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CruCru Sat 23-Aug-14 23:18:34

Hi all

Here is the new home for our chat. Hope to see you all soon.



ChameleonCircuit Sat 23-Aug-14 23:41:44

<shuffles fat arse onto sofa next to Cru>

I'm nervous about doing W7R3 tomorrow, I'm not on home turf.

Iggi999 Sat 23-Aug-14 23:56:25

Hello, cani officially join since there's a new thread?
Dreading another 25 mins tomorrow. I keep thinking my luck will run out!
Have noticed posters talking about armbands - mine would barely fit round my upper arm so I got a wee bag thing that clips round your waist from amazon. Holds phone and keys and I don't notice it when I run/hobble. Some reviewers mention it holds their jelly babies - what is with that??

enormouse Sun 24-Aug-14 00:00:20

Hi, marking place on the new thread. Will check in again after my run tomorrow W2R2.

EdwiniasRevenge Sun 24-Aug-14 02:33:48

Thanks for the new thread. Might have a chance of this one loading smile

WastingMyYoungYears Sun 24-Aug-14 06:34:04

Hi everyone, just marking my place on the new thread smile.

It's a rest day for me. I love rest days because I get to rest, and running days because I get to run grin.

Good luck to everyone running today.

lovelidl Sun 24-Aug-14 07:16:01

Morning, marking place on new thread.

Just heading out the door, DH is picking me up at half eight so over an hour (hopefully) of running. I HATE running halfway and then turning round so hopefully will get further this way.

ChameleonCircuit Sun 24-Aug-14 07:37:13

Good luck, Lovelidl.

spookyskeleton Sun 24-Aug-14 08:34:43

Thanks for the new thread thanks

Jelly babies are apparently what runners eat during long runs therefore they need somewhere to keep them grin I assume it is because they are easy to eat and provide a quick hit of energy. I have to say that when I did my 10k run, one of the people gave me a boiled sweet and I found it beneficial.

Good luck to the runners today smile am having a rest day today, one more run tomorrow then I am having 2 weeks of rest days grin grin Think I need it as my ankle is really playing up so I am hoping 2 weeks rest may sort it out.

Iggi999 Sun 24-Aug-14 09:01:49

Thanks Spooky - I don't need any excuse to eat sweets, sadly - not that a 3km crawl/run justifies it!

CruCru Sun 24-Aug-14 10:08:21

I think I'm going to have another rest day today. My neck and shoulders are really playing up. Ugh. I hope I can run tomorrow.

DottyDot Sun 24-Aug-14 16:17:41

Ooh a new thread - we can't half natter..!

I'm very happy today - tried the 5k+ bridging app for the first time and was so happy to have Laura back talking to me I really enjoyed it grin.

I'm in the habit now of having to complete 5k every time - today's was 41 minutes - can't bear to get to 4. something k and then stop...

Am thinking though that I probably need to go to the gym on rest days to do something different - might try rowing or cycling, even for 15 minutes, just to vary what I'm doing to my body - can't do it on run days 'cos I'm too knackered!

DottyDot Sun 24-Aug-14 16:21:42

Cru hope you're feeling OK by tomorrow. Is it a long term problem and do you think running helps or makes it worse? Only asking because I'm getting a bit of right knee and ankle pain - definitely running related but I think down to my new trainers, which are fab and correcting my terrible over pronate, particularly in my right foot.

So I'm ploughing on but not sure whether I should be! Hoping more running will help, but a bit of me thinks I should be resting..?!

FiveGoMadInDorset Sun 24-Aug-14 16:22:18

Hi all

rest day here, dithering between gym at 8 tomorrow morning or doing W3 outside tomorrow afternoon after the rain has blown through.

Congratulations to all who are embarking on solid runs.

CruCru Sun 24-Aug-14 16:45:48

W7R2 done! I changed my mind about the rest day. I spoke with my SIL who is a rugby coach and used to be a sports massage therapist. She thinks that I'm keeping my shoulders tense when I run so today I made more of an effort to move my arms about.

