Kind of a lurker here. I'll do a proper introduction at another time though. XD
I started running back in February following the couch to 5K plan. It's actually been going really well. As someone who never ran much at all in her life and made avoiding jogs in gym class an art form, I never thought I'd be able to do what I'm doing now. Last week I managed to jog for 20 minutes straight which was amazing, but that's where my problems started.
So last Tuesday I ran for 18 minutes and all was well. It was a minute up from my jog two days prior, and as I had come to expect, I was a little winded, but recovered quickly and felt pretty great during my cool down walk. Thursday rolls around, and I go for 20 and make it. It was a struggle, but not more than what I've felt in the past. It takes a little longer for me to recover afterwards, but no huge issue. Sunday rolls around and I'm out to do another 20, and I start to feel really, really winded. I cramp up and have to slow down to a walk at the 15 minute mark. I catch my breath and finish the run, but the next day I am SORE. I'm used to a few twinges, but nothing like this. Spent the morning feeling crappy but I recovered, and today I did another run. I was slated for two 12 minute runs with a five minute walk between, but after Sunday I decided to scale back and do two 11's. I managed to do as planned, but I started feeling more winded than normal, and my legs felt enormously heavy. I feel like I'm regressing rather than progressing now.
Can you hit plateaus when you jog? If so, is this what I'm experiencing? I'm trying to keep a positive attitude, but it's really discouraging to hit such an awesome goal and then suddenly take a nose dive. :( Keep in mind that I've been adding minutes to my jog like this the entire time. I'm doing nothing differently than before..
Any input would be extremely appreciated!! :D
| Pounds lost: 30.6