Started 8 wk beginner's schedule today

Any other newbies want to join my thread?

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18/11/2011 at 23:24
Mmmm that was a very norty spammer to do that!! Hope you didn't click on their link Minty - i didn't...
20/11/2011 at 16:27

-Norfolklass:  I have been doing my weights this week - but no leg work at all - I thought it best to give my knee a complete rest (I've still been walking on it of course).  In any case, my legs have outgrown the maximum setting on my machine - I can do twelve or fifteen reps with ease, so it's time to make use of that power bar that came with it at last by popping some freeweights onto it.  Back into it this coming Tuesday.

Bloody annoying when people post random links.  Mouse over it, without clicking on it, and the true nature of it will appear in the lower left hand corner (that's where it is with the latest Firefox in any case.)

Edited: 20/11/2011 at 16:28
20/11/2011 at 16:49
Greetings from foggy Norfolk! Just back from the allotment, thought it might be time to head home when I stood up from weeding and couldn't see the car. Talk about pea soup!!!

Minty, have a FAB time at Centreparcs! Hope you've all managed to stay germ free this past week. Thank you so much for offering to come and cheer me on next week it's very kind of you, but the race starts at 11 so definitely clashes with your brunch plans!

Roadrunner, sounds like a really good plan to completely rest your knee. I hope it's better soon. And the same to you Iain and Snails: sending positive healing knee vibes out to you all!

I was only going to do 10k yesterday as part of the whole tapering thing, but I really wasn't confident that I'll be able to do the full distance next Sunday so I did 15k instead so that I got a really good idea of how I felt afterwards and how much I thought I had left in the tank to push on for the the final 6k. It went pretty well and my legs feel fine today, so I'm feeling a bit more confident now - phew! I'm planning to do a couple more 5k runs in the mornings next week, probably tomorrow and Thursday, then fingers crossed the full distance on Sunday. Feeling a bit less terrified about it and more excited now

Right. Off to make Jamie Oliver's macaroni cauliflower cheese - yum!
20/11/2011 at 18:20
Thanks, Norfolklass! 
23/11/2011 at 20:22

Hi everyone,

Well, still no running for me, though things are improving so hopefully another week and a half should do it.

Roadrunner and Iain - whilst its nice to have company on the knee injury bench, i do hope you guys are better soon.

Norfolklass - i misread the first sentence of your post - i thought you said 'when i stood up from weeing' as opposed to weeding. I suppose it really could have been either, seeing as there was pea (pee) soup involved . Well done on the 15K - you'll be absolutely fine on Sunday - just don't be tempted to start out too fast, stick to your own comfortable pace - cos you know you can complete the distance at that pace. Wish you lots of luck - and of course we expect a full race report when you get back (well, maybe not immediately you get back).

Cheetah - hope the running is going well.... are you still doing Mon and Wed with the club, or just Wed now?

Hope Minty is enjoying Centeparcs.

Happy running xx

23/11/2011 at 23:29


My Friday run wasn't so great in the end - "only" managed 5 miles (I was really tired after a stresful day at work so that didn't help!) - then I redeemed myself on Sunday by remembering to drink enough water, then doing 6 miles in an hour and a bit! (10:03m/m to be exact!)

Running club again Monday - same route as last week and about the same pace too (SLIGHTLY slower but I'll let myself off)

Then by tonight I'd just about managed to recover enough from last week's long run to try another one! I definitely wasn't a cheetah tonight - I felt more like a tortoise or something and almost ground to a halt on a couple of hills - for some reason i just REALLY wasn't feeling it. I kept on going though - mind over matter I think and ,managed 10 not very enjoyable miles. 

On the positive side - I don't actually FEEL like I've ran 10 miles now - so maybe it's only 10.5 that nearly cripples me! Fingers crossed My normal feeling legs last til tomorrow!

 It tok me 01:44:44, so 10:28m/m - faster than it actually FELT just slower than last week - maybe a good thing seeing as I hurt less!

