Newbies 2

Anyone just starting out? (continuation of Newbies thread)

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28/08/2008 at 13:09
P.S almost guaranteed to have something/one to look at whilst on the treadmill too! It's amazing how motivating that can be sometimes...
28/08/2008 at 13:15
Many thanks Nic, think i'll need all the luck i can get!
28/08/2008 at 13:35

Haha, good point Mark! I must be getting better as I didnt actually consider giving up just annoyed that i prolonged the training by 5mins by having to add it at the end!  Must admit I did have a sneaky 45 sec walk in the last 5mins as i was dying!

Another treadmill vs outside question?  Does anyone find their running posture better on a treadmill?  I seem to run much straighter and better on the treadmill yet when im outside i seem to bend my knees and back too much and must look hunched over!  Im now in 2 minds over what is better, dont have a clue what speed im running at outside but can keep it constant on the treadmill, although when i came back i found out that as ive got the footpod for my Garmin there is a bit which tells your your mph/kmph!Im assuming it tells you while your running not after?! 

Let us know how you get on Kelly! We will be all sending good thoughts your way tomorrow!

28/08/2008 at 13:39
Thanks again! I will definately let you know how it goes.
28/08/2008 at 14:02

Hey a new thread!

I need a serious kick up the bum again, I don't know what is up with me lately.  I've loved the running when i can make myself go out, it is just getting out of the door that I am really struggling with.  I was all set to go out last night after work and my bf was ill so I ended up just staying in and curling up with him instead.  I am going to try and go out tonight instead - and I have the weekend off so I should get a run or two in then.

It is frustrating being frustrated with myself for having no motivation!!


28/08/2008 at 14:15

Hey CB, its so hard to get motivated especially when you could be curled up the with bf instead, theres always something that sounds like a better idea!!  Just think how good you will feel after your run and its not really that long that you will be out of the house anyway, you will be back home before you know it!  I guess you need to train yourself to get into the habit of going out, im slowly managing that but it does take time and perceverance!


28/08/2008 at 14:21

Hi there

 I have to go straight to the gym if I have any chance of staying motivated, if I go home first I feel my willpower evaporate & 5 minutes later I am eating stuff out of the fridge. Going to the gym straight from work is the best diet tip I know, it keeps me out the house during that dangerous 'I think I may devour my entire kitchen whole' period that I inevitably get at teatime. After exercise I am not immediately hungry & can then make a more sensible choice for dinner (and I realise that an entire jar of peanut butter eaten straight from the jar is not a reasonable dinner!)

Osa xx

28/08/2008 at 14:27
Haha Osa, that sounds very familiar!!!
28/08/2008 at 15:21

osa, im totally the same,  i take my gym stuff to work and go straight from there!

If i went home i would never move back off the sofa!

28/08/2008 at 15:58

I am an all or nothing type, worst thing that happened to me was breaking my wrist last year, I think bits of me & the sofa literally merged & I probably drunk a vineyard's worth of wine, don't think I have ever fully recovered in fact I think my wrist is the the only bit of me that was fully intact after the cast came off!!

 Osa x

Edited: 28/08/2008 at 16:00
28/08/2008 at 16:15
Osa, I tend to be the same I put my all into whatever I do, including lazing on the sofa. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well
28/08/2008 at 16:56

your telling me!! Ive dont nothing today since coming back from my run/walk! Been lying on the sofa watching a film, had to drag myself out to do some shopping just now!  Feel like ive wasted a beautiful day but after doing 2 weeks of 12hr shifts its quite nice to just relax!

Hope youve all got good weather where you are!

28/08/2008 at 17:40

Crup weather here, but at least it's not raining!!

Techie problems again with this, ticked the box to be notified when new replies posted - but nothing's happened.  Added this to my bookmarked fora (yep, old enough to have spoken latin!) and nothing happened.

