general running thread

(361 Posts)
LillethTheCat Sun 17-Mar-13 14:48:31

I mean for everyone including those who have graduated from the C25K. Do we have one?

Im coming up to my one year anniversary of running now. I have started to do Parkruns as they have now started up near me. I have just come back from a 10K too and am currently feeling the post run euphoria. I would like to tell people about it, but DH isn't that interested (just like Im not interested in his hobbies)

So do we have a thread already which I cant find? Or can this be it?

PeggyO Sun 17-Mar-13 17:04:06

Hi Lilleth, I would be up for joining a general running thread if there isn't one already! This week I officially kick off my half marathon training so would love to chat with other runners about what / how they are doing.

I've been running for over 2 years now and also just completed a 10k race this morning. It poured down the whole way round and now I feel mocked by the lovely sunshine this afternoon! I was 8 minutes faster than my target time so I was very happy indeed in spite of the rain. How did your run go?

LillethTheCat Sun 17-Mar-13 17:50:19

It went ok. It was very cold prior to running, but it was dry. It was mostly on track that had got very muddy over the last few days so it wasn't the best run I could have had. I did better than I was hoping for though so it can't have been too bad. I must be getting faster too as I walked a couple of bits of it. Firstly due to the mud, then once I had walked once it didn't bother me walking again.

Im hoping to do another 5 10Ks this year then a 10 miler in Nov. One day I would like to do the Great North Run so might apply next year and see if I can get in.

There's nothing like the post run euphoria.

Victoria3012 Sun 17-Mar-13 18:21:24

Hi lilleth, I've been running for 2 months. I've gone from 90 seconds of running killing me to running 5.5k in about 35/40 minutes. I'm doing the bupa London 10k in May. I had a session with a personal trainer yesterday and I'm aching.. I had to rub tiger balm on my legs so I could bend my legs and sit on the toilet grin.

Victoria3012 Sun 17-Mar-13 18:23:07

I should add that I'm having a great time and love running grin.

Belugagrad Sun 17-Mar-13 18:43:30

Hi everyone! I'd love to Join this thread, post run buzz is the best! My husband loves when I get back as I'm always in a good mood! Sounds like you all have some good races booked in. Today I signed
Up for my first 10 miler in may! Nervous now....

LillethTheCat Sun 17-Mar-13 18:53:32

I love the run buzz. Recently Ive been feeling really fed up (Im looking for work and not having much luck, DD2 is full of cold so has not been sleeping very well) recently, but today has been brilliant. I need to make the effort to run properly (ie 3/4 times a week). I must admit Ive not been out as much as I should over the winter months. Unfortunately its been snowing heavily here since 5 and its forecast to not stop snowing till Wed.

applejelly Sun 17-Mar-13 20:12:22

Hello, a running thread is a great idea. I am just returning to running after injury swiftly followed by pregnancy (DD born in January) and have completed week 2 of C25K. I love the buzz too!

I started running over 10 years ago but only really "got" it after DS was born in 2010 (probably because getting out of the house for a run was suddenly much more appealing!).

I've done one 10k (60:03) and have signed up for another in October. Need to take training really slowly this time as I think I did too much for the last one which led to my calcaneal stress fracture... oops.

I'm taking a week off this week as my knees are a bit achy but will go on to week 3 next week.

theoriginalandbestrookie Sun 17-Mar-13 20:20:24

I did a half kilamathon today ( 13.1k).

I was a bit nervous about it as although I have been training since the start of the year, my long runs haven't been as long as I felt they should be because of the awful weather we have been having and because I get really bored if I run for more than an hour.

I'm never going to be fast, but was really pleased that I shaved 2 mins off my 2011 time, it was to be fair an easier course. It was great though because this time there were more runners and back in 2011 there was a fair chance that I could have ended up last, whereas this time I was 747th out of 800 ( for me that's good!)

I might sign up for the 10k later in the year - it always feel nice to do that distance when you have run for longer.

Hedgepig Sun 17-Mar-13 22:07:35

Hello can I join, I'm signed up for a 10k in mid April I ran for 6 miles this morning which I thought was 10k but when I got the calculator out I needed to do 0.4 miles more grrrrrr.

LillethTheCat Mon 18-Mar-13 10:01:29

I thought 10K was 6.2 miles. Then again that's not what Ive worked out, but what Ive always thought. I just think of it as 6 miles, whats 0.2/0.4 of a mile when you've already ran 6 grin

Ive just paid for a place on the Sunderland 10K in April grin I didn't know what to put for expected finishing time. I chose 55:01 - 1:05:00 as I was thinking aiming for less than 1 hr10, but feel I can do it less than 1hr 5 mins if I push myself. So have another race to look forward to now.

I tried running back in 2010 and just couldn't get on with it, then in 2011 I really wanted to give it another go, but with being pregnant with DD2 I decided to wait until 2012. Now I look back and wish I joined a club in 2010 or even earlier, but hey ho.

anoldbloke Mon 18-Mar-13 10:43:58

10k is slightly over 6.2 miles. 6 and a quarter is good enough for doing mental arithmetic for your splits.

Hi there! Just done my first couple of 5k runs after 3 injuries in 2012. Target is 10k in under 60 min. Frustrated by muddiness of off-road running at present - really can't be doing with another injury from slipping over.

theoriginalandbestrookie Mon 18-Mar-13 16:04:05

Hedgepig if you can do 6 miles now then you are more than ready for a 10k in April, well done.

PeggyO Mon 18-Mar-13 17:42:01

Hooray, lots of runners!

Lilleth, 5 10ks and a 10 miler?! Wow, you will be busy!

Victoria, what kind of stuff do you do with your trainer? Sounds painful whatever it is!

Congrats on the half kilomathon theorginial! I'm not fast either and still always feel a little bit elated not to be at the very back of every race.

Good job Hedgepig, sounds like you are pretty much ready for your race already.

I now have every run and cross training session between now and my half marathon in June in my diary - it's a little bit scary looking at it all! Still, one step at a time...

LillethTheCat Mon 18-Mar-13 21:47:18

Im scared even thinking about doing the GNR in Sept 2014 shock I might not even get on it yet either. Still imagine the feeling after. Also someone said on Sunday its the first step that's the hardest once you get going, that's it it's easy.

<waves to everyone>

DIddled Mon 18-Mar-13 21:54:33

Runnng home from work twice a week about 5 miles. Few smaller ones in the week 2-3 miles plus same at weekend. Been at it since just before Xmas with a 3 week break for illness in Jan. I have never run in my life, I am in my 40's and can't believe I can do it! 5 miles takes about an hour so I am not super fast though. Thinking of a 10 k in the summer. Keep it up girls smile

CooEeeEldridge Mon 18-Mar-13 21:56:18

Hi! Can I join please, did my first proper run yesterday for the first time in ages as I'm training for this:- Eek! I'm just doing the half mucker though.

I 'only' did 7 miles, and my quads are hurting today!

dramaqueen Mon 18-Mar-13 21:58:07

Lovely thread. I'm recovering from a bad muscle tear so I'm taking it slowly. I did it on 1 Jan and then again in February, as I think I went back to running too quickly. Nth is time I've had weekly physio and am back to running 2 miles. Aiming for 3 miles this weekend and up to 10K by May.

I've only been running a year but love it.

Snowgirl1 Mon 18-Mar-13 22:07:40

Oooh, a running thread. Excellent, just what I need to motivate me to get back into training. I really haven't got back into it properly since having DD (and that was 14 months ago!) and I want to! I'm toying with the idea of signing up for the Berlin marathon in early autumn...

LillethTheCat Tue 19-Mar-13 14:51:00

That looks fun Coo

Does the post-run high get better the further or harder the race?

Im going to go back to my running club tonight after being away for so long. I have been doing a course and it has been clashing, but I have an exam next week which means its over for that course and I will be more likely to be free Tues and Thurs.

My plan is to do Parkruns on Sat mornings, long run Sun Afternoons and running club Tues and Thurs evenings. Im really excited to be getting back into it properly again.

We can all motivate each other to stick at it. My plan is also now to do a race, feel that amazing rush afterwards and book my next one there and then. If I hadn't have gone on Sunday I dont know if I would have been keen to go tonight.

Ooh - a general running thread is a good idea! I've been running for a few years now but have just had to pull out of doing my first half marathon,for the second time sad ,due to a minor injury. Just managed a short run today though, so onwards and upwards! Can't decide whether half marathons are just not for me, and to stick to 5 and 10k or to grit my teeth and try one more time...
Anyway, I love my running usually, and love doing Parkrun.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Tue 19-Mar-13 16:26:32

I'd like to join this thread. I've taken up running in the last six months or so. I'm running my first 10k on saturday. Kind of dreading it! I signed up to run a half marathon in the autumn in a bid to force myself to keep going all year but I'm not sure if that's a distance too far and if I wouldn't prefer to just keep trying to get faster at a 5 and 10 k. Time will tell I guess. At the minute it seems a tall order as by 11k I feel I've used up ALL my energy and I begin to feel my hips ache and my butt, knees etc! - Makes me feel old! I am trying to do a longer run on the weekends, a swim once a week, two interval training sessions and a short run session a week. I'm a lot fitter than when I started but could still be a lot fitter than I am if you know what I mean! I'm hoping to do the 10k in an hour but have no ideas as to date the only 10k's I've run have been with lots of hilly bits and this is flat. I'm terrified of doing a race but I'm thinking that by entering I am committed to train which means I can't slob any more. I've lost two stone in the process and don't want it back so that's motivation enough!

applejelly Tue 19-Mar-13 16:37:44

Wow ,pleaseputyourhoeson, 2 stone in 6 months? That's impressive and definitely a good motivator! I bet you really enjoy your 10k race and there's loads of time to train up gradually for the half marathon in autumn.

What injury homessweetholmes? I am a bit obsessed with injury at the moment having had 2 spoil my running in the last 2 years! On the plus side my knees feel back to normal only 5 days after a v painful run so I'm hopeful that the exercises I'm doing are working & I'll be running again sooner than I thought.

anoldbloke Tue 19-Mar-13 17:31:22

I've been running since the '70s and am more than happy to give advice. It's a wonderful, fulfilling and very cheap activity so long as you don't buy into the commercial side of it.

allbie Tue 19-Mar-13 20:03:42

Hi all! Does anyone run just for themselves? I love to run alone listening to my radio. I have tried running in marathons but simply love to run on my own with no targets and no personal bests! I have had some fab runs lately in this wild and wacky weather...what I call 'movie moments'. Running through thick snow flakes being one of them! Brilliant fun.

Snowgirl1 Tue 19-Mar-13 21:25:22

Pleaseputyourshoeson are you using any carb gels when you run out of energy? Although anoldbloke might say say that's the commercial side of things wink

anoldbloke Tue 19-Mar-13 22:01:43

I would say that you need nothing other than water, assuming you're trained, until the 2 hour point. Most serious marathon runners drink a bit of the water but use most of it to throw over their heads and thighs, where it is more useful.

PeggyO Wed 20-Mar-13 14:57:34

Well done everyone, sounds like there is some brilliant running action going on! It's great to hear so many of you are Parkrunners, I am pretty evangelical about mine.

Pleaseputyourshoeson, you still have plenty of time to get to half marathon distance in time for the autumn I reckon - I did a 10k race last Sunday and this week have started a half marathon training plan for my race in June. You'll probably find that as your distance increases your 5k times get a bit faster too. So I think that if a part of you feels like you want to give it a go, you should just go for it! The body is pretty amazing at getting stronger once you start upping your distance. Good luck in your race!

Can anyone offer any tips about fartlek training? The plan I am following suggests one fartlek session a week. I went out this morning and did 35 minutes (including a warm-up and cool-down jog) but I felt like it was extremely unstructured, I just mixed in some 30 second sprints and 60-90 second long intervals at a faster pace than usual, and then went back to jogging in between until I felt like I had got my breath back. I'm not really sure if I should have more of a plan or a structure to next week's fartlek session!

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 20-Mar-13 15:16:29

Hello runnerssmile

I've been running for about 3 years I think, might be 4 by nowconfused I've done a marathon but have no more races on the cards at the moment. Racing stresses me and running stops being fun for me!

I do have hopes of another marathon in the future but since the last one my hours have increased at work and I just don't have the time or energy to commit to the long runs. I want to put right all the mistakes I made last time but it will wait. I now have a plan to do another in about 5 years.

I run normally 4 times a week, long run of about 12 miles, shorter one of 9 and a 6 and 5 miler. Longer runs in the hills, shorter on the flat. I'm slow, slow, slow but I don't care. I like to run off road but I'm sick of the mud at the moment! And we had snow last weekconfused

You sound just like me Allbiesmile

My understanding Peggy is that fartlek should be very unstructured, just go with the flow ensuring you do varied pace and give yourself recover time.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Wed 20-Mar-13 15:48:13

@snowgirl, no I'm not. I don't even know what they are. I'm no pro at this running malarkey :-)

Pleaseputyourshoeson Wed 20-Mar-13 15:54:48

Blimeydoyouthinktheysaurus you are a running machine! Your runs are what i would call 'bloody long!' at my stage in the game! Peggy O, I'll see how I go on saturday and take it from there. I just feel like I find running 10k challenge enough distance wise but I guess if I increase the distance SUPER slowly maybe I'll get to half marathon possibilities. We'll see. For the minute I'm having fun and also beating some mental demons whilst I'm at it. I always used to have a 'fight or flight' response to running - ie I associate it with running FROM something and as a means of staving off panic by running off the adrenaline. Now I'm finally beginning to see it as something more -dare I say it - enjoyable! My favourite runs this year have surprised me in that they were the ones when I was running through the snow or in the torrential rain. There is something exhilirating and satisfying about being and not being beaten by the elements.

Applejelly - I don't actually know what injury precisely! It's my foot. Could be a minor stress fracture. I've had it before, and for the same reason - over-training by increasing my distance too much in one go. I should have learnt my lesson last time, but I was getting twitchy about not making the distance, and race day was fast approaching. Idiot. Now I don't know whether to give up on the whole idea of a half or not. It's so annoying, especially as it's my own silly fault for neglecting the 10% rule.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Wed 20-Mar-13 16:04:51

Holmes you must be really frustrated. I guess rest and wait and see. I don't know how I feel about doing races full stop. I'm not sure I will like the whole running in a crowd thing or the sensation of a heap of people trying to get past me. Eek.

Ooh a running thread - lovely. And great to see some names from the C25K and half marathon threads I've been on.

I'm an evangelical C25K'er - I started with C25K a couple of years ago (with the help of a MN thread) and have just (Sunday) done my fifth half marathon. I'm doing BUPA 10K in May as part of the MN Woolly Hugs Team, and have a place in the New York marathon in November <wibble>.

I just had a 2 mile trot around the block today.

Oh I really like races! I'm slow, so I'm just happy to cross the finish line! But I like the atmosphere and I start nice and far back so that I can at least overtake a few people. I was looking forward to the half marathon, sort of. It's good to do something a bit scary sometimes!

Pleaseputyourshoeson Wed 20-Mar-13 16:29:01

It's true Holmes it's good to do something scary and to push yourself -sort of why I've ended up entering these races in the first place. I wasn't convinced I was capable and planned to prove myself wrong. I didn't think I'd ever run a hilly 10k round my park but hey that's one thing achieved already. Losing all that horrible VERY OLD baby weight has also been motivating. Amazing what a bit of running will do for making you make healthier food and lifestyle choices! I feel much more like my old self. Neithershredded you are very inspiring! 5 half marathons?! There's hope for me yet! I went swimming this morning to 'save my legs' for saturday. 50 front crawl lengths and my shoulders are tight!

