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The Running Thread

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:52 pm
by Avon
Update 11/5/11
Going to update the first post with some basic running info and guides - currently work in progress!

Useful Websites
http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/default.asp?v=1 - good source of all running information
http://www.fetcheveryone.com - personal stats tracking and great running community!

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:00 pm
by Karl_
Yes, yes, "I relax with a long hard run," very witty... :roll:

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:00 pm
by Karl_
;)

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:09 pm
by Exxy
The week I got back into running, the pavements got covered in ice for 2 weeks. That was just before christmas, which threw me off a little. When I do run, I'm not good at all, I think my furthest is just over 2.5 miles and that left me in pain for a couple of days after :shifty: Really want to get good at it though, I've got a decent stride length thanks to my height and I struggle to put on much fat, so it's mainly just for a hobby. Might go for one next time I'm free after school.

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:38 pm
by TravelJug
Running is something I wish I liked but it's very rare I get the urge to go for one. :? Maybe I'll make an effort to go for one this weekend. I'm more of a sprint/walk/jog type of guy I guess.

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:55 pm
by Heskimo
Just been for a run earlier on with Mike.Black from here. Went round Stanley Park in Blackpool which is about 2 miles round the outside. Managed to do it fine without slowing down which is pretty good for me as I'm pretty damn unfit. First time I did that was last Weds and I was aching for days, hoping it's not as bad this time. Had a good stretch off afterward, so fingers crossed.

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:59 pm
by Oh Teh Noes
Yay!

I'm a running noob. Done three runs: two 5ks and a 10k. The first 5k I was happy with - I got a time of just under 25 minutes. The 10k I did, I got just under an hour. Well happy. :)

When the weather gets hotter I'll start running again.

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:01 pm
by Slartibartfast
I've signed up for a 10k run on the 13th February... the 5k one I did last year nearly killed me so I'm slightly apprehensive. (It's not so much the fitness, just the legs want to detach themselves and crawl away).

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:08 pm
by Bunni
Entries for Great North Run and Great Manchester Run close end of the week-ish. they're both fantastically popular races which are defo worth a shot in doing.

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:12 pm
by PsychicSykes
Is there any sort of listing website for finding runs locally? I'd like to get fit and I think having some short to aim for would help.

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:33 pm
by Bunni
Runnersworld.com

They're listed on the events section at the top. Also, most decent running shops (Not JD sports/Sports Direct :fp:) will have a copy of the local running guide which lists them for the next three months.

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:04 am
by Jonathan86
I usually go for a run three times a week. Nowadays I keep them short and just try and get a fast time, so normally around 2-3 miles. I can hit 6 minute miles on a good day.

I used to go for much longer runs a few years ago, but I found that I was losing too much weight doing that. I wanted to retain muscle mass so I though shorter runs would suit me best, instead of becoming some kind of human rake.

I've not entered any races, but I'm very interested in doing some soon. Wanted to do the Glasgow half-marathon this year but it clashes with our honeymoon. Might have a look at the Edinburgh 10k and half-marathon instead ...

Also, what muscle groups should I try to work to improve my time? At the minute I'm working mainly my core - should I put more emphasis on my legs (or even arms?)

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:08 am
by Dual
I run like a girl :(

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:46 pm
by Nova
I've registered for the Great South Run and a 10k on April 25th, after never really racing, and being away from running for a fair while. I'm looking forward to it, and it seems a great way for me to keep motivated. Running for Naomi's House for the Great South Run, if anyone has heard of it.

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:32 am
by Avon
Jonathan86 wrote:Also, what muscle groups should I try to work to improve my time? At the minute I'm working mainly my core - should I put more emphasis on my legs (or even arms?)


Here's a link to an article detailing useful exercises to complete to help increase your speed.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m ... i_21240304

I would also recommend interval running which is all about building up your effort during runs. The other tip is to run with someone slightly faster than you and try and stay with them.

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:12 pm
by Jonathan86
Avon wrote:Here's a link to an article detailing useful exercises to complete to help increase your speed.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m ... i_21240304

I would also recommend interval running which is all about building up your effort during runs. The other tip is to run with someone slightly faster than you and try and stay with them.


Thanks man, it's a great article.

Another question now. I've noticed after my last few runs that I've come back and had some discomfort in my shins (the best I could describe it would be a pins and needles sensation). I ignored it initially, but I noticed some discomfort while doing general walking around yesterday. Does this automatically indicate shin splints? I've heard some people talk about it, but they described it as very painful, which I am not experiencing.

My running trainers aren't that old (coming up to a year), but it's strange how this has just started. If in the worst case it is shin splints and I have to give up running for a while, would a cross trainer be a good substitute, or will that batter my shins too? I really can't bear the thought of not running for a month without some form of substitution - I'd go nuts.

Also, could this be caused by the shoes I wear everyday? I bought some new Vans a few weeks back, and wear them everywhere. However, they are quite a stiff shoe when new, so I think it has caused me to walk differently. My old everyday trainers were a pair of Salomon's cross country running shoes, so could the drastic change also cause my symptoms?

I'd really appreciate any advice you guys have!

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:53 pm
by BSA
I try to run 3 times a week, i've got a great route around the beach 8-)

http://www.walkjogrun.net/ You might find this useful...

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:47 pm
by Loire
Did a pretty hefty run for myself last night after doing a 45 minute weights session. I was suprised to see how far I could get without stopping, and had a few short sprinting bursts when I got a bit into the music I was listening to - probably strawberry floated me. It was only about 1.3 miles but I enjoyed it.

Exxy, how awesome would this be for jogging to:

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:04 pm
by Jonathan86
Short version: Went to a running shop, woman watched me walk, and immediately knew why I was getting sore shins. New fancy trainers ahoy :)

Re: The Running Thread

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:07 pm
by The Monsoon Lizard
Avon wrote:I've been dipping


Stopped read there.