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Hello

I'm new to running. I did my first run last night. Felt great (only once did I feel fatigued but it was short lived). I felt great all day today too but I can feel it a little in my hips (they feel tired but not painful). I don't want to injure myself because that's normally what derails my exercise attempts so my questions is... How long do I wait in between workouts? Every other day? It says 3 days a week so I'm guessing it's every 2nd day or so.

Also... Do you drink water in between the running sections? I wasn't sure last night if that would give me a cramp or something. I took small sips.

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Alikat the beauty of this app is that it's all on you and on your schedule.  Most people seem to try to do the workouts every other day.  This is good because it gives your muscles time to rest and rebuild from the workout.  However I have seen recommendations of different types of workouts such as strength training on your days off.  Personally, I do C25K Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and sometimes on Saturday depending on my schedule that day and I do Yoga on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday and I love how it makes me feel!  Also, I don't know about others but I always have my water bottle while running to give myself a little boost.  I don't chug it because I don't want it coming back up LOL!  But I do sip on it to try and slowly stay hydrated.  Hope this helps and glad you've joined us!  Happy Running :)

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I am with Farmgirl, well said.  I do 3 days of this app, other days I weight train, I usually do Upper Body, one day, Lower Body one day and another day I cross train, meaning, whatever I feel like doing for exercise.  Give yourself rest time when you are really feeling tired.  I listen to my body and take a break.  Like today, we are going Jeeping so there will be lots of workout there.  I will climb a mountain today....  Have a great day!

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I would say do whatever feels right for you.  I've been doing C25K for 6 weeks now, and usually I do one run every other day with either dance or weights in between because those work my muscles differently so I don't get fatigued.  That being said, one week I felt quite tired, and did just one run that week until I was feeling better, and this week I have done 4 runs in a row because I feel really energetic.  So, if you feel tired don't put pressure on yourself to run (just remember to get back into it when you feel better) and if you want to run, run! It doesn't matter if you ran yesterday!

 

Regarding drinking when you run - keeping well hydrated will actually stop you from getting cramps, but when you drink is down to personal preference. I like to drink plenty before I run, and plenty when I'm done but don't really remember to drink when I'm running.  As long as you replace the water you lose somehow, it doesn't really matter.

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Injury is your biggest enemy when you first start running. Take it easy for the first 4 weeks. Allow your body's structures to adapt. You may feel great cardio wise, but your bones, ligaments and tendons may not be. Run 1 and take 2 off. The rest doesn't hamper any cardio gains but does do wonders for your body. Starting the 5th week, try an every other day approach and see how you feel.

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