Pleaseput - if I can do it, anyone can. I started out unfit, overweight, mid-40's. Once I got to 5K I just kept going! It helped that DH also runs (and cycles). I'll never be as fast as he is, but it's good to have a bit of healthy competition grin. I'm not fast by any means, but it's good to see my times improving.

LillethTheCat Wed 20-Mar-13 17:35:25

I love races too. Its the atmosphere. Also no-one cares about who came last and people are genuinely pleased to see people give it a go. My parkrun is a 3 lap course. I volunteered this last Sat as I was in a 10K on Sunday so wanted a rest. The last people to do the first lap were knackered as they crossed the start/finish/lap line on the first lap but everyone was just cheering them on and encouraging them.

Hills scare me and I run on them all the time. My town is built on a hill, I still hate running up them.

I agree Lilleth. The half I did on Sunday started with a lap of the park. The front pack of men came past as I was still waiting to cross the start line grin.

There can only be one winner, and it will never be me, so I just race against myself.

I am planning to join my local parkrun one I'm settled (have just moved). I did one a while ago but it was when I was visiting my parents and will not be my local one. In fact you have inspired me to look up the nearest parkrun to where I'm spending this weekend.

anoldbloke Wed 20-Mar-13 17:57:35


The whole point of fartlek is that it isn't structured. The word is Swedish for speed play, so you just run as you feel on the day. Steady state running and then a quick 30 secs to the next lamppost or a hard run to the top of a hill and then back to steady state. Or stop and admire a view. Treat it as a break from serious training but with occasional bursts of effort as the mood strikes you.

applejelly Wed 20-Mar-13 19:40:26

Oh goodness holmes, that's what I did too, ignored the 10% rule but regretted it at my leisure while wearing a moonboot for 6 weeks sad Never again! That's why I stopped running last week when my knees flared up, googled everything I could find about PFPS ( is excellent) and have been spending my precious time between feeds doing all sorts of exercises. Even 2.8 yo DS has been joining in!

The good news is I did the week 2 run of C25K this evening - painfree!!!

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 20-Mar-13 20:05:42

I think all runners have ignored the 10% rule at some point, I know I haveblush

I've had a few injuries in my time, thankfully nothing more than overuse really. It's horrid being injured but it's worth taking the time out and not pushing to come back too soon <voice of experience>

I seem to be susceptible to ITB problems though. It started halfway round my marathon having had no problems in the build up and although I finished, it was very painful and it took me nearly 6 months to get back to full runninghmm That was a couple of years ago and it still niggles from time to time now. I just have to keep an eye on it and vary the terrain I run on.

I love hills Lilleth, the views from the top round here make it worth it! they are so good for building strength too. There is one hill near me I won't run up though, it brings me almost to tears it's so hardblush it's between me and the South Downs so now I take the car and park up the top of it! It is just so long and gets steeper at the top, just when your legs are shredded! Life's too short....

Hedgepig Wed 20-Mar-13 20:14:58

Have you tried a foam roller for you IT band trouble DoYouThink? I do a class (don't know how to describe it core aerobic mix I suppose) and the lady who runs it is very knowledgable and think foam rollers are good for It band.

I've lost my mo jo this evening I was supposed to go out running but it is cold, dark windy I just can't be bothered tonight hmm.

I'm thinking I'd putting DS1 into after school club one afternoon so I can run in the light (but I feel like a mega bad mum even thinking contemplating it).

Hi, can I join in?

Have been running on and off for five or six years, and thid year have got into it deriously after a three month break at the end of last year.

I am training to do a 10k in under an hour, that is my goal at the moment. I am using runkeeper's training programme for it and finding it really fun! Already my speed has increased, something I didn't think I could do a yuear ago, I just thought I was a slow plodder type grin

Keep on running people, it really is great!

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 20-Mar-13 21:01:16

I do have a foam roller Hedgepig it's an instrument of torturegrin

It's does help but by god it is painful!

Running in the dark is miserable, I don't enjoy it and avoid it like the plague. I work nights so tend to fit my runs around my nights off and do a funny split sleep thing to get my run between nights when the dses are at school and I've still got daylight.

10k under 60 minutes is a good goal overmydeadbody, Im sure you'll get there, and beyond! I must admit I hate any form of speed training which is kind of reflective in my lack of running speed. I kid myself that hills are a substitute for speed work but it's not working, I'm still slowgrin

LillethTheCat Wed 20-Mar-13 21:14:55

Doyouthink One of the routes I do round here has the most amazing views ever. Its 3.5 miles away and mostly up hill there so I like to walk/run there stop to take in the view and enjoy my me time then run all the way home. Not done that for ages.

Ive been avoiding running a lot over the winter, but I will get to it properly again. Ive been a bit slack and waiting for the temp and the weather to pick up again.

Talking of speeds, dont know if I said upthread so sorry if Im repeating myself. I did a 10K last Sept all on road, very slight hill at the start, but nothing taxing. I ran it all and did it in an hour and 6mins. Sunday was my second ever 10K race, but the first 2.25Ks were in mud and was horrible, my calfs ached, we were all trying to get to the same spot at once so found myself stopping a few times then so once I got a bit further if I wanted to walk I did and I did the whole race in 1hr 5 so was quicker. I think that's because going to Parkrun has increased my speed without me even realising it.

Im also aiming for a 10K in under an hour. When I do the same 10K this sept as I did last year I may even put on the form sub-hour entry rather than just get round like i did last year.

Primadonnagirl Wed 20-Mar-13 21:23:47

Hi..anybody here a treadmill runner? Practicalities force me to be, but I've got used to it now..highs not as high but still good! Once a fortnight I do a10 mile run on it ..Get my iPod on and just get into the zone!

Hedgepig Wed 20-Mar-13 22:04:37

I'm pants with the foam roller I just fall off itgrin coordination is not one of my strong points.
I've been doing a bit of interval training and it really does improve your speed but its flipping hard to make yourself do it.

I have a 10 k in April if I could get close to an hour that would be brill.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Thu 21-Mar-13 06:48:39

Hedgepig - I put my kids into breakfast club to go running! So naughty me too! But they love breakfast club so I don't feel too bad. I wouldn't have the opportunity to go otherwise.

MirandaWest Thu 21-Mar-13 07:04:42

Hello - I am a sort of runner smile first did c25k a few years ago and did some race for life and a few 10k races. Fastest I've ever done for 10k is 1 hour 1 minute which I hope I can get down to 1 hour some day! Restarted c25k in September and by November was going quite well - did a park run in about 28 minutes. Since then I've not been so good - think the weather hasn't helped and also only been averaging a couple of runs a week blush.

I've been doing the runkeeper 10k programme as well - I am finding the runs followed by intervals are challenging but good grin. I am not sure I'm quite going at the speed it suggests - think my slow is faster than its slow and not sure how I will do 10k in an hour. But not doing 10k until the York 10k in August so there's some time yet I keep telling myself. Must enter for it though...

Going to do a park run on Saturday - my local one has a lot of fast people in it. If I can manage 30 minutes I will definitely be near the end but hopefully not last!

omletta Thu 21-Mar-13 07:36:01

Please can I join? Been running since Autumn - DC now old enough to be left for an hour (fairly useless DH). Am doing a 10k in May, hoping for less than an hour. I know that I can run 10k but I'm not sure I wil do the time.

I really struggle to fit in the miles with a busy job, family and socia life.

glitch Thu 21-Mar-13 07:56:27

A running thread - yay smile
I did my second half marathon at the weekend and am considering a 3rd next week also have another booked for Sept. I still don't think of myself as a proper runner though.

I wondered if anyone had any advice on what to do in between. I don't really know how many miles, what runs to do between training for them.

Posting from my phone so can't scroll back to see who mentioned it but if you are.running out of energy it is time to get some energy gels. I use GU ones which are fab.

LillethTheCat Thu 21-Mar-13 08:07:20

Miranda Im planning on the York 10K too smile

3 half marathons and you dont think of yourself as a proper runner glitch I would say you are. I would maybe do a couple of short runs (3 or 4 miles), one medium (6 or 7 miles) and one long run (10+ miles) a week maybe?

Omletta Hope you find time to get running, is it possible to get up an hour earlier than usual to get a couple of runs in the week? Good luck with the 10K training.

I fancy going for a run now, but have life getting in the way

Doyouthinktheysaurus Thu 21-Mar-13 08:44:50

Lilleth I think a good view is one of the most satisfying and joyous things, it really does make the struggle worth the effort.

Hedgepig my foam roller is about 4 feet long and fat like a tree trunk so sadly no chance of falling off it! I hate it though, it comes out only when absolutely necessaryblush

Glitch you are definitely a runner! I choose to keep my long run about 12 miles, sometimes up to half marathon, but everyone's different. I think Lilleth's suggestion of 10 mile + for your long run is a good one because then you maintain that base fitness, just keep it at a very easy pace. Overall, easing down the pace but keeping your running distance pretty similar to it is when you are preparing for a half if you can fit it in.

Omletta you are doing great if you can already run 10K!

omletta Thu 21-Mar-13 16:22:01

I go to work really early when DH is able to help with DC, generally once or twice a week, and run with a chum there for an hour or so. This evening I am going running with another chum whilst DC are doing YC and I will get one in at the weekend - so not too bad this week but sometimes I only get out once or twice all week. It's going to get easier when lighter I think - physiologically if nothing else.

You all sound fantastic! I am chuffed to bits that I can run, I never thought I could.

miranda I run faster than runkeeper says to when I'm doing the 'slow' runs, but I think the aim is for them to be done at a speed where you could keep up a conversation, so down to your own personal fitness.

I'm only on workout 14 or 61 workouts, I love the interval training, but think I must look like a madwoman running so fast past people grin and then panting and puffing afterwards.

MirandaWest Thu 21-Mar-13 19:33:06

My next one is workout 14 smile I never do them on the days I'm meant to, but ill get there eventually....

I'm doing workout 14 tomorrow smile

I am trying to keep to the days I'm meant to but it doesn't always work out that way!

MirandaWest Thu 21-Mar-13 20:41:08

I'm doing mine straight after taking children to school - I like knowing someone else is doing the same one the same day smile

I'll either do mine at 6am if I wake early with insomnia, or after work so at about 6pm grin

I secretly hope I wake early so I can get it over and done with. It will be nice to know someone else is doing it! we'll have to report back here to keep each other motivated.

MirandaWest Fri 22-Mar-13 09:55:14

I ran smile Was cold and the wind blew at me whichever direction I was going in hmm. Was under 40 minutes and even sprinted at the end (wanted to prove I could I think) so although not my greatest ever run it was OK.

Tomorrow as long as there isn't loads of snow am going to do the park run. Haven't done one for months and suspect I will not be getting a PB!

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 22-Mar-13 11:23:40

I ran, or got blown along depending on the wind directiongrin

I'm enjoying running this week because I'm on annual leave so more energetic than the usual post night shift staggergrin

Thankfully, I'm right down south and no snow is expected but it's very windy and unMarch like out there!

Anyone running in snow, keep safe!

Well done guys!

I didn't manage to get up before my alarm went off at 6:30 today, so no run yet. I have just got home from work so am planning on running at 6pm, once I've had a cuppa grin

Hedgepig Fri 22-Mar-13 18:41:22

I have to go out tomorrow morning (early ) or that will be a whole week with no running I'm feeling really twitchy .

Pleaseputyourshoeson Fri 22-Mar-13 20:56:23

Hi all. Well I've my running stuff out and my first 10k to get through tomorrow in what I'd thought would be lovely sunny spring like conditions but will be blinking freezing! Here's hoping I finish and don't embarrass myself!

LillethTheCat Fri 22-Mar-13 20:59:59

Good luck please

Zatopek Fri 22-Mar-13 21:05:00

Don't know if it's been mentioned but the above link is quite an active thread- mixture of those who are doing Ct5K and those who have finished

LillethTheCat Fri 22-Mar-13 21:10:21

No it hasn't Zatopek Ive seen the C25K threads around, but as I was past that stage I didn't bother posting on them. Hence why I started this thread. I was looking for a thread that didn't just focus on one program, but more running in general.

Zatopek Fri 22-Mar-13 21:16:39

Just thought I'd mention it as it's quite busy at the moment! But the more threads the merrier.

I didn't do C25K but have been running since September. I'm currently injured though which is quite depressing as I don't know exactly what I've done. I'm desperate to get out again.

I think it's an adductor strain of some kind. Walking is pretty painful even after a week but because of school runs/work etc I can't stay off the leg. I'm hoping it doesn't keep me out too long but I think I'll have to take a month off at this rate to ensure I don't reinjure myself.

Just reading lots of books about running to keep me sane

Hedgepig Fri 22-Mar-13 22:18:19

Good luck Pleasegrin. At least you Won't over heat

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sat 23-Mar-13 06:26:15

waking up to a blizzard! Its really windy and snow/sleeting. Yikes.

MirandaWest Sat 23-Mar-13 06:52:33

Only a light dusting of snow here so will do rhe park run. Will be v cold though

Good luck to anyone running in the snow and freezing cold today!

I didmy run yesterday, and it was so windy! I found it harder running in the wind, and so got hotter and sweatier which then made me coldbut hot at the same time.

My time was slower than normal.

Today I will rest grin

Have fun running in the snow everyone! Looking at the weather, I'm not feeling so grumpy about being injured and out of action today grin.

Can I join in? Started running 5 weeks ago and just got back from my second parkrun. I thought it was hard last week with just wind and rain, today it was wind, sleet and thick sticky slippery mud! But I completed it and I think I was about 30 seconds faster than last week, but not seen times yet.

MirandaWest Sat 23-Mar-13 10:09:39

Did the park run. Had driving snow and slushy ground and a few cm of snow in places. Was good to finish it grin. I know it was slower than my last park run but really don't care grin

LillethTheCat Sat 23-Mar-13 10:20:37

Well done with doing the Parkruns chaos and Miranda My Parkrun FB page said that they had escaped the snow and would still be able to go ahead with it. Unfortunately for me the snow by my house is far too deep and there was no way I was driving in it. Hoping to get back to running properly next week after slowing down during the bad weather, but it depends if it gets any better. I am going to be Parkrun on sat morning, long run on my own on Sundays afternoons and go to my running club on Tues and Thurs evenings. Just waiting for the snow to go now so I can get on with it.

CooEeeEldridge Sat 23-Mar-13 10:32:53

Argh! I'm dithering today, had planned a 10 mile route off road but all local news is saying dont go out, I'm all fired up for it though!!! I'm thinking I should be sensible and postpone till tomorrow, but that means no rest day after. STUPID WEATHER!!!

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sat 23-Mar-13 12:08:28

I did it! I did it! First 10k done in freezing sleety muddy hideousness. Just over an hour. Coughing my head off now but it's done. And what a relief it's done!

LillethTheCat Sat 23-Mar-13 12:27:05

Yey well done Please will you be looking when you can next do a 10K then?

Think of that post run feeling Coo if you do go out. You will be so pleased you did it. If its possible, go for it.

Well done please! My first 10k run is iminently looming, and I'm rather looking forward to it, I like loosing myself in the running, which happens once I'm through the first ten minutes usually!

