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

Is it love or is it a fad?

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04/11/2012 at 11:30

Bloody weather! Was supposed to go running first thing, but the rain was so heavy I've had to postpone it until this afternoon and I won't have as much time to run then. It's not that I'm a fair weather runner but it seemed a bit pointless to get soaked through in seconds and not enjoy the run so I'll wait. Annoying, though, as I was raring to go this morning and wanted to do about 7 miles. I'll be lucky to manage 5 later. Oh well, better than nowt. Hope everyone else has managed to get out this weekend.

04/11/2012 at 12:41

I'd invest in a waterproof jacket if I was you Jae.You can't dodge the rain in this country specially this time of year or you'll not do any running at all.Also a pair of full length running tights to keep your legs warm and a lightweight cap to keep the rain off your face and your good to go.

04/11/2012 at 15:51

I do have one and, to be fair, I was going to go but my mate, who I run with, decided against. The thought of doing the long run on my own wasn't quite as appealing. I did manage a run this afternoon but since time was at a premium I could only get a quick 5k in. Better than nothing, though.

05/11/2012 at 13:31

Wow! Although I do try and eat breakfast religiously, I clearly wasn't very pious this morning as I ran out of time before work so missed my usual bowl of porridge/smoothie.

Still went for a 5k run on the treadmill, but had to stop twice as I just didn't have the energy to run the whole way non stop. I know that fuel is super important (albeit more for longer runs than a mere 5k), but it was an interesting battle between my stubborness and my wooden legs. Still managed to run an 8.12 mile for the final mile, which I was very happy with. Take that legs! I'll never miss out on breakfast before a run again, though. 

08/11/2012 at 13:13

I received a Garmin 410 for my birthday so went and picked up a footpod as I run on a treadmill at lunch. As it stands I don't actually need the footpod as I'm near a window and the GPS works. However, I have clearly set up the calibration as I gave it a quick half hour test today and was informed that I had run 2.25k. I don't think I walk that slow - or maybe I do (gulp!). 

10/11/2012 at 19:43

5 miles today. Knees a bit sore as I ran on the road yesterday. One week tomorrow is the 10k race. I don't expect a good time I just hope to finish in under 70 minutes. It's a good starting point. I've another 10k in January, so I'll train properly for that and see how I go. This race is more of tryout to get the feel of racing. Should be fun.

I am well aware that I'm talking to myself, but it keeps me motivated to write some of this down, so...

10/11/2012 at 19:52

I'm here. Not long back from a 4 miler, so 13 miles this week all in.

Passed a bit of a weightloss milestone this week; five stone . Celebrated by bagging myself a place for my first Half, the Great Welsh Marathon (and half) on 21st April.

10/11/2012 at 19:52

Forgot to say a belated 'Happy Birthday', and congrats on the Garmin!

11/11/2012 at 06:47

Hey TIna - thanks for the birthday wish.

5 stone? That's amazing. Well done! I want to do a HM next year. I've put my name down for the London Royal Parks one so we'll see whether I get a place or not.

12/11/2012 at 14:15

Hi all..

Have been too exhausted to write anything (dedicated training !) but ran the Poppy Half yesterday in beautiful sunshine. A contrast to training last week and the week before in freezing conditions and darkness - just had to be done but no fun really. Bet you are looking forward to your 10K next week Jae - I'm not putting a foot outside until Saturday when it's back to parkrun.. Assume you are fully fit now littlehelen ? Hope you are all enjoying your runs and "hi" to Tina, Sam and BC boy..


13/11/2012 at 20:27

Sounds like you're doing some great running, Peter. Yes, I am looking forward to it. Don't care too much about time (under an hour would be nice, but not essential), just want to get that first race under my belt, then it's solid training until my next 10k in Jan. Want to keep things up over Christmas so I can enjoy myself but burn a lot of it off. 

Might start doing the Nonsuch Parkrun near me soon. I usually do a longer run with a mate but it'll keep me ticking over when he's not around.