Glad you're all having such a great motivational chat!!  Just  been in the supermarket, they were selling 4 x Twix, Mars, Bounty etc for £1.00 - but managed to walk past without buying!!!   Had bit of blowout at sis' yesterday, No 2's birthday next week, so they had birthday cake in advance.........................

Well, chance to run it off with 40 min run tomorrow.

Will post goals etc when a bit more time - not avoiding issue, just trying to get techie problems sorted - and I see it has unsubscribed me again!!

28/08/2008 at 17:46

Hello TTN - made it to your beginners' thread after all -  ON NEW LAPTOP!!    Not done terribly well with the running since you last heard from me though, my ankle decided to have a fit with me on Sunday's run and I had to turn around and hobble home.  Thought it was improving but got up from my desk today and nearly fell over.    I wouldn't mind but it's just random - I didn't go over on it or anything, it just decided I was having too much fun!

As for why did I start running - originally (many, many moons ago) it was because I was doing taekwon-do and I needed something else to help me work on my fitness.  Have stopped and started many times since then due to STUFF, having never got very far anyway.  This time I am re-starting because, post-baby and in a new sedentary job, my weight is creeping up and up and up and I want to LOSE IT!!!!  It also keeps me sane.  But I've only managed a week of walk-a-bit, run-a-bit before the ankle thing hit.

28/08/2008 at 18:00

Oh no Fiona, sorry to hear about your ankle! Did it just give way on you?!  Hope your giving it plenty of rest and support!  Poor Sue is suffering with a sore ankle too, she might be able to give you some tips on what to do to help it!  I would maybe go to the docs if youve not gone over it?!

Hope your ankle gets better soon!

Sounds like your not having a good time of it either CJ! This website doesnt seem to like you at all!!  Mmm birthday cake! Atleast you can eat it guilt free knowing that you burn it off during your run!! Well done on bypassing the cheap choccie! you just reminded me that i was going to buy some for tonight but forgot hehe!! Ive had a nice healthy eating day today and feel really good, nothing bad or tempting in the house either so should manage to have a whole day of behaving!!  

28/08/2008 at 18:15

BH, just received notification of post and I see my subscriber thingy is back again!!  And, managed to find and copy my goals!! 

 My goals

  • Swim 1 x weekly
  • Increase pace/distance so that by end September am running 40 mins+ (approx 9'30 pace)
  • (Then) Join running club
  • Run 10k race end October/beginning November (preferably faster than in 2006!)
  • Run marathon in 2009
  • Increase overall strength, fitness and flexibility and remain injury-free
  • Lose 1 stone
  • Have the guts to start new (self-employed) career
  • Regain mojo

Why did I get into running?

A few years ago, when life was a bit of a mess, I wondered about running a marathon, (oddly enough!) as I felt I needed a challenge!! Reckoned I'd lose weight etc, but felt that I needed something (positive) to aim for (as you do!).  Started with the Sport Relief mile - No 1 child's idea, wasn't at all keen as not good timing, but we did it and it was fun.  Also coincided with stressful time in life and found that running was great for de-stressing and then realised that I enjoyed it!  And was losing shed-loads of weight.

Now, I enjoy it, it's still great for de-stressing, but it is also me-time - don't get much of that with 2 boys and 2 cats

Sorry about the ankles - hope yours is better Sue, let us know.

Darren, hope you're OK, how's the ankle/foot with you too?

Hi to everyone else, lovely birthday cake - Dr Who and tardis, blue icing left tongues a bit of an odd colour tho!!

Lisa - keep on,  you're doing brilliantly

Lxr - still enjoying the emerald isle?

EG/TB how are you and anyone else - looks like we'll be onto third lot at this rate!!


Edited: 28/08/2008 at 18:15
28/08/2008 at 19:26

Hello everyone

I'm on night shift out here so will be posting at strange times. Today I woke up at 17:00 and went into the gym for a bit. I was calibrating my ipod nike+ thingy. I screwed up the walk calibration so will have to do that again but managed to do the run one ok. Then i ran for 1k without walking and felt very good. I'll forgot to look at the time so I'll have to do it again tomorrow so i can let you all know how my time was.