CooEeeEldridge Sat 23-Mar-13 13:45:31

Well done please! I bottled it sad angry Had planned rest day tomorrow anyway so have just switched them round, hopefully most of it will be gone here by then!

omletta Sat 23-Mar-13 14:07:54

Well done please! Great news. I too bottled it today - had a 10k planned, but decided it was too snowy - went the gym and seem to have committed to an 8mile (13k?) tomorrow.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sat 23-Mar-13 14:29:37

Blimey Omletta 8 miles, I am now committed to my sofa :-) . I'm glad to have done it. It's put some mental demons to bed. I have to say I really did feel spent at the end. I felt like I couldn't breathe any harder or run any faster. Totally used up all I had. It was good. And the hot shower after it was the best thing EVER. I used up all the hot water. It was bliss. Now eating a huge bowl of steaming soup with a great hunk of rye bread and feeling very happy to have beaten the elements and very glad I didn't quiche out.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Sat 23-Mar-13 15:03:20

Well done Please, it must have been very tempting to stay on the sofa I know I would have done

No snow down here so no excuses for avoiding my long run tommorrow! I'm planning 12 miles or so, maybe off road if its not too soggyhmm

Hedgepig Sat 23-Mar-13 22:52:35

Well done Please.

I went out too I thought the snow was easing so I went for it , ended up for be last mile and a half with snow diving in my face hmm. I wear specs so there was snow on them and they were steaming up as I breathed out. I'm seriously thinking of eye lasering so I can actually see where I'm running.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Sun 24-Mar-13 12:54:17

I ran, the coldest and most unpleasant run I've had this winter, and it's meant to be springconfused Running uphill into a strong north easterly wind, it was horrid! I planned an out and back but quit three quarters of a mile early as it was so tough running up hill into the wind so I made it up by looping around on the flat. 12 miles done and dusted.

I'm glad it's over, it was really tough and if all runs were like that I wouldn't be a runner tbh. Thankfully they aren't, mostly I love it but today was just too cold and windy, and I felt all out of sorts before I started.

Hedgepig Sun 24-Mar-13 13:52:39

It's just horrid isn't it DoYouThink, I've been running all winter mostly in the dark but it seems worse now because it should be getting warmer grrrr I had in my mind by March I would have packed my winter tights away go him

Ds1 and I are supposed to be going a 3k "fun" run this morning but they had to cancel it, it was the right decision as it was mostly aimed a DCs and they would have frozen out there this morning .

LillethTheCat Sun 24-Mar-13 15:20:31

Is it really bad that when I look at the forecast and see snow, snow and more snow I just want to cry that its not getting any nicer for running in? blush Im just going to have to grin and bear it haven't I and go out in it. Ive been putting it off saying I will run properly (ie 3 or 4 times a week) once the weather picks up always assuming its going to pick up soon and it just isnt

Tuesday I will get to my running club and start from there. (as long as the roads are ok for me to get there of course)

Hedgepig Sun 24-Mar-13 16:22:04

What's your club like Lilleth? I'm toying with trying my local one but I have an organised exercise phobia from being the most unsporty girl in school!! I can not cope with people shouting at me, I know it's meant to be encouraging but it just makes me want to hit the shouter grin

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sun 24-Mar-13 17:56:12

Hedgepig, i'm with you on that, or at least I was. I was the worst at school. And I thought exercising with people would be way too humiliating. But actually when I do circuit training outside in the week the camaraderie pushes me much harder than I would do on my own. Well done Doyouthinktheysaurus for going out in such hideous conditions and you too Hedgepig (great name!). I've been wheezy and chesty since yesterdays arctic experience and my hips (top of femur bursar area) are a wee bit stiff but otherwise ok. Felt great having a sofa day without so much as a venture outside other than to get the paper or feed the animals! Here's hoping for a good week. With holidays coming up it's going to be the challenge to keep getting out for a run when kids are at home. Plan of action is to make them scooter whilst I run...will see how that pans out!

LillethTheCat Sun 24-Mar-13 18:17:03

Ooh there's no shouting, people go with everyone elses pace. Mine is very friendly and often have beginner groups where they start off at a mile and build up slowly. Its what has really kept me going.

Just seen that its possible Easter weekend is going to be the same as this weekend with heavy snow. Ive had enough now sad

Doyouthinktheysaurus Sun 24-Mar-13 19:07:10

I've truly had enough of winter toosad Easter will be miserable if it stays so cold! We are the lucky ones too, we don't have snow!

Hope you feel better Please.

I should be putting away my thermal running gear and getting out my short sleeves and short tights! This morning I was freezing in thermal stuff and extra layers. I came home and had hot chocolate for my post run drinkgrin

Running in the school holidays is always a struggle! I'm not always successful, I must admitblush

Zatopek Sun 24-Mar-13 19:47:54

I agree this winter is dragging on but actually I do like running in the cold.

I don't like getting hot and sticky and am not good in the heat. I run much faster when I'm cold and trying to get warmed up and once I'm warm it feels comfortable.

I would hate to race on a hot summer's day.

Having said that for the DC's sake I wish it was spring.

LillethTheCat Sun 24-Mar-13 20:41:05

Its not the cold I dont like, its the snow.

cathpip Sun 24-Mar-13 20:59:33

I really enjoy running, love chatting with my friends on the way round and its a good way of exercising the dogs! Before my dc I ran the GNR twice and the New Forest half, after my first baby I decided the best way to shift the weight was to run a marathon, i completed the Paris marathon in 2010 without walking or stopping and I will most definitely not be doing another one! Since baby two I now stick to little runs (anything up to 6 miles ish)and one or both my children join me in the buggy all dependant on how fit I am feeling and which foolish friend has offered to help me push!

Pleaseputyourshoeson Wed 27-Mar-13 17:44:14

Gah, really struggling in this cold weather. It's aggravating my lungs so I'm struggling with asthma any time I push myself out in the cold. My chest is sore, feels like an unstretchy balloon inside that is being pulled. Blooming annoying. I ran today at a slow steady pace and was ok but the minute I was in the car and warming back up I just started to cough and cough. I really hope we get some warmer temperatures soon! I think I'm going to have to exchange some runs for swimming until it warms up but I don't get nearly as much pleasure from ploughing up and down a pool - there's nothing to look at!

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 27-Mar-13 17:57:52

That's not good Please. I don't suffer from asthma but I still get a bit of coughing when I come in from a cold run, worse if I'm recovering from a cold and it's horrid. You have my sympathies.

I'm sure you already do, but make sure you do a decent warm up at a very easy pace, I find that helps because I always start with a tightness in my chest when it's cold and if I push the pace too soon pushing the pace is still pretty slow for me though I look and feel like I might pass outgrin

I missed yesterday's run because I was between night shifts and work was stupidly busy, I couldn't get of bedgrin I've done it today instead, it's not any warmer but it is less windy!

Hedgepig Wed 27-Mar-13 21:17:03

Pleaseput that does not sound good it's not worth going out if you are likely to have an them attack. I must get warmer soon says she hopefully

CooEeeEldridge Thu 28-Mar-13 13:08:59

I'm back on track! Did 10 miles today, tough at the end though. Also still a lot of snow and ice on tracks- I was doubly in awe of the ladies up thread who went out in it at the weekend! Wind was brutal though. This thread is really keeping me positive too, when it got tough I imagined posting here (loser!) and how good I'd feel to keep me going- it worked, so thanks!!!

Hedgepig Thu 28-Mar-13 21:43:30

Well done CooEee 10 miles on a week day well done. I got out tonight, I have jibbed out twice this week so made myself go. I did a bit of interval work and DH was home early enough so I started in the lightgrin.
I must download some new music I have been listening to the same playlist for weeks now.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Fri 29-Mar-13 08:53:01

Cooed well done on the 10 miles - I am working up to that accomplishment - some way to go yet! I have swum twice, run 6k and a cross training session since Monday and am hoping to fit in a long slow run (that's 10-11k not 10 miles !) on the weekend.
Question - do any of you run with a garmin fore runner or app as I want to use a half marathon training programme to help me train but I don't know how to suss pace/distance out etc. I use mapmyrun on my phone but it measures in km not miles and gives me my pace distance at odd intervals. Is it worth getting a garmin and if so which one? And heart rate monitor - useful or not?

CooEeeEldridge Fri 29-Mar-13 15:11:56

Thanks both! In actually not aching today which is good news! I use the free run keeper app on my iPhone, I find it v good, I have it set to tell me my average speed and the time on every mile, bit gutting when you slow down though. It also tells you how many calories you burn- I burned a whopping 1195 apparently yesterday- I made up for it in cheese though!

LillethTheCat Fri 29-Mar-13 16:49:42

Well done on 10 miles Coo and 1195 calories. envy about the iphone and app to tell you how many calories you've burned. I have to go by 1 mile = 100 calories, but I know that may be wrong and its only a rough guess.

I want a garmin or something as I would like to know that sort of thing, but Im afraid if I get something like that it will just be a waste of money.

Does anyone run on an empty stomach? Im trying to lose weight by keeping my calories down. One way I am doing this is holding breakfast off and just having a snack at 10 (which I would be having even if I had breakfast). The problem is I am planning to do Parkrun tomorrow and I dont really want to eat before hand. Up until recently I thought that it was essential to have breakfast every day, but after reading a thread on here and looking at various dieting threads Im not convinced by that arguments any more. So I have been just having a drink first thing. Will it be hard if I did Parkrun with no breakfast?

DameSaggarmakersbottomknocker Fri 29-Mar-13 17:11:34

Oh how fab. Hello all. Lovely to see a running thread back in Active Convos. There used to be some long threads back in the day, any of the oldies around still?

I use Endomondo on my HTC phone to track my runs. It's nice and basic, doesn't take up much memory but will call out your mile/km times depending on your settings and records your PBs.

My first run in 12 days today because of the weather. Short, but really enjoyed it. smile

Hedgepig Fri 29-Mar-13 18:08:44

I have both Pleaseput gringrin I love a gadget . I use run keeper on my phone and use it for intervals and my phone has my music on. My Garmin is the most basic one so I cant set it up to measure interval times but it is good to look at as you run for pace . DH bought it for me last year before I really stated to try and improve my speeds etc if I was getting it now I would have gone for one more features. Why not give try runkeeper a try as its free but seems to have lots of features and can do km or miles and if you still want more look at garmins. I do find the phone strapped to my arm a bit heavy so a watch has an advantage there .

LillethTheCat Fri 29-Mar-13 18:10:30

I can't have runkeeper as I don't have a device that will support it sad

omletta Fri 29-Mar-13 18:14:58

I should have run today - but have a bad, bad hangover...

Did 10k Monday morning and 10 Wednesday morning, was planning to do the treble, never mind there is always tomorrow.

I sometimes run on an empty stomac because I go so early, but eating first definitely makes it easier. I've started having some of those breakfast biscuits in the car with a cup of tea - about 50 calories each I think.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 29-Mar-13 20:31:07

I have a garmin forerunner 610! I love it, very pricey though!

It's touch screen and really easy to use, doesn't seem t make me much faster though unfortunatelygrin

I missed a run today, full of cold and feeling ropey. Hopefully I might get out tommorrow or Sunday.

I always eat before I run, marmite bagel. Anything else affects my digestion,which appears to be annoyingly sensitive! An extra coffee before Thursdays run lead to terrible post run cramps and stuff.....

Hedgepig Fri 29-Mar-13 20:53:02

Ahhh I had the same sensitive stomach issue the other day DoYou, been ok since thank heavens. I think you have to eat something in the morning and I do find after running I dont want to eat much anyway.
I have a new challenge in the morning I'm at my parents for Easter and need to find a 10k route for tomorrow but I've never run over here before do i'll just have to follow my nose. grin

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sat 30-Mar-13 07:13:47

I am lusting over the 610 but I think I'll try run keeper first. My issue with the phone is also that I find it hard to see and fiddle with on my arm but it's free :-)
No exercise yesterday, but a .... BBQ - yes in this weather! Out today so two days off but a good run planned for tomorrow and a swim Monday. I often run on an empty stomach or else eat a good two hours before. I don't find either makes any difference. Making sure I've peed and peed though is vital as I can't stand needing the loo when out running.
Happy Easter all, let's melt off those eggs! Good luck Hedge with the novel run! Don't get lost in a hedge :-)

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sat 30-Mar-13 07:20:21

Meant to send a friendly wave to damesaggarmaker!

DameSaggarmakersbottomknocker Sat 30-Mar-13 08:50:29

<waves back>

Just off for another short one this morning. I'm off work for two weeks now and hopeful of improving my dire 5k time. I'm way past my prime though I think.

I run on empty pretty much too - a cup of tea and a banana or a slice of fruit bread. If I eat too much I may find I have to 'do a Paula'.

LillethTheCat Sat 30-Mar-13 10:52:28

Just come back from Parkrun and another PB. Everytime I run I just get quicker and quicker with it. First time I have gone without breakfast and TBH I dont think it made much difference. Yes I got a PB, but I have been getting PBs everytime so Im getting quicker anyway. Im thinking about aiming for under 25 mins by the end of summer. I got under 28 today for the first time and its my 6th time so Im hoping under 25 is acheivable. Problem is if I keep getting quicker and quicker, one day I wont. Im also aiming to get a 10K time under an hour too.

Going out for 5 miles tomorrow.

Hedgepig Sat 30-Mar-13 13:50:57

Lilleth I love a park run mine local one is all off road on a National Trust property. I can only go if DS1 has Home football match as I need to get back to look after DS2. They seem to have had away matches for the last 2 months . There will be less footie in the summer. Well done on improving your speed do much. Have you been doing anything specific or just running lots?

My run did not happen as I forgot my sports bra arggggg. I was really looking forward to it, but I have such stupidly sized comedy norks I can not run in a normal bra .

Please put once you start it off if you have a headphone you don't need to faff about with runkeeper again as the runkeeper lady shouts out your pace etc at you every mile.

DameSaggarmakersbottomknocker Sat 30-Mar-13 16:49:04

Well done on the PB Lilleth, it's some years since I managed a sub 30 5k. I registered again for my local park run a few months ago having done it quite a few times when it first started. I really must drag my sorry ass out of bed and go do it one day.

Shame about the non-run hedgepig.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sun 31-Mar-13 09:05:45

Off to try out runkeeper :-)
Happy Easter. What a lovely sunny day, even if it's a bit arctic!

LillethTheCat Sun 31-Mar-13 16:08:31

Really enjoyed my 5 and half mile run this afternoon. Nearly didn't go out. Mr Lilleth was tempting me with cake, but I went and really enjoyed it. came back and ate cake

I wasn't planning on doing anything tomorrow, but I might be tempted to get myself out for a walk if the weather stays nice. Might as well make the most of it before it rains (or even snows again)

allbie Mon 01-Apr-13 14:11:03

Hi all! I've upped my distance but at the same time, I have been doing more off road. Sadly, my knees aren't liking it! I reduce mileage or drop off road for awhile or do both? My brain has told me to cut a mile and keep terrain flat but knees still feel dodgy doing that. Or I could get new runners? Sigh!

