I asked that in the beginning a LOT. I got a lot of replies about resting between runs and not going too fast - all good advice, by the way, super good advice. You'll get lots of it from the fine, wise, smart runners in this group. But the short answer to your question, from my perspective is - yes! There appears to be a vast range of experience in terms of how much pain people experience, but yep - when you first get going, you're going to be sore. I was super sore!
A couple of things that helped me were taking either a hot or a cold (with ice) bath when I got home or laying on the floor with my legs up in the air/along a wall for a few minutes after cooling down. Never found stretching helped at all, and I'm not a foam roller gal myself. Don't run through the pain - let it subside before you head out again.
How's it going otherwise? Are you enjoying the runs?
si matris est non gauisus nemo est gauisus
(translation: if momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!)
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