GULP just entered my first half marathon

feeling sick now!

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19/11/2008 at 21:33

Oh dear, I think it's the time of year. I am still managing to go out but having to push myself. The trouble with upping the mileage is that it takes longer to complete a run and i feel like it's starting to take over my if i could just get up a couple of hours earlier.........................


 sorry but you said you wanted to be shouted at!

Hope you feel better soon Saltpot. mmmmmm Baileys my favourite

mobtheplod, hope it's going well. They reckon at my running club that if you can run 10 miles than you'll manage a half no problem. And having energy left at the end is a FABBO sign.

Hi Susiebe, how's it going?

19/11/2008 at 21:45

<Pulls up a chair & pours self a LARGE Baileys> Dont want you drinking on your own Saltpot...   Hope you feel better soon hun.

Well I managed to push my friend to 4km on the treadmill, took it down to a walk break at each km but only for a minute max before I made her take it back up to a run, she's a newbie btw so I am really pleased with her.

Thanks for the shout Julia, muchly appreciated.  I think you're right about the time of year, its so cold & dark before you even get home from work that its such a push to get your butt back out the door to pound the pavements.  Will let you know how I get on at the weekend, pleeeeeeeeeeeease let me find my pace right easy so the run just flows and the miles ebb away. <wishful thinking>.

MTP - Wish I could do 10 miles and still have energy left, atually some days I'd be happy to do 1 mile & still have energy LOL.

22/11/2008 at 20:47

Well I did it, I went out with no itinery or anything, just to run...  I managed 8miles in 1hr 30mins,  I had to take a couple of walk breaks but only little tiny ones so I am well chuffed with my little self.  Actually wanted to run for longer but I gave in and took a walk break and then could not force my legs to run again for anything longer than 30secs so gave up and walked the 2mile back to the car.

There was some cross country thing going on at the side of the canal today and can I just say what an unfriendly lot most of them were. I always at least smile at any other runner/cyclist I see when i'm out but I got practically nothing back. Hmmmmm dont know why I bother some times...

How is everyone else doing???  Baileys anyone??? 

Edited for typing error. Ooooops.

Edited: 22/11/2008 at 20:48
22/11/2008 at 21:07

Well done Caz.  Great run there. 

There really are some miserable folk out there.  I'm like you, always smile and say hello, but often no response.  Their loss.

22/11/2008 at 21:13
Well done Caz!!  Keep smiling! Thankfully, I'm lots better - baileys and vodka (purely medicinal) have helped.  Running tomorrow - not been out for a week - not good - worried? me? you betcha! xxx
22/11/2008 at 22:19

Wow! I've just been browsing this thread and I'm very impressed that you are all doing so well.

I tend not to look in the beginners forum much as I'm no longer a 'beginner' due to having been running for about a year and a half . I've never signed up for an event longer than 10km and you're all well on the way to either 10km or 1/2 maras.

 Congratulations and keep on running!

22/11/2008 at 22:42

Good evening everyone, how's the weather where you are? It's fffrrreeeezzziinnng in Essex, I've just treated myself to a little on-line shopping in the long sleeved  running top department..........good excuse eh

Mind you, because it was so cold i went super quick today, the downside was i only managed 3.5 miles because i was knackered. The upside was a new 5k PB of 32.40 Hurrah  ! Must try another long trot in a couple of days.

Saltpot, glad you're feeling better, good luck tomorrow! I managed to avoid opening a bottle of wine tonight and feel very virtuous. I don't buy Baileys anymore as they don't make the bottles as big as they used to. It never lasts as long anymore..................

Cazsoul you did FANTASTIC! WELL DONE  I normally find most other runners round here give a smile. Either that or they are simply trying to contain their mirth. NO I didn't say that i vowed to stop putting myself down. The cyclists always nod, i think thats really cool, like being in some sort of 'fit' club  maybe they're triatheletes or some such

Hi Ultra Kazaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, how are you?

Hello Anne, thank-you for your kind words. I started running in feb and still think of myself as a beginner because i'm always towards the end of the field in races. But not last. YET  

Happy running everyone. My novel is now complete

22/11/2008 at 22:51

Hi Julia, I'm good thanks.  Well done on the run - short, faster runs are as important as the long runs.

I never need an excuse to buy running kit!  I got some sunnies in Decathlon today - bit bizarre at this time of year I know but winter sun is so glaring.

It was lovely out this morning in my part of our fair county.  Wind was a tad chilly but it was gloriously sunny and when the wind dropped it was actually a smidgeon warm! 

23/11/2008 at 09:11

Morning all.

You all are doing so well.

Julie - I took my friend Tina that did Billericay 10k out with me yesterday for a 7 mile run. We did it in 1.16.30. I made her work hard. Good think is she is still talking and wants to go out next weekend. God it was freezing yesterday.

Kaz - How is your knees? My left one has a niggle, so I am having a rest  day. Bernard is of the weekend of Halstead marathon, so I might join you.

It looks like I might be able to do Brentwood half marathon.