DameSaggarmakersbottomknocker Mon 01-Apr-13 15:10:33

allbie - my knee is complaining a bit this week and it's definitely because I need new runners. These feel like I'm running in my slippers - comfy on the one hand but on the other no spring whatsoever.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Mon 01-Apr-13 19:00:52

I have eaten a lindt bunny, eaten a hamburger and cheese on toast today and coconut ice. Man do I feel fat. Too much food this weekend. No running today either. Yesterday's run felt like running with porridge lead legs. Here's hoping for a turnaround tomorrow. I need a good run and a calorie light day! Allbie, my twopenniesworth instinct is to keep the terrain and reduce the mileage quite a bit for a week to recover. Maybe throw in pliometric squats and stuff to strengthen your muscles instead of running as far? I'm am just a complete amateur though.

allbie Mon 01-Apr-13 21:17:48

Thanks PLEASE and runners are fairly new really with gel pads too so I reckon it's the mileage. I may finish the week on the treadmill to recuperate. What do we think of gel pads? I was advised to put them in...wondering if it was just a sales ploy?

Hedgepig Mon 01-Apr-13 21:30:32

Allbie what on earth is a gel pad? Do you have another pair of shoes you could wear for a couple of week?

I am knackered 10k this morning plus my class this evening, I need wine I'm sure.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Mon 01-Apr-13 21:52:55

Bloody hell Hedgepig you are caning it on the exercise front! Impressive! I have just dived into a jar of pickles in the hope of staving off my brains obsessions with the tube of mini eggs. I need to go back to work and back to early morning exercise pronto. This weekend has been abismal for eating too much!
Gel pad? No idea sounds a bit iffy to me. I am going to try the half marathon training plan on runkeeper - (yes it's because of the appeal of starting back at a couple of miles grin and building up slowly grin. I was horrified how slow it said my pace was on sunday. And geewhizz does a mile feel so much longer than a kilometer. I was running along willing that over calm lady's voice to tell me another mile had gone by and got very despondent at times when it just didn't happen! However there was a very gutting moment when i realised I'd hit 'pause' to stretch and forgot to press 'resume' shock. I'm never sure whether to count the warm up bit of a run into my mileage for the day or not or the time. Because I cannot run with out doing a five minute jog and stretch bit first. What say you? Omg I have got to go upstairs to bed because otherwise the mini eggs will win.

DameSaggarmakersbottomknocker Mon 01-Apr-13 22:07:28

I have gel pads in my shoes; I popped them in to avoid buying new shoes as a am was broke. All the gel in the world isn't helping now.

Please - I do a walking/slow jog warm up. I start my app after the walk but before the jog. Though my whole run is more of a jog if truth be told.

Hedgepig Mon 01-Apr-13 22:33:26

I always include the warm up PleasePut gringrin you have run it so why not. What pace were you at? I'm not very fast generally 11min/mile but I am gradually getting faster it just bloody hard work. We've just cracked open the chocolate , just to save the children from temptation you understandgrin

Pleaseputyourshoeson Tue 02-Apr-13 07:04:34

Hedge it was in the ten and half minutes to ten mins 45 per minute. I felt really slow. I though I was in the late nines per minute but! But it would make a bit more sense and ties in with running the 10k which is roughly six miles in a couple of minutes over an hour. So today begins the half marathon schedule. I'm not sure whether to start it right from the beginning or later. I think the beginning. It says it's 16 weeks long or something. shock. I bet I end up deviating we'll see. I'm so bad like that!

Pleaseputyourshoeson Tue 02-Apr-13 12:59:01

Well I did the first training session with runkeeper. 3 miles. Easy pace. I followed instructions :-)
Bizzarely, I ran 3.0 miles in exactly on the nose 30 minutes making an exact 10minute per mile pace. I couldn't have managed that if I tried! It was a good day, blue sky, the park was beautiful and I felt good. And I only had a 45 minute time slot before I had to race to work. So I did some press ups, some squats, some sit ups to use up the rest of the time. So nice to be out in the sun. But I still dont' feel like I've burnt off those pudding and chocolate weekend calories blush

Hedgepig Tue 02-Apr-13 14:25:32

Well done PleasePut it sounds like it was good motivation for you

allbie Wed 03-Apr-13 15:01:10

Dame, did the gel pads work? The pads are insoles, I suppose similar to the gel in asics? Ran despite knees. They don't feel any worse!

DameSaggarmakersbottomknocker Wed 03-Apr-13 15:50:14

Yes they did for a while. I knew I needed new shoes because my achilles started playing up; the insoles helped for a while but now it's back. I ordered some new runners yesterday <excited>

I did a very short run this morning but I think Endomondo failed me. I thought I was at gossiping pace but appear to have done a PB mile time and a new Cooper PB too.

Hedgepig Thu 04-Apr-13 08:47:52

Thanks for the gel pad info DameSagg. My feet are awful as I have fallen arches, size 9 do need mens shoes but narrow so men's shoes tend to be too wide arggg so need a mega support shoe .

You don't think you did PBs then? You couldn't have been going do super speedy you didn't notice?

I am full of cold which is a PITA, we are off this week so I had lots of daytime runs planned but I feel so pants I can't get off the sofa . I have my 1st 10k run not this Sunday but the next I hope I am better for then.

DameSaggarmakersbottomknocker Thu 04-Apr-13 14:54:45

I'm doubtful; sub 9 min mile and 2.15k for the Cooper which has me edging very good for age. Apparently. Which I'm not grin

My new shoes have arrived though so I'll do the same route tomorrow and we'll see.

CooEeeEldridge Fri 05-Apr-13 14:30:41

Hi All, does anyone struggle stepping up to the next distance so to speak? I can do 7 miles at a 9 minute mile pace quite ok, but 10 miles and I drop to 10 minute (sometimes plus!) miles.. I'm not sure of its a psychological thing???

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 05-Apr-13 19:11:48

You do need to slow down as your distance increases CooEE. Your long run should be an easy pace anyway and as that distance increases, you will need to go slower to maintain that easy pace with your breathing relaxed and easily able to talk.

I do my long runs of 12 miles at 11 mm, sometimes slower depending on the weather and the terrain. My long runs are all hilly so that means very slow up hill and speedier downhill. That compares with my shorter runs of 9:30- 10mm depending on how I'm feeling.

Push yourself on the shorter runs and keep the pace relaxed and easy on the longer ones.

My running has gone to pot slightly with the holidays and being ill. I ran yesterday for the first time in a week and I'll run tommorrow but that'll be it for this week. The dses are away with my mum next week so I'll get back to routine hopefully.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sat 06-Apr-13 09:25:30

Morning all! If I could do 7 miles at a 9 minute mile pace I'd be happy! It's gorgeous and sunny. I'm off to try 5 miles today as instructed by run keeper grin, your equivalent to nipping to the corner shop grin! I'm just focussing on the calories burnt today in my head, picturing all the chocolate bunnies that have been slaughtered by my fair hands smile

Why is it that I can run outside by myself no probs, do an exercise class no probs but doing any strength exercises in a park on my own makes me feel like an absolute tool? I guess it wasn't helped by a poodle the other day coming up and licking my face and giving me the fright of my life mid sit ups!

DameSaggarmakersbottomknocker Mon 08-Apr-13 10:51:20

I re-ran my mismeasured route and it came out with longer distance again. And I did a sub 5min km and a new mile PB. Go me!

It's only a little over 4k total though I'm hopeful it will translate though to my longer runs.

CooEeeEldridge Mon 08-Apr-13 12:43:34

Well done dame! It's a brilliant feeling isn't it?!

Please, I do exactly as you do. I LOVE knowing how many calories have gone and what hat means in terms of treats!!

Thanks doyouthink, that helps a lot! The 10 mile run is actually a lot hillier so that probably impacts too.

Hedgepig Mon 08-Apr-13 22:23:58

Evening another though CooEee is are you doing big jumps in distance ? It seems to be recommended that you only increase distance by 10% a week, so if you are doing bigger jumps than that then it would be hard to maintain your pace.

My weekend running was fairly poor I marshalled at the park run on Sat ::polishes halo:: and did a 3km fun run with DS1 on Sun. He bear me hands down, how can kids just zoom off like that gringrin. I am totally snotty at the moment. It's my 10km race on Sunday I hope feel tickety boo by then. This is my big target I set myself last year , it seemed fairly impossibly then .

Hedgepig Mon 08-Apr-13 22:35:30

Thought not though!!!

Pleaseputyourshoeson Mon 08-Apr-13 22:39:01

You'll do it Hedgepig. You'll be great smile. Just do interval runs this week and then go for it on Sunday. I had a great 6 mile run on Saturday along he river. Sun was shining it was beautiful out! I went 'random' running this morning just following my nose along trails and up hills today. 4 miles. The runkeeper seems a bit squirmy though at the outset in terms of pace or distance. So I've been using mapmyrun at te same time! My hip/flute is still kicking in at around the four mile mark - the old lady stiff hip thing takes over. Annoying. Should get it looked at but don't want to spend the money on it. I know duh! I should get it sorted. I think my 7 year old would beat me too Hedgepig.

Fyouimfabulous Tue 09-Apr-13 21:01:03

Can I join in please? I've run the GNR twice now, but since last one I've struggled with my running mojo, I signed up for a 10k just before Christmas but got a bad bout of flu two days before so had to drop out! Haven't managed more than 3.5 miles when I've been out running since but had entered the another local 10K which I did on Sunday! My muscles are still aching as I was ill prepared, 6th last with a dire time of 66:52!
Going back out on Thursday or Friday for a recovery run then hoping this was the kick up the backside I needed. I am doing the Great North 10K in June and the GNR again in September.
Last year I was running 5 miles 3 times a week with a long run on a Sunday morning (earning my Yorkshire puds and gravy on my Sunday lunch) and I'd ideally like to be back there as felt really fit and happy.
Running is my me time, nothing like it to clear your head.

Hedgepig Tue 09-Apr-13 21:45:19

Hi Fyou (top name) you are welcome to join. How far is the GNR? Well done on doing your 10km don't worry about your time at least you did it.

I'm still very snotty,I'm getting worried about Sunday now

Fyouimfabulous Tue 09-Apr-13 22:05:05

The GNR is 13.1m, half marathon! First did it in 2011, run/walk in 2:47, trained properly last year and ran the whole way in 2:25.
I find a bunged nose is harder to deal with than a cough, probably cause I'm asthmatic so more used to coping with lungs that don't want to play!
Thanks about the name, it's a mantra I took on a few years ago when I realised the only opinion that really matters in my life is my own.

kiwibella Wed 10-Apr-13 09:07:48

I have found it inspirational reading this thread and noting your progress! I have been a sporadic runner and never been able to manage a long distance it run for any great length of time. Even though I really enjoy running and, especially, "my time".
However, I bought a treadmill last week and suddenly found that I can run three miles comfortably. I am very distracted watching telly at the same time but also pushing myself watching the clock and distance tick along.
I'm concerned about why I can run on the treadmill but not be successful on the road (local street and country park). After reading about parkruns on here I have discovered that the inaugural local parkrun is happening on Saturday morning! I am half-hearted about giving it a go.
I'm going to run on the treadmill again today and try to improve my time a little.

DameSaggarmakersbottomknocker Wed 10-Apr-13 11:20:47

I'm the opposite kiwi - can run on the roads but can barely do 10 minutes on the treadmill.

Followed your example please and set out intending on a random run this morning - it turned out to be not that random but I did a steady 6k smile

Pleaseputyourshoeson Wed 10-Apr-13 17:33:46

Hi welcome Fyou! Well I managed 7 miles yesterday - of running hell. My body was tired and not up for it from the get go but my dad had the kids and so i felt like I should take the opportunity of the time. So I thought, "Ok my body is tired but it's supposedly good to do some fatigued runs to build up endurance etc so I'll just go slow and stead but long". Well I did the lap with all it's hills in constant rain and no music or mental efforts could take away the fact that all I could think of was the end point. I was running a perimeter and so really I knew if I could make half way there would be no point in going back as I'd still have the same distance to cover! At least I did it and of that I'm pleased. But oy, some days your body is just saying NO isn't it! My hip/left buttock is still moaning at me after I've done four miles or so. Makes me feel 'elderly' shock grin, especially as it feels like a hip joint sort of ache. I hope I can withstand the training to get to 13 miles. I think maybe more flat runs will boost my confidence at running longer as at the moment most of my runs are a bit undulating/hilly!
66 mins on a 10k isn't shocking if you ask me! I managed it in a wee bit less than that but still over an hour. My next one I want to get in at under an hour. I swam today. A positively amazonian woman got in next to me and was like a speed machine. Awesome. I tried to keep up with her and after two lengths was on the verge of a collapsed lung hahaha! I gave up and did my own thing!
Does anyone else have any issues with runkeeper's pace/distance sometimes going a bit haywire? On the weekend I'd barely got going and it decided I was already on two miles and running at some ludicrous speed like 15 miles per hour or something. Was quite annoying. I resorted to using Mapmyrun at the same time but it was irritating as I'm trying to follow the Runkeeper's half marathon training plan. Not sure how you can get it to sort itself out when that happens?
Kiwi, any running is better than no running outside or inside. I don't know the answer to your question though. I must say I used to find the same thing that I could go longer/steadier on the treadmill - but I think that was because the elevation is the same, you keep your pace more even and you can constantly stare at the time/distance. But I could never concentrate on the telly. Just music turned up super loud! Funnily enough I now feel the opposite and can't stand a treadmill - I get too bored and frustrated and actually find my legs don't like the surface as much (shin splinty for me ?). Now I find running outside better as it's more varied and I can picture the end point of my route. Plus I sort of like feeling like I've beaten the elements by going out despite the horrible wind/rain/snow.

Fyouimfabulous Wed 10-Apr-13 18:29:24

Hi Pleaseput, that was how I felt on the 10K on Sunday! My aim us to get the GN10K done in under an hour!
I've never used Runkeeper, used to use mapmyrun on the iPhone but then my lovely husband bought me a Garmin Forerunner 110 for my birthday last year! I actually burst into tears when I opened it as was so happy. I like uploading to Garmin Connect, especially as it has an iPhone app so I can then check on prior runs quickly on the phone.
I'll be sort of swimming tomorrow if you count hurling down slides and then climbing stairs in Wet 'n' Wild!

kiwibella Thu 11-Apr-13 12:11:44

thank you for your messages. I downloaded mapmyrun on my phone and went outdoors this morning. I van not run outdoors! I managed about a mile, ran and walked the second mile, and pretty much walked the third mile. I felt so disheartened... but I'm sure that I will get there doing a combination of treadmill and road running.
Reading about your distances is amazing!!

Hedgepig Fri 12-Apr-13 09:25:44

I'm wondering if you are running at a much faster pace when you are outdoor Kiwi?
I'm still very snotty Sunday is starting to look a bit dodgy (I will do it regardless by I may have to walk some if it). I've signed up for another 10k in May

CooEeeEldridge Fri 12-Apr-13 18:47:09

Hi hedge, you're right, it was a jump straight from 7 to 10 and I think that plays on my mind. With 7, I get to 3 miles and think 'I'm nearly half way there, this is EASY' but with 10, I think 'not even a third of the way there. OH GOD'. Still haven't made it to 13 yet, eek!

Had a fab 7 mile run earlier though, first one this year without long sleeves on, you know when everything is just good? Weather lovely, friendly people, lambs frolicking - I expected to get ran over as a punishment for it being so positive!

Please, I had your exact run the other week, I think sometimes it all just goes a bit wrong? Had good ones since though smile

Hope everyone enjoys their runs this weekend- love this thread!

Itsaboatjack Sun 14-Apr-13 00:17:49

Hello all, can a late comer join in.

