Hi, everyone! I just completed w8d1 today which is 28 minutes of jogging (I did 2.5 miles uninterrupted jogging in the 28 mins). Last week on w7d3, I had a pain in my right foot on outside/top. I wrapped it the rest of the day and have been fine until after I ran again today. I have had left hip pain for the last week and today's run my inner thighs/groin are so sore already that it is a bit uncomfortable to walk or get up. Is this common at this point of the program? I was a bit sore the first couple of weeks but nothing like this, and until last week, I haven't had any pain. I'm a new runner with new shoes. I do a 5 minute warm up walk and usually stretch after I'm done. What can I do to help these issues on my off days? Thanks!
C25k start: July 26, 2011
C25K finish: September 23, 2011
1st 5k: October 15, 201100--The Fast and Furriest 5k: 37:25
I did have the experience of having aches and pains increase as I progressed further into the program. In fact, when I finished, I took a week off from running entirely to give myself some rest. I'm in my mid40s, so my body needed some time to adjust to the activity!
I'm not sure I can help much to figure out the pain other than to say that if it's pain rather than discomfort, that may be a sign to take a break.
The side stitch may be caused by shallow breathing.
In terms of the muscle soreness/discomfort, try incorporating some yoga on off days and/or use a foam roller -- I find that the roller in particular really helps me with muscle soreness. I have one that is 3 feet long, 6 inches in diameter. I use it several times a week on quads, hamstrings, IT band, calves, etc. In particular, I found that I had some really deep muscle soreness in my calves that was causing some pain in my Achilles tendon/PF.
I hope this helps!
C25K started on 06/19/11 and completed on 08/22/11!