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01/08/2002 at 11:11
I'm new on the site and also to running. I ran the Race for Life last year (well, I walked/ran it) and was determined to take up running afterwards. I never actually did, not properly anyway, but I ran the Race for Life this year without stopping or walking (26 mins).

I went to my local running club on Tuesday and enjoyed the run, although only two of them were genuine plodders like me.

I would like to do a 10k. I will go to the running club again as it was fun but is it appropriate to ask if there is anyone of a similar standard in my area who might want to train with me?

01/08/2002 at 11:29
Welcome. Surrey's a wee tad far for me, but you'll find a fair selection of plodders here to keep you company, even on "todays session" in training. And the nice thing about training with these guys is, even if you haven't a hope in hades of keeping up with them on the ground, you can in the forums. Enjoy.
01/08/2002 at 11:30
By the way, I'm a plodder too. Did Race for Life in about 27 minutes. Great, wasn't it?
01/08/2002 at 11:46
Welcome aboard, Beck. We're all new here!

Cheers, V-rap.
01/08/2002 at 11:53
Thanks for the replies. I have now changed my name to beckstrous - which is my nickname everywhere else.

What I need to do now is get some decent gear, because I run in some (very) old football shirts and ordinary t-shirts. It's not a great look and the t-shirts tend to get a bit sweaty!
01/08/2002 at 11:56
Hey Beckstrous,

Try the advertisers links in the "pod" just up there on the left. There's Runner's Need, Bourne Sports, Total Fitness and Sportsshoes Unlimited. Treat yourself - maybe you could have some new gear arriving at your desk by tomorrow morning!


01/08/2002 at 12:27
I don't suppose you fancy trying to organise a discount with your shop sponsors for us forumites do you Jeremy
01/08/2002 at 12:38
Nice call, Blue Knees - we'll add that to the 'interesting thoughts' file. I wonder whether they'd be for it?

01/08/2002 at 12:55
Hello, folks. I've been running on and off for about three years - I'm hoping talking to you lot will inspire me to run week in week out.

By the way, Beckstrous, 26 mins for a 5K? Wish I could do that!
01/08/2002 at 13:52

well they would get plenty on business because you've got a large "captive" audience. I'll chase you on this one
01/08/2002 at 14:31
Beckstrous - welcome.

sorry can't help with a Surrey running partner but do post in the daily training session - once there you are bound to do the run so it helps with the consistancy.

26 mins for 5K is very respectable. good luck and keep running/posting
02/08/2002 at 11:54
I'm new to the site and a little ashamed when reading other people's 'postings' that I only run twice a week. I have just done a 10K in 57 minutes and now want to train for a half marathon. I am therefore looking for a sunday running partner in the Tunbridge Wells area so I can start doing some longer runs and build up to 13 miles over the next 6 months. Any offers?

02/08/2002 at 12:05
Don't be ashamed !! I reckon that's a good time for a 10k and you should have no problem completing a half marathon if that's what you really want. There are runners of all levels on here. The most important thing is that you are out doing it and enjoying.
Good luck
02/08/2002 at 12:56
Beckstrous, don't let the fashion police frighten you into spending your hard-earned pennies on overpriced spandex. Nothing wrong with running in scruffs (shoes excepted).

On the other hand, if it's that must-bash-the-plastic time of the month, you could have a very satisfying session with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Just popping off to check the wares myself now.

Cheers, V-rap (probably the least elegantly attired runner in the world).
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02/08/2002 at 13:04
Hello Beckstrous,

How about getting a URWFRC vest or Tshirt. That way you could recignise fellow forumites and they could recognise you at races.

Just go to http://user.domaindlx.com/rwfrc/index.html
02/08/2002 at 13:23
hi beckstrous
there was me thinking my 26min 5k was the speed of lightening! now i know im a plodder! ;-) but whether you are a speed queen or not, do keep on running. i started a year ago and couldn't run for 10 mins. but i've just completed my first 10k (raising £300 for charidee) and am contemplating a half marathon.
but much more important than counting minutes and miles, for me, is that running has made me feel fitter and healthier than i have done since i was a teen (im now a 30-something) and have a more positive outlook on life. plus i have lots of fun "discussing tactics" with a girlfriend who started running at the same time. needless to say, we have to retire to the pub for this essential "theory" part of our training.
to answer your query about sports gear, apart from the shoes, i have found a sturdy sports bra the next most essential item (don't snigger boys at the back). then i would say a decent pair of running socks.

02/08/2002 at 13:32
Hi all,

Thanks for the tips. I do need to sort out my shoes but will be on a budget. Is £40 unrealistic?

When I go out on my own I tend to find that I can run for quite far but that I am not very fast (I think I ran the 5k at a faster speed than when I normally go out). Is this a problem? Does it mean I need to step up the pace?

I think socks would be important for me because I sometimes get, er, foot problems! ;-)

02/08/2002 at 16:51
Hello Beck,
I've been running on & off for a couple of years now and have just decided that I'm going to take it more seriously and run regularly! I did the Southend Race for Life in 25 minutes - although I'm sure I never do it that fast when I go out running - so don't know what happened there! Anyway, I've decided to take note of some info. on this site and try this fartlek business myself - see if I can improve my times at all.. I have just applied to run my first 10k in September - I know I can do the distance, but it's just the time that's worrying me - I mean, I don't want to be the last to finish or anything! Still, I suppose we've all got to start somewhere haven't we! Anyway, good luck with your running.
03/08/2002 at 17:32
£40 is probably towards the lower price end but should be achievable - it's worth going to a 'proper' running shop if possible. Most people's experience is that the staff are interested & not condescending to those of us that don't know much & can't afford much (probably because they are usually runners themselves & like to encourage people - and coz you'll go back when you want to upgrade!) Try browsing some of the on-line stores to get an idea of prices/makes. (I love my asics but we all have different feet so don't take anyone else's preferences too seriously)
Good luck
03/08/2002 at 17:37
You won't be last.
With a 25m 5k and your regular training (fartlek is great isn't it) I guess you'll do 10k in about 55m. In an ordinary race I reckon there will be about 15-20% of the field behind you (of course you won't see them unless you run backwards!). It's worth taking time at the end to watch the others come in because they'll appreciate the support & you'll remind yourself how far you've come.

Good Luck
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