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8/7/13 1:01 P

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The burning calves could be the shoes too. Getting the right shoes can make a huge difference. That said, I had terrible cramps in the sides of my legs for the first week, and burning calf muscles during the run for the first 2 weeks. That's all gone now.

Hang in there! It will get better. emoticon

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8/7/13 6:34 A

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I always got sore muscles back at the start too, and found that for me it was caused by not stretching enough. You could try the SP video '10-minute stretching routine for runners', or I love this Melissa Bender stretching routine:
http://www.benderfitness.com/2012/01/ful
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8/5/13 4:56 P

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Yep! That would be me emoticon lol!
I found out MUCH later that what was happening was that I was starting to run before my muscles had warmed up enough; 5mins is just not enough for me. I finally figured out what works (FOR ME) is 5 mins leisurely stroll, 10 mins power walking on level ground, 5 mins power walking on a gradually rising incline and then bingo! My muscles are so stretched by the time I get to the top of the hill that they are crying for me to run :)

I then run the 2miles back home, slowing to a powerwalk only 3ce (each for 2 min)

Something else I've found to be somewhat useful is doing stretches at the half way point and then again when I get home.

Good luck. Don't let the pain stop you. If I could push through than YOU can.

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8/5/13 12:31 P

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I am only on week one, but the first thing I have noticed is that my feet and calves get so tired before anything else.
My heart-rate is staying up, but not like heart attack high! And my breathing is good, deep but not shallow or huffing and puffing. So it seems like my heart and lung endurance is faring much better than my legs! I guess I can chalk that up to the elliptical and Leslie Sansone videos, lol!!

Any advice for the calf weakness? My calves feel like they are on fire by the third run interval, and I am only on w1d3. I usually have to stop more than once during the workout to just rest my calves and stretch a little. My feet get tired too, but that might just be the shoes?!

I stretch after the workout for a few moments, and I do an easy yoga video on my off days. I have just started adding in some squats and lunges on yoga days as well.
Maybe I should do one long walk day too? Like a couple miles, just walking?
(my schedule is c25k on mon/wed/fri with yoga/strength on tue/thur/sat... so maybe something else on sundays?)

Just thinking out loud.. but if anyone has had a similar experience.. I am all ears!

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