hope you can help me. Have hit first 'problem' with my grand plan, and would like advice.
I started training last week, following the plan which aims to get up to running 30 mins in 8 weeks. First 3 sessions (week 1) were tough, but OK, with improvements showing each time.
Today, though, I started week 2 of the plan (run 2 mins, walk 1) and had a few problems. Basically the muscles on the front (outside) of my legs seemed to tense up really badly, to a point where I had to stop running and walk the whole route (I had only managed 2 lots of 2 minutes running).
I have a few questions which I hope you can help with.
1.Is this shin splints? I have read up on them on RW, and from what I can tell, it seems unlikely. However, if not, what is it, and what can I do. I don't stretch before running, but did go for a walk/jog before I started. Is it time to buy some shoes. I am running in Adidas shoes, which were called 'running' shoes in the Argos Additions catalogue, but I imagine are not very specialised. Should I invest now or are these ok?
2.Should I have run through this? At the time I stopped running, I couldn't do any more if I wanted, but later, after walking it off, I felt like I could/should run again, but didn't know whether it was advisable, so I didn't.
3.Is my long-term plan realistic? I aim to be able to do my first 5k on 9 July (Cranfield), and then gradually increase with a long-term goal of running the FLM next year. Am I setting my sights to high? I'm worried if I have to repeat weeks in my schedule, I won't be ready for the 5k in July, and - even if I don't bottle out of it - it will be a kick-in-the-teeth morale-wise to have to walk it.
Any advice/encouragement appreciated. Thanks. I'm really enjoying the running; getting out (even in the rain) is doing me good, and I am noticing a difference in my aerobic capacity already (not so puffed as my first day after only a week) but my poor old muscles need a hand.
BTW I'm 32 and pretty much average weight, but failing in fitness.