Minty - hope you're having a great time at Centreparcs!

Norfolklass - I shall organise the cats into a sort of mexican wave formation for you on Sunday! You can do it - Snails is right, go at your own pace - it's easy to get carried away when everyone shoots off at the start, and you will be fine!

Snails - glad your knee thingyitis is improving - bet you can't wait! I've been doing Monday OR Wednesday at the club, and whichever one I don't go to I do my long run. I'm thinking of going on Wednesday next week as a new Monday group is starting so it's only about 2 miles and I'm more used to doing about 5 now!

In other news - I drove us to the supermarket and back in one piece at the weekend without stalling! I reversed into a bay too! (It took me 3 goes but I got it in in the end!)

And Mr Cheetah has given me an MP3 player as I mentioned earlier that I don't trust the one in my head when I'm running (It just keeps giving me about 3 miles of the same song on weird loops hehe!)

Iain and Roadrunner - sending healing knee vibes to both of you (and Snails!)

Happy running/resting everyone! Xxx

23/11/2011 at 23:35

Aaah and I forgot to say - I had a heckle tonight (a good natured one!) - one that I've had before:

"Pick your knees up love!"

Where does that come from? That's not how you run hehe! I tried picking my knees up for a laugh when the LAST heckler shouted that at me and felt like a weird galloping pony - I didn't tonight as the way I was feeling I probably would have fallen flat on my face or something equally embarrassing.

But if they actually run by picking their knees up - no wonder they're always walking or standing still!

25/11/2011 at 19:26
RoadRunner76 wrote (see)

So, I had a week's break from running and tried a 30 minute run today.  Didn't go well - I was only around 8 minutes in when my knee began giving me trouble again, so I decided to stop.  As I said, I didn't do any running, or any leg related resistance work last week, but I did do a fair amount of walking - I'm someone who will walk rather than get the bus to most places.

Maybe that was a mistake, I don't know - but what's certain is that I'll be 'out' again for at least another week, during which time I think I'll pop round the doctor's to get their opinion.  I mean, I've had worse knee trouble than this before, which just went away by itself.  Hopefully this will do the same.  

The other knee is completely fine - if this was happening to both knees, I'd start looking at the age of my shoes as the culprit (but they were bought in July - I don't think I've even done half of the 500 miles shoes are supposed to last for on them).  I only hope that I won't have to pack it in for any length of time, and watch my fitness regress in the meantime. 

So, back on the shelf for now.  Hope everyone else is doing OK.

That's a post I made in another thread regarding my stupid knee.  And the other knee doesn't feel fine anymore either - although not as bad as the first one - so no running for me at least until I've had a chat with the physio.  Damn frustrating!!
25/11/2011 at 19:45
Aw Roadrunner, thats awful for you! I'm sure you are doing the RICE thing? I also found Voltarol emu-gel or tablets very good too, if you can stomach that sort of thing. Hopefully a sports physio can shed some light on it though - i must say mine has been fantastic, and since yesterday i haven't had any pain. I just wish i'd went to him a week earlier. Like yourself i'm worried that i'll be back to square one with my running - but i'm learning to be patient, and i can always build it back up again
25/11/2011 at 21:01
I can walk on the damn thing at least - sounds as though you couldn't even walk on it without pain for a while back there.  I'm just wondering whether 'complete rest' should include no long walks?  I often walk to the high street shops rather than get a bus, but I'm wondering whether my knee won't like that right now...
25/11/2011 at 21:08
You are totally right - walking on it was incredibly painful, and if i hadda had crutches i'd have used them. Maybe give it a rest from walking too much for a few days and see if that helps, and in the meantime keep icing it. I stopped Kettlebells and Pilates when i got hurt cos a total rest was better - although the physio did say i could do upper body stuff.
26/11/2011 at 12:57

Hi all,

 Sounds like a few of us have been visited by the knee gremlins in recent weeks.

