Newbies 2

Anyone just starting out? (continuation of Newbies thread)

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10/07/2012 at 11:04

Banana watch- Day 1!

10/07/2012 at 20:52

Just managed a 6.5 mile run in 59.5 mins. For some reason map my run added it to 1 hr 3 mins but when you add together the time for each mile it is 59.5 mins exactly. I had a lucozade energy drink and a banana 2-3 hours before the run and I still felt sick a few times. It doesn't affect my run which is good. I wonder if it gas in my stomach because I did notice that I felt like I wanted to burp too.


11/07/2012 at 20:46

Did an aerobics class today- not really my cup of tea but I did enjoy the stretching, if not the music! Then I went for a run tonight and felt the aerobics kicking in  (exercising twice in one day is not agood idea at my age!!), so curtailed my plans and went for one fastish (for me) mile (7:45) and a slow one- actual sunshine this evening, which threw me a bit!

Am also going to really get hold of my diet- going to cut put the sugar tomorrow (and I love chocolate, so it'll be tough!), and try to drink water...have to break the cycle of sugar highs and lows! Maybe I'll join GP3 in his banana-related efforts?? One good thing is that I am actually having something for breakfast!!!

If you get a break in the weather and you like the sun- enjoy your running! If like me, you prefer rain- I guess we won't have long to wait!!

11/07/2012 at 20:57

Gah! (Again!)

A long weekend with no running as we were away in Wales (to be fair, I did try to keep fairly active) and I've not done anything since my last posting.

That said, I managed my 5K tonight before tea. Had originally intended it to be a four miler, but I rapidly realised that I'd left it too long since the last run and that common sense would be a better guide than ambition!

Not a great time (38:52), but it's a slightly different route than before with more dodgy "cross the main road here" events and some seriously overgrown trees to contend with on a narrow footpath.

I'll try to do as much as I can this week, as we're away again for a week at the end of July and for yet another week in August.

At least there should be plenty of Geocaching and dog-walking to keep me busy while we're on holiday.

Good running, Newbies 2! 

11/07/2012 at 22:24

Hi guys.

Well done on your Outlaw time, NV, outstanding effort for your first.  So, when's the next one?!

What's happened to the old gang?  I see Claire is still here but what happened to everyone else?

12/07/2012 at 12:29

Hey Blimpy, how's it going? S&O has been pretty busy and haven't heard from her in a couple of months. MD pops in from time to time, but that's about it now.

Another IM? I'd book one like a shot but Mrs NV has put her foot down and said it takes too much training time.... I'm considering one in Northern Ireland in August. Not a word


Edited: 12/07/2012 at 12:30
12/07/2012 at 12:41

Hi NV, it's going great!  I'm still coaching and my athletes are regularly PB-ing (is that a word?!), I'm running regularly and am not far away from being fully race fit again. 

Is August not a bit too soon after Outlaw?  Mind you, you're experienced enough at this stage so you know yourself...

So are there still newbies coming into the thread?

12/07/2012 at 15:32

EMarkM- you must be running on the same road as me-all this rain has turned the trees into triffids, so I'm having to cross busy roads and run on very dodgy pavements.

 Don't even get me started on dog poo...Plus last night something very weird- a bright shiny thing, right in my eyes...coming from somewhere up in the's back again today in the North of England but apparently will disappear again tomorrow behind the things that make the rain...


12/07/2012 at 16:48
MDL, you were clearly drunk.

A bright shiny thing indeed!

Don't do it again!!
13/07/2012 at 15:41

You're probably right Blimpy. That distance is a bit addictive though. There is an option for a half as well on the same day

Still raining here as well. Mangrove swamp is coming along nicely, and next door's cat got eaten by a shoal of piranha whilst attempting to crap on what used to be my lawn so not all bad news from the weather. 

13/07/2012 at 20:56

Well, as predicted the Bright Shiny Thing (BST) disappeared and it was pleasantly cold and slightly windy out on the roads tonight. Eight days to go until my first ever race, so I've taken advice and not pushing it too much. Was aiming for a 30 min 5K, and got back in 27...I really am rubbish at pacing myself...

Also got beeped by White Van Man (again), who should've gone to Specsavers...

NV- no mangrove swamps up here, but some tiny 'rescue radishes' (50p from B&Q)I put in a few weeks ago have now gone to seed and are about 4 feet high and covered in white flowers- we all love the rain!!!

14/07/2012 at 09:19

Second attempt at my new 5K route this morning. It's less hilly than the one I've been running for the last few weeks, but my time on Wednesday night was rubbish! (See above.)

