Preparing for a marathon from scratch, in 22 weeks.
@Daeve, sounds like your insoles are a blessing and yup, those figues are all Greek to me as well.
@BT, Well said and I hear you! I still consider myself a plodder but when I first 'ran' for 60 minutes without a walk break the other week I considered it a big milestone and guess I can think of myself a runner now? There are those that naturally take to this running lark and those that struggle with their weight, Kudos to all that don their shoes and get out there
I think you can officially consider yourself a runner the day you start enjoying regular running (regardless of pace), prior to that you're just aspiring to be one - hoping one day you will enjoy it. I know when I started I didn't "love" it - it was hard work. Now when it is hard work I just feel even better.
3 years ago when I started (I only managed to run for about 2-3 months each year before the GNR) I considered myself a plodder - thinking I'd never break a 2h HM, a year later I was proved right with an even slower one - but then a revelation! Training it does make a difference. Following a plan was the best thing I did and while I'm not fast by most standards, I'm improving and enjoying it which is the main thing.
Hey Steph! You have been busy! Glad you enjoyed swimming, I'm sure it won't be long until you start a thread on training for your first tri! (I'm half serious here )
Will be interesting to see how you and Andi get on with the Vibrams - I looked around at the run I went to last Sunday for wearers as was going to ask how they got on with them, but none spotted - I'm due some new trainers but think I'll be sticking with the conventional for now! (I'm tempted by the Adidas Boost, but am I just being taken in by the hype?)
Enjoying the thoughts on when can you consider yourself a runner - agree with all that's said - getting out there in all weather and achieving your targets.
As Daeve said, a training plan really makes the difference. Last year I worked on the principles of regular hilly/ speedwork and long steadys and enjoyed my running. Haven't been quite so committed this year (no excuses, I've been lazy) and unsurprisingly did last Sundays 20 miler nearly 20 mins slower than last year - I was expecting that but it has given me the kick up the arse I needed! Will be interesting to see how Loughborough half goes this weekend, and then a proper plan for Leicester later this year!
Steph, that is an amazing amount to lose!! BIG CONGRATLATIONS That's more than the worlds largest ball of tape weighs and almost as much as a new born calf Fingers crossed the csalf muscle heals itself soonest.
Daven, that sub 2 hour HM is just around the corner I'm sure
Jen, all my running involves hills so get that training for free every time I get out (not up to any speed work yet, maybe later in the year).
After the fiasco with my Vibram FF sizing my new smaller pair arrived today. I struggled to get them on as my pinky toes seem to slip under it's neighbour so had great touble seperating them. Once on I decided to try a jog round the block as it's only 200-250 yards on grass, paving, tarmac and an unmade road (mainly tarmac/potholes/stones). Straight away I naturally starting forefoot striking and my stride seemed shorter with a faster footfall. My calves knew they were doing something 'different' as did my hamstrings and shins but as that was such a short distance might try twice round the block next time
Hi Guys, I started my running journey a couple of years ago, and I have just started a blog about 'starting running':
It would be great to see some of you over there. Any feedback would also be ace
Jen it was acase of having to change my running cos I couldn't have heel struck in those shoes
Steph, summer wardrobe for you soon then
Second run out in the Vibrams and managed 3/4 mile round the block, don't think there is a single flat bit on this route and just shy of 200 feet up/down. It felt good and could feel I was standing taller than normally. Might try a mile tomorrow if the wind dies down a bit, I did have cold feet when I came home (don't like the sound of socks with toes).
Jen, it it's so cold here my feet get cold in my 'normal' running shoes My calves and lower shins really ache when I sit for a while today but can walk it off in a few minutes (bit like when I first started running).
Sorry about Loughborough but enjoy the wine
Thought the wine would do the trick Jen
The snow missed all but the highest hills here so have been very lucky Todays 5 miler was along the 'New Road' (funny cos it's 30 years old lol) and could almost through a stone over to the mainland and snow was pretty sparse there as well.
As for the Vibrams I think 3/4 mile was too far for my second outing so have been hobbling around for a few days with the sore calves and lower shins. Just a niggle/growing pain I think as there is no pain when I jog in 'normal' shoes will go no further than 3/4 mile for the next few runs.
How are you finding your Bikilas Steph?
Nice run BT! I'm much slower and managed 6.23 miles today in 74:44 but was dead on my 12 min/mile target so happy
Am sure your just as famous as yer dog round runnersworld and why was it retweeted praytell?
Some good stuff there - I'm still off running with a bruised ball of foot, hoping to get out tomorrow as It's been almost 2 weeks now. Some new runnign shoes on the way for Tues delivery (Adidas Energy Boost) to see if they help with a bit more cushioning on the forefoot.
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