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07/04/2013 at 18:41

Just wanted to say hello and see if there are any newby runners out there who will join me in the journey!

I'm 43, female and having lost 7 stone+ now want to start running.

I've briefly had a bash in the past but overdid it in the initial stages so was injured but also need a goal so have signed up for a 1/2 marathon in Oct. Meanwhile, will do 5k & then a 10k in August. I

'm resisting the temptation to buy an expensive watch (like I did last time!!) and just using a c25k (free from apple) prog, my nike+ band and trying not to think too much about 13 miles!!

Anyway just wanted to say hi!

07/04/2013 at 19:19

"Hi" back

Firstly BIG CONGRATULATIONS on your weightloss!!!!

So, what happened to your old 'new' watch? Still got some 'proper' shoes? C25K is a great way to start and don't be put off if you need to re run a week if things get hard.

IMHO a HM in October is a big ask but am sure you'll be fine if you put some of your weightloss determination into your training.

Sometimes this site can be a bit daunting with all the speedy people but find a couple of newbies (like me) and we can learn together

I started running last july and my LSR today was 10.43 miles - the furthest I've ever run. Get your C25K completed then we can get your mileage up and do some HM Training


07/04/2013 at 20:23

Hi Myecclecticlife

I'm 42 and female and have been running since the new year after an idle suggestion by a colleague.  I'm up to 2.5 miles which is the distance of our village fun run at the end of June.  I ran it last year with no practice at all under a Social Obligation (called being a Beaver Scout leader) so am aiming to improve my time and be able to walk afterwards!  I'm going to -gulp- join in a Park Run this weekend... it's 3.1 miles right, I can always walk the last 600m!  I have told the mother in law I'm going to run the local half marathon next March - need to lose some weight before then!

I ran some on a treadmill this evening to give my new shoes a proper test.  It was horrible!  Hot, headache, sweaty!  Not doing that again!

07/04/2013 at 21:00

oo thanks for replies!! Apologies but not getting all the terminology!! HM I have..LSR - longest short run?! Regardless looks like youre making good progress!

Well done Andi!How often are you running? I know that 1/2 marathon is a big ask but being an all or northing kinda girl need some mad motivation! Plus have been amazed at how supportive people have been,.even though they do think Im bonkers!

Mad for morris go for it! I am going to do a park run soon but trying not to run before I can walk if you know what I mean! Its 5k I think but a friend did it and said they're relaxed affairs. Look forward to hearing how it went! Apparently its good to run on soil rather than pavements. Are you doing a programme?

As for the kit I have a good pair of asics trainers, scaffold type sports bra and had my gait analysed! I used to have a Garmin but sold it years ago to a guy who used it (& still does!). Im quite happy with my basic Nike + as nice and simple ...running GPS was a bit above my technical abilities but may try again one day. For now this is fine! Look forward to hearing how youre getting on!

07/04/2013 at 21:21

LSR = Long Slow Run so you were close

I've just started HADD training - basically running to your Heart Rate rather than pace and have slowed down (didn't think that was possible lol) and increased my distance. My aim is to run 7 days a week but it's not that easy and was just shy of 30 miles this week.

You should have fun at the Parkrun and yes they are relaxed affairs but with proper timing so you can gauge progress under race conditions sadly there isn't one near me so never run one.

Good luck and be sure to update us all during your C25K

08/04/2013 at 13:05

I'm also running a half in Oct. I started running in January and it's amazing how far you can come. I started with the C25K app, but only did it for a few weeks as I then I joined a club. If you have one near you I would highly reccommend this, their support is invaluable and is really great at motivating. I ran my lost distance ever at the weekend, 10 miles. I never would of thought I would be able to say this. I managed this by using a walk run strategy and it really works, so you could always look into using something like this. Good luck and keep me updated

08/04/2013 at 14:15

October is achievable,especially as you have managed to lose so much weight so your stamina and mental toughness is obvious

Look for a training plan,there are plenty on the web and this site and start off easy,Parkrun is a great way to start also running clubs as a possible option

Good luck with it,you will get more advice when your training starts in earnest the main thing is try to enjoy it as all runners have good days and bad,

09/04/2013 at 09:12

Hi Myecclecticlife,

I too have just started runign this year.  I've gone through the C25K programme over the fistr few months of the year and have now signed up for a half marathon in September and have started a plan to get me ready for that. I did my first parkrun at the weekend, my first run actually with people which was great fun.  Looking forward to the journey!

09/04/2013 at 12:58

Hi all

Thanks for the replies and encouragement! I woke yesterday with stiff bum and by end if day hips were aching but a collegue showed me a good streatch and that helped. Shins a bit achy today so instead of a run will go for a swim on the way home. Can anyone reccomend some good streatches pre/post run - tried and stested. There are so many variations there that its a tad overwhelming!

I have been thinking about a club but last time I tried that overdid it and ended up injured so will stick with the C25K for the mo. Great to know that with perseverance that it can be done! Also good to know that there are others who are also starting with me! Will def try the park run as they are free and a good way of logging improvements plus meeting others in a relaxed environment.

I also dont want to do loads for sponsorship as will save that for the 1/2 marathon when I want to get significant money for stroke association...

Thanks also for the positive comments; its been a "bit of a year" with weight loss as had my stimach stapled, then got gallstones so just had to have emergency gallbladder removed and sometimes it's easy top forget how far Ive come! Long way to go but good to be on the journey.

09/04/2013 at 13:34

I'm aching too in my calves - ran 2.5 miles twice last week then went for 8 mile bike ride on Saturday and Morris dancing on Sunday plus another 1.5 miles on the treadmill, and 1.5 mile run yesterday.  Think it was the dancing that did for me, felt so fit I danced everything but forgot the muscles used are rather different!!  Now have to decide, with Park Run on Saturday, whether to do 3.1 miles Wednesday night just so I know I can do it, or 1.5 miles with colleague on Thursday!

