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Seeing is believing... I am a recent C25K participant who initially reported my personal struggles relating to the effects of not being a runner at any time in my life and having no real knowledge of proper running technique and etc.
Fast forward... having trained via C25K program and having the opportunity to gain information on these boards my legs rarely become tired or heavy during my runs, and today I completed a 5 mile run (a personal best) in 53 minutes. Not to shabby for a guy that doesn't run! LOL, I feel like doing the Snoopy dance!
Congratulations Mikey, here's some music from Gary Hoey to dance to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqwvBHiLeF4
FWIW, I had some pretty tired and heavy dogs today, maybe because it was the end of my highest mileage 10 day period of my life.
Wow how exciting to read about your success! I have to tell you that I'm in training for my 3rd half marathon and have been running for years, yet there are still days when my legs feel heavy and tired. It just happens. I have good run days and not-so-good days, but I keep on running because I know that eventually the feeling will go away. You've probably experienced by now that the first mile or two are the hardest because that is when all the little kinks get worked out...at least that is how it is for me. Tomorrow is going to be an 8 miler...sometimes I find that I wake up earlier than usual the morning of a run because of the anticipation of getting out and getting going. I love to run!
Keep up the great work! Go runner go!!!
Thanks for posting to this thread. You are so right about the first mile or 2 be the hardest, that is exactly what I have experiened. I begin to get into a groove, between mile 2 and 3, not neccesarily faster but feel fresher and ready to run. I run every other day, today I logged 5.25 miles @ 10:25 pace. Each workout I continue to add mileage and I have been mixing up my pace from 10:15 to 11:05. Not to sure what my running goals are at this point but I am enjoying the feeling of accomplishment with every run.
You also keep up the great work!