The Running Thread

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Mini E » Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:45 am

Had miscalculated the length of route for this morning. Was 9 miles rather than 11.5 but as it was a new route which I'd only looked at on google maps, I hadn't realised quite how uphilly it was. Horrific on the calves :lol: - Not entirely sure how but got my 10k best down to 52:30 even though it really felt like I was running in treacle for the first 5km. Very odd.

The two things on my Christmas list so far are a foam roller so I don't have to finish my runs at the gym to foam roll, and nipple tape :lol: - another exciting Christmas in the Mini E household :fp:

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by Ad7 » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:32 pm

I've been resting my leg for the past few months so today was my first time running again.

:dread: float me

I usually do 8.30 miles on that route no sweat for the 4 miles, but today I was really struggling to do 9.30s :dread: To top it off, when we finished every muscle in both my legs got mega cramp which I can still feel now.

Oh and I have two inch long blisters in the arch of both feet which developed half way round.

Pathetic display :fp:

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by mcjihge2 » Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:55 pm

Parkrun christmas/ boxing day went ok, If unbelievably waterlogged - more of a wade. Ive got a possible 2 parkruns on new years day - considering doing one at 9am the driving to one at 10:30am. good/bad idea?

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by Poser » Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:31 pm

This isn't really a running update per se, but is so significant (to me) that I wanted to share and this seemed the best place.

For the past four months I've been suffering with pretty chronic knee pain. I've suffered from cumulative wear and tear for years, and it was knee pain that ended my sprinting career in 2008.

However, recently it's been hideous. Hurts every day, can't bend, can't walk, can't do stairs. I was wondering if, at the age of nearly 37, I was just going to have to accept that my legs were going to hurt now. I did some research and, based on my symptoms, it looked to be tendonitis (or similar) of my patella tendon.

As a last ditch attempt before coughing up for physio/osteopathy, I bought a patella strap. One of these things:

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I've been wearing it for two days, one on each knee, and the transformation has been utterly remarkable. This morning I woke up and walked downstairs freely, and without pain, even with the strap removed. It's an absolute revelation. I can't describe how happy I am with this.

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by Mini E » Wed Jan 20, 2016 4:55 pm

That's great to hear Poser! Remember to take it off when possible each day so you don't become totally dependent on it :)

My training's going really well at the moment. Was really pleased with a 16k I did last weekend - felt very strong at the end of it. 10 1/2 weeks until the Reading Half Marathon - am also signed up to the Bournemouth Half and the Great South Run. It's going to be a great 2016 :)

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by Harry Ola » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:34 pm

Poser wrote:This isn't really a running update per se, but is so significant (to me) that I wanted to share and this seemed the best place.

For the past four months I've been suffering with pretty chronic knee pain. I've suffered from cumulative wear and tear for years, and it was knee pain that ended my sprinting career in 2008.

However, recently it's been hideous. Hurts every day, can't bend, can't walk, can't do stairs. I was wondering if, at the age of nearly 37, I was just going to have to accept that my legs were going to hurt now. I did some research and, based on my symptoms, it looked to be tendonitis (or similar) of my patella tendon.

As a last ditch attempt before coughing up for physio/osteopathy, I bought a patella strap. One of these things:

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I've been wearing it for two days, one on each knee, and the transformation has been utterly remarkable. This morning I woke up and walked downstairs freely, and without pain, even with the strap removed. It's an absolute revelation. I can't describe how happy I am with this.


After taking up running about 3 years ago, I had no issues until about a year in I had awful knee pain on a 10K run. Was sore for a long time and I ended up having a break. Coming back, I got the exact same strap and I've not had a problem since, despite doing many more cumulative miles. It's amazing really, as to look at it you would never believe it could make such a difference.

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by That's not a growth » Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:30 pm

Are you guys doing anything along the lines of squats? I used to have a problem with my knees and my physio said I needed to strengthen the muscles around them. Worked a treat.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Ad7 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:52 pm

Interesting on that knee thing post as that sounds like the sorry of pain i was getting. A LOT of rest seems to have curbed it for now though. I may get one of those as a backup though.

I've got really muscley legs so I don't think that's a problem for me.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Ad7 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:00 pm

Weighed myself for the first time in a while this morning and I've lost another 5 pounds putting me just over 12 stone now.

That's down from just under 14 stone when I started running, and I've only been doing 8 miles week :D

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by mcjihge2 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 2:08 pm

My calf muscle has got a bit of an ache. Does anyone have any views on massagers or foam rollers?

Or are these things just used in adult movies?

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Mini E » Sat Mar 05, 2016 6:45 pm

Grab one of the foam rollers which are uneven - far more effective. Far more painful but if you're going to do it it's better to do it efficiently!

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Slartibartfast » Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:39 pm

Foam roller - yes. Expensive massage thingies - no.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Rex Kramer » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:29 am

Can anyone recommend a half decent running watch? I'm not bothered about the pulse monitor and really am just after times etc. I've got my phone with me strapped to my arm for music but never bother with any of the GPS apps on it so maybe an android smartwatch might be a better option?

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by Mini E » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:39 pm

If you just want times then just grab an app for your phone for a couple of quid. Nike+ does the job absolutely fine!

Reading Half Marathon in 36 hours. :dread: :mrgreen: !

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by mcjihge2 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:57 pm

Rex Kramer wrote:Can anyone recommend a half decent running watch? I'm not bothered about the pulse monitor and really am just after times etc. I've got my phone with me strapped to my arm for music but never bother with any of the GPS apps on it so maybe an android smartwatch might be a better option?


Phone apps - Endomondo is pretty good. Parkruns official one is Strava and ive started using that. The free ones seem to be sufficient. Give the free ones a download and if you dont like them you can just delete them.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Poser » Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:06 pm

Mini E wrote:
Reading Half Marathon in 36 hours. :dread: :mrgreen: !


Don't panic mate; you'll run it much more quickly than that.

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by Rex Kramer » Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:10 am

Mini E wrote:If you just want times then just grab an app for your phone for a couple of quid. Nike+ does the job absolutely fine!

Reading Half Marathon in 36 hours. :dread: :mrgreen: !

What I was after though was times whilst running and with my phone strapped to my upper arm then that is difficult.

Good luck with the 1/2. I've signed up for a 10k in July and am considering a half marathon in September.

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by Mini E » Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:28 am

Rex Kramer wrote:
Mini E wrote:If you just want times then just grab an app for your phone for a couple of quid. Nike+ does the job absolutely fine!

Reading Half Marathon in 36 hours. :dread: :mrgreen: !

What I was after though was times whilst running and with my phone strapped to my upper arm then that is difficult.

Good luck with the 1/2. I've signed up for a 10k in July and am considering a half marathon in September.


If you have an earphone connected to your phone whilst you run, the app gives you splits through the earphones after every mile or kilometre (depending on how you set it up) so you can get updates throughout the run. You can also set your runs to be certain lengths so it tells you when you're half way through etc - there are a lot of options.

Thanks mate - I'll let you know tomorrow night whether the half marathon idea is a good one or not! I've got another one in October and how tomorrow goes will decide whether I sign up for any more inbetween!

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Rex Kramer » Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:54 am

Interesting, I'll check out the Nike app.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Rex Kramer » Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:34 am

Thanks for the tip on the Nike app, looks like I've saved myself £60. Tried it this morning, turns out my mapmyrun 5k route isn't quite as 5k as I thought so I'm about 30 secs slower. Really helpful with splits, achievements etc so I can see this will really help me improve.


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