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11/05/2011 at 20:34

 Glad everyone is still progressing.

Injury was diagnosed as peroneal tendonitis.The physio gave me a little ultrasound and advised on a stretch that would help. They also arranged for me to have a quick (free) appoinyment with a podiatrist. The podiatrist checked me over to make sure that there wasn't any underlying reason for the injury. He did say that I had inverted feet but not to the extent that it would be responsible for the injury. He advised that I would benefit from wearing supportive footwear such as trainers or regular shoes rather than spending the day barefoot or in slippers when at home.

It's just over two weeks now and the pain has all but gone. I'm going to give it a few more days before trying a run. I think I'll take a step back down the schedule ladder to the run 3 min / walk 1 min x 6 stage. I don't see any point in pushing it, that would be just asking for the injury to come back.

I'm itching to get back out there.

11/05/2011 at 21:08
do what you think is best if you have to wait a few days then do that Rivvy Runner - patience now will make a difference in the long run!!!
12/05/2011 at 21:12

Well done on the 9:03 mile pace Grendel, thats really impressive! Rivvy Runner, hope you are sorted soon but more important to come back strong rather than too quick. Just listen to your body, fingers crossed for you!

Just got back from my run tonight, really nice conditions, sunny with a lovely breeze. Didn't look at my watch once, just went nice and steady. Managed to top 3 miles so really pleased with that, feeling stronger with every run!

Week - 6

Month - 17.66

2011 - 79.65

12/05/2011 at 21:57

Good running Just Run -

I think we are being spoilt by this lovely weather

13/05/2011 at 10:39

Well a fairly good run this morning - 3.36 miles again (according to Map my Run!!!) average pace around 9:07 minute miles so quite pleased with that as am now regularly under the 10 minute barrier.

As I am not due to do any races now until the Autumn (1time 5 mile and 2 10Ks) I think I will use the route I have done twice this week as a time trial in 2 Sundays time when I come to the end of this block of 'training' 

 Will probably get on over the weekend but if not happy running everyone.

16/05/2011 at 10:17

A bit of a let down on Saturday - Little Grendel came out to ride beside me which I thought would be a good idea - but we only did about 400 metres then he changed his mind - went home and I was going out to have a proper run and he decided that he would come too, not a problem as it suits me to have a recovery run Saturday - but even then we did not get very far - never mind a recovery run anyway!!

Sundays run went quite well 45 minutes which according to map my run was about 4.6 miles so that will do me - felt very lethargic though but still going in the right direction. 

Having an enforced rest day today as there is a teacher training day at the school so little Grendel is at Grandmas today so he and I stayed there over night and I did not have time to go out this morning and by the time we get home tonight it will be to late - but a rest is a rest and will be raring to go tomorrow -

Hope everyone else is OK happy running!!!!

17/05/2011 at 09:38

Quite a good morning fro a run today - did 3 miles but did it as 5 minutes warmup 5 minutes warm down and then 20 minutes fartlek.

Felt I was going really well on the run out, turned back and realised there was a southerly wind which accounted for the feeling of flying - the return journey was not that much fun.

Happy running everybody.

17/05/2011 at 09:53


Well Ive tried this running lark off and on for many years.  Generally to improve fitness for other sports. I have always found running for its own sake difficult - but did manage to come to terms with it last time i tried. And then i lapsed!! Again.

Anyway went for a 1 min run 1 min walk on Wednesday - did it 10 times then a slow jog for 4 mins. Felt great came home had a lonnnnnnnnnng bath then thought id have a nap. So far so good - woke up and my knees were killing me. I had ran on grass as well so was somewhat perturbed.

Anyway they were painful for a few days and then yesterday when they felt ok again I went and did 2 min run 1 walk x 8. And today no pain!!!!!! So today did the same x 10 and now off to the baths for a swim sauna jacuzzi and whatever the hell else they have!!

I am obviously built for running - all 6 ft 2 and 18st 11 of me - but when I used to play American Football I weighed over 20 stone and could still jog for 20 minutes - think this may have contributed to the odd twinge in the knees previously - esp as I once had my kneecap moved to where it should have never been courtesy of an opponents helmet. How we laughed - not.