Funny that I've found this thread tonight, I'm supposed to be having an early night, but can't sleep. I need to get up at 6am tomorrow as I am doing the East London half marathon.

I am a born again runner. I started about 8yrs ago and have done the GNR, run to the beat half, the London Marathon twice and a few 10ks. I took a rest break after the marathon last year though and just got fat and lazy! I was trying to get back into my running but just couldn't muster the enthusiasm, so in order to give myself something to aim for I rashly signed up to tomorrow's race a few months ago, got started quite well but then of course the terrible weather kept hindering me. So I know I'll be able to get round tomorrow but whether it'll be in one piece remains to be seen.

I'm also signed up to the London 10,000 at the end of May so I'm looking forward to getting to know you all while training for that.

Itsaboatjack Sun 14-Apr-13 00:19:46

Also just wanted to say to Kiwi, put your treadmill on a slight incline, it will help it to be more similar to running outside iykwim.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sun 14-Apr-13 11:16:22

Hi Boatjack, good luck with your race today! Hey Cooee, envy of your good 7 miler. I feel like a caged animal as I got up on thursday bright and early, running gear on... when of course ds announced that he had a bad tummy. Cue 'accidents' and the cancellation of holiday camp, lots of pants changing and me stuck with the kids with no escape grraaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! And since then I've not been child free. And being at home has meant a very unecessary close relationship with the chocolate cupboard has ensued. Not good. Bad mummy. I feel fat. The scales are the same but I nevertheless FEEL fat. So four days with no excercise and I am chomping at the bit to go out! (Who would have thunk it!!! Me - WANTING TO EXERCISE - if you knew me you would recognise a big change!!!). I am desperate for them to go back to school tomorrow so i can put them in breakfast club and get cracking again. Runkeeper training plan must be really cross with me as I'll have skipped at least two sessions now - sob!. Kiwi, I agree about the incline increase on the treadmill and also maybe increase it up and down at intervals? And also think it's very likely you are running too fast when on the road. But I'm a mere amateur so don't take my advice! So yes tomorrow it is. I can't wait. It'll be a 5k hot shoes shuffle but at least it's something. If I'm going well for time I'll try to up it to 7k. In the meantime it's sunny but cold (what happened to the promise of a balmy weekend?!) so we are off to the playground.

Itsaboatjack Sun 14-Apr-13 11:35:05

Well the sun came out in East London today, a bit of wind but generally very nice running conditions.

I've got a couple of blisters, my knees are not happy but otherwise I got round ok in 2hrs 1min so quite happy with that. Queueing now to collect my bag then home for a soak.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sun 14-Apr-13 15:12:42

Well done! Two hours 1 minute is a good time! I'd be super proud of myself if I could manage that! Heck I'd be pretty pleased if I could run 13miles, but right now I can't claim that!... one day...
Ice those legs, have you got skins to help with doms?
And um...ibuprofen? I reckon I'd need all of the above! grin but I've not run two marathons and half marathons in my timie...

kiwibella Sun 14-Apr-13 16:42:31

well done itsaboatjack!
It is so difficult arranging running sessions around children. Hope your little one is better Please.

kiwibella Sun 14-Apr-13 16:42:57

well done itsaboatjack!
It is so difficult arranging running sessions around children. Hope your little one is better Please.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sun 14-Apr-13 17:00:22

Yes he's fine now thanks Kiwi! He and DD are busy trying to avoid me as they know their homework needs doing and they are not ready for the hols to be over - unlike their mummy!

Anyone got any advice for Shin splints? I think I've over done it this weekend, running Fri, sat & sun, and I'm in agony sad. I'm planning on having a couple of rest days but is there anything I can do to ease the pain and/or stop it recurring? I've not been running long and doing a 5 mile race in 2 weeks so I really want to get up and running again as I need to do some serious training if I'm going to finish it!

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sun 14-Apr-13 17:48:48

Shin splints are probably from running too far, too fast, too often, too quickly. Here's what I recommend: RICE: Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate. Get a paper coffee cup, fill it up half way with water. Stick it in the freezer. When it's frozen, peel back the cup till you have a frozen stick/block. Rub the ice into the sore bits (it will hurt). Keep rubbing it up and down. It will feel numb. Wait a bit, repeat. Keep it up as long as you can bear! This brings fresh blood into the muscle and will help with healing and repair. If you have compression socks wear them afterwards. Elevate your legs. Keep off running for a bit and start back slowly. Hope this helps. Good luck!

Thank you please. I'll try the ice later. I'm glad you posted that because my instinct was to go the other way and have a hot bath and some deep heat later. I think I'll have tomorrow and tues off and see how I go on weds. I'm gutted because I was planning to up the distance to 4 miles on my runs this week but I guess I'll just have to see how I go. sad

Hedgepig Sun 14-Apr-13 22:15:11

Evening I did my 10k run, cripes it was hot (18 degC) I am not used to running in double figure temperatures. I really struggled the last couple of Km I just had no energy at all. But anyway I finished the time was 1hr09min so not brill but ok. As I turned the last corner there was a poor woman collapsed on the floor with paramedics giving her oxygen, I hope she was OK. She was so lose to the end.
Anyway I'll catch up tomorrow , I've got to sleep now

Itsaboatjack Sun 14-Apr-13 22:45:55

I think the temperature caught a lot of people out today Hedgepig, I saw 3 people collapsed on my run today.

And congrats on your run btw, that's a very respectable time. Where was your race?

Hedgepig Mon 15-Apr-13 10:43:47

Hi itsaboat I'm in Cambridgeshire, the run was at a new torn called Cambourne just west of Cambridge. It was mostly off road through a country park, it was very skippy in places . How are your legs this morning ? I am a bit stiff.

Itsaboatjack Mon 15-Apr-13 12:03:31

grin I'm guessing it was slippy, though skippy sounds fun too. I asked because there was also a 10k running at the same time where we were.

Legs are sore but not too bad. I've got quite a lot of chafing though (silly amateur mistake) which is sore. Hope your feeling ok.

Hedgepig Mon 15-Apr-13 13:12:13

gringringrin I might have been skippy at the start I was more crawley at the end. (Blooming phone )

Pleaseputyourshoeson Mon 15-Apr-13 20:19:16

Well done Hedgepig! Good 10k time too! You must be pleased to have done it! I went for a five mile run today and it was sunny and I took my jacket off! Oh that felt good. My legs felt heavy though? wasn't expecting that after a few days off i was expecting to run feeling all springy. I had to stop and stretch to lighten them up a bit. I felt best when I was really warm between miles 3-4. and by mile five I was just focused on the end. I really do wonder if I'm cut out to run half marathon distances [hmmm]?
I guessill find out...

kiwibella Tue 16-Apr-13 21:50:38

Hedgepig, I'm also in Cambridgeshire!
Chaos, I do know about shin splints. I have suffered them in the past too. They need stretching, there are two ways. One is to stand on the edge of the stairs, almost on the balls of your feet with your heels hanging over... and stretch them out. The other is sitting on the floor and using a scarf around your foot - pulling the scarf towards you.

I ran my local parkrun on Saturday, miserably! But ran 3.5 miles on the treadmill comfortably today.
One day I will be saying how well I did running outdoors smile

Hedgepig Tue 16-Apr-13 22:32:24

Bugger I just deleted my post before posting grrrrr . Kiwi you will get to enjoy running outside, it is lovely out there at the moment. How exciting another Cambs resident, my local Park Run is at Wimpole. I haven't managed to run it many times as DS1s football keeps getting in the way .

I went out this evening in the sun it was fabgrin. I was just planning a short run but I got lost (twit) so it was a bit further than planned. I walked the last 20mins so as not to over do things.

EauRouge Thu 18-Apr-13 12:50:05

Hello all, I'm a C25K graduate. I'm doing 5k three times a week at the moment and aiming to build up to 10k eventually. I've entered a 5 mile (they don't do km in the fens) in July.

Kiwi Do you mean Huntingdon Parkrun? I went, it was ace. I'm not going this weekend but I am the weekend after if you fancy meeting up?

Nice to see other Cambs folks on here. What's the Wimpole Parkrun like Hedgepig?

EauRouge Thu 18-Apr-13 12:52:34

Just spotted that you did do it after all- how did you find it? Wasn't that hill at the end awful? I'm off to buy some trail shoes this weekend to get through all that mud without sliding all over the place.

Hedgepig Thu 18-Apr-13 22:00:10

Eau Wimpole is muddy and mostly off road (is that the right term for running) good fun. Oh and it has a bugger of a hill near the start. Good fun not to busy . I was hoping to go on Saturday but DH want to do his hobby 1st thing on Sat (and he hasn't been for ages) so I can't go :-(. I am doing the Wimpole 10k in May. I imagine it is very windy in The Fens at the moment ,

EauRouge Thu 18-Apr-13 22:05:37

Apparently there's been a massive dust storm today, cars couldn't get through because the visibility was so bad. I live at the edge of the fens so I get all the wind but still have hills to run up. Lucky me grin

I had to abandon a run the other day because I was trying to run uphill into a 25mph headwind. Only managed 2k in the end.

Hedgepig Thu 18-Apr-13 22:08:35

Sounds like one of those cartoon moments going backwards as you were trying to go forwards gringrin

EauRouge Thu 18-Apr-13 22:21:12

That's what it felt like! After 1k I gave up and started running back the way I came. My pace for the first k was 6.37 and the second was 5.56 grin

Pleaseputyourshoeson Fri 19-Apr-13 14:22:19

Hi all! A good week for me. Two swims, two four milers, a five miler, a HIIT class and a six mile run to do this weekend. I would really like to see another half a stone go off the scales and my strength go up. I need to get my arms and abs stronger and my glutes/quads as my aim now is to get my pace up a bit on the shorter runs and build my stamina on the longer ones. Eau Rouge the wind is such a devil! I've found the shorter runs a killer this week because of running into the wind. It's been v tempting to give up. My pace is slow - between 10 and ten and a half mins per mile. I would really like to get it under 10 for long periods so that I'm running for less time!

Hedgepig Fri 19-Apr-13 18:49:56

Blooming heck Pleaseput. I'm exhausted just looking at your list grin
I am so tired atm DS2 (age 4) is such a poor sleeper he wakes up most nights and it is taking its toll

Nicnocknoo Fri 19-Apr-13 21:42:07

Can I join in please? I started running nearly a year ago and built up slowly. Having suffered from PND I run mostly for my mind and the joy of actually having achieved something in my day smile Was really pleased when I managed a half marathon in March! I then trailed off a bit but as I have a 10k next month and another half marathon in September, trying to ramp things up again. Nice 10k run in the sunshine today and managed to knock five mins off my last time! I wish I could just work out how to get more energy - I don't get why I still need to keep stopping or why I don't get much faster in short runs sad
And Hedgepig - ds2 was a rubbish sleeper until he was 4.5 (I remember posting on Facebook that I was so tired I wanted to run away but didn't have the energy to move!). Now age 5, and after much bribery, he sleeps all night (mostly) and only wakes me up after 6am - there is hope!

melliebobs Sat 20-Apr-13 10:14:39

Hiya. I got into running properly 4 months ago (10 months after dd1)

I've been going to park run when I can and runs in my free time. Just got back from park run n our course is a bitch with 3 big hills shock

But just signed up to 5 5ks between now n end of July and a 10k in August. Never run more than 4 miles so far so the 10k will be a biiiiiiiig challenge

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sat 20-Apr-13 10:28:52

Hi Melliebobs - you sound like you're doing great. I only got going last year so quite the novice too! Hi Nicknocknoo. Sounds like your aims are similar to mine. I'm running the London Parks Half in early Oct.
Went out at 6am to run this morning, 6 and a bit miles. My 10k pace was five minutes faster than the 10k race I ran. Shows what some nice weather can achieve! It was unbelievably beautiful this morning. For the first time in a while I ran feeling happy and enjoyed all of it. The sun just gave me such a buzz. I finally had that "Ooh this is great" run that I've been missing for a while. The last few have definitely been a bit of a slog with the wind being annoying or my legs feeling tired and heavy. But today I ran a flat route and just enjoyed what was around me, the time to myself and I felt like I could've kept going but I'm nervous about doing too much, ramping it up too soon. So next week I'll try for seven miles and slowly slowly....
Have a great weekend all. Lovely to have so many of us posting, it's great for motivation.

I'm just back from my local parkrun. It was my first time at this one (just moved house) and I really enjoyed it. What a glorious morning to be out running.

EauRouge Sat 20-Apr-13 10:43:40

I'm gutted that I missed my local ParkRun today, it's such a beautiful day. I'll definitely be going next week, the whole family is coming and the DDs are really excited about watching me 'race'. Hope they won't be too disappointed that I don't win grin

melliebobs Sat 20-Apr-13 14:29:05

I find our ParkRun course really tough. It's 3 laps but there's one sod of a hill to get up 3 times. Today was good though cos I ran all of it except half of the last hill smile

Itsaboatjack Sat 20-Apr-13 20:20:43

I came down with a stinking cold on Monday so no runs for me this week.

Please I'm also doing the Royal Parks half in October. I've got the London 10,000 at the end of May first then nothing till October. I also need to increase my overall strength, and particularly my upper body so I have started doing some HIIT workouts with wighs incorporated. I particularly like using a kettle bell.

Hedgepig Sat 20-Apr-13 20:36:07

My friend is doing the Royal Parks too , I decided she was totally bonkers when she suggested it grin.

melliebobs Sat 20-Apr-13 21:47:12

Yey. PB of 33:13

Ok it ain't gonna break any records but I've brought it down from 35 mins since jan smile

Hedgepig Sat 20-Apr-13 22:49:16

Yeh Mellie and with hills gringrin

Hedgepig Sat 20-Apr-13 22:49:40

Imagine how fast you would be on the flat

melliebobs Sun 21-Apr-13 09:36:59

Only 9 days till my first 5k so soon find out (praying for a flat route) grin

edwinamerckx Mon 22-Apr-13 18:07:00

Had a terrible run over the weekend. I was actually planning to try for a PB over my usual 10k cross-country route but instead crawled round and came in about 4 minutes over. Legs felt like lead the whole way round, and I woke up the next morning with a sore hamstring and horrendous plantar fasciitis.

I've no idea what went wrong - the only thing I can think of is that I'm just not used to hard ground after the mudfest we've had this winter as it hasn't rained for a week or so, and been very windy so it's all dried out. I ran it in my usual studded fellrunning shoes which didn't help at all - I could feel every stud sticking into the soles of my feet sad

Anyone ever had something similar? I was feeling very low as I was so sure I could PB before I went out and then it was just like running through treacle the whole way.

