NewRunner: Please listen to Meldy and Podds, between them they have a huge amount of experience. I can only echo what they have said.
I do admire your keenness to improve and run well, but just from your description of your muscle issue, can see that they are starting to shout a warning to you, which if you dont listen, will result in them getting damaged, forcing you to stop for possibly a few months! I dont know if you know or not, but muscles and ligaments break down when you run, and repair when you rest. To start with, you need a lot more rest than you probably think. They can take many months of careful work with good rest before they develope enough resilience to not injure on a regular basis. The net result is gradually worsening pain or tightness which if left un attended will eventuallt strain or more likely just tear. That will stop you in your tracks.
If you havent got one, get a good foam roller to massage your main muscle sets, factor in 3 days rest at least to your week, and slow right down. If you feel that your running silly slow, then its probably about the right speed. if 12-14 minute miles seems slow, wait till you try it with a torn hamstring or quad! For now, I would suggest stop all together for a week, let the muscles settle, and start rolling them. Then start back slowly and build up slowly. We want to see you do well, not see you get injured!
We have all done the same, started too enthusiastically and paid for it. I reckon it took me a good year to build up to half the distances I do now. And yes, I tried to do it too fast, got injured, sulked, listened and improved to a point far greater than I ever imagined I would at 56
Nice to see you doing stuff and sounding relaxed Snaily
NR: What actually is your Quad/other injury and where? Sounds like you need to rest it and let it repair a bit more maybe?
Got packed over the weekend, Roni and I are off to Madeira for 5 days for her %0th birthday on Wednesday Funny thing is, probably half our luggage is running gear and funnily enough it was her suggestion to run some trails in the mountains after seeing some of them on tripadvisor! looks awesome Please note that when she suggested it, I did nothing to disagree... It also turns out that they have an amaizing looking Ultra there in April, although that will have to be 2016 as its too near Thames Path for me to do a very hilly one then
We will also do shopping and stuff and look around too I expect!
The cats are already getting stroppy as we have bags in the front room, and they hate us going away.
Did nothing to the house this weekend, wasnt too happy, but my excuse was that we were busy anyway. I would have preffered to pay someone else to do most of the work, but british builders it seems are pretty useless when it comes to listening to what is wanted and following instructions. The last one talked a lot but never gave us what we asked for, like a proper quote, details on the work and a sensible plan. Once he had been dispatched, It was a case of if we still go ahead with the rebuild, Im doing it myself!
Coco: if ours are anything to go by, this current flu bug is one that keeps coming back every few weeks in a slightly different form, Seems really hard to shake off properly. Cat cuddles seem to work best at the moment.
Podds: yeah I have already dropped the builder a few months ago and am project managing it myself .... I have spoken to planning officer and building regs bloke and told them both that I want to work closely with them at every stage of the way and that I only want to do each job once! Well see if that works...
So far I have been lucky and skipped the full blown ManFlu just got the coldything and coughmonster.. Everyone likes it as I cant talk for long