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I experienced the same thing myself. I started the Couch to 5k program, which is the same thing as this program (that I just found today!) last month.
After my first two days (three if you count the day between) my knees were killing me, and I Wanted to chop them off my legs to stop the pain.
I decided the first thing to do was to get a real pair of shoes, and see if that makes a difference. I went to a specialty running store here, called Run for Your Life. They were AWESOME. The sales lady had me take my shoes and socks off, and stand there. She asked me walk, and then jog so she could see if I overpronated or underpronated. Then she went to get shoes that would correct my pronation (which way does your ankle roll, if at all).
Then she had me try on shoes, and told me why I needed to get a larger size--so my toes had room to expand. She explained the shoes to me, and why I needed these particular kind--where the support is on your shoes makes a HUGE difference (the darker color on the sole edge). Then we tried out a few pair, and I picked the ones that felt the best. They were $100 shoes--just what I expected.
Now my knees don't hurt at all, and I look forward to the days I can get out there and get one step closer to my 5k goal!
Hope this helped you.
I agree with Ivy. Warming up cooling down stretching and good shoes are important. Look for a good running shoe store and not one of the big box stores. They will make sure you have the right shoes based on your arch and will watch you run.
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RyanB1982-did you stretch after your run? It is very important to stretch all the muscles after a run. There are good articles & videos for stretching here on SP.
Also, how good are the shoes you were wearing? If they are not supportive that could also lead to pain.
I recently did W1 D1 and managed to get through the workout. My lungs were burning practically from the moment I started to jog, and my knees and hips hurt so bad for the next two days, I haven't done anything since then. I've never been a runner, but can walk 2miles in 29min. Maybe my walking isn't what it should be, so I should go back to that? Or try to do day 1 again? Or maybe it was my breathing technique and running form? No clue, any suggestions or tips would be appreciated. Happy workouts to all!
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