Started running....I think I'm addicted.

Is it love or is it a fad?

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29/09/2012 at 20:11

Steady now Margrit,this is what i mean.Did you say in the previous post you've been running just 2 months?Don't just keep adding milage because you can,give your body a bit of time to adjust.Try a cut back week of reduced miles when building up and don't rush to get up to 13 miles if your race isn't till next year there's plenty of time.

30/09/2012 at 01:57
Yes i know i have loads of time and yes I'm most probably doing to much too soon but i just love running so much. It feels like i have achieved something every time i go out. Thank you very much for your advice i will try and slow down lol. What do you think i should reduce my mileage to, as I'm interested and would appreciate the advice. I run maybe 3 times a week doing 8-10 miles at a time. Thank you black country boy.
30/09/2012 at 19:10

Hi Black Country Boy, and thanks for posting. It sounds like you've a lot of useful tips, advice, etc., you can impart upon us newbies to running. You're dead right about stretching and strength exercises. I never used to stretch when I was younger, but that's partly how I developed shin splints and patellar tendonitis, so I'm a zealous advocate of it nowadays. Strength exercise, too. It all feeds into making me a better runner, so it's a no brainer really.

I know what you mean about overdoing it too soon, Margrit. When it feels good and you're improving you just want to push it more and more, but BCB is right about allowing your body to adjust - if we go too far we're likely to breakdown at some point and that means no running at all. And no one wants that to happen.

30/09/2012 at 20:00

Just one long run a week is enough so for you Margrit do a ten miler if you like but you don't have to make every run 10 miles.As for your other runs i'd suggest 4-6 would be fine just try to get a period of consistant training at that level before increasing your mileage.I'd say adding a fourth run a week in a couple of months time would be more benifical than doing more miles on a long run.

The long run dosen't have to be all that long.It simply means its longer than your other runs so if your new and only doing say 3,3 mile training runs thats fine just take one of your weekend training runs and just add a mile to it and add another when you feel comfortable to do so.General rule of thumb is no more than 50% of your weekly mileage should come from your long run.So for example in the case of someone doing three 3 milers a week build the long run to 6m then make the other 2 runs 4m before increasing your long run or better still add a fourth run of 3m

30/09/2012 at 21:52

Good evening all!

It's great to see so many newbies joining in this thread. I did another parkrun yesterday and was disappointingly 27 seconds slower than last week  But 5k is 5k and 4 weeks ago I couldn't run 1k!

Many thanks for your ttips BCB, I have been looking at core and strength work and know that I need to do some, but I don't know what to do. I have a gym membership though so I thinks that I'll ask them for some advice next week. Your advice on the long run is also welcome. My 5k is my long run, and I tend to do 2 x 3k runs too, so that fits your rule of thumb.

I can't wait to be able to go further, but I'm still at the red faced, gasping and panting stage


01/10/2012 at 14:07

Hi all, 

Hope everyone is well and enjoying running still. I've started a 7 week 10k plan in the lead up to my first race in November. I've put in a good 6 weeks of base fitness and can definitely notice the difference endurance-wise, so without wanting to push myself too far and risk injury I've started the plan today.

A nice 2 mile easy run at lunch to start, some strength training tomorow and then a five miler on Wednesday. Took care not to overdo my stretching today and my legs feel much more relaxed, which I shall take as a good sign (though could just be the short distance I ran today). 

01/10/2012 at 20:33

Well done Jae,your first race is always special.I remember mine,Lichfield 10k.I absolutely loved it and now do it every year.What race are you doing mate?

01/10/2012 at 20:47
Beddington Park 10k in Surrey, 18th November. Really looking forward to it. Somehow convinced some work colleagues to do it as well, but I've been trying to build up to it properly by getting some base fitness first. I'm hoping to do a few more before trying a half marathon next year sometime.
02/10/2012 at 18:29

Oh i don't know that one but best of luck anyway.Totally agree with your plan of building up to half marathon with a few 10k's,give yourself plenty of time to prepare.

Edited: 02/10/2012 at 18:29
02/10/2012 at 19:31

Thanks BCB,

The half marathon is merely a distant idea at the moment. I'm being very careful not to do too much too soon. I've started the strength training and I've a very good book on stretching so, as someone who's struggled with shin splints and patellar tendonitis, I'm trying to ensure I do everything right. 

