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I started running as a way to improve my fitness/stamina for a black belt grading in kickboxing, I got the belt and ditched both the kickboxing (long story) and running (I found it too hard). I had another attempt at the running after signing up for a Race For Life... but once I'd done the race I let the running slide as there wasnt a reason to do it... Then the following year (2008), I decided I'd do the RFL again and I'd sign up for a 10k later in the year to keep me motivated... It worked, I haven't side-lined the running since and I'm currently training for my 1st marathon in May. If I can do it, anyone can.
Go for it Dean. In my first year of running (at aged 38) I did a half-marathon. The next year I did my first marathon with a total of about 600km of training in 18 weeks as preparation. Running is great if you learn how to avoid injury by training and resting properly, eating right and learning how to keep on being motivated through it (setting appropriate goals). Health and fitness wise, I'm transformed and this running thing can be as good as you want to make it.
There are some great online tools for training logs. I enjoy using Sport Tracks from www.zonefivesoftware.com (free to download and use) but people have other favourites. If you progress to buying a watch that can monitor GPS and heart rates and all that 'jazz' it integrates nicely. But for now, just get out and run a bit, enjoy the feeling of making your lungs and muscles work.
Best wishes, TD
I havent really kept a running log, in some ways I wish I had as it doesnt seem long ago I could barely run 5 mins without stopping, now 2 hours solid running still sometimes doesnt seem enough! but I suppose you could write how long you were out for, kind of surface, weather, how long, how far and how you felt during/after run...
stick to a training plan untill you get the idea on how you should progress, and then work one to what fits in with you! My other suggestion would be similar to what Caz said, sign up to a local event, set yourself a challenge of being able to complete it (maybe a 10k in the late summer) then set stepping stones between now and then, like 5k in however long. Once you complete 5k regually and have a route you know thats dead on 5k, maybe time it, dont go all out to get the best time on a 5k, but just see your progress.
Dean - makes great sense to have at least one rest day in between exertions in the first few months of training. As your body adapts, you can then face having a one or two back to back days of training, with a much lower risk of injury. The thing with running injuries, they usually come on very slowly at first - not like twisting an ankle where you have immediate pain that forces you to stop.
So you think to yourself, nah, it's nothing - I'll keep going. The the body increases the signal that it is painful and you should stop, but by this time, you could have an injury requiring a 4 week break and expensive physio treatment. So don't rush things or get carried away with your improvement. Better to make stable consistent gains, than to be yo-yoing back and forth with injuries.
Running with the wife is a great way of getting to talk too - highly recommended. Me and Mrs TD ran our first marathon together just before our 40th birthday.
Dean and Paula ,there is more of us all the time , i am returning from a long lay-of f of about 8 years and it is like starting all over again from scratch... ,which is exactly how i approached it and i know now why i loved it so much . My reasons are to overcome some life style issues that have led me into a a bit of a depression, but i am fighting back and winning.
I believe the best way is slowly, slowly, be really comfortable with your own programme and don't be too influenced by others we are all unique and need different approaches, then gradually raise the bar notching up one mile stone after another ,quite litterally , do not be put off or too down cast if it seems that no or slow progress is being made there is only success in what we do !! we're all learning , keepit up , and good luck my friends!!!
Hiya Paula , stitches are normally the effect of internal movements but i cannot remember all the medical detail at the moment , their is a forum for injuries and such like hereso someone better than me can tell you about htis, i do find that slowing my breathing and trying to biase weight and footfall with greater emphasis ti the opposite side of stitch helps and is more comfortable,try not to drink to much directly before 200ml tops before a steady run ,failing this just slow right down ,walk if necessary ,look upon it as interval training slow then quicker .
I hope you are still enjoying it, i find the time directly after a run the most rewarding , i ache today also around the calfs and quads but i don't mind .Have you any goals set out or just see what occurs??
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