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by Snowcannon » Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:54 pm

Oblomov Boblomov wrote:
Dual wrote:
Oblomov Boblomov wrote:For FFS :|.

Last Parkrun I did, about 5-6 weeks ago, I ran it in 22:42.

I went this morning and managed 24:51! I've lost over two minutes!! :cry:


Which parkrun u at bro ?

Cannon Hill, which is cancelled for the next three weeks :x.


Could be worse, my best is 24:30 and my last few runs have been in the 29 minute category! :(

Do you not have any other parkruns nearby? I'm a bit spoilt for choice in london

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by Avon » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:35 pm

Haven't posted in here for ages. How's everyone doing?

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Ad7 » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:46 pm

Doing a 4 and 7.5 mile every week now, get a bit sore after the longer distance but it's worth it to not be a fat banana split any more.

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by Bunni » Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:55 pm

Anyone doing Dublin half on Sunday?

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by lex-man » Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:07 pm

I've been out of training for a while. Went for a two mile run today and realised my whole body is strawberry floated. Just got to get back into the swing of things I guess.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Bunni » Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:13 pm

Did Dublin half marathon today. My knees hate me.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by zXe » Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:33 pm

I'm thinking of starting running, I would say I'm a moderately healthy person, no heart or lung conditions, or anything health problem wise. I'm not in anyway overweight, probably more underweight if anything. Does anyone here have any tips for someone starting out, what kind of distances were you running when you started or prep did you do before starting out?

I want to get my fitness up and thought this would be a good way to go. I'm not much of a gym kinda person.

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by Snowcannon » Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:42 pm

zXe wrote:I'm thinking of starting running, I would say I'm a moderately healthy person, no heart or lung conditions, or anything health problem wise. I'm not in anyway overweight, probably more underweight if anything. Does anyone here have any tips for someone starting out, what kind of distances were you running when you started or prep did you do before starting out?

I want to get my fitness up and thought this would be a good way to go. I'm not much of a gym kinda person.

Cheers


If you're moderately healthy you should be able to run 5K. If you have any nearby I would recommend going along to a parkrun, a weekly 5k timed run every saturday. It's not a race so it doesn't matter where you finish but at the same time I find the timed nature of it quite addictive and keeps me coming back to beat my PB. Plus it's quite social too, especially if you volunteer.

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by Rex Kramer » Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:21 pm

zXe wrote:I'm thinking of starting running, I would say I'm a moderately healthy person, no heart or lung conditions, or anything health problem wise. I'm not in anyway overweight, probably more underweight if anything. Does anyone here have any tips for someone starting out, what kind of distances were you running when you started or prep did you do before starting out?

I want to get my fitness up and thought this would be a good way to go. I'm not much of a gym kinda person.

Cheers

I started with the Guardian Guide to Running podcast, which is essentially a couch to 5k. It might start a bit slow for you so maybe kick off from week 4 or 5.

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by That's not a growth » Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:39 pm

When I first started I could run for 4 mins before I was too tired to go on, and yesterday I did a 10k training run in 51 mins.
I feel I've gotten it wrong so many times it's difficult to think of what I was doing right. If you go out and run, you'll get better, such is the way things are when you're a beginner. It's a matter of still getting better after that early bit.

I'd say, start with couch to 5k: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

Keep in mind it's better to go slower. You want to run at a pace you could talk at.

Once you can do 5k at a talking pace it's time to think about your goals. Maybe you just want to build up your goals slowly, like:

Run 5k without stopping
Run 5k in 30 mins
Run 10k without stopping
Run 10k in an hour

Etc

It's recommended to not increase the amount you run in a week by 10%. If, for example, you can run 5km and want to run 10 I would recommend something like this:
Run 1: Long Slow Run (start at 5km, keep adding 10% each week until it gets to 10k)
Run 2: Hill Sprints (Find a steep hill, run up it for 15 seconds, walk back down, once you've got your breath go again. Repeat 10 times or so)
Run 3: Medium Slow Run (Similar to Long Slow run, but half the distance)
Run 4: Intervals ( Plan a route in between long and Medium distance, run enough to warm up then sprint 15 seconds, then jog long enough to get your breath back then sprint again. Try to have about 8 or do sprints).

This is pretty much what I do now and it's working alright for me so far. You could maybe do your hill sprints after a mediumish run, then do just a medium run the next session. I like to alternative sprint sessions and distance sessions personally.

I'd also recommend looking into stretching and foam rolling. It'll take quite a bit of time starting out, but over time you'll realise which movements are best for you and concentrate on those when you feel you need them.

Make sure you have rest days, and eat enough, and sleep enough. Listen to your body, it'll be difficult to figure out when you're pushing yourself too hard when you first start but it's something you'll pick up in time.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by zXe » Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:21 am

Thank you for all the information and advice. There's some very helpful stuff here. Just gotta put it into practice now ha.

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by Rex Kramer » Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:54 am

Go for it! And if you're running with your phone then I'd definitely recommend the Nike+ app, it's free and is great for keeping you motivated and tracking your times/improvements.

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by Ad7 » Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:25 am

Yep, track it in some way, it's a good motivator. I use the free version of run keeper, gives times distance etc, plus we can tag each other so only one of us needs a device when we're out.

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by Pan » Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:13 pm

Stretching is unbelievably important, I can't emphasis this enough. My physio recommends me three exercises each day, and a further two to do three times a week.

No matter how fit or fast you are, if you're hamstrings are strawberry floated (mine are) then running stops being a pleasure and becomes a pain in the arse.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by lex-man » Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:03 pm

Woo, I ran 4 miles today. It wasn't that bad. Starting running has turned my body into a toilet humour machine though.

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by Pan » Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:09 pm

Always a lovely feeling after a run when you think you've achieved something, be it distance or time or fitness.

Four miles is a nice distance and a good mile stone. 10k is just around the corner.

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by mcjihge2 » Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:15 am

I did a parkrun yesterday after almost 2 months off with a bad thigh. 26:46 isnt too bad with no/little training - possibly a bit too fast for coming back from injury. Leg felt OK running and still feels ok when i walk on it. But theres still an 'irritation' when im standing or sitting. The location seems to move each time - outer thigh, groin, then hip.

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by Mini E » Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:32 pm

Four weeks off apart from one 10k run in Australia and I have my next half marathon in 3 weeks, then the GSR and another half marathon shortly following :dread: :lol: I'm im the worst shape I've been in for around 6 or 7 months :slol:

Have signed up for the Brighton Marathon in 2017 too :)

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by satriales » Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:03 pm

In April I was running 2 miles once or twice a week and getting times of 16:30.
Then I bought a bicycle and started cycling to work and didn't do any running for four months. Now I've started to run the same 2 mile course again and beat my PB four times in a row, it's now 15:40

I know I can still do much better than that but it's encouraging to see such quick progress, the cycling has definitely been a huge help.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Pan » Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:09 pm

A gentle five miles along Bham's canals. The Bham half is in nine weeks but feeling better about it.

Coming back from an injury is one of the hardest things I've done. Anyone who does it has my full sympathy.

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