Last year I did C25K and got up to week 4 or 5 and my left calf muscle gave out. It turned out the problem was a chronic knee injury I picked up 7 years ago was causing horrible foot strikes and wearing me down quickly. I did physical therapy and retrained myself to walk and run with better posture and I am now getting back into it.
My name is Brian, I am 27 years young and am a fan of baseball and hockey. I got into running my first year of college when a friend training to get into the national guard asked me to go with her. I struggled through the mosquitoes and heat and decided to run with her 3 days a week.
Long after she got into the military I kept running and lost 85lbs running a 5k distance several times a week.
During college I slowly put the weight back on and lost track of my love of running. By my senior year I had gained all 85 lbs back plus added an additional 52lbs putting me at a grand total of 344lbs.
I was devastated by this when my doctor told me I was going to die if I didn't slow down my lifestyle and watch my weight. So I started lifting weights, walking 4 days a week (even in the rain) and got a job doing landscaping which got me down to a slightly slimmer 312lbs.
I told my doctor about C210k and with support and careful monitoring, physical therapy to repair my knee, and deliberately planned run days I am now down to 291lbs and on week 6 day 2 of C210k!
So guys who are new and not built like a south African marathon elitr runner take my advice. Despite the pain, lack of motivation and time go out and put your best foot forward. It just may change your life.
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