Training for my first ever race
If you have been told you have "tricky feet" perhaps an idea would be get a professional opinion from a podiatrist. It might be they recommend orthotics and they'll also give you advice on what shoes woud suit you best. It sounds like you need to get this sorted out first.
You have lots of time between now and October to train so dont panic about that. If it helps put it into perspective, I'm also running a half marathon in October, the longest I have run since having bronchitis in January is 5 miles and I'm not in any doubt at all that I'll be able do it.
Are you concerned about not finishing in 2.15 because there is a cut off time or because it's a personal goal?
Hi Lotty, firstly a BIG congratulations on your weight loss thus far! I can't help with the shoe issue other than to agree with Screamapillar and go see a specialist.
As for your times, maybe you are going too fast/doing too much even though it's a slow time? I'm a newbie too and recently began HADD training. Am now running slow and steady and my indurance has improved quite a lot and can run 5-6 miles on back to back days with no niggles or aches (like you it used to take me days to recover). Two months ago I needed a walk break after 1.5 hilly miles but can now (reasonably) happily run for 70 minutes without one, slightly slower than I used to but at a reduced average WHR. Am hoping my speed will improve with time.
Good luck with the surgery and yes, plenty of time for training after you recover
Hi Lotty, try a stationary bike good - for CV and legs and you can also do sprints and inclines but without pounding your feet.
I don't usually warm down so I am a bad example
Well done on the weight loss!
Agreed with the others about seeing a podiatrist for your feet, they need to be comfortable.
As for training, maybe find a plan that covers specific mileage sessions rather than time, which is what I did. There was no point saying to me 'run 6 miles in 50 minutes' or anything like that, I'm simply not fast enough.
Walk,Jog,Run has a range of plans, I chose the Beginner half marathon, which had me running three or four times a week, and cross-training too. I know it works, because all 95kg of me just finished my first Half this morning. I have been running since the end of July btw.
There's no reason you can't rejig the plan so that you add some longer runs based on distance rather than time.
I like to run the whole distance before a half but if the longest run you can manage to do is only 10 miles you'll still get round OK.
you'll do it for sure; plenty of time and knowing that following a plan rather than just randomly running around. Enjoy! (and let us know how you get on!).
Lotty - Congratulations on everything you've achieved so far. You'll love the Great Scottish Run, it's a great event.
For confidence think about what you've achieved, not what you've yet to do. Runners do have a tendency to focus on what we've not done, rather than the things we have. Think back to before your journey started and think of telling that person they just went out and managed to run 8 miles. That they'd lost all that weight. That they planned on running a half marathon. Trust me there will be plenty on the start line that haven't gone as far as 8 miles yet. Continue to work at it and you'll achieve your goal.
Read this: The Marathon and Half Marathon - A Training Guide by Graeme Hilditch. It has a training plan and lots of good advice re injuries etc.
I lost 3 stone last year through running. 39kg is amazing. Well done.
I'm not an expert but I would say you are running too far at this stage. A period of enforced rest might be a blessing in disguise. Let your body recover from the work it has been doing over this last year. If you are worried about the weight, then have you looked at the diet/nutrition side of things as well as the exercise?
Before you start running again, as others have said, the first thing is to get your feet seen to by a podiatrist. Then just start again with very small increases in distance and speed.
Now that things have calmed down, I wanted to update you on my progress and thank you all for the wonderful advice you gave me! My shoulder surgery went ahead at the end of April and unfortunately I was rather ill afterwards so I wasn't able to start training until the beginning of August. Even that was against the advice of my surgeon, but I wasn't prepared to miss another race after so much preparation!
I missed the Glasgow women's 10k in May, and so I entered the Wigan 10k in September,ber instead so that I'd have run at least one race ahead of the half marathon. I completed it in 1:12, five minutes faster than in training, and it actually felt like it wasn't that big a challenge - my training definitely prepared me well. It was also a massive boost to run with others since I've completed most of this journey alone and training partners come and go (mostly falling by the wayside!).
My my knees felt much better after the enforced rest post surgery, and like some of you said, allowed my body to recuperate after a gruelling 15 months of training and weight loss. I did lots of long hilly works to try and keep some sort of routine, although it was still pretty traumatic starting the runs again. Once I started training again I could only do 3 days training a week because my shoulder was still very painful, but it was a good thing too as I had plenty of time to recover between runs.
For the half marathon itself, I felt good and really positive about the challenge (and glad to finally run the race after so many obstacles). I have now lost 9 stone, and went from a size 28 to a size 12-14. I still have some weight to lose, but I feel much healthier and fit, which is what my goal always was. I started running segments of the route about two weeks before and that really helped me psychologically. I managed to run the whole distance (minus the .1) in training once, which really helped boost my confidence too. On the day, people raced past me on the first big hill, and I felt suddenly anxious - (was I running fast enough? Should I speed up to catch the faster runners?), but I stuck to a comfortable pace, and settled into a rhythm. After four miles, I saw all the sprinters walking and felt good about my choice to go slow!
What amazed me was how many people were walking by mile 8, either having given up entirely, or who had decided to run/walk alternately for the whole race. I felt a little frustrated realising one man was using me as his marker on when to start running again but I made sure that I overtook him before the end of the race! I ran the whole thing, and even though I felt I was pushed to my limit, I didn't need to walk and I felt very well prepared, especially after all the hill training I'd done. I finished the race in 2 hours 32, and knocked 15 minutes off my time on the training run! I raised £1800 too for Glasgow branch of Samaritans, where I volunteer.
I felt pretty smug smug for about two days, then I started training again - I've entered a 10k next week and didn't want to crash and burn post race. I feel like I maybe didn't take enough recovery time as my legs feel very heavy, and I just can't motivate myself to keep up the runs of 2 hours +! I've decided instead to concentrate on increasing speed, and I'm doing more work in the gym. I'll maybe even take a week off after the 10k, but we'll see.
Thanks so much to all of you who contributed and gave great advice. It really did make a difference and saw me through the race!
Brilliant, well done Lotty
That is brilliant, well done
congratulations, you should rightly be very proud of yourself.
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