Run­ning into trou­ble?

Runner's World (UK) - - New Runners -

You may have con­cerns early on, but with the right in­for­ma­tion and you can stay on the road

‘ I’M SORE. SHOULD I SKIP MY NEXT RUN?’

A lit­tle mus­cle sore­ness in the early days of any new ex­er­cise regime is nor­mal, though you may want to jug­gle your days to take an ex­tra rest day be­fore your next ses­sion if you’re re­ally ten­der. How­ever, if you have a more spe­cific, sharp pain, take a cou­ple of days off and ap­ply ice to the af­fected area to ease in­flam­ma­tion. If it doesn’t go away af­ter 72 hours, con­sider see­ing your doc­tor or a phys­io­ther­a­pist to make sure it’s noth­ing se­ri­ous.

‘ I’M WOR­RIED ABOUT HOW BREATH­LESS I GET’

The de­mands of run­ning mean your mus­cles need more oxy­gen, which drives you to breathe harder. So, don’t worry un­duly, but there are a cou­ple of things to con­sider: are you start­ing out too quickly, with­out suf­fi­cient warm-up time? Are you try­ing to run too quickly? Both can make you feel breath­less. How­ever, if the breath­less­ness leaves you wheez­ing or is ac­com­pa­nied by chest pain, see your GP to rule out any se­ri­ous is­sues.

‘ I’M STRUG­GLING TO PROGRESS TO THE NEXT WEEK OF THE TRAIN­ING PLAN’

Don’t worry – every­one pro­gresses at dif­fer­ent rates. The plan is a guide­line and the key is that you progress at your own pace. It’s fine to re­peat a week or take more rest be­tween each work­out. Stay fo­cused on the long-term goal: you’ll get there.

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