So, I'm 40, and pretty out of shape. I decided for health and fitness reasons to change this, and the C25k program is my method of choice. I have an odd problem though. I'm former military, and used to love running. I've also been sedentary for about 18 years, and a smoker for 8 of those. The problem I'm having is, I'm getting cramps in my calves. An online friend who does a lot of various fitness projects suggested I might be pacing too fast (which sounds odd), or my stride is messed up. So, my question is, as dumb as it sounds, how do I slow down? I live in the city, (for what it is) and try to plot a course that's mostly flat. I'm averaging my week 1 run segments at between 7 and 10 mins/mile and my walks at around 13. I completed week 1/day 2 today with no "cheat walks" and i didn't spend 40 minutes coughing like i did before, so I'm pretty happy, but for the cramps. Can anyone offer advice?
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