DottyDot Sun 24-Aug-14 16:48:54

Five I'd do the gym - gets it over with and you can feel good all day..!

Cru Laura was talking about swinging arms to drive the legs on today. I tried moving mine more and found it really helped! Running felt easier if my arms were doing more too.

FiveGoMadInDorset Sun 24-Aug-14 16:50:49

Makes sense Cru, how do you feel now? They always talk in athletics and marathons about relaxed shoulders and tensed shoulders.

Welcome Emornouse as well from me, I have a DD who is being assessed for autism at the moment and I am finding the physical release quite cathartic at the moment.

kaylacrackers Sun 24-Aug-14 17:06:14

hey, can i join please? im trying to lose weight and am trying different classes etc. i started c25k last year and want to start it again. i know it says 3 times a week, do you think if i did it twice a week (alongside other exercise) it would work? it would obviously take longer to complete but would it be enough to build up the stamina? also have you found youve lost weight doing it?

running is something ive always wanted to get into and im hoping that by losing some weight it will help me train.

thanks smile

EdwiniasRevenge Sun 24-Aug-14 17:12:02

W5R2 done.

Found the first 8mins relatively straightforward but my calves really hurt when I stopped. I'm not sure how I got to the end of the second 8mins. I'm not sure I could have run any further.

But on the positive side 8mins is probably the longest I have EVER run in my life. 3 months ago I really really struggled with 30secs.

DottyDot Sun 24-Aug-14 17:37:06

edwinias well done! I got calve ache in the early weeks and needed a bit more time to warm up, so maybe add a couple more minutes walking or some stretches beforehand?

I got a stitch when running a few days ago which turned into a really sharp pain at the bottom of my right shoulder blade - had to slow right down for a few minutes. Very annoying when there are distracting pains - it's hard enough as it is...!

lovelidl Sun 24-Aug-14 18:32:16

DH suffered with sore calves, he said getting new trainers fitted really helped with his aches and pains!

I ran 10k in 58:15 this morning - stopped after that and walked as I really wanted it recorded on my app that I had done it in less than an hour!

I think a lot of running is in the mind. I did 5k yesterday and was sure I couldn't go further, I set out this morning knowing that I was going to run for at least an hour (DH was picking me up) so I just kept going. I felt no different after the 10k than the 5k (pain/tiredness wise). You think you couldn't go further than 8mins yet when it comes down to it and you need to do 10 or whatever it just happens...honest!!

Highly recommend getting dropped off whatever distance from home and running back if you can't run in a loop, I cannot run and then run back - I tend to turn back much sooner than if I know I have to keep going to get home.

CruCru Sun 24-Aug-14 18:59:11

Well done Edwinias and lovelidl!

enormouse Sun 24-Aug-14 19:02:25

Just done W2R2, it felt great. I think I might be pushing myself a bit and going too fast can anyone offer any tips for pacing/slowing down?

Does anyone run with their dog? I'm thinking of taking mine with me for company.

FiveGoMadInDorset Sun 24-Aug-14 19:08:02

Hi enormouse, well done you are a couple of runs behind me. Run the pace that you feel comfortable with, if you can still breathe after your runs then you are fine!! I run with my dog although I do shout at him to get out of the way, he isn't on a lead.

enormouse Sun 24-Aug-14 19:49:58

Thanks five and everyone for the warm welcome. I think I will take fluffydog along next time. He's a samoyed, so essentially built to pull. Hoping he'll pull me along when I start to flag.

I'm really starting to enjoy my runs now. I found it hard to get out the door initially. I had anxiety over how my skin looked (I have ezcema which flares up with stress) and that people would be staring at me. Completely irrational but what my depression found to focus on. But now I don't care and go out anyway. or wear gloves when I feel really crap

My skins improved quite a bit, my appetites better - I'd skip meals and eat shite before. Now I eat regular, healthy meals and drink lots of water. I just want to get strong and fit, really. I'm a short, 50kg weakling atm.

My goals are to enter a half marathon next May, do my local parkrun and keep my PND at bay. Oh and possibly train fluffydog to run canicross with me.

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