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by Victor Mildew » Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:27 am

BTB wrote:Started running again since the lockdown and can no longer make it to a gym. Making slow progress but enjoying it (whilst the weather is nice at least...). Never been a serious runner so any tips for people getting back into it?

Currently doing about three 5-6.5k runs a week, looking to build the total distance up to 10k one a week, just trying out some new routes around the parks near me.


Same As what I'm doing by the sounds of it. Take it easy, and remember the overall fitness and speed will come after a few weeks.

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by satriales » Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:45 am

BTB wrote:Started running again since the lockdown and can no longer make it to a gym. Making slow progress but enjoying it (whilst the weather is nice at least...). Never been a serious runner so any tips for people getting back into it?

Currently doing about three 5-6.5k runs a week, looking to build the total distance up to 10k one a week, just trying out some new routes around the parks near me.

I find the best way to increase distance is simply slow down. Don't be scared to walk if you need to, just ignore your time and focus on completing the distance. Next time you'll be able to do it faster.

Biggest mistake I made early on was pushing hard every time I ran. Eventually it led to injury. 'Easy' runs are essential.

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by Jenuall » Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:03 pm

satriales wrote:
BTB wrote:Started running again since the lockdown and can no longer make it to a gym. Making slow progress but enjoying it (whilst the weather is nice at least...). Never been a serious runner so any tips for people getting back into it?

Currently doing about three 5-6.5k runs a week, looking to build the total distance up to 10k one a week, just trying out some new routes around the parks near me.

I find the best way to increase distance is simply slow down. Don't be scared to walk if you need to, just ignore your time and focus on completing the distance. Next time you'll be able to do it faster.

Biggest mistake I made early on was pushing hard every time I ran. Eventually it led to injury. 'Easy' runs are essential.

100% this. As soon as a I stopped worrying about pace as a key factor I was able to comfortably up my distance quite quickly and the speed improved soon after.

Eventually once you settle on a distance then you need to start looking at working on things like sprint/speed training to improve times, but that's not something to worry about initially

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by BTB » Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:47 am

Cheers for the advice!

Went for a run this morning, managed to do 7.3k and felt good. My pace was also more consistent than previous runs which is nice (probably could have gone a bit further too).

Using strava which is both good for the details and tracking... but also difficult to not constantly look at other peoples times etc. But more motivating that not overall.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by BTB » Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:25 pm

Completed a 10k the other day which I was pretty pleased with. Then did a 5k this morning and found it really difficult :lol:

Kind of thought after doing 10 my body would be fine with 5, but seemingly not. Pace still seems to vary quite a lot during my runs.

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by Lex-Man » Fri May 15, 2020 10:16 am

Has anyone done one of those virtual events? I thinking about doing one as I've done at least one physical event a year for the last decade. But obviously there won't be any physical events this year because of covid-19.

If you've done a virtual run what was it like? Did you think it was better than normal training?

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by poshrule_uk » Fri May 15, 2020 11:03 am

Lex-Man wrote:Has anyone done one of those virtual events? I thinking about doing one as I've done at least one physical event a year for the last decade. But obviously there won't be any physical events this year because of covid-19.

If you've done a virtual run what was it like? Did you think it was better than normal training?


I have never done one, not sure it's for me but if I was I would want to do something that is a challenge

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by Lex-Man » Fri May 15, 2020 11:06 am

poshrule_uk wrote:
Lex-Man wrote:Has anyone done one of those virtual events? I thinking about doing one as I've done at least one physical event a year for the last decade. But obviously there won't be any physical events this year because of covid-19.

If you've done a virtual run what was it like? Did you think it was better than normal training?


I have never done one, not sure it's for me but if I was I would want to do something that is a challenge


That's kind of my issue as you can do it in chunks. Like 90 miles in 120 days you can make it really easy for yourself.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Hypes » Sat May 16, 2020 9:48 am

Ran my first 10k yesterday, just over an hour, really pleased with that. Weirdly the second 5k felt easier, certainly from about 6-9k

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by satriales » Sat May 16, 2020 10:01 am

Lex-Man wrote:...obviously there won't be any physical events this year because of covid-19.

There will still be physical events. Some have cancelled or moved to later in the year but I'd be very surprised if none go ahead.

I have three ultras lined up this year. One was supposed to be in April but has been moved to September, one is in November and should still go ahead with minor changes, the other is in three weeks but might be delayed until August.