Anyway as I have just passed my 48th birthday I figure its now or never. It either works this time or Im going to the couch eating lots of crisps and drinking lots of beer. I may be seen on a tv doc about the fattest man in the UK if I dont crack it this time

18/05/2011 at 13:17

Well done Slowjoe, enjoyed reading your story - it does seem to be a vicious circle or catch 22 or whatever other platitudes - to lose the weight you need to exercise but because you need to lose the weight you are putting that extra pressure on the joints - well keep the running up and keep it regular and hopefully the weight will start to come off and the running will get easier.

Had a good run this morning the wind was still troublesome but I ran out into it for the first 15 minutes  and then turned for home which made it an OK if slightly tired run.  Overall about 3.25 miles so sub 10 minute miles again!! 

 Went swimming last night too which helps the little aches and niggles but didn't do much swimming as offspring has now gone up to cubs which is Wednesday so we are having to take him on Tuesday (he used to go to Beavers Tuesday) and he tends to ar*e about a bit.

OH wants to go out for a jog tonight which to be honest not looking forward to!!

18/05/2011 at 22:22

Those sub 10 minute miles are becoming a habit Grendel!

 I missed Sundays run as we were out all day. My daughter had a swimming gala in the afternoon and we didn't get home till 8:15. After a hectic weekend i was simply knackered Monday night so decided to simply miss the run. Tuesday i had to drop the car to my mechanic for the mot and cycled home meaning i'd cycled 15 miles in total Tuesday so missed my run again. Tonight i had to go and pick the car up so cycled to collect it and had my run, a good work out overall! Ran for 30 minutes non stop tonight covering 3.1 miles!!!

Welcome to the thread Slowjoe, good luck with the final stab at running. As Grendel says, as the weight gradually comes off the knees will take much less of a pounding so good luck to you!!!

Out with the other half Friday, she also ran 30 minutes non stop today covering 3.4 miles, although she was on the treadmill so its much easier (thats what i keep telling her anyway). Will be very interesting when we enter a race together (looks like the Torbay 10k in August is the target). We are both very competitive!

Week - 3.1

Month - 20.76

2011 - 82.75

19/05/2011 at 10:19

3 .1 miles non stop Just run, well done mate on top of the cycling too, you are obviously going in the right direction as well.

Went out with Mrs Grendel last night again did about - 1.25 miles very slow but as a recovery run it was ok -

This morning did 30.34 minutes again aproximately 3.25 miles so going well still with those sub 10 minute miles - if you had told me 12 years ago I would be getting excited about 9 minute miles I'm not sure I would have beleived you!!! but amd just happy to be out and going in the right direction - am hoping my MOT and Service doesn't cost to much next week as I am thinking about getting one of theose GPS things -

 Happy running everyone

20/05/2011 at 10:10

Well the weekend is nearly upon us - my target for the weekend was to try and crack 30 minutes for the 3.25 mile course I run - and guess what ran 29.59 this morning!! so well pleased with that -

may get on over the weekend but happy running everybody!!

20/05/2011 at 16:30

Thanks Grendel, think i've lost a couple of pouds this week too so feeling quite pleased with myself. I know what you mean about getting excited about sub ten minute miles, but it does feel good!

 Got my car back from its MOT Wednesday, just needed some fuel system cleaner to clear it through the emissions test, ideal! I can thoroughly recommend a GPS watch, i have the Garmin 405 forerunner, irs great to see your pace and how far you've been. When i repeat routes you can race against old times which is good fun! Hope they don't find anything expensive to fix as you'll be very pleased if you buy one. 

Well done on cracking 30 minutes for your 3.25 mile run, that's really good going! I went for my 30 minute run with the wife today and we covered 3.1 miles, sub 10 all the way. I felt a bit leggy today but still had a bit left in the tank for a stride out over the last 100 metres or so.

Happy weekend running everyone, i'm off out very early Sunday morning (if i manage to get up!) before heading off to Woodlands for the day with the family.

Week - 6.2

Month - 23.86

2011 - 85.85

21/05/2011 at 05:01

Hi Guys

Hope we are all doing well.

Just had a steady run 2 walk 1 x 8 on Friday. Determined not to rush it this time.

Might give it a rest Saturday then go out again Sunday.

23/05/2011 at 13:10

Well done again slow joe - caution is definitely the best way to go - it took me 2 months to get to non stop running and then I a started to add a couple of minutes each week til I can now do 45 minutes (about 4.5 miles or so) and am averaging 30 miniutes  a day - so keep going and be patient.