Hedgepig Mon 22-Apr-13 22:45:03

Sorry to hear it didn't go well Edwin. I have good days and poor days really struggling where previously I have gone well. For me it is how good my sleep has been, how good my nutrition has been in the previous days etc. it's also getting warmer so were you well hydrated? I think time of the month also has an effect. Chin up it will be better next time

I'm away with work this evening so I had a go on a treadmill in the hotel gym, rather than brave the streets of a strange town in the twilight. It's over 10yrs since I have run on a machine, it was very odd but seemed a lot easier than running on the road and tracks. And I could run without my specs on without fear of breaking my neck.
I've booked an appointment to get some contact lenses as my glasses kept steaming up and falling off, and there was me thinking running was a cheap hobby. gringrin

melliebobs Tue 23-Apr-13 17:06:56

Sorry to hear it didn't go to plan Edwin. But I'm a novice at this running thing let alone up the fells grin

My race packs for 5 races I've entered turned up today. No going back now. It's definitely happening!

melliebobs Tue 23-Apr-13 17:07:58

Fells/x country u get me jist

edwinamerckx Tue 23-Apr-13 18:31:10

@Hedgepig - thanks for replying - yes, think a combination of it suddenly being a lot warmer, hardpacked surface and unsuitable shoes, and lack of sleep (thanks DS!) did for me.

kiwibella Tue 23-Apr-13 21:52:05

EauRouge... I lost track of this thread. Have you done the Huntingdon parkrun? I ran / walked the first one and missed this Saturday's. I am hoping to go this weekend.

That hill is a bugger. I'm not sure if I would prefer Wimpole's hill at the beginning rather than the end! And the mud up there made it feel almost impossible.

I'm still having success at running on the treadmill, albeit not as often as I would like to get on it. I haven't been out on the road since the parkrun blush

Edwin... hope that your running gets back on track.

Melliebobs... five races is super impressive! Go you!!

kiwibella Tue 23-Apr-13 21:55:00

Nicnocknoo... I loved your post about running for your mind. Me too! Similar to you, I had a tough time post dd2. After a long battle, I know what makes me feel happiest now smile

kiwibella Tue 23-Apr-13 21:55:40

Nicnocknoo... "similar" is being hugely presumptious!!! I hope you understand that I don't mean to be.

FoundAChopinLizt Tue 23-Apr-13 22:22:29

Slightly crashing the thread-I'm usually a lurking beginner runner doing C25K, inspired by my dds obsession with running.

She's just done a hilly 10k in 46mins, at age 14. She won two prizes in the main women's race. It's her first 10k attempt, and I don't have a good feel for the times as a new runner, but I was impressed! Do any of you know if that's a good junior time? Have tried googling but not very successfully. She's doing a flatter one at the weekend.

FoundAChopinLizt Tue 23-Apr-13 22:25:18

Ha! Realised I've outed myself if anyone from that race is on here..angry

Hedgepig Tue 23-Apr-13 23:10:13

I think there are a lot of 10k races so you identity is safe gringrin. It's a good time regardless of her age , well done you DD

FoundAChopinLizt Wed 24-Apr-13 06:47:17

Apologies for boasting last night. Was very excited...blush

EauRouge Wed 24-Apr-13 09:00:59

Kiwi, Yes, I did the first one and managed it within my target time so was pretty pleased. I didn't go to the last one. I'm hoping to get there this weekend, I'm on drugs with pretty horrible side effects but things are improving so hopefully I can run. Not sure if I'll get a PB though! I need to get some trail shoes to cope with all that mud, it was so slippery.

Well done to your DD Chopin. I'm sure there's an age percentage calculator thing on Cool Runnings, maybe try there.

edwinamerckx Wed 24-Apr-13 11:32:28

Chopin 46 mins is a good time for a hill course - well done your DD!

kiwibella Wed 24-Apr-13 19:28:03

46 mins for a 10k is outstanding!!

Hope you are feeling better soon EauRouge... we've had a few days of sunshine so hopefully the park will dry up soon.
We live near the park but I doubt that I will get down there before Saturday to check it out.

I ran 4.5 miles in 50 minutes on the treadmill today with a gazillion interruptions from dd (prob another 10 mins but I'm only counting the timer on the treadmill!!).
I need to get up early to run while the family are sleeping.

FoundAChopinLizt Wed 24-Apr-13 19:59:19

Thanks everyone for congrats to dd. She is sure to thrash me at my first 5k attempt at end of June smile

Fyouimfabulous Thu 25-Apr-13 14:03:11

I've been skiving this thread and my running since my 10k dire race! Getting back out on Sunday and doing a 4 week offer at the gym I used to go to for some cross training from Monday!
Just not felt in the zone at all, but feel worse the longer I leave it!

melliebobs Thu 25-Apr-13 15:10:19

Just done 8.32k in 61 minutes. Wish I could make my legs go faster grin

Hedgepig Thu 25-Apr-13 16:05:25

Roller skates maybe Mellie? When you find the secret to faster legs let me know Mellie

Does any one have any suggestions for keeping my hair out of my eyes. I have a short bob like haircut which is too short to tie back and my hair is really starting to irritate me as it gets warmer

Fyouimfabulous Thu 25-Apr-13 17:08:43

Hedge - how about an elasticated hairband?

melliebobs Thu 25-Apr-13 18:18:46

Hedgepig when I played footie I used to have short hair but long fringe. I had one of those elastic hair bands that was 2 elastic circles but joined at one point.

Itsaboatjack Thu 25-Apr-13 20:59:48

Well I did my first run today since my half marathon last weekend. Felt pretty good, until 3 people ran past me so fast it felt like I was going at walking speed grin

I've been struggling to shake off a cold, and today I realised why, I've come out covered in spots - I have chicken pox. So I'm quarantined and I guess won't be out running for a while. It's only 4 weeks until the London 10,000 so I hope I'm all better by then, I keep getting told how it is going to be really bad as I'm an adult!! I've done the race every year since it started so really don't want to miss it.

Hedgepig Thu 25-Apr-13 21:25:43

Thanks for the hair idea, I do have a hair band but it pings off my head, I think it may be a bit small.

Itsaboat. Oh no The Pox ! I caught it form DS1 when he was 4 months old, sorry to say I have never been so ill in my life , it was like flu and serious sunburn at the same time. Poxclin is supposed to be good.

melliebobs Thu 25-Apr-13 21:40:16

Quarantine period for the pox is only 5 days so providing u feel ok u should be fine (dd who's 13month has just had it. Plied her with virasooth and piriton!)

Nicnocknoo Thu 25-Apr-13 22:06:09

Kiwibella, I didn't think you were being presumptuous at all don't worry. I had a crappy time but couldn't keep taking ADs so decided to do something about it. Running is so good for people in so many ways. I drop the boys at school and then go for a run out along the country lanes - no music, just peace and quiet punctuating by me gasping for breath! Sets me up for the day.

Went on a great 10k run along the local canal path the other day (knocked 10mins off my previous time!! which sounds fab until you consider my last time was in a half marathon where I was taking it slow and also the canal path was v flat smile). I did overtake two boats though - ok they were going v slow!

I just need to work out how to get more energy. I swear having short legs doesn't help me!

FoundAChopinLizt Sat 27-Apr-13 10:21:51

I'm so impressed by all the dedication on this thread.

Any advice for shin splints please? Exercises or shoes that you've found helpful. I'm just starting wk3 of C25K. I pronate a lot and am running in nike cross trainers that I had already, am looking to buy New Balance as have a gift voucher! It's not a huge problem, just pain on beginning of run which settles, and tender to touch after a run.

EauRouge Sat 27-Apr-13 12:34:59

Chopin, I got painful shins around that part of C25K but it didn't last. It is hard to stretch your shins isn't it? I found that pulling my toes up helped if you see what I mean. Have you had a gait analysis done?

Did anyone else do a Parkrun this morning? I did my local one and I think I did pretty well. I didn't time myself so I'm waiting for the official results to come through <hits refresh for the 100th time>.

EauRouge Sat 27-Apr-13 12:35:43

Did I bold C25K on purpose? Why did I do that? confused

FoundAChopinLizt Sat 27-Apr-13 12:37:44

Thanks Eau, no haven't had gait analysis done, am scared of posh running shop in case I get hypnotised into buying some crazy price shoes from some young fit type.

EauRouge Sat 27-Apr-13 12:46:36

I thought that too but I checked out the prices of my local specialist place and it's not all that much more than Sports Direct. If you tell them you're on a budget then they'll help you stick to it.

Hedgepig Sat 27-Apr-13 13:19:12

Eau I'm waiting for my park run result I was over optimistically hooding for a sub 30min. I didn't make that but hopefully got close, why oh why do I always forget to stop my flipping watch at the end of a run .

It is really worth getting the right trainers as you know you over pronate. My local shop is very low key but the lady that runs it is very good.

Eau and Hedge - I'm waiting for my park run result as well. I don't think I'll have a great time but at least I went out in the cold and wet for some exercise smile.

Hedgepig Sat 27-Apr-13 14:56:38

Got my time, just under 32mins a new PB and I have improved my time by just over 5 mins from my 1st ParkRun in icey Jan gringringrin not bad even though I say it myself . Hopefully I can do a sub 30min by the end of the summer .

Hedgepig Sat 27-Apr-13 14:57:30

Obviously I have just completely outed myself to anyone paying attention to my local Park Run

EauRouge Sat 27-Apr-13 15:38:21

Well done on the PB! I'd love to be able to do a sub 30 min 5k, maybe by the end of the year. I'm still waiting for the results of mine <refreshes again>

FoundAChopinLizt Sat 27-Apr-13 16:01:53

Ok, that's me told. I will go to running shop next Wednesday.

melliebobs Sat 27-Apr-13 16:31:15

Did my 7th ParkRun this week. Shaved 41 seconds off my time and got another PB. did it in 32:31 so chuffed cos I'm full of a cold. Can't wait till next week now. The grand plan is sub 30 but with the 3 big hills it's gonna be tough!

Got a 5k race on Tuesday so be intrigued to see how it compares

Victoria3012 Sat 27-Apr-13 17:22:43

I did my very first 5k parkrun today and did it in 32.12. I'm really really pleased but slightly concerned because I'm doing the London bupa 10000 in a few weeks and I'm not sure I will be able to run the whole distance and I'd set my heart on running the whole race. I loved doing the parkrun, everyone was friendly and supportive.

Those of you with results were obviously not at my local park run <still waiting for mine>

Victoria - you'll be fine for the 10K, even if you do need to walk a bit smile

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sat 27-Apr-13 18:38:13

Well done all of you. Great times.
And cough, much better than mine - I've had my running gear on all day and haven't actually gone running grin. And there will be no opportunity tomorrow so it looks like I'm going to be having the weekend off. blush. In truth whilst mentally I'm frustrated I've not managed to fit it in as I've no child free time this weekend it's probably a blessing as I've done a lot during the week and my body feels quite physically achy/tired. I love reading this thread, it helps with keeping motivated.
Have a great weekend all.
And Victoria I agree, if you can do that 5k comfortably you'll be fine on the 10k, just run at a really nice slow easy pace and you'll run all of it, if you have some oomph at the end you can always pick up the pace then. I made the mistake of going too fast at the start and feeling like the end would never be in sight by the end when I did mine.

melliebobs Sat 27-Apr-13 18:44:17

neither apparantly they have a new system for recording and sending out results. Took until late evening to get ours last week

Mine was very late last week mellie, but that was because the Race Director wasn't well.

Hi all. I've got my first proper race tomorrow (not counting the 4 parkruns I've done). It's a 5 mile race which is further than I've ever run, and I'm doing it with my mum who turns 60 next week and has been running for over 30 years. I went out for a run with her for the first time yesterday, only 3 miles but it nearly killed me and I was sick burping when I finished! I really want to finish in under 55 mins but I'm worried about pacing too fast and not finishing. My mum will run with me no matter what, but I struggle with pacing so will probably go out too fat.

*fast, not fat, although that would also be appropriate!

Hedgepig Sat 27-Apr-13 22:41:14

You might go out fat but you'd come back slimmer Chaos, I am very impressed with your Mum running at 60.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sun 28-Apr-13 06:50:13

Good luck today chaos. And agree, impressive of your mum to be running with you at 60!

EauRouge Sun 28-Apr-13 07:10:01

Good luck, chaos, I'm sure you'll be fine if you just pace yourself. Have you got a phone app with a pace alarm? You can get one for free, I think RunDouble has one.

I finally got my ParkRun result and it's a full minute and a half quicker than I was aiming for! Not quite sub 30 mins but I'm getting closer.

Good luck with your race today chaos

Well done Eau. I PB'd as well, but not as impressively as you!

Hedgepig Sun 28-Apr-13 07:39:19

Have a good run Chaos . I sounds like we all had a good day yesterday with all these PBs . I'm thinking about new targets since I've done my 1st one which was to do a 10k

Oooooh, runners! Hello everybody peeps and bods!

I'm training for my first half-marathon in June. Got a new PB at my ParkRun yesterday - 30 mins 12 ! Soooo close to that magical 30 minute mark!

I'll be setting out on my Long Run later this morning, hope the rain stays off.

EauRouge Sun 28-Apr-13 08:30:59

PBs all round then! Well done everyone grin

How far are you running today, Melanie?

Fyouimfabulous Sun 28-Apr-13 11:00:59

Been out this morning for a very windy 3 miles! I'd love a sub 30 5k, a sub 60 10k (my pb is 62:33) and this year to complete the GNR in 2:20, last year I was 2:25 and the year before I was 2:47 so I'm hoping its possible!

Twas supposed to be a 6 mile run, but the route I chose was a touch shorter than that. So, not really long enough, or fast enough, but it was a really enjoyable run - I reminded myself how lucky I am to be running in my 50s, on some beautiful country roads in Norn Irn, with a pawsome dog by my side.

Victoria3012 Sun 28-Apr-13 14:51:56

Thanks for all your encouragement, I have until the last week in May to train for my 10k race. I did a 5k forest run today, I lost my shoe twice in the mud but had a great time, I love the forest. I ran a slow 5k (38 minutes) because I had to watch the ground in front of me. I'll definitely do it again smile

melliebobs Mon 29-Apr-13 12:06:56

Ok so I can't run on a treadmill. I don't know why blush think it may be boredom. Gonna stick to outside for now. But did 37 intervals n did 5k

melliebobs Mon 29-Apr-13 12:07:13

37 mins

melliebobs Tue 30-Apr-13 21:00:12

Just back from my first proper race. I had a number and everything. There were a lot of people there taking it verrrrrry seriously. I was a slow one but deffo not last! Got a PB of 31:30 (ish) and there were 2 bloomin hills. Gah

EauRouge Tue 30-Apr-13 21:09:41

That's brilliant, well done! Was it a 5k?

I've started gradually increasing my distance, I did 5.5k this morning instead of my usual 5k (get me grin ). I'm doing a 5 miler at the start of July, I'd like to be able to run the whole thing without having to stop and walk- that's my goal, I have no idea about times or anything like that.

FoundAChopinLizt Tue 30-Apr-13 21:10:53

Got new trainers, and have tried them on wk3r1, great success. Shins not sore this time.

Well done on your first race

Well done mellie!

Hi everyone - I'm partway through C25K (on week 5). At what point were you able to run a full 5k in a decent time? There is a parkrun near me, I'd like to plan to try it in the summer, but the slowest time is about 33 min and I don't want to be miles behind everyone else!

melliebobs Wed 01-May-13 08:49:30

Yerr it was a 5k smile I have another race bank holiday Monday. Then three others between then n end of July. They r all 5ks. Then I'm braving a 10k in August. Furthest I've ever done was 8.5k last week n it took an hr blush

fromheretomatermity keep checking the results page n previous results cos there might just have been a low turnout that week. At my ParkRun the slowest is about 50 mins. But there's a really good community to it n no one minds. They will be there to cheer you on! I was almost last at ours when I first started (low turnout cos of the snow) and people who've finished join the ones at the back n help them through smile

melliebobs Wed 01-May-13 08:51:42

As for c25k I was able to run 5k without stopping right at the end. About week 9-10 and it took about 37 minsblush but the point was I was able to do it without walking

EauRouge Wed 01-May-13 08:59:34

31.30 is a really good time for a 5k. I'm sure you'll be able to improve your time before your 10k. Have you tried tempo runs or hill training or anything like that?

fromheretomaternity, they have tail runners at parkruns so you will never be last! I had finished C25K and I could run for 30 mins no problem, but the first parkrun I did was the first time I had run 5k. I did it in 34 mins and some seconds which was about what I was expecting. Give it a go, they are really friendly and great fun.