The main problems with running come from everyone being close at the registration/start, and from aid stations. If a race has a staggered start, registration packs posted beforehand, and people told to bring their own water/nutrition then that solves most of the issues.
Obviously huge road marathon events with thousands of people is a different matter, but smaller events should be safe to run soon.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by satriales » Sat May 16, 2020 10:08 am

Hypes wrote:Ran my first 10k yesterday, just over an hour, really pleased with that. Weirdly the second 5k felt easier, certainly from about 6-9k

Well done! I still remember my first 10k run which was also just over an hour. Feels like a big milestone when you can do that.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by Cyburn2 » Thu May 28, 2020 12:29 pm

Got back into jogging, tried doing it using a mask - Big Mistake, had to take the thing off.

Only did 2 miles (3.22km)

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by BTB » Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:40 am

Managed my first sub 50m 10km yesterday, 48.32 in the end. Feels good :toot:

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by Ecno » Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:07 am

satriales wrote:
Hypes wrote:Ran my first 10k yesterday, just over an hour, really pleased with that. Weirdly the second 5k felt easier, certainly from about 6-9k

Well done! I still remember my first 10k run which was also just over an hour. Feels like a big milestone when you can do that.


I think mine was an 1hr 10-15m ish round Greenwich park.

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by Tomous » Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:09 pm

Any recommendations for a Smart watch?

Essentially I want it for running-mapping my run, time, distance etc while also playing Spotify (so will need space for downloaded music) through bluetooth headphones.

Don't want to spend a fortune (ideally <£200) but want something I won't want to change anytime soon.

I've been looking at the Garmin Vioactive but not sure whether to go for the 3 music model or pay more for the 4?

Open to suggestions though.

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by That's not a growth » Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:23 pm

Don't go for anything that uses Android, Google seem to not give a gooseberry fool about their watch OS and do strawberry float all with it. At this stage I would be surprised if they kill the whole thing within the next few years, like they do everything else.

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by satriales » Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:19 am

Tomous wrote:Any recommendations for a Smart watch?

Essentially I want it for running-mapping my run, time, distance etc while also playing Spotify (so will need space for downloaded music) through bluetooth headphones.

Don't want to spend a fortune (ideally <£200) but want something I won't want to change anytime soon.

I've been looking at the Garmin Vioactive but not sure whether to go for the 3 music model or pay more for the 4?

Open to suggestions though.

This guy does good reviews of all running watches and explains what's new over the previous version: https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/09/gar ... -know.html

I treated myself to a Fenix 6X a couple of months ago. It's probably overkill for most people I mainly wanted the mapping and huge battery. One of the features I love that is also on the vibiactive 4 is the NFC Garmin Pay.
There aren't many UK banks that work with it, but you can setup an account with Curve which does support it and that lets you add your current bank cards. Now during a long run I can just pop into a shop for food or a drink and pay with my watch - no need to carry a wallet on me!

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by satriales » Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:29 am

I'm running an ultra marathon tomorrow. It's called The Omen 66.6 and is basically 66.6 miles (actually more like 69) along the north downs way with 9000ft of hills.

I attempted the same race last year but DNF at 32 miles with knee pain. I then went on to DNF another ultra and so it's been over a year since I actually finished a race!

My goals:
A. Finish within the 20hr cutoff
B. Finish before midnight (17hrs)
C. Daylight finish (14.5hrs)

C is basically never going to happen but I really don't know what time I can expect. Main goal is just to finish.

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PostRe: The Running Thread
by satriales » Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:28 pm

Update on last weekends ultra:

Before the race I kept telling myself to start off slow but as always I shot off from the start way too fast. There were 8 of us in the ultra and I was leading for the first 16 miles. I didn't really care what position I finished but I know the first section very well and it is flat and easy compared to the rest of the terrain so I made progress while I felt good. I knew the two people behind me were faster runners and would soon pass, which they did shortly after.

At 16 miles is the biggest, steepest hill on what is a very hilly course and after walking to the top I started running again only for both of my calves to seize up completely forcing me to stop where I am and sit down. After a minute I got up and could hardly walk, but limped along for a few minutes before eventually they recovered and I continued running. Only a few minutes later I could feel the calves about to cramp again so slowed to a walk. The quads were also joining in on the downhills. Basically for the remaining 51 miles I had to run/walk but I did eventually get to the finish in 17hr 47m and 4th place :toot:

Very happy with that considering the constant cramp all day, and it was very hot too. The winners both managed just under 14hrs, and 3rd place was about 16hr 20m. I did keep within 30mins of third place for most of the race but eased off towards the end as my legs were destroyed and I knew I couldn't catch him.

Still recovering almost a week later. When I did a 50 mile run I was fine the next day but the hills and cramp in this race were really hard on the legs. I couldn't walk for two days and the knees still hurt on stairs, but hopefully be back to normal next week.

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by mcjihge2 » Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:52 pm

Well done. A did a 15km run last week along the canal and that was enough. Last year i did the liverpool half and died half way through because of the humidity in sefton park.

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