I was recovering from many days of non-running due to a short family holiday, though, and the weather was so hot that evening.

This morning's much cooler run was a lot faster, and I think a new PB over this distance since I started running again this year. (Haven't got any PBs from when I used to run years ago, as I never really made a note of times, just rough distances).

Run Time: 35:28
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 3.11 miles
Average: 11:24 /mile
Fastest Pace: 8:11 /mile
Ahead of Best Run: 3:23 (that's this route; also a PB by 7 seconds overall at this distance)

Not displeased with that

Have a great weekend, everyone. 

15/07/2012 at 16:30

Not posted in a few weeks but I have been keeping on top of my running. Just thought I'd pop in, say hi and ask a quick question.

On Tuesday I am running the half marathon distance for the first time. This is not any official event, just me going out and running. My question is, if it's not an official 'organised' event can I still claim I have run a half marathon? I know it won't be an official time, not bothered about that, just whether I'd be fooling myself if I started thinking, 'Well that's a half marathon done!'.

15/07/2012 at 19:20

Just joined Runnersworld! I am also new to running and training for my first ever marathon in April. Excited! but very nervous at how fast time is going and those 26 miles seem impossible at the minute. 

15/07/2012 at 19:35
Welcome, Rebecca. Keep us informed regarding your training
16/07/2012 at 19:26
Well I've not been on here for a while but I've done my first run for a while. It was hard going but im glad I've done it now but it was slow going.

My stats are:

time 49:01
Ave min/km 8.11
Cal 2518
Miles 6k

i know this is slow but i hope to build it up over the next couple of days. My next run will be on Wednesday. Lets see if i can beat my time.
16/07/2012 at 21:40

Hi guys.

Just a little word of advice for all the new runners - don't get fixated on trying to beat your times on every training run.  Also, don't run the same route - mix it up by running different distances, run over hills, different speeds, different types of run etc.  If you run the same route at the same speed all the time, you simply won't improve.

And no, if it's not a race you can't claim to have run a half marathon - sorry.

You should try that Ironman, NV, you'll still have all the training in your legs (and arms) from your first, so just go for it!

As for me, did 10 1/2 miles yesterday, but it was very slow - an average of 8:37 per mile, I tried to force the pace but it just wasn't happening.  Will try some speed work tomorrow and see what happens.

17/07/2012 at 08:56

Hey...thanks for the advice, Blimpy...I am realising how important it is to get some variety, and to avoid 'going for it' every single time...for a start it's boring, and secondly you get to a pint where you can't see any improvement anyway, which is demotivating. Having said that I had an awful run last night-set off too fast, did OK for the first mile, got a stitch, ran through it, got another one and had to walk (which I hate doing) for a bit before picking up a pathetic jog my last few days before my first ever race (5K) I am going to do a bit of exercise (might do a swim) and ONE more run...probably Thursday night before Sunday...does that sound OK? If so, maybe just a slow 5K?

After that, a bit if a rest then start to work  up to 10K, see what it feels like- have only really done about 4.5 miles before so we'll see if I like it, and if I don't, I won't do it- so there!

Happy running everyone!

17/07/2012 at 09:13
It sounds a but eliteist to me if only official events count as running that distance. I've run proper races, 5k, 10k, and I know the difference between the race and just running the distance. I'm not mad on organised events personally, I prefer running on my own. If someone on here runs 10k today is anybody in here really going to tell them, 'no that doesn't count, you didn't pay an entry fee so you've not run 10k'. Don't get me wrong, I'm not someone who would go around saying I've just run a half marathon, but I would tell them I've run a half marathon distance.
17/07/2012 at 09:16

Hi Di.

A swim is a great idea, however, a 5K is not.  At this stage, you won't achieve anything by running the race distance so close to race day.  If you were one of my athletes, well, you wouldn't be running the race - too early by the sounds of it - but, if you were one of my athletes, I'd rather you ran a slow-ish 4K today, swim tomorrow and maybe a 2 miler on Thursday, rest Friday and a 20 minute walk (not power walk) on Saturday. 

As for the 10K, what's the rush?  To give you an idea, one of my new athletes started running in January and can now run 7 miles without stopping.  I won't let her race, she's not ready.  I don't want her first 5K taking over 30 minutes, so she'll have to keep working until I think she can get under the 30, then she can race.  You need to be able to comfortably complete over-distance in a respectable time, otherwise you'll be wondering if you can make it on race day and therefore won't enjoy it as much.  Good luck with it! 

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