OK. So I survived my first attempt at running again. I mean I barely survived. A lot of things hurt when you are fat and you run. For me its usually my knees. I used to be athletic. I played soccer and basketball in high school. I was never skinny, but I was in good shape, I think. The sports that I played required quick turns and my knees suffered for it. For instance, you can hear my knee make this crunching noise when I move my leg. You can hear this from across the room. So running isn’t necessarily the best thing for that from what the doctor said, but neither is being over 230 lbs. Trade offs in life, everything is a trade off. I promised myself a nice beer after I make it a mile. Today is not that day. After 800mg of motrin, I can move, but I am super sore. My best effort today lets me run just a little further. .5 miles, new record! So this fat girl can run 1/2 a mile in 7:30. That is still terrible, but better than yesterday. Man I am looking forward to that beer!
If you are wondering if you can run 2 days in a row, the rule of thumb that seems to work for me as a beginner is yes, but…
You are probably sore from the day before.
You will probably feel stiff for the first few minutes.
Probably not if you ran really far or really hard the day before.
There are benefits, like after your first half marathon if you run a couple of miles the next day, you will be less sore the rest of the week. Trust me I’ve run 3 now and it helps A LOT. You get some blood flow back into your legs and flush out some lactic acid build up.