I've been up off the sofa and working out for about six weeks now. Ultimate goal - aside from running, again - is to complete the Spartan next May. I have mostly been doing classes at the gym (BodyPump, CX Works, water aerobics) and the elliptical, but I've been wanting to get back to jogging again.
For some reason jogging, even slowly, is REALLY HARD now. Like, harder than I've ever experienced.
I can keep up in the BodyPump and water aerobic classes, and mostly keep up in the CX Works, and I can be on the elliptical for 30 minutes to an hour, no problem (I do keep having to increase the level on the elliptical to make it challenging).
So I don't understand why I seem to only get in 5 minutes of steady jogging before my body completely rebels on me: my legs hurt like they never ever did before, and I just can't catch my breath - and I'm only going 4.0. (I did stretch, too.)
Should I go even slower?? Is it that I'm carrying 40 lbs more than I did the last time I was a runner? Why does my cardio capacity seem so much less for jogging than for the other things I'm doing?
Any advice here is greatly appreciated.
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