A new 10k in under 60 mins thread?

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19/02/2013 at 19:38

Hi all, not much running for me since the treadmill incident, been on holiday; we had our first parkrun and it was a great success

@Andi yeah, I've repeated a lot of weeks too, but getting a lot stronger and lots of good muscle tone too.  I did 200 pushups in one session the other day, but haven't done more than 40 without a break yet

Now that the days are brightening up a bit, I'm going to switch to morning running, as of tomorrow morning!

Edited: 19/02/2013 at 19:38
19/02/2013 at 20:40

Andi excellent news, about the Loch Ness Marathon, the HM would suit perfectly. Good luck with the training

Daveo good to hear that your 1st Parkrun was a success. Hopefully Spring is around the corner as it is so much easier to stick to plans for running then.

19/02/2013 at 20:51

txs HM4

Daveo, well done on the Parkrun, I did make enquires but the £5k funding was a stumbling block - even when the Parkrun bods said they'd pay half? Wow, 200 pushups is great! I've just started week 6 and can see me being there for a long (long) time. Good call with the morning runs, might do a few myself.

Txs Lisa and yes, the Half fits in quite well with training and have plenty of time to get my stamina up before training starts.

19/02/2013 at 20:57


Well done.  I'm planning on starting the 100 pushup plan at some point this week.  I'd like to start it tomorrow however I've got a busy day off.


19/02/2013 at 22:44
@HM4 the early weeks don't take long, you could knock it out in about 6 mins!

@Andi we got some funding from the local university, and the rest from the council I think.
19/02/2013 at 22:55

Well done Daveo And HM4, be sure to post your resuls here, like Daveo says it doesn't take long to do

19/02/2013 at 23:39
@Andi, did 21, 25, 21, 21, 35 tonight, and that after 6 sets of shoulder presses and 3 of lat raises. Interestingly, I think running has taught my body how to work harder, I used to do a lot of weights but I'm sure I was never able to push this hard before. The pushups are doing the trick, I'm getting pretty toned though they're not helping my weightloss goal that I had for running purposes... Still eating super healthy, but I'm putting on weight!
19/02/2013 at 23:55

Sounds like your doing really well Daveo I started a fitness regime back in November when I found out my (beer) belly was 2" bigger than my chest! (39 v 37). A healthy 'diet' and some resistance band work got my belly down to 34.5" by 1st Feb and lost 14lbs of fat gaining 2lbs of lean body mass. 

Am supposed to be trying to 'bulk' up more now but struggling to eat the calories so supplementing them with beer again! 

Before and afters here and suprised myself at the difference a stone of fat can make...




Oh, someone pointed out I had my skins on the wrong way round in the before pic lol.

20/02/2013 at 17:56


They're great results.  All you need is a winter holiday somewhere warm now!


100 push up challenge intital test was 5 push ups on my knees (there is no way I can do a full push up at the mo).  How low down did you guys go?  I went down as far as having my chin a couple of inches off the ground.

20/02/2013 at 18:53

@HM4 my wife started with a couple of weeks on her knees, then probably 4 weeks with only going half way down, got up to about 8 of those, then she went right back to 1 doing 'real proper man-pushups', and yesterday for the first time I saw her doing what I consider real pushups - straight as an arrow, chin to the floor all under control, no hauling herself up.  She did four in her longest set yesterday, I was very proud.  You'll get there!  It's amazing how quickly your arms get stronger.  Before xmas my initial test I think I did something like 10 (full pushups), now I can do 40, 45 in one go, 200 in a session, can do pushups with my daughter sat on my back, etc. etc.  Keep at it!


I did get up at 6, and I did go for a run.  I was shattered the rest of the day, will be an early night tonight!

Edited: 20/02/2013 at 18:53
20/02/2013 at 18:56


Thanks.  I use to be able to do 10 full push ups with a resistance band round my back about 15 years go.  Since breaking my shoulder I've got zero strength.

20/02/2013 at 19:34

HM4, if you have a dodgy shoulder you should be careful. Sounds like Mrs Daveo did things the right way with good results Pushups are not for everyone. And lol at the winter holiday idea

Daveo, I think my best session was 150 and 46 is my best exhaustion test. Week 6 day 2 should be a test tomorrow as it's 150 over 9 sets with the last being 44.

4.2 miles run today and managed 50 minutes before my first walk break - should be up to the 'magical' hour non stop soon

20/02/2013 at 19:38


Don't worry.  It's fully healed as the break was over 2 years go.  I just need to build a bit of strength back into it and I'm also working on the flexibility of it.  Well done on your run.

20/02/2013 at 19:58

Txs HM4 and, if the shoulder is ok now am sure you'll be doing them with resistance bands again soon I've been following resistance band workouts for a while but only just started using bans for pushups - whole different ball game!

20/02/2013 at 20:02


Thanks.  It is isn't! I was considering doing the Insanity Workout dvds after I've finished this pushup challenge however it appears that a lot of people cut back on the running while they are doing it which is something I don't want to do.  So will be opting for a 10 minute workout version from the same website.

20/02/2013 at 20:35

lol HM4, I have watched some insanity stuff and guess it's name has something to do with people cutting down on running I've not done my resistance bands for a week now as I'm trying to conserve strength for the pushups AND have just started 150 tricep dips and 200 bodyweight squats!

20/02/2013 at 20:40


I was planning on doing Insanity over the winter however one of the girls at work has done it & said it was really tough so with my present strength I'm giving it a very wide berth.  I did notice the other challenges on that website & know I'm not likely to be doing those.

20/02/2013 at 21:22

lol HM4 I've even considered buying a pull up bar! Oh, just been on the asics site and hard training for a 4:59:59 marathon has my easy runs at 13:42mm - I've just spent a month slowing down to 12mm (really helped) but think 13:42 is waaay to slow for me (maybe I should plug in a much faster time lol).

20/02/2013 at 21:28


Is this your first marathon?  I was aiming for sub 5 hr and looked like I could achieve it until injury struck during one of the long runs.  I'd try to stick to the training for a sub 5hr if I was doing another marathon again.

20/02/2013 at 21:52

Yup, am a marathon virgin! 5:30 would suit me fine but thought of training for sub 5 just in case I felt good on the day and yes, injury has not been factored in so am guessing this next easy paced 12 weeks before proper training should get me nice and ready?

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