23/11/2008 at 09:19

Morning T.  Thought it was lovely yesterday and def glad I had to do my run then and not today!!

Knee is ok-ish.  Should be ok for Luton and Hastings but not sure whether it will hold up to Draycote/Wye/Connemara training.  Will just have to see.  A rest day isn't a bad thing - look after that knee!!

Halstead's a nice one T - assuming we have a cooler day!

Haven't decided about Brentwood yet.  Will see how I feel nearer the time.

23/11/2008 at 09:24
Kaz - I forgot to get dinner out of the freezer so I will have to go to Asda  I think you must do Connemara, as it looks beautiful.
24/11/2008 at 09:48

Saltpot, how was your run yesterday???  Sometimes a week off does you the world of good, glad you're feeling better.  Vodka & baileys... Always goooooooooooooood...  The only time I drink whiskey is when I've got a cold and then a hot toddy is deffo in order LOL.

Julia, well done on that short run and new PB that is really good hun.  As Kaz has already said, short fast runs are just as important as long slow ones so keep up the good work.  Dont suppose you fancy a trip to Sheffield in April do you??? Judging by your times it sounds like you run a similar pace to me...

Talking of it being f-f-f-f-f-freezing and new running kit, after my run on Saturday I worked out what I wanted Mr CS to buy me for Xmas... A new running jacket... I have a lovely one but it has really shallow pockets that dont fasten and when I was out I was regretting not putting my gloves on up until mile 4 when my hand finally warmed up and then they would've been too hot with gloves on, hence the need for deeper pockets and also when I got back to the car I struggled to get my lace undone to retrieve my car key as my fingers were numb with cold again.  He took me out yesterday and bought me a lovely saucony one in pink... Yay!!! Roll on Christmas...

24/11/2008 at 14:03

Hi all, glad everyones still plodding along and doing well.

Have been running outside more recently as my treddie broke down last week - what a disaster!!! Still, it's better to do the bulk of runnng outdoors I know but it's just soooo hard when it's stair rods outside and you can still run in the relative warm of the garage. Still, managed to fix it and all's well with the world again. My long runs will always be  outside.

Does anyone else plan to do the Wokingham half?

24/11/2008 at 15:22

Has anyone else had 3 email notifications for the 1 response on this thread??? Hmmmmm <looks accusingly at RW IT Dept>

Glad you got your treadmill fixed MTP although you should really get outside as much as possible.  I dont even know where Wokingham is, so think you can safely count me out of that.  But if anyone is doing the Sheffield one and anticipates a 2hr 30min finish then I could always do with a running buddy... <smiles sweetly>

26/11/2008 at 19:34

Hello all,

Nice day for a run - Managed 7 miles - so still a long way to go -  - Got my new winter kit out so felt good.  Had my gait anaylysed today at Sweatshop and apparently my left foot seriously over pronates, do i'm wearing the wrong trainers - what so people think? Sales gimmick or important? 

27/11/2008 at 09:41
Morning Saltpot, I have to admit I noticed the difference straight away when I got new trainers following gait analysis.  I was getting a pain above my right knee prior to new trainers even at low mileage which I dont get anymore, so as much as I would love to say gimmick I dont think it is.  You dont need to spend a fortune on new trainers and if they try to sell you the most expensive ones in the shop then walk away.  Happy shopping and well done on your 7miles.
27/11/2008 at 09:57

Hi all

Saltpot - I think wearing  the wrong trainers can lead to lots of nigles - knees, anckles etc, in my experience anyway. I was told I slightly over pronate my right foot and so bought some slight stability trainers, these seemed to help cure the shin splints I was getting on the treadmill.  Expensive game though I know.

Going to Amsterdam with the better half tomorrow for a few days, shall go out for a couple of runs me thinks - be a nice change to run round somewhere new. It'll be nice and flat too, hope I don't get lost in some street I shouldn't be in lol.

27/11/2008 at 10:04
mobThePlod wrote (see)

Going to Amsterdam with the better half tomorrow for a few days, shall go out for a couple of runs me thinks - be a nice change to run round somewhere new. It'll be nice and flat too, hope I don't get lost in some street I shouldn't be in lol.

Ha ha, likely story... Or rather, yeah right and thats the story you'll be telling Mrs MTP... I got lost hun honestly...   Have a nice time.
27/11/2008 at 10:17

Ta very much CS, will do. Well done on the 7 miles by the way - that's where I am up to now. I worked it out that I have 10 weeks to the Wokingham half so I reckon I will be up to 13 by then injuries aside hopefully. How long to the Sheffield half then?

27/11/2008 at 10:43
Sheffield is 26th April... Mr CS says I dont really need to worry about my milege until the new year but I think he's having a laugh... Has he not seen how long it takes me to increase my mileage???   It took me best part of 4 months to get from 5k to 10k.  Will keep plodding away each week and hopefully by the time it comes round I'll be able to manage at least 15miles without collapsing in a heap on the floor. *fingers crossed*
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