Hi all. I was going to try to figure it out myself, but I'm just stumped.. and it's really not cool.
I'm on week 3 of C25k. The first two weeks were fine for me... no pain at all, no real struggling. When I looked at the schedule for week 3, I was excited.. didn't seem like anything more than I could handle.
My first day of it, I forgot to stretch beforehand. During the 3 minutes the first time, I began to get a painful stitch, but using the breathing methods on the Cool Running website, i was able to get rid of them, and make the run enjoyable. The next day I took off, after that I had day 2, which went fine. I figured the stitch was from not stretching beforehand.
Then yesterday. I had been having some upper back pain at work. My plan had been to run after work, so after going home and resting for a bit (normally after sitting for 20-30 minutes, I have no problem with back pain for a while) So I rested, then got changed, stretched, and went out. While running the 90 seconds - which had been no problem for me in the past - I began getting a stitch. Focusing on my breathing made that somewhat tolerable. Walking made it go away. Back to the jogging, for 3 minutes.. halfway through I had to stop and sit on a curb. The pain was horrible, I couldn't even walk with it. So I sat and stretched it until it felt like it went away, then got up and continued jogging.. more like a walk with a bounce really, a bit slower than I usually go (Not that how i go normally is fast, but it's slightly faster than I walk). I continue to have pain the rest of the time I jog, but it's not as bad as that once. I keep it slow, and complete.
Today I decided to go out again, instead of taking the rest day like I had planned. Not to go out hard or crazy, but I wanted to see if the pain was better after a night of resting. I kept the same pace as I had yesterday, pretty much walking with a bounce. And yes, there was pain, by the time I finished the first 90 second jog I was hurting. I couldn't even finish the workout - by the time I got 5 seconds into the last 3 minute jog, it was really bad, and I knew I shouldn't push myself that hard. I turned around and went home.
Im taking the next day or two off of running to give my body a break. Im thinking maybe I strained myself at work, which is odd because i work as a cashier. Nothing heavy. But I wanted to know if any of you more experienced runners had any suggestions to help me. I haven't been able to really relax and enjoy my runs today or yesterday because I was hurting so badly.. help!
Thanks for reading!