09/04/2013 at 21:31

mad for Morris your schedule makes me tired just reading lol!! Did 10 lenghts (good ones as oppsed to arty farty ones!!!) today and off for session two of c25k need to investigate though re streatchin etc...seems core is paramount? shins achy today but eased by the do you know the difference between achy normal having not excercise vs abnormal pain I wonder?


09/04/2013 at 21:59

Hello!  I'm another newb, I'm just at the beginning of week 4 of C25k, had a really good outing this morning, though I was a little apprehensive.  And I'm trying not to think about day 3 of week 5!

I'm stretching properly, just basic ones for hips, calves and lower back, but so far I'm pain free and without shin splints - the odd bit of stiffness but nothing unexpected.  This is new as stupidly I used to skimp my stretches and suffer quite badly.  I've learnt my lesson there!

I've lost 3.5 stone in the last 18 months so I'm halfway to where I want to be, it might take me another 18 months, it might not, but I'm working on it.  I use My Fitness Pal and a Fitbit which do me fine for the moment.

I've started a couple of times before, and because I've always given up before I'm still in my first pair of shoes which are about 12 years old now!  They're New Balance 715s and are still really supportive, bouncy and comfortable.  I like looking at new shoes though!

I need to do some other exercise and am going to get my bike 'fettled' in the next few days, it needs a seasonal tune-up.

Oh and I'm 48  how the heck did that happen?!


09/04/2013 at 22:06

Myecclecticlife wrote (see) do you know the difference between achy normal having not excercise vs abnormal pain I wonder?

Telling the difference between achy normal and abnormal is a good question.  I think if it's achy, doesn't stop you running and dissipates once you start then it's ok, if it's painful and restricting movement maybe it's not??  


10/04/2013 at 19:53

bookworm-airhead - you are NOT to give up this time!  There, be told.  Alternatively, think of a really gorgeous bloke (or woman) you would like to hold a casual conversation about running with if you ever met him/her, and imagine him/her disappearing over the hill in front.

Today I improved my 2.5 mile time by over half a minute.  But now I am waiting for breast clinic appt to have a lump looked at, which is annoying and could slow me up a bit depending what they do to me.

I wish I could lose weight, I am running (OK jogging) ever faster and longer and weigh exactly what I did a month ago and before you say it the machine has handles to measure your fat and it says I am FATTER!

11/04/2013 at 13:23

Bookworm I know what you mean re the trainers; Ive always had asics as when Ive tried ones on in various shops they have been way more comfy. Re your old trainers it may be worth replacing though as the rubber looses elasticity over time and my first parie (bought last "try!!") were 3 years old but compared to the new ones had noticeby less bounce. Like you Ive tried and stop started but feels different this time.

Went for session two of the C25K last night and felt that I  ran harder but my breathing was also easier and Im less achy today. Prob go for a swim this eve on way home as do find that really helps loosen my hips up as they get very tight. Also noticing a change in body shape even though its early days...unfortunately with loosing so much weight there's loose skin that goes all over the place!!

11/04/2013 at 20:37

That's me told Mad4! 

I'm going to reward myself with new shoes when I get to the end of C25k - in about 5 weeks I suppose!  I'll go to the local running shop for a proper gait analysis and see what they suggest.

Yes, it does feel different this time - just as my weightloss thing has been different.  I've never stuck to sensible eating (don't want to say 'diet') so long or consistently before, but then I've never had so much weight to lose before I suppose.  Either way, I've got determination from somewhere and it's sticking!


Did day 2 of week 4 today and I think I accidentally stuck an extra round in - I paused at the traffic lights and then think I went back a step so I went over 4k today but it was ok!  Which reassures me for the step up next week...

12/04/2013 at 12:39

Yay well done you bookworm! Thats a milestone! good idea to get gait analysis as you change posture along the way so what may be right last time may be different.  

Was going to swim last night but was shattered but then ended up staying up till 1 as got hyper! Will either run or swim on way home although feeling quite sick the the moment Serves me right!...

12/04/2013 at 13:27

Well done all on the various bits of weight loss and running progress!

I too have lost a lot of weight in the last year. I started running back in December (first outdoors run 22/12, I'd done 5k on a treadmill before), and did my first half on March 17th, so it is possible to build up in a fairly short amount of time - but that was possibly a bit silly and I did hurt my knees a bit doing that.

Is the October half you have planned Birmingham? If so, I'm doing that one as my second ever half this year.

12/04/2013 at 20:28

Nicky - was the 17th March Stafford?  That's the one I've told my mother in law I'm going to do next year!

So excited, kids have gone to their dad's, Park Run tomorrow morning!

12/04/2013 at 20:48

Well done nicky! Do you log your runs to keep track? Wondered if there is a good programme for this, pref to include option to add swimming in?

Did my run this eve but it was HARD going; legs felt like lead, managed to do it but didnt "feel" as good, possibly because tired and hormonal Stupidly didnt go to bed until 1am and paid for it today.

The run I am doing (10k) is Cardiff Nicky ..mostly flat ground thankfully! Dont know how you went from nowt to a half in the months!! Did you train daily? Impressed but dont thnk I would manage that.

I lost weight (this time!) after having a gastric bypass (stomach stapled) last March (2012) having tried every diet under the sun and having been overweight all my life. Lost 8 stone 9 ish since the op but a long way to go! Bypass comes with its own issues as cant have too much sugar or fat as get whats called "dumping" - a bit like what the runners trots sound but can be refuelling during a race will need some research! Thankfully seeing dietician next week so can ask his opinion!

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