It's funny, I was late for my train this evening and I had to run about 3/4 of a mile in my suit an work shoes. I loved it! Despite not being dressed for the occasion (obviously) I wasn't once out of breath as I glided towards the station. Ok, maybe not glided, but it's nice to be able to do stuff like that without wheezing and coughing. Wish I could do something about the sweating, though, once I'd made my train. Not a good look.

03/10/2012 at 13:48

Afternoon all!

Just had a brilliant gym session! Did a Pilates class for an hour which is great for core. Then spent an hour and a half with one of the specialist instructors at the gym and she worked out a programme for me to complement my running and help me to get to my first 10k in December. She also introduced me to the stairmaster - what an evil piece of equipment

She finished off with some stretches that I can do daily to help with the running and some hints and tips on what to look out for when I'm potentially overtraining or at risk of an injury.

Am feeling very positive about it all at the moment and can't wait for my parkrun on saturday (5km is my long run atm!)

Hope everyone else is feeling good today

03/10/2012 at 17:19
Hey Kathy, that all sounds great. You'll nail the 10k in December at this rate. Half marathon next year?

I ran 5 miles today for the first time. Actually, I had to walk for minute a couple of times as I felt a little fatigued muscle-wise, probably from the strength session yesterday. Anyway, I wasn't feeling my best but I still just about managed it so I know I can get to within touching distance of 10k and I've still 6.5 weeks to go. Fingers crossed.
03/10/2012 at 21:34

Nice one Jae,five miles always feels like a bit of a land mark and don't worry about taking a walking break,just always keep moving instead of stopping completely.I think you also learn't a bit about mental toughness on that run.Sometimes you know you just gotta grit your teeth but come race day when it starts to hurt remember  this session and think,I did it then and I'll do it now.

03/10/2012 at 22:01

Well done Jae! 5 miles is a landmark isn't it! You'll nail your 10k too without doubt! 

I haven't even considered a run longer than 10k! As for a half marathon, it's never entered my head, I still think I'm mad for attempting 10k, but I'm determined to do it, mainly to prove it to myself and I'm starting to look forwards to my runs which is a big breakthrough, up until now I've endured them.

How's everyone else fairing this week?


04/10/2012 at 08:12

Thanks guys,

I wasn't feeling too good about it at the time as it wasn't my most enjoyable run and, although I read that walking during a run isn't a failure, it did feel a bit like that at the time.

But that's why I'm here posting on this forum - because getting a 'well done' from you guys gives me such a boost, so thank you.

And yes, BCC, I certainly did learn a little about mental toughness. There was no way I was quitting until I'd reached 5 miles.

Off to Runner's Need today to have a gait analysis and find my perfect shoes. Should have done this a while ago, I know, but today is that day. Maybe a quick run first, though!

04/10/2012 at 19:07

I have to say Runners Need (well, the one at Victoria, anyway) were extremely helpful. Gave me some great tips as we chatted about the forthcoming 10k and I have to say getting my gait analysed was essential. I tried numerous shoes and we tweaked a few things to work out what was best - in the end I came away with a pair of Brooks Ghost 5. Not the most pleasing on the eye (yellow, blue, silver and black), but certainly a massive step up from my current Asics in terms of comfort and fit (nothing against them, but my current pair aren't quite right for me). 

If you're in London and looking for new shoes, you could do a lot worse than head over there. The guy in the shop said just to call or pop in if I need any further advice. Nice that they don't just take your money and shove you out the door.

04/10/2012 at 21:41

Evening Jae,

I got some new running shoes a few weeks ago from Sweatshop and they too were brilliant. The girl spent an hour with me and measured my gait etc too. I ended up with a pair of Mizunos having had Asics before. They also have an offer where if you don't like the shoes you've bought or they're not right for you once you start using them you can take them back and they'll swap them up to one month after you've bought (and used!) them, which is great.

Hope the new shoes help you to get closer to that 10k


04/10/2012 at 21:56

Hey Kathy,

That sounds like a great deal. I'm growing to like the look of mine but until I run again (which won't be until Sunday) I won't get a proper feel for them. I hope they're right for me, though I'm sure if I went back to the shop and said they were uncomfortable they'd help me out.

Me too! Getting closer every day....

10/10/2012 at 16:16
I have ran 11 miles on sunday and i have done 8 miles today. I feel stronger and have loads of stamina. It makes me feel great plus you get a nice body, lol. Good luck to you all. WE CAN DO IT. x
10/10/2012 at 20:40

Good evening Margit!

I haven't done anything like your distance but I managed to shave 1 min 29 seconds off my 5km time this week! It feels great, other than the very sore muscles lol!

Well done on your 2 runs!

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