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Running Programme Advice Needed

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Quokate · 17/04/2007 17:38

Hi Everyone - would it be ok for me to join you?

I've joined a Rosemary Conley class and have managed to lose 8lbs in 4 weeks so am feeling more able to actually get exercising! How would you suggest I start training for the 5K Race for LIfe in June - anyone???

I'm not very fit - but have a cross trainer and a rower - I manage about 30 mins on one or the other each day or go out walking for an hour but I'm keen to be able to run the 5K.

Thanks.

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paddingtonbear1 · 17/04/2007 17:51

Hi Quokate,

I'm not on a weightloss plan at the mo but I have done the race for life, and I hadn't done any running before. It sounds like you're already doing really well! Have you done running before? The race for life website has this plan:

training plan

which is similar to what I did, although I might have started earlier and done 2 mins run x 2 mins walk to start with.

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Quokate · 17/04/2007 18:03

Thanks so much for that link - I've saved it and will work through it over the next 6 weeks. It doesn't look tooooo scary (or is that wishful thinking?)

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moondog · 17/04/2007 18:09

A year or so ago,I couldn't run at all,now 10 km is easy.
I have no plan or expert advice but i just kept builiding up my stamina on a treadmill then began to run outside,building up gradully to longer distances.
i am seriously thinking half marathon now...

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Quokate · 17/04/2007 18:21

WOW! 10K - now that does sound scary! But it would be sumat 2 aim for!!! The 3 stone I want to lose would have to be gone before I could manage that tho! So 5K seems a more sensible target to aim for at the minute methinks.

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speedymama · 18/04/2007 08:36

I used the Bupa running guide .

Ultimately, the best way is to start slowly and gradually build your distance. Pace will naturally increase as your stamina increases.

Good luck!

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paddingtonbear1 · 18/04/2007 08:54

Let us know how you get on Quokate. Which Race for life are you doing?

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ZZMum · 18/04/2007 14:13

I am just about to start training for RFL this week -- I have a great book I am using
running for beginners


Loads of tips and advice -- and day 1 is run 30 seconds walk 4.5 minutes repeat 7 times... even I should get there with this one!!

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Quokate · 23/04/2007 19:54

Thank for all your fab advice! Training is now well under way!

PaddingtonBear - I'm doing the Wirral one (Birkenhead Park) on 3rd June at 11am. have you signed up to do one?

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yogimum · 23/04/2007 20:00

I just want to say buy the best running shoes you can afford. See a specialist shop. Its a short distance but running on the road can be stressful on the feet and legs.

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Quokate · 23/04/2007 20:16

Thanx yogimum! I got a pair of Nike women's running shoes from JJB which feel really comfy (and which were half price thankfully!!!)

If the racing bug continues after 3rd June, I'll visit a specialist shop - any suggestions?

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yogimum · 24/04/2007 06:39

I'm a bit out of touch but try looking on runnersworld.co.uk. Will probably list stockists and give advice on good shoes. Good luck with the running! I used to love it, maybe will get back into it one day. Would love to do a marathon.

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speedymama · 24/04/2007 09:04

I bought my running shoes from a specialist shop in Beckenham. I have virtually no arch and after checking my feet, they recommended motion control trainers. I now have two pairs (one for indoors and one for outdoors) and they are so comfortable. With my old trainers, I always had pain in my feet but with these specialist trainers, I no longer suffer any pain.

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Quokate · 24/04/2007 18:31

Thanx for your help Speedy and Yogi! Disappearing now for a bit to look at runnersworld.co.uk - chatch ya l8r!

PS, don't think I'll ever fancy doin a marathon but am enjoying the training for the Race For Life!!!

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florasarflondonmarathon · 24/04/2007 20:32

hello come and find us on the runners rehomed thread. We are very friendly and now that the sodding FLM is over so we can now have sensible running conversations.

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paddingtonbear1 · 29/04/2007 17:30

Quokate how you doing?
Not signed up for any runs this year - did FLM last year and had dodgy knees, so had to give it a rest. My gym is starting up a running club again though so I might join that, if I can make it!
The runners world site is good, I got my FLM training plan from there!

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