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  1. Been awhile since I have posted a pulled calf muscle no fun. I was out for a good 2 weeks.

    Would've have been back sooner if I wasn't so stubborn and tried to work the 'torn' muscle while it was still healing.

    The second week I did no walking at all just did my stretching exercises. On Sunday tried to do W6D1 as soon as I felt the muscle tightening I stopped and just walked. On Monday I did my usual walk and on Tuesday did W6D1, those two weeks off really made it tough, my calf muscle still felt a bit tight but not hurting so carried on and completed it. Wednesday normal walk. Thurs completed day2 still not 100% but I am looking forward to completing week 6 tomorrow. I have learnt that I need to warm up properly so I am doing my stretching exercise in addition to the normal 5min brisk walk. And again when after the cool down period.

  2. w5d2 done calves muscle very tender need to rethink how I am  warming up. The muscle was already aching from yesterday's walk as I was working on my stride and breathing for today's workout. I gave my calves a good massage last night and again before I started my workout it did help but towards the end I felt it tightening up and needed to nurse it to complete the session. Just finished massaging the calves and feeling much better

  3. yay me w4d3 done! I've got to learn to listen playing with my fitbit HR (checking my heart rate)  during my run I must have missed the prompt to walk because here I was trying to keep my heart rate above 100 jogging when I hear the prompt  "start running". Just as well I was in the right frame of mind and kept jogging until the next prompt "start walking". I am pretty pleased with myself maybe I can handle the dreaded 20 min jog next week.

  4. Keep going I can honestly say that it gets addictive. The great thing about this app is the small goals you set yourself as you're jogging. I would normally give up at the first sign of discomfort and to be honest I did on W2D1 only to be motivated when you hear the prompt to begin walking and you realise that that extra 10 seconds of discomfort is bearable. Gives you a sense of achievement.

  5. Thanks very much Azatol & Shannon :)


    I have today completed wk 1. I managed the first two sets again but couldn't quite do the third. I reckon I made it to about 50secs before my legs bailed. The thing that is stopping me is my legs they just turn into tree trunks and don't want to leave the ground! I don't have a problem with getting enough oxygen into my lungs anymore and my breathing returns to normal during the walk sets which is good. I've just got to get some strength into my legs I think.

    I've lost 1.1kg in the last week which should make it a bit easier since there is less to carry lol.


    Azatol I've given a lot of thought to your suggestion and based on your scientific data I've decided to allow myself to repeat once only. I think more than anything it comes down to me being a bit of a perfectionist and not being able to move on until something is genuinely complete. I think giving myself the extra week will be beneficial in the long run otherwise I feel like I'll be behind the 8 ball so to speak constantly trying to make up ground.


    I've decided to monitor my food as some very wise people on here have pointed out how important that aspect is. I don't think I'm eating enough protein at the moment, so I'm going too look at increasing that this week and see if it helps.

    My stats for today were:

    Distance 4.56km

    Pace 9:05minutes/km

    The distance includes about 500m that I do before/after the program to get to the walking track I take. I just can't face jogging down a Main Street just yet so I wait until I get to the track to start.

    Thats excellent I am only average 13 minutes/KM and even then I feel I'm moving too fast 

  6. Thanks for all the words of encouragement. Just completed w2d3 today and to be honest after the first 90 seconds of jogging I really thought I was out of my depth. In the past I would have just given up. Once I heard the halfway prompt I think I got into the stride/pace since it seemed easier to continue. I guess the 'trick' is to find the correct pace to start with and keep at it until it improves. 


    I am unable to multi task ie..  is my stride correct, does my foot strike right , am I breathing correctly all those thoughts. Once I stop thinking about them, I started to enjoy my run. The only thing I was thinking of as I was running is my breathing once I master that I can start on the other aspects.


    Hope to start w3d1 soon order new runners this weekend can't wait to try them out. Again thanks to the community for the encouragement to stick with this programme.

  7. Just completed w2d2 this morning. My pace is still too high when I start need to slow down. Although I was feeling the strain I didn't mind it. I got confused with the alerts again as soon as I heard the alarm I started to run only to hear that I needed to begin my cool down session, I am feeling good that I completed this session. Guess there's hope for me.

  8. This is a funny one my heel hurts walking barefoot and my knee has a dull pain, After I lace up the heel still hurts but after a couple of metres the pain subsides.The Knee still has the dull pain but it works itself out and the pain goes however when I stop the pain returns is it just muscle fatigue ?.


    Also how does one run downhill that's when I find I'm really straining my knees doesn't hurt but I can feel the muscle tightening with each step. I try to run on the flat of my feet I have severe under pronation. My runners is suppose to fix my pronation which I think it does since I hardly get shin splits now.

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