Hi all - I'm new to the group and have a couple of questions I wonder if you might offer some advice on. First, I have been doing all of my running in the morning - immediately after I wake up. I love running in the morning but I realize I definitely don't do as well as when I run later in the day. I'm just starting out but it doesn't seem to be getting much easier. I don't eat anything before I go and I'm wondering if that might have something to do with it. I don't want to eat a full breakfast either...so, what do you do to fuel yourself or even warm up your muscles for those early morning runs? I've also thought about walking for 10 or 15 minutes first too, just to loosen up the legs a little.
Second, I just started training about 6 weeks ago and I've had two separate bouts with severe calf pain. They are not cramps just extreme muscle tightness/soreness/pain. Tonight it was so bad I couldn't run at all, could hardly walk. Am I just going through the motions of a novice runner or could it be my shoes or something? Anyway, thought I'd just throw it out there. Thanks for any feedback/experiences! You are all amazing!