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Sirzy Thu 26-Dec-13 18:57:58

I am pretty new to running (started in Septmember) but have some pretty ambitious targets in 2014 (10k and half marathon) so looking for other runners to advice, kick up the backside and generally chat about all things running.

I have seen a few couch to 5k threads but I didn't get on with that so can't use those threads so thought a thread for all runners whether they are new to it or experienced runners would be good?

Sirzy Sun 23-Mar-14 09:23:21

Hi! We have a new thread now (link just above your post) as this is nearly full.

Look forward to chatting to you over there

TopsysMum Sun 23-Mar-14 09:07:32

Hello smile please can I join?

I'm a mum of three (6, 3 and 10weeks). Just getting back into running after number three (c section so had to be sensible) and am running the GNR in September. This sounds like my sort of thread grin

Sirzy Mon 03-Mar-14 07:54:49

One day I will remember to make it clicky straight away!

Sirzy Mon 03-Mar-14 07:54:30 new thread for when this one is full!

cinnamongreyhound Mon 03-Mar-14 07:01:09

And OhOneOhTwoOhThree, was the woman who's doing London as her 50th marathon called Mel?

cinnamongreyhound Mon 03-Mar-14 06:57:10

I think nutrition is definitely a factor, I took a banana which I ate just as we arrived. I stopped drinking about 10 too, I don't drink when I train but so many people say you must drink while racing that I do. I didn't have my next jelly baby as the water made me feel so sick so perhaps that little boost may have kept me going. Definitely helped dh knew the way!

Good luck with your hour fishandjam smile

Snowdown Sun 02-Mar-14 22:51:14

Well done to all the hm runners - sounds like tough conditions. Glad it didn't put you off!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 02-Mar-14 22:39:16

Yay! sounds like a plan Fishandjam

Fishandjam Sun 02-Mar-14 22:20:13

Right. You super-ladies have inspired me; tomorrow night's run will be a first for me. Instead of aiming for a 5k distance, I'm going to go out for an hour and see how far I get. Hoping it'll be around 7-8k. It will be boring as all get out because I'll just be circuiting the village, but I'll take the iPod so that'll be an encouragement/distraction. Afterwards I'm hoping I have an idea of how far off a 10k I am (eg how knackered do I feel, how far did I actually go etc). Wish me luck!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 02-Mar-14 22:08:07

(sorry for epic post)

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 02-Mar-14 22:07:52

Do differently:

Train more (I have been very lax since running a marathon in November)

Eat a better breakfast (I had breakfast at 8.30, the race started at 11.30 and I had a gel at 45 mins, then every half hour afterwards but I felt really "empty". This also meant I stuffed myself with the chocolate biscuits on offer at the finish, and a banana and a hot cross bun and a bar of chocolate I had in my bag as a "treat" and felt really rubbish when I got home. I usually refuel with protein and should have done today)

Go to the loo right before the start - I needed a wee from about halfway but there was nowhere to stop. That meant I eked out the drink I was carrying as I didn't want any more pressure on my bladder smile. It wasn't too hot today, but that wouldn't have worked if I'd needed the fluids.

Do the same:

Don't take it too seriously. Because of the points above, especially my lack of training, I knew I wasn't going to be fast today. But I really enjoyed running free, without worrying about my time. I had a target in mind but I thought it had gone out of the window before halfway because we were going through fields and I'd slowed right down, but as it happened I wasn't far off it by the end.

Get there early so as not to be worrying about getting lost/finding parking/picking up my stuff.

Meeting up with a friend/having a loved one there for you (I didn't have that today but DH/DCs usually come to the finish and it does help - meeting up with cinnamon made me feel less lonely).

Chat to other runners. There were some fab people today - e.g. a man doing his 61st marathon and his running partner who was recovering form an injury - we did several miles and the worst of the hills together; a woman on her 45th or 46th marathon (London will be her 50th if all goes to plan) and her friend; the lady I met at the finish who lives round the corner from me...

Thank the volunteers!

MerryBuddha Sun 02-Mar-14 21:49:16

I would train up to 15 miles so 13 would seem easier!! Lol!!

EATmum Sun 02-Mar-14 21:32:12

So impressed, well done everyone. Any tips or thoughts about what you'd do differently/the same next time?

Sirzy Sun 02-Mar-14 21:24:29

Bit far from me but looks good!

thefemaleJoshLyman Sun 02-Mar-14 21:24:29

Is that the Alconbury one, Eau? A friend has recommended that to me, just need to sign up. Thinking about one on 23rd March too.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 02-Mar-14 21:22:01

It is a hideous wild 10K run, which a bunch of mad MNers are doing as a team. I think we are are up to about a dozen, but it hasn't opened yet, so you can still sign up smile.

Linky here

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 02-Mar-14 21:16:52

That sounds like a plan Sirzy smile

Sirzy Sun 02-Mar-14 21:13:57

whats the wolf run?

Sirzy Sun 02-Mar-14 21:13:23

I have two other friends doing the race with me in May, one is aiming for a similar time so hoping we can at least start together. The other I have informed has to go to the nearest pub and get me a drink in for when I finish when he finishes!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 02-Mar-14 21:12:18

Oh I'm doing the WOLF run too, and possibly a sprint triathlon in April <over-committed>

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 02-Mar-14 21:10:01

And meeting cinnamon, her DH and gorgeous boys made me feel less of a Billy-no-mates - win-win grin

cinnamongreyhound Sun 02-Mar-14 21:06:17

Anyone with nerves the best thing you can do is meet up with an mn runner! Chatting to OhOneOhTwoOhThree certainly stopped me worrying smile

ThursdayLast Sun 02-Mar-14 21:01:47

Well done everybody!
The weather here has been dreadful so I didn't go out at all, let alone run a HM!
You are all fantastic, and deserving of an excellent nights sleep!

cinnamongreyhound Sun 02-Mar-14 20:51:34

My club have a 10k in may.

I'm doing a 10k through the forest on 16th march and another half 4th may not sure about anything else yet. I'd like to do at least one of the Yarmouth series but I work too late to go at the moment sad I looked at that Huntingdon one too.

Sirzy Sun 02-Mar-14 20:32:58

If you can do 11.5k now you should be fine for 20 by October. I hope so anyway as I am only at 9k and have a half marathon in September!

I am doing the Manchester 10k in may, but I think my fear is moving away from the race and onto the size of the crowd!

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