I took 2 weeks off from any form of training, in the hope that a total rest would give my knees a chance to recover.
Made my first attempt at a run on Tuesday night, covering 1 3/4 miles. My knees were a bit stiff to start with, but soon eased off and i finished the run without any problems.
I also completed my annual fitness test at work on Thursday  which involves a small amount of running, again without a problem.
Today was a parkrun, which I completed in a little over 27 minutes, but without any problems, so I'm quite pleased at that. It might be the slowest time i've done the run in, but it was more important to test the legs over the distance, rather than go for a good time.
Went straight to the Norfolk showground after that to help with setting up ready for tomorrows half marathon. There is a HUGE amount of work that gets done before and after this event, water stations, signs, barriers, PA system, advertising banners etc, all done by city of norwich AC members and familys.

I've been making sure to use the foam roller every day over the last week to try and ensure my leg muscles/tendons are well stretched, and hopefully my knee problems will continue to subside and eventuall disappear.

Healing vibes are being sent out to all the other raspberry ripples on the thread!

Happy running people.

26/11/2011 at 21:12
Rasperry Ripples - I like that, never heard it be called that before.   Not quite a cripple - I can walk about fairly freely, but even with walking my knee doesn't feel quite right - it doesn't hurt as such, but there's a barely noticeable twinge - it reveals itself in full when running though.  Running is completely off the agenda for now.
Edited: 26/11/2011 at 21:13
26/11/2011 at 21:31

Evening! I had a GREAT run yesterday, it more than made up for my crap one on Wednesday! I did 6.5 miles at a fairly steady pace of 09:58m/m, my quickest for that sort of distance yet! My 10k time was 01:02:24, so my second best. I haven't lost my running mojo!

Today I have FINALLY got myself kitted out for the winter! I couldn't find any decent bottoms so I've been brave and got some full length tight things from TK Maxx. They didn't look as bad as I was scared of when I tried them on! I've also got some trail shoes - Asics Gel Trail Attack 7's, they're meant to be OK for roads too. I tested them out by wearing them round Sainsbury's - very comfy! I also got some running gloves as my hands didn't warm up for about 2 miles yesterday - and a hi-viz gilet, with pockets to shove my gloves in AFTER the first couple of miles. And last but not least - some running headphones to go with the MP3 player!

I hope I've covered all eventuallities there!

I hope everyone's knees and sore bits are healing up nicely!

Right - I'm off to get a rum and ginger, then arrange the cats into mexican wave formation so they're ready for remotely cheering on Norfolklass tomorrow! Go girl!!!!!!!

27/11/2011 at 21:15

Hi everyone,

I wonder how Norfolklass is - hopefully having a nice cool beer after her run to cool down.

Cheetah - well done on both the run and the winter kit. You'll have to tell me how the trail shoes go, cos i've been wondering if i should get a pair myself.

Hope everyone else is well, and any aches and pains improving.

27/11/2011 at 22:37
Knee's aching a little when walking now - so tomorrow am going to call the doctor's and try to get an appointment with the physio.  It's not really bad pain, it's barely noticeable in fact, but it's there and I know that if I were to try running on it, that would be an extremely bad idea - I'm going to avoid walking any distance as well for now.  Thank God for my Total Trainer, otherwise I'd have no way of maintaining my fitness level right now!  At least I can still work out my upper body properly.  
27/11/2011 at 22:41
Roadrunner - are you going to get a physio appt via the NHS? - i'm just thinking this could take a while... would you have thought about going specifically to a sports physio privately?
28/11/2011 at 08:44

Heres a link to the results for the Norwich half marathon.

Anyone know what Norfolklass' real name is?

28/11/2011 at 14:08
I did it! My legs are quite hurty today but it was great!
More details later but it was a brilliant experience and I can't wait to do it again next year

Hope you're all well x
28/11/2011 at 14:09
and my profile picture's finally appeared - result!
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