Victoria3012 Wed 01-May-13 17:48:18

Fromheretomaternity the parkrun I attended had 156 runners and they were young, old, children, disabled people and mums with buggies, of course we had very serious runners from athletic clubs but if you completed 5k in 40 minutes you still wouldn't have need last. Everyone helps and encourages other runners. I'm sure you'd love parkrun grin

melliebobs Wed 01-May-13 20:48:27

Yeah eaurouge (love the name btw wink) Mondays I usually do intervals. I go to where our park run. Only 30 mins but at maximum effort. I do hill sprints up THE hill (it's kind of in 2 stages but it's bloody steep) and then I do sprints set more by distance. Wed/Thursday I try and do a longer run then Saturday I do park run which I try to push myself at.

Inbetween all that is swimming and walking

EauRouge Wed 01-May-13 20:57:17

My local parkrun has a hill like that, right in the last half a k- it's a total bastard!

Hedgepig Thu 02-May-13 17:21:56

That's cruel Eaugrin. My park run the hill is just at the 1km mark

EauRouge Thu 02-May-13 17:47:30

You should come and give it a go sometime!

My park run has the same hill three times grin

Fromheretomaternity my park run has just started a walking group, so we have everything from 15 minute finishes to almost 2 hours.

2 hours! How can it take 2 hours to walk 5k? I think my 20month dd could walk it faster than that!

melliebobs Thu 02-May-13 22:06:22

neithershredded my ParkRun has the same hill 3 times too. We go the same one?!?!?!?! winkshock

Did a run on my lunch break today. 8.5k in an hour. silly idea. Should have waited till I'd finished for the day.

blush I posted without checking the chat on my local parkrun FB page - it was between someone asking if walkers were welcome and one of the regulars. I thought the regular said they had taken 1.45 the previous week, but in fact they said their fastest was 45 mins, but they'd done it in 1.20 stopping and starting the previous week.

Apologies for not checking my facts properly and getting it wrong blush.

mellie I will PM you smile.

Nicnocknoo Fri 03-May-13 20:21:23

What a difference it makes to run in the sunshine! Hope this weather lasts for the weekend - I'm doing a 10k on Sunday. This is the first event I'll have done after doing a half marathon in March. I was petrified then and didn't sleep for two nights before it. It's nice to feel a bit more relaxed about this one although trying not to be complacent as my aim this time is to better my time whereas with the half I just wanted to finish!

Thanks, I think my local parkrun is a smaller one, but maybe the good weather will bring out a wider range of runners. Still on W5 and not yet up to doing 5k but hoping to do one in a month or two!

FoundAChopinLizt Sat 04-May-13 08:53:42

Very inspired by you all, I'm only at wk3r3 of C25K! But am aiming for 5k in June and 10k next year.

Any advice on sports watches, with or without GPS?

My dd(14) is a very keen runner, doing hilly road 10ks in 45min. She also does track training, xcountry and fell running. Her birthday is coming up and think she would like one but there is a huge range of features and prices and I've thoroughly confused myself. Would spend up to £100 if I thought it was worth it.


EauRouge Sat 04-May-13 10:34:40

Just got back from Parkrun, I doubt very much that I beat my PB from last week. I started off too fast and then when I got to the hill I had to walk: Twice shock grin. Ah well, it was fun and the DDs had fun on the playground while I was running.

Chopin - I have the basic Garmin 110 which does the trick for me.

Eau - I'm just back from park run too. It was a bit chilly and windy for my liking today.

FoundAChopinLizt Sat 04-May-13 10:41:30

Thanks Neither, will look at that one.

melliebobs Sat 04-May-13 10:44:07

No ParkRun for me today sad and it was star wars fancy dress as well. Deffo be their next week cos its our 1st birthday grin

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sat 04-May-13 13:04:49

Just got back from a run. 8 miles in 1hr 22 mins. My longest run yet. It feels quite daunting to think that's only 2/3rds of the way of the half marathon. Blimey. By the time I was finished I could barely feel my legs and when I did stop my feet were vibrating. I am no born runner! It's been a good week for me though, I did 6 miles yesterday, and two four milers plus a couple of strength training sessions and swimming. You woudln't know it on the scales though bah humbug. Supposed to be a v nice weather bank holiday monday so looking forward to starting the week with a sunny run. I think a rest day for me tomorrow.

Well done Pleaseputyourshoeson. That's a good time. If you can do 10 miles as part of your training you will be fine on the day. Just think of it as a 10 mile run with a parkrun tagged on the end smile.

kiwibella Sat 04-May-13 13:40:43

EauRouge... did you do the Huntingdon Parkrun today?
I found it difficult!! Hoping that I equal or even slightly improve my previous time.

There is so much amazing running happening on here. Well done grin

Victoria3012 Sat 04-May-13 13:42:34

I've just broke my mental block and ran 10k without stopping/walking in 1 hour and 12 minutes, I can't tell you how happy I feel at the moment grin 4 months ago I smoked 20 a day and couldn't run for 90 seconds.

kiwibella Sat 04-May-13 13:46:14

that is amazing progress Victoria!! No wonder you feel elated smile

EauRouge Sat 04-May-13 13:50:49

Yes, I was there! We'll have to meet up for a cup of tea afterwards sometime. I'm going to be marshalling next week.

Victoria, very well done! In only 4 months too! That's an amazing achievement.

Victoria3012 Sat 04-May-13 13:54:33

Thank you smile I just had to tell someone. I substituted running for smoking and every time I had terrible cravings I'd put my c25k on and get out of the house.

Victoria that's brilliant progress! Well done indeed.

EauRouge Sat 04-May-13 15:11:03

Wow, I got a new PB! By 6 seconds grin

kiwibella Sat 04-May-13 15:33:41

my pb was 3 minutes!! I felt like I walked more this week so I am very surprised... and thrilled, of course.

any improvement is a pb EauRouge smile tea sounds fab. I will probably run next Satuday... I'm doing the Moonwalk that night.

I am still waiting for my result. The last couple of weeks it's been almost midnight before the results have been posted so I'm not holding my breath!

Sorry - should have said well done on your PBs blush

melliebobs Sat 04-May-13 16:18:31

Well done to everyone with PB's smile

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sat 04-May-13 22:14:37

Well done Victoria that's brilliant in four months! I took a lot longer than that to get to your level! And well done everyone on their PB's. I'd be celebrating the 6 secs too if it was me - just equally a previous PB is a good thing IMO. Just been to see the new Al Modivar movie - what a weird off the wall experience that was!

melliebobs Mon 06-May-13 08:02:03

Just a case of tackling another hilly 5k race today. And I feel horrendous confused

LillethTheCat Wed 08-May-13 13:40:28

Hi everyone,

OP here. Sorry Ive not been around, my laptop broke and internet was limited sad

I have been running though. Did 7 miles this morning.

A couple of weeks ago I did the Sunderland 10K and did it in under an hour (59:04). The Parkruns have really improved my speed. My next one isn't until June though. Race that is, not Parkrun.

Im thinking of trying to get on to a really popular half marathon in Jan (places usually are all filled within half an hour of being open), but Im a little nervous as its one that really good runners know about and Im not. Will that matter though? Someone has to be last, why not me?

Im going to do a 10 mile race in Nov too.

Well done on all the running everyone.

EauRouge Sat 11-May-13 11:13:00

So, who did Parkrun this morning? I was marshalling today along with the DDs. DD2 tried to sabotage it by pointing in the opposite direction to where the runners needed to go.

Victoria3012 Sat 11-May-13 13:49:51

I did my long run today, 12k in 1 hour 17 minutes. I've eaten last nights left over Chinese food, put a bag of frozen peas on each knee cap and had a sweet cup of tea and I feel as good as new again smile hope you all had great park runs x

melliebobs Sat 11-May-13 17:24:00

Was our parkruns 1st birthday today. Absolutely lashed it down but an attendance record! And I knocked 1m2s n got my PB down to 31m29

No park run for me today - I had to go to an OU tutorial. Looking forward to a long run tomorrow <itchy feet>

melliebobs Mon 13-May-13 14:15:39

Did my hill n speed based session today. Covered 6k altogether but a lot of walking cos was trying to work maximally. Not nice on an empty stomach and in the cold and hail shock

martha2013 Tue 14-May-13 20:06:37

Hi everyone. Just read through the entire thread, very motivating! Hope you don't mind if I join in. I'm currently 41 weeks pregnant and although I've had a very active 9 months, I can't wait to run again! How long did everyone give it post birth? Before pregnancy my long weekend run was unto 18 miles in 2hrs40, I was targeting doing a full marathon by the end of this year. Is that a ridiculous target now? Hope everyone is enjoying the slightly nicer weather, happy running x

melliebobs Wed 15-May-13 07:46:12

I waited best part of 10 months shock had an emcs though n poorly baby n ebf so running was last thing in my mind. N even at ten months even though I'd stayed active with alooooot of running I felt a mess like my scar was going to split and my insides fall out shock even now 14 months later it still gives me jip

martha2013 Wed 15-May-13 10:16:02

Oooh melliebobs, poor you that sounds painful. Got my fingers crossed I am fortunate enough to have a natural birth although the further overdue I go the more I worry this won't happen. I'm signed up for a 5k race for life on the 30th of June but maybe that's a bit ambitious. I do plan on bf as I did with my son. Had so many leaky boob situations when running after him
....tried to pull it off as weird sweat patches I think!

melliebobs Wed 15-May-13 18:50:25

Lol I had a few of those 2. Even with black tops on it was still very apparantly white. Whoopsgrin

Well this afternoon I had gait analysis and a new pair of trainers to replace the ones that I've run through the back of. I've had it a few times n find it fascinating grin got some funky Asics ones again, ran over a mile trying on 5 different pairs! And they were reduced from £100 to £70. And even on sale stock NHS staff get a further 10% off. WINNER! I've got 30 days to road test them n I get a free 16 week training plan through Full Potential too. Not bad! Can't wait to give them a proper go tommorow smile oh AND there's a free running club from the shop too so going to try it next week smile

Pleaseputyourshoeson Wed 15-May-13 20:24:08

Injured - sooooooo annoyed!!! Pulled hamstring. That's my training plan scuppered.

melliebobs Sat 18-May-13 07:44:43

Its Saturday. Which means ParkRun. In the new trainers from hell shock if they still break my feet after this they are going back to where they came from sad

EauRouge Sat 18-May-13 08:31:53

Oh no sad I hope your feet don't get ruined!

No ParkRun for me today. I've been feeling really dizzy lately (drug side effects) and I had to sit down for ages after my last run. Don't fancy driving in that state so I'm just going to go for a run around the village instead.

Good luck, everyone!

Just back from a chilly parkrun. I cycled there (uphill), so my legs were tired before I even started. I am not expecting a great time.

Hope the shoes were OK mellie and that you feel better soon pleaseput. And sorry to hear about your dizziness Eau. Have you had your baby yet martha?

DH had his knee operation on Tuesday (meniscus repair, ACL reconstruction and some sort of bone graft on his knee cap to repair wear and tear caused by the lack of working ACL). No running for him for 3 months, and even then only light jogging in a straight line sad.

melliebobs Sat 18-May-13 11:09:16

Hope sweatshop take shoes back covered in blood shock did first 2k and the trainers from hell made my toes numb to the point of pins n needles which radiated up my shin and also gave my left foot a blister the size of a pound coin. I think I cried at the end and rung dh to come pick me up with my old trainers. Winced round in 32:10. So I've had it. Run 5mile in them, walked 3 mile in them ad ran 5 mile in them. They aren't right.

In other news in 4 weeks I've lost 4cm round my waist. Happy days grin

Victoria3012 Sat 18-May-13 15:33:57

Melliebobs that sounds like agony, how are you feeling now?
I did 10k today (1 hour, 7 minutes ) it was hard from start to finish. My knees ache, I'm tired and I don't know what went wrong today, I seriously wanted to quit after 10 minutes. hmm

melliebobs Sat 18-May-13 18:13:26

I screamed blue murder in the shower this blister hurts do much. Now it's just stinging. But as soon as my feet were released I got all feeling back. Very odd

Hedgepig Sun 19-May-13 18:05:48

Oww Mellie that found awful hmm

I did my 10k race today, it was hard I couldn't breath in the middle (not helped by bursting into tears cos I felt do shit). The time was 1hr7 which wasn't so bad but I'm really glum cos it was so hard and my body wasn't playing ball today. Wine I think grin

Ow mellie you poor thing. Deffo take them back.

Vic and Hedge - well done both of you on your 10K's. Mine is next Monday and I'm not as ready as I'd like to be.

But I PB'd at park run yesterday and did my first ever sub-30 min 5K, despite feeling as though I was chugging around slowly grin.

Hedgepig Sun 19-May-13 19:31:03

Well done neithershredded on uoyr PB . Sun 30 min is my park run target and now DS1s football season has finally finished grin I may actually get to a few park runs over the summer

Pleaseputyourshoeson Mon 20-May-13 18:47:33

@ melliebobs, I know this sounds obvious but are you sure your trainers weren't too small? Reason I ask is that mine are a full size and a half bigger than my normal size as when you run your feet 'flatten' and swell a bit making them a good size bigger. I used to get numb feet when running and the running shop said it was because my shoes weren't roomy enough for running in. HTH. Am so fed up with being injured and freaking out about how long it means I have to ease up with the running for and what that will mean re training to run a HM. I will be really irritated to have run all year only to have to pull out now. For the minute I'm just trying to do other things, swimming etc but it's not the same.

melliebobs Tue 21-May-13 10:49:55

pleaseputyiurshoeson that's what I think now. They are the same size as my last pair and the same brand. They felt fine when I did 3 mins or so on the treadmill and they did feel tight. But I just put that down to being new n having loadsa extra cushioning n generally not worn to death. But having done 2 runs n worn them all day at work n theyve not stretched out too much i think they are just a tad too small.

I wanted to take them back n get checked out at the weekend but I can barely walk without being in pain with this sodding blister let alone run! So it's going to have to wait a bit grin

EauRouge Sun 26-May-13 10:08:38

How are your feet, mellie?

No Parkrun for me yesterday, DH was away so I took the DDs with me and volunteered again. It was so muddy, the poor bloke in the lead slid right over sad Don't think he was injured luckily. I'm going to have to get some trail shoes soon, the course is only going to get worse later in the year.

My running has been crap recently but this morning was much better. Managed 6.7k without stopping although it was a very slow 6.7k! I'm just glad I didn't end up walking umpteen times like the last few 'runs'.

Itsaboatjack Sun 26-May-13 20:22:17

I saw Mo Farah today!! Just wanted to share with some fellow runners. I was taking my dd to a party and needed to cut through St James park and got caught up in the detours because of the Westminster mile races. He was at the finish line, I assume going to hand out winners medals, he was lovely, doing photos and signing autographs.