My head phones stayed in with no problems at all so I'm very impressed. They cost around 300DKK so about £30 but they are probably cheaper in the UK. One of the people out here gave me a big bag of chocolate because I made a pretty graph for them. It's standard to get bribes out here if you do some extra work for someone. The only problem is I'm now stuck in my unit (1/2 a shipping container converted into an office) on my own for 12 hours with a bag of what looks like very nice chocolate...

To everyone who needs some motivation you all know you'll feel better once you've done some exercise. And to everyone who is injured I hope you feel better soon and just think of how many lie in's you're getting.

Edited: 28/08/2008 at 19:28
28/08/2008 at 19:56

Evening all!

Yes I'm still enjoying Ireland (wish I wasn't working though!).  Back home to London tomorrow evening..

Did my run tonight, but it ended up being in the hotel's gym on the dreadmill.  I had planned on going out, but there were loads of flying ants about, and I've got a thing about them.  Also, didn't fancy the thought of accidently swallowing one whilst running.

Remembered why I don't like dreadmills though - too hot - running gear is never going to dry out before I pack it tomorrow morning, hope it doesn't go mouldy before I get home!  As you can tell I prefer running outdoors!

I do the headphones and bra-strap thing too!  Think I also read it on another thread!  I've got your bog standard ipod headphones and use an armstrap.  All works fine, but if I'm really building up a sweat, they can still pop out of my ears..

Welsh Chick - good to hear your twist and lock headphones work - what make are they? I may need to invest in some myself.

28/08/2008 at 20:00

Hi again and thanks for the welcomes.

Went for a run tonight, managed 8.13 miles in 1.02.30 although my right ankle really wasn't too happy during the last 2 miles? am i doing too much too soon? I read that alot of you are trying to lose weight...well running is definately the way to do it. My Garmin registered 923 calories burnt on my run this evening which is one hell of alot and i have lost 6 pounds in 10 days although im not trying, i just like to keep a check on my weight....i'm 5.11 with a 28" waist weighing 10st 2 Ib's and the weight still wants to come i guess it's time to eat more although i'm not skinny, i'm very toned and carry minimal body fat with a BMI of 19.5

As for the headphone issue, there are many sport headphones available that are attached on a plastic band that wraps around the top of the ears and around the back of the head to the other ear, mine never pop out and they are so comfortable at a cost of roughly £15.00...and worth every penny!


Edited: 28/08/2008 at 20:01
28/08/2008 at 20:13

Hi all,

 Good luck to everyone with their training! I'm out for the second 'proper' session tomorrow, although last weekend I tried unsuccessfully to run around the park, and over did things!  I didn't ease into it at ALL.  Still run-walk-run (don't laugh!)

Quite a few runners use headphones, and I just wondered is it distracting at all?  I have thought of having some, but then wondered (as a female) if I would not be able to hear somone who could potentailly attack, coming from behind me or something - sorry not very articulate here lol!  I guess it depends on the volume you have them set at of course. 

 CJBA - I can totally understand how you would do running and think it's a really good stresbuster and for mental clarity etc., and that's one of the main reasons for me, stress relief, feel good factor, ME time even (with three children, a dog, a cat and a husband and I work three days a week - I don't get an awful lot of that!).   Good luck sorting out your techie probs too - I wonder if someone could have hacked into your account (sorry, don't wanna scare you - just wondering)?  Change password and see if things settle? 

lxr - I've never used a dreadmill (love that term haha).  To be honest I love the outdoorsy aspect of running and all the stuff going on outside, mind you with winter drawing ever closer it will be hard to get my backside into gear when it's rainy and cold outside!   I've never ever run in the rain!  Is running in wet weather best avoided or should you just get up, get out and GO??? (sorry I'm so new!).

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