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Am I supposed to hurt this much?

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I'm 54 years old, overweight and admittedly out of shape. The first week of C25k went great, then I repeated it because I want to go slowly and stick with it. All good that far.

But week 2 has been awful - the inner side of my right knee is killing me, and when I walk more than a few feet my ankles feel like knives sticking in them. I went and got fitted for good shoes, but they haven't helped.

Today was wk 2, day2, and I couldn't even jog - I walked the whole time. Should I stop? I really don't want to give up!!!

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Well I always suggest strength training. Strengthen your legs and running is easier. Strengthen your legs and decrease your chances of  shin splints. I'd ask my doctor if I could do negative split squats( if you read a lot of my replies you'll begin to see a pattern here, LOL ). You might want to ask your doctor if you can do these ( if you feel well enough to ). The support on a chair allows you to adjust the pressure and minimize knee impact. They might let you. If you can do them I promise they will benefit you!!! I'm still waiting for someone to take my suggestion and let me know how their legs feel the next day. These suckers turn em into rubber but it's worth it!!

 

http://forums.zenlabsfitness.com/topic/1449-never-been-able-to-run-always-wanted-to/?p=5522

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When you get back to the program, this non-MD C25K graduate encourages you to not jog at all, but just walk faster for the running segments.  Until your weight drops a bit, jogging just might be too stressful on your lower body. If you are in this for the long haul, take it easy.  By eliminating ALL bread, rice, potatoes, grains, and sugar for a few weeks, my body was able to drop several pounds.  I felt lighter, and the jogging was easier. In it for the long haul.  All those goodies can return, some time.    

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