Hopefully I'll see him again tomorrow when I do the London 10,000.

EauRouge Sun 26-May-13 20:48:31

Wow! I was going to ask if he was running away from something grin

Itsaboat - good luck tomorrow. If you feel like it, the MN Woolly Hugs team will be meeting up before and after the run - we'll be wearing orange World Child Cancer vests and meeting at the family area under the "W" (for Woolly) around 8.45/9.00. Have a good race!

Victoria3012 Mon 27-May-13 06:34:04

I'm doing the London 10000 today, it's my first race and I'm very nervous. Good luck to everyone running today x

Victoria3012 Mon 27-May-13 07:43:36

Oh god I've been to the toilet 5 times, I have upset tummy hmm

EauRouge Mon 27-May-13 07:53:06

Can you stop and get some immodium before the race? Good luck, for the race and for your upset stomach!

Itsaboatjack Mon 27-May-13 09:39:53

Had a little look for you neither but too many people.

Good luck everyone.

EauRouge Mon 27-May-13 10:07:14

Oh, I missed the post about the Woolly Huggers. Good luck, everyone!

melliebobs Mon 27-May-13 13:34:20

Good luck to all those doing the London 10k I'm sure you'll do great smile

Did a 7.5k with the dog this morning. Pain. In. The. Arse. And for once it wasn't my dog but others!

Taking the death trainers from hell back in a mo. see what I get. And got a 5k race tommorow evening.

So that me pretty much up to date!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Mon 27-May-13 19:04:27

The BUPA was great fun. I finished in 01:02:03, and have renamed myself grin

Pleaseputyourshoeson Mon 27-May-13 19:28:55

Great job oh one oh two! well done all the 10kers! Great effort. Am envious and frustrated at being injured and it still not mended enough to run with. I've got awful asthma and hayfever though so that would have scuppered my plans in any case i guess. I hope by the end of next week I can get running and start HM training - i hooe 16 weeks is long and slow enough for me to get sorted and build up to it. I will be v disappointed if this hamstring doesn't sort itself soon. I feel like I'm getting fatter even if I'm not, I'm trying to swim but it's not the same.
Melliebobs how did you go with your shoes?

melliebobs Mon 27-May-13 19:33:39

Shoes swapped. They didn't have the ones I wanted to swap in the next size up n after a bit of foot prodding they recon i need a wider fit shoe. Luckily they'd had a delivery since I bought the original pair. So ended up with some Nike LunarGlide in some horrendous impractical colour. But if they do the job fantastic. I did 10 mins on the store treadmill n they felt food and I have a 5k race tommorow so I'll soon find out!

LillethTheCat Mon 27-May-13 19:35:42

Well done on the 10K everyone.

I volunteered at Parkrun this weekend as I tweaked my knee a little bit on Thurs night. I felt fine on Sat morning though, but Id already arranged to volunteer. I was handing out the finishing numbers to the runners and what did I go and do? dropped numbers 18 to 100 all over the floor blush Number 17 ran through and didnt stop so while I was trying to catch him to take his number before 18 came through they all just slid out of my hands. Luckily people were nice and waited in the right order for me to find the right tokens for them.

I did go out for 7 miles on Sunday afternoon and I really enjoyed it. Just did a steady pace and it took 90 mins or so. I did spend a lot of my time admiring the view though as I live (and run) in the country.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Mon 27-May-13 19:37:34

Marvellous. Here's hoping you glide like you're flying over the moon tomorrow! Good luck with the 5k.

melliebobs Mon 27-May-13 20:01:32

Don't know about gliding but there's nowt to um. Itl b like running in me slippers. And u can always run fast in slippers grin

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Mon 27-May-13 20:14:42

Pleaseput - 16 weeks is plenty. I'm about to start a 20 week full marathon training plan shock

Hope the new shoes are better mellie smile

Itsaboatjack Mon 27-May-13 21:22:44

Well done OhOne

I did 53:50, a minute off my pb but one of my best so I'm happy with it.

And I got a wave off Mo, I saw him as he was coming out of the tunnel at around 7k while I was going into the tunnel just before 3k. I stopped at the central reservation and gave him a wave and a cheer and I definitely got a little wave back, it was to me you know and not the other dozens of runners there at that time too wink.

How did everyone else get on?

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Mon 27-May-13 21:56:22

Well done Itsaboat.

I'd love to get below an hour for a 10K. I got a bit bored between 6 and 7K and realised I'd slowed down and was running at the pace of the people in front of me instead of going past them and running at my pace grin. Gave myself a little talking to and sped up. I managed to put my ipod through the washing machine so was running without music to keep me going.

I saw Mo too - he looked great.

Victoria3012 Tue 28-May-13 19:20:56

I've registered for the London Bupa 10000 2014, the atmosphere was amazing, the landmarks and bands along the route were great and I loved being part of it this year (plus i only live 40 minutes from the race).

Itsaboatjack Tue 28-May-13 20:05:42

I've registered too, it's my favourite race. I've done it every year since it started 6 yrs ago.

melliebobs Wed 29-May-13 12:38:00

Had a 5k race yesterday. Actually a 5.17k race cos they messed up the start angry

But. Happy dance

5k 29:29
5.17k 30:24

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Wed 29-May-13 17:02:57

Yay mellie! Well done.

I've just had my reminder email for volunteering at Parkrun this weekend - good job, as I'd completely forgotten!

melliebobs Sat 01-Jun-13 08:18:01

Good luck to everyone at park run this morning!

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sun 02-Jun-13 18:08:29

Well done melliebobs! I've just done my first run in ages, I promised myself I'd not run AT ALL for at least a week. I thought my hamstring felt better enough to give it a go. I ran just under five miles at an easy pace mindful not to stretch my stride at all and so far so good! Hurrah. Here's hoping I can now get back on track. What a lovely day too.
So nice to be in the sunshine.

melliebobs Sun 02-Jun-13 18:49:43

Sunshine runs are great. But I'm starting to get bad tab lines already. Must alternate the style of best I wear!!!!!

I did ParkRun. Would have got a PB But my runkeeper went mental the gps got muddled and added on an extra 500m! (didnt know till the end) so it Put my average pace to 5m50s a km so thought great I can slow down again. Then I got my result n was 6 secs slower than my PB. Fuming. Never rely on technology! But I struggle to self pace!!!

Did a charity moonlight walk as well last night. 13.1 miles. Took 4hrs n I have some funky blisters. So no running for a few days blush

melliebobs Sun 02-Jun-13 18:54:37

*tan lines

Freakin fat fingers n smart phone keypad

LillethTheCat Sun 02-Jun-13 19:18:29

I got yet another pb yesterday at Parkrun. 27:06 which I'm pleased with, but I sprinted at the end because I could have sworn my pb was 27:14 when in fact it was 27:29 so I had more time than I thought to get to the finish. I wonder when my speed will plateau and I will stop getting faster. I'm 34 so not young in running terms (come my birthday I will be classed as a veteran). This year I think I'm going to aim for under 25 mins by the end of Sept, that's doable isn't it?

I went out for an 8 miler this afternoon, but I ended up walking quite a bit as I just couldn't get into the run. I'd guess I did 50% running and 50% walking. I was too busy enjoying the view and being in the sun. Definitely think I'll be ready for a 10 mile race in November.

Now I'm dong a 10K in a couple of weeks, will I be silly to do Parkrun the day before? There will be over 24 hours between me finishing Parkrun and starting the 10K.

That London 10K sounds amazing. I love London and would love to run in London one day (not the marathon though) but I'm a bit too far away and it's a bit expensive at the moment to get there. Maybe in. Few years once I have a job and the DCs are a bit older.

I did my first 10k in 52:30 (training) - Bedford Race for Life 10k coming up!

melliebobs Wed 05-Jun-13 16:13:47

Wow blue that's fantastic! Sure you'll smash that on the day smile good luck smile

ifancyashandy Wed 05-Jun-13 16:53:28

Newbie-ish joining. I run fairly regularly - 5k in about 31 mins along with Pilates, swimming and a dance class. Ran today. My god, it was like wading through treacle AND I got a stitch. It was such hard work. D'you think it's the weather? I also drank a big glass of fizzy water about 20 mins before I went. Probably very stupid...

Victoria3012 Wed 05-Jun-13 19:03:36

I haven't run for over a week (since i ran the London 10000) for no reason other than laziness so I've registered for the 'run to the beat' half marathon in September. I need a goal, I need something to get my teeth into. Has anyone done the run to the beat half marathon??

Thanks mellibobs - rather depends on crowd and course.

Pleaseputyourshoeson Fri 07-Jun-13 17:43:47

@ Victoria, I'm doing the Royal Park Half in the first week of October. I think there are still places? I'm just getting back into the training having been off for a few weeks with an injury. You could try that? I've heard run to the beat is a good one too. I've just had a sport massage - OMG made such a difference to the tightness but by eck was it painful! My legs are so tight. It was a bit 'bite your fist' at times!
Two cross training sessions, swim and a short run. Long run tomorrow or sunday. Ifancyashandy that treacle running experience is so horrid, I've had so many of those! But it feels so good when you have a run that isn't like that.

ifancyashandy Fri 07-Jun-13 19:22:05

You lot who are doing 'proper' runs put me to shame!

But worked out why my run on Weds was so... turgid... I was due on (apols if TMI). But went swimming about an hour ago and loved it! Did 40 x 25 meters in 40 mins (can't ever alter that! If I do 30 x 25, it's 30 mins, 50 is 50 mins etc. Never done more than 50. Think I would be unable to walk out of the pool! Spaghetti legs grin).

Going to run again in the morning. Or do a bikram class - depends on the amount of gin consumed this evening!

melliebobs Fri 07-Jun-13 22:13:49

My half marathon training plan has come through from Full Potential blush might start on Monday

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 08-Jun-13 10:43:56

<waves to IFAS> I remember your name from a C25K thread aaaages ago (I have nc'd since then)

Blue - well done on your 10K time! Do you happen to know the route for the Bedford RFL 10K? I can't find it on the website, but am looking for a 10K route around that general area.

envy about mellie's tan lines grin

ifancyashandy Sat 08-Jun-13 11:33:05

OhOne that's the first time I've been remember on MN! And I've been here about 4 years!

<<waves back>>

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sat 08-Jun-13 12:04:22

Gorgeous 9 miles in the sunshine today in 1hr 30mins - my PR for both distance and time - I think the massage helped a heap. Half marathon plans don't seem quite SO scary after today. I ran varying split times - last split was 8mins 50 secs and then a couple were in the 9 minute zones but the rest were 10 min to 10min30secs ish per mile. I find it amazing that in the first three miles I always feel disheartened as the first 20 mins of running always seem the worst and then as you get cracking it doesn't seem so bad and you begin to enjoy it as you know you've got to get back to where you started from grin. Hope you are all having a great w/end.

LillethTheCat Sat 08-Jun-13 13:17:18

So agree with that Please I always find it takes me a while to get into my stride, but once I do it feels great.

I got another PB at Parkrun this morning. 26:41. I came 9th out of 41 women and there were only 2 that were younger than me who beat me. That tells me that there is loads of room to improve over the next couple of years.

Victoria3012 Sun 09-Jun-13 10:15:09

Please I so agree with you, I find the first 5 kilometres mentally and physically horrible and then I find my feet. The second half of my runs are always faster than the first half. I think many runners feel the same, it's called the toxic 10 ( or in my case 20) grin

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 09-Jun-13 11:06:17

Lilleth - great PB!

Pleaseput - that's a brilliant time!

Vic - I have the same problem grin

Pleaseputyourshoeson Mon 10-Jun-13 18:05:11

And there we have it, I went for a 5k run and hated all of it - heavy lead legs, they felt wooden but not sore and it was a struggle right until the last mile.

melliebobs Wed 12-Jun-13 21:09:09

Hi gang. Today I joined a running club. Well it's Sweatshop Running Community. They do a free beginners 5k each week. Each mile there is a loop point where those at the front run loops till those at te back catch up. I was suprised I managed to stay in the middle. More suprised when we got back n had done 6.76km!!!!!

Aaaaand there's incentives for going. 4 more runs n I get my first reward. The club running top

Victoria3012 Fri 14-Jun-13 15:21:40

Melliebobs that sound great, I wish I had a run club near me that wasn't a real athletic club kind of thing, im getting on in years and feel embarrassed. I had today off work and went for my first run in over 2 weeks, it was horrendous, I ran for just over 3km and had to stop a few times confused I don't understand what went wrong, I was regularly running over 10km a few weeks ago. I do a half marathon in a few months time and this is a real setback. Is this normal after a break? And if so how long does it take to get back to the distances you were running?

melliebobs Fri 14-Jun-13 17:52:40

Do u not have a sweatshop near you? Cos I think they all have 1 run a week now smile

But I've no idea about what happens after a break. I only got into running in feb and only had 1 week off after a half marathon walk grin

LillethTheCat Fri 14-Jun-13 18:20:47

That does sound like a good group melliebobs. I'm lucky to have found myself a good running club which isn't all about how far or fast everyone can run, it's just about a group of people who all meet up twice a week and go for a run together. Although I have herd that some running clubs are very focused on the next race and how fast everyone can run.

Victoria, have you looked at your local council website because there might be some kind of group for people who want to run, but don't feel they are up to club running level as there has recently been an initiative to get people fit and healthy. I know my local council has something.

I'm taking DS to Parkrun tomorrow as he has been after running with me or ages. I hope he likes it. Then I have a 10K on Sunday.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 22-Jun-13 10:41:07

Just back from parkrun. No PB today, as I had to detour via the sports centre to use the loo during the first lap. But I wasn't last grin.

This has been the first week of my 20 week marathon training plan, so I ran 3 miles on Tues, biked 5 on Weds, ran 4 on Thurs and 3 today. Need to run 6 miles tomorrow. The humidity hasn't made it particularly enjoyable, but it feels like I'm ticking off the days/weeks one by one.

hi everyone. was hoping someone could help? ran my 1st 10k during the week and still feeling tired. did a 5 mile ealk yesterday with a few jogs along the eay but really not feeling it. is this normal? have my 1/2 marathon plan all printed to start on monday but should i do a run tomorrow/ today? tia

ealk = walk. fat finger syndrome grin grin

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sat 22-Jun-13 15:30:13

Hi The Unsinkable, maybe you just need more recovery. Are you eating enough food? Getting enough sleep? Protein? Ice bath? Are you just running or putting in some strength training too? I begin my 1/2 training this coming week too.
Sometimes you just have 'heavy legs' for no discernable reason - well I do... and sometimes you just need to listen, go for a short run and then you find the next one goes that bit better. Having said that I haven't had a 'good' proper run this week at all, I've found the warmer weather/humidity an absolute killer for energy levels so that could be the case for you too? I've found it hard to get my breath and hard to find any real oomph.

aaahh thanks PPYSO. starting to come round a bit more now and have eaten really well today. i'm not doing any strength training, just got my training plan for next week and can see that is in there....
I think the heat was part of the problem during the 10K, it was very hot and I have never ran in the heat before
fingers crossed i get out tomorrow and will put the plan into action starting on monday. I really need to work on my speed. I'm too fond of just plodding along and not getting out of breath smile

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 06-Jul-13 15:36:08

So how are all the runners on this lovely sunny day?

Hot and sweaty parkrun this morning, waiting for my result but pretty sure it was sub-30 for the second week in a row smile.

Unsinkable - how is your half training going?

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