Our expert says:
It sounds like it's probably a little inflammation or overuse of the elbow tendons. If it was from overdoing it acutely, causing stiffness, then you'd feel it more in the muscles.
So I'm guessing a little here, but it sounds like maybe the increase in your training is just a little too quick for your history. I know you said you'd been using light weights, but when you start out, the tendons and ligaments often get overworked without you knowing about it. Until the next day when you train again.
So it's a matter of reducing the work load, dropping the weight even more and also avoid the exercises that are causing the pain for a week or two. Try alternative forms of training, give it a day or two between sessions and allow your body to adapt - the key is recognizing that your pain is probably the result of chronic training, not a once-off session, so even though each day might feel easy, the cumulative effect is still just a little high.
The same principle applies to running. If you can't run long, then you can find out where that cut-off is - perhaps it's 20 minutes, and you should aim for that for 2 weeks. Then up to 25, then 30 and so on. It might be 10 minutes, and that's fine too. You can do pretty much anything, it's the "ceiling" that is the problem, and staying just beneath it until to edges upwards.
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