The Running Thread

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by Curls » Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:10 pm

So I've recently started to run a bit more.

I did my first 10KM just then and to be honest...didnt find it too difficult. Ended up at a pace of 5.20/km according to strava.

So do you guys use strava too? Any pro tips....should I buy like a proper pair of running shoes so my feet don't die? Currently i just use a £20 pair of carimoors.

I normally wake up, have a vitamin c drink, eat some chocolate (3 jaffa cakes normally does it) and then go for a run, this way i dont get a stitch. Is it stupid to be eating chocolate. I will sometimes eat a bannana, but I find that gives me a stitch more.

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by Starbreaker » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:36 pm

Definitely go for running shoes if you can spring for them. When you run you're putting a lot more stress on your ankles/knees/hips than if you're doing a non-impact sport where you're changing pace all the time (which more or less covers all other sports). When you run for 2+ mile distances the specialist shoes do help a lot imo, you notice the cushioning immediately. I have a mid range set of shoes (Brooks Launch, set me back £50 and are brilliant) and the difference is really noticeable.

Dietwise, for a middle distance sort of run I'd go for somewhere between what you're eating now and something a bit more carb heavy. Slow release carbs are a massive help for maintaining a constant energy stream at that distance; simple sugars will give you a short burst but you'll lag off fairly quickly. I normally have a little porridge or a couple of bits of brown toast and peanut butter about half an hour before (gives you time to digest it so you're not bloated and gets the carbohydrate metabolising). I'd say that's less critical than some decent shoes though; you only really have to worry about pre-run diet for runs of 10 miles plus in my experience.

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by Curls » Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:21 pm

Thanks for the tips. I'll probably pick up some good shoes and some warmish clothing for winter runs and maybe do a half marathon next year.

Will I ruin all my joints and be a cripple by the time I'm 30?

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by Starbreaker » Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:55 pm

Ha, no not at all - if you're careful. I've not been able to run for six weeks because I was gunning for a half marathon pb. I got it but about seven miles in my quad started aching like strawberry float and by the end I was in agony. My knee swelled up to cricket ball sized a couple of days later and went purple. Turns out it's tendonitis.

Point is I ran too far, too fast. As counterintuitive as it seems, DO NOT aim for amazing times, keep in your comfort zone and just enjoy it. You can gradually pick the distance/speed up - the week I busted my leg I did two halfs and a full marathon - but by hammering it really put my body under stress and I'm paying the price now. In the preceeding weeks I'd been running brilliantly without really trying but it does take time.

Oh and if you want some tips from a real pro, Avon is the master. Guy's a pro, not some watermelon-kneed jag off.

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by Curls » Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:47 pm

Went into a running shop today...jesus christ the prices of all of their shoes...I wanted to spend £30-£50 not £120....any advice on where to shop for them and a good cheap/mid range pair?

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by Ad7 » Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:54 pm

I got some great new balance ones for £68 I think it was in sports direct. The only problem was I had to go in to sports direct.

They're brilliant trainers, the only time I've had a hint of a blister is when I wore normal socks one time because all my running ones were dirty.

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by Mini E » Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:54 pm

Curls wrote:Went into a running shop today...jesus christ the prices of all of their shoes...I wanted to spend £30-£50 not £120....any advice on where to shop for them and a good cheap/mid range pair?


It's difficult with running shoes because it's so important that you get half-decent ones if you're running long distances so as not to damage your lower body. That being said, from my experiences and from speaking to employees, once you get past the £80 mark the increase in quality plateaus somewhat. I certainly wouldn't get any below £40 as (generally) they simply won't be as good. I got mine for £100 and they're absolutely incredible. I run between 20k and 25k per week in them (having had serious ankle problems in the past) and they support it so well my flare ups have hugely decreased.

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http://www.asics.co.uk/Shop/Shoes/Runni ... 36915.3907

They're £140 on there but were cheaper in a local shop.

Where are you based? Cardiff? If so - Sweatshop may have something for you. One of my friends works for them so might be able to ask for a discount :shifty:

I'd also massively recommend you go and get your running gait looked at in one of the running shoe shops as different shoes provide support to different parts of the foot depending if you pronate or supinate.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Curls » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:22 pm

I'm in Lincoln these days...i'll try to save some pennies then =\ Jesus nothing is cheap these days.

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by Exxy » Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:42 pm

I run in a pair of pretty basic Adidas trainers I've had for about 5 years. They're still in top condition, no signs of the sole giving way or anything. Paid about £60 for them, nothing flashy but all I need. One of those things that you pay a lot for, but you can go years without replacing. Once I've got some steady income I'll probably grab some Nikes but that's purely because I like the look of them a bit more.

Whereabouts do you run in Lincoln? I've just moved home after finishing uni there. I always found it a pain to run around because of the hill. Going up was fun but running down it was just dangerous most of the time.

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by Curls » Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:33 pm

I live on top of the hill and towards the Carlton Centre. So I just run towards the city centre and around the lanes, past the big Tesco etc. Swoop around the Cathedral a few times sometimes. I avoid downhill.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Ad7 » Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:58 am

The very outer part of my left knee joint is hurting like a bitch after yesterday's run, to the point where I was just limping around the office grimacing like herr flic of the gestapo all afternoon :dread:

No idea either, wasn't doing anything different to normal, still hurts now.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by mcjihge2 » Sat Sep 19, 2015 2:35 pm

Im doing the Aintree 10k tomorrow, Ive got a new top which is very figure hugging. So i want to pin my number to my shorts - good idea?

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Ad7 » Sat Sep 19, 2015 2:44 pm

Safety pin on the hip should be alright.

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by mcjihge2 » Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:19 pm

I managed 56min in the Aintree 10K. I bit disappointed, I had been running 54 on my training runs and was aiming for 55. I think that I was held up by too many fat bottomed girls, for some reason or another. Met Ron Hill too which was nice.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by mcjihge2 » Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:28 pm

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Its a scam.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Ad7 » Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:12 pm

Imagine being the sort of person who reads marathon news :dread:

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by mcjihge2 » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:26 pm

:( I think ive read it 3 times in the last 3 years.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Exxy » Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:11 am

I'd love to run a marathon at some point, the hassle of getting into one just puts me off the whole idea though.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Bunni » Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:09 pm

Still not had mine through however Anung mistook it for junk mail last year and let it sit hidden in a pile for a week so I'm not entirely convinced it's royal mails fault.

Seeing as my bike got nicked and I can't cycle to Amsterdam (and the cycling aspect of our tour has been a total flop of problems) I've signed myself up to the Brussels half marathon tomorrow instead. Gunna go buy a gooseberry fool ton of pasta to make up for my complete lack of training.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Corazon de Leon » Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:59 pm

If you don't go sub 90, I'm disowning you. Training or no training.

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