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I am 65 years old and have wanted to start the C25K app for some time..  My daughter completed this app a few years ago and loves running and thought I might like it, too.  I checked with my doctor and he said there was no reason why I couldn't as long as I  didn't start out going zero to 60.  I still hesitated and finally decided that I was the one limiting myself.  So.....I bought some new, good shoes and started out determined that I could accomplish this.


I completed Week 1, with each day being easier than the one before.  Week 2, Day 1 was definitely a challenge but I got it done.   The next day I could hardly walk.  I hadn't hurt my knees and I didn't think it was shin splints because the pain was more under my knees where I have what I call "fat that walks down my legs".  I don't  know how to explain this fat, other than it looks like pockets of fat and it jiggles when I walk.  I don't see it often on others legs and assume they are caused by all of the potato chips I have eaten in my lifetime.  The doctor says if it bothers my I should have liposuction done to remove it.  That's not in my plan.    Anyway, I put off doing any more running until the pain went totally away, which it has now done.  I just didn't want to do damage (at my age) because I don't have any issues presently and didn't want to create any with this wish to run.


Any hints/suggestions as to what may have caused this and how to avoid having it happen again?  I want to get restarted with the program.

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Hi Kathy,


First, Welcome here.    You are doing great so far.  I have no idea how that happened.  I would def talk to DR about that, it sounds like that hurts.    


What I would do is, if it hurts to run, then walk , walk, walk.  Walk until you are ready to run.. THis is not a race.  I am so proud of you!  Let me know if there is anything I can help you with.  HUGS!

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