Well done too Just Run, keep looking at the Garmins and alternatvies so am depserately hoping that there is nothing to serious to worry about with the car - Friday week is d day!!!! (on the other hand we didn't have things like that back in the old days ad didn't do so badly!!)

Well Satruday was a recovery run, only did 15 minutes easy without little Grendel he had doen a sponsored 40 lap of the school field on Friday so I decided to err on the side of caution and not let him come out. The Sunday depsite the  southerley wind managed a very comrotable 45 minutes

Felt it all a bit this morning though so I didn't do the normal measured route I just plodded about so that I did not have anything to compare it to!!!

Fartlek tomorrow!!!!

Happy running all

23/05/2011 at 13:26

Just found this thread and had to join in.

I have been trying to runfor a couple of years and have done a few very slow 10Ks but have been held back by uncontrolled asthma and being several stone overweight.

Got the asthma under control now and started trying to run again using the run/walk for beginners whcih starts with 4min wlak to 2 in run. I found this really hard and got very disheartened so thought sod it I am just going out to do 3 miles with my heart rate monitor on and go on 65-75%- it worked! Did 3 x 3 miles last week so am on my way now. Not very quick but that will improve as I get more miles under my belt.

Moral of the tale for me is that doing the run/walk stuff may not be the best way to get back into running. Trust your instinct and do what seems right for you.

Dr Fish

24/05/2011 at 10:02

Welcome Dr Fish, like you I idn't get on with the walk run thing because i found anything more than a 1 minute recovery was to long so I just built up the amount of running whilst leaving it at a 1 minute recovery. I then just reduced the length of recovery from a minute to 30 seconds then away it went.

Oh well did a session this morning which was based on an old session I used to do -which was 20 times 200 metres with short recovery - so what I did was 20 times 30 seconds off 30 seconds recovery - with full warmup and  short warm down - not sure that the 30 seconds were eyeballs out and were a bit tentative but a good session nonethe less.

I have found a new 5K schedule on the Garnin Website which I intend to start next week, as it will bring me through to September and my next 5 mile race.

Happy running everyone.

24/05/2011 at 20:00

must have a look at the schedules on the garmin website. I signed up ages ago for a 10k which is in a couple of weeks. I am woefully unprepared but will do it anyway. I am signed up for another 10K in July so could do with a schedule for that.

24/05/2011 at 21:12

Keep it going Slowjoe, theres no rush! A nice gentle introduction back ino running will reap dividends later on.

Welcome aboard Dr Fish. I’m very jealous of you guys who can skip the walk breaks! Lets hope your return to running is a long and successful one! I agree with doing whats right for you. For me, walk breaks are a great way to build up long runs, they break the monotony and keep your legs fresh!

Sounds like your running is really coming on Grendel, all these fartlek sessions must be really boosting your fitness! I’m going to start adding a few minutes to one of my runs from next week as I start to gently increase time and distance. I’m hoping to do a 1 mile time trial next Thursday so I can see where I am in regards to pacing my runs a little better, making sure the longer runs are nice and slow and the Thursday run will become my quicker session as before.

Well Sundays run didn’t materialise but I think the fact I don’t stress about missing a run these days shows I’m a more mature runner than before. I no longer fret about missing a session and half the time don’t even worry about what pace I’m running, I’m far too busy just enjoying it! I will make sure that even when my mileage starts to build that one run a week will simply be a ‘fun’ run. No pace, no distance, just run!

Tonights effort was a little shorter than planned. I set off planning to do 30 minutes but went off a bit quicker than usual settling into a nice ‘steady’ pace and decided that as I have a bit of a head cold I would make todays effort a 20 minute one. My nice ‘steady’ pace set off at 9:28 per mile pace for the first km, progressed to 9:06 for the second km and hit 8:38 in the third! I knew I was running fairly quick but even I couldn’t believe the last (almost) half km…..7:46!!! I was breathing out my other end over the last 200 metres or so but really did enjoy the run. Bring on Thursday!!!

Week - 2.26

Month - 26.12

2011 - 88.11

24/05/2011 at 21:45

Brilliant running Just Run =

Went swimming this evening with offspring and for the first time ever he swam unaided - well pleased with himself he as !!!

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