Hope everyone's well.

13/11/2012 at 20:53 was good and it's "fun" to run longer than an hour.. you just go slower !  I'm still undecided about Beddington this Sunday - part of me (head) says just rest and do some cleaning and the other parts (feet) say go out and run.. Hmm... not sure... but if there is free tea and cake that will decide it ! Hope everyone is fit and well ! 

14/11/2012 at 20:52

Looking forward to Sunday. Had a quick run yesterday, a nice slow 45 min run today and I'll probably have another short one tomorrow and then rest until Sunday. Not expecting a decent time (think I've mentioned this before) but just looking forward to the experience. Peter, if you're tired don't bother about Sunday (can't vouch for tea and cake). If it's decent I'll let you know (the race, not the tea and cake). There's another in June, I think, so you can do it then. I've also signed up to the 10k at Kenley airfield in January, so that one might be worth considering. 

14/11/2012 at 22:01

LOL, all my runs are slow , not been offered cake as yet though.

Just back from Ladies Night, a 5 miler. Really struggled with the cold, damp air and my asthma. Have put a 'Buff' on my Christmas wishlist as a result!

14/11/2012 at 22:38

Ah, Jae... If I'm tired I'll probably run anyway - drop me an e-mail with your number and I'll phone or text if I can make it - I'm warming to the idea - weather looks good and trams are running as far as I know ! Don't fancy running in June particularly (The heat) but will certainly do Mersey Tunnel run errr.... in June !

Tina, what's a 'Buff' ? Should I have one on my Chriatmas list too ?

15/11/2012 at 07:25

It's a sort of bandana that can be worn in lots of different ways, and is wicking/tech fabric. I'm using a motorcycle snood at the moment, but it was soaking wet by the time I had finished last night

15/11/2012 at 11:20

Ah, a banana ! Yes, you always get one at the finish..

18/11/2012 at 13:03

Hi Peter, 

Great to meet you today. I'd hoped to see you at the end to find out how you'd done, but you must have been well on your way home by the time I was done! My Garmin said I did it in 57.43 so I'm very pleased with that as I'd have definitely taken finishing in under an hour for my first race. I know there's some discrepancy with the race distance (or at least there was at the last race). I'm told it's just short of 10k and my Garmin said I'd run 6 miles, not 6.2, but even so I'd still have made it home in under an hour so I'm not too concerned. 

I did find it quite a tough race, but that's probably because I was travelling at a slightly faster pace than I'm used to. Also, doing most of my training indoors isn't the same as on the road so that's another consideration. Fitness-wise I felt fine, but my legs felt very heavy, so I'll get a lot more on-road training in before the next one in January. 

How'd you do?

18/11/2012 at 14:03

I wasn't far off - the official stats said I finished in 57.45. Not sure how they timed it, but I'm happy all the same. It says you finished in 54.12, Peter. Great running!

18/11/2012 at 14:30

Well done Jae,under an hour for your first 10k is something to be proud of.The discrepancy comes because the course is measured from the middle of the road but most runners sensibly cut as many corners as they can.Very rarely have i actually found my garmin distance matches that of the course.

Btw how do you find the garmin?They're just the best thing ever invented i think,couldn't be without one.One of the workouts i do that highlights how useful the garmin is,is 6 half mile repeats with a quarter mile jog recovery.The garmin gives a countdown bleep for the effort to begin and i've set a pace i want to achieve for the half mile(for me 3-3'10) and the device will signal if you stray above or below.It signals when the half mile is done and the jog recovery starts until all the repeats are done.Its improved my running no end.

For you Jae or anyone wanting to increase speed you could try this 1m warm up @ easy pace.Then do 4 half miles(say at 4-4'30) with a quarter mile jog recovery after each rep and finish with a mile cooldown @ easy pace.Just get yourself running faster over the half mile than what you'd normally run at over the 10k distance and it will boost yor speed in no time.

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