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22/08/2012 at 12:25

Oops sorry MedicDaisy I nearly forgot you sorry  welcome to the thread  and well done on getting back to running, its certainly a good way to lose weight

When I started road running a year back, I did a couple of 5K's before I entered a 10K.  I made sure I entered one that was more a charity run than an elite runners race.  That way there is a whole mixture of people that take part so you really dont need to worry about finishing last or times etc, there will always be someone behind you  just go for it, you will surprise yourself

22/08/2012 at 16:05

welcome to the thread medicdaisy. is there a parkrun nearby as that would be a good way to start , they are free to enter but you must regester beforehand. they have runners of all abilities


23/08/2012 at 12:52


I was thinking of you all last night as I was out 'running'. I was thinking back to the olden days when I was marathon training, or even 5k training and waiting for Mart to get back from his run to look after the girls so that I could get out and all the juggling we had to do to make it possible. Last night, not for the first time, I was out with the afore mentioned girls trailing in their wake as they bobbed along in front of me all lycra'd up and out together on our beautiful forest trails. The moment made me both proud of them, and slightly nostalgic.

Hope you are all doing fine. to say I am running would be overstating it, but I am not a complete couch potato, and my girls are both out running several times a week which helps keep me motivated.

Love to you all!

Em xxxxxx


23/08/2012 at 12:59

Hi Medicdaisy. DO NOT worry about finishing last, even if it is by a LOOOOONG way. You will not be embarrassed, you will find you are only supported and encouraged, and not in a patronising way either.

Have a look if there is a Cancer Research 10k near you. That is a lovely series and does attract all sorts of runners. Another tip is to load up last year's results for an event you are interested in and see how wide-spread the finishing times are which will give you a hint as to where you might fit. Another tip...don't start too fast! Everyone will tell you how easy it is to do that on race day, especially if you are competitive with yourself as you mention. Good luck! xxx


23/08/2012 at 14:02

hi em, nice to see you are still doing something even if it's following the girls around

23/08/2012 at 15:26
Welcome Medicdaisy. I'm very much like you very competitive but after my surgery have really had a word with myself as my calf isn't what it used to be, I've just reached my target weight and lost 3 stone in 8 months feel great. Just take it easy and it will all come together. I've got my first 10k in about 6 weeks ice just realised, not the 9 or 10 I thought it was.

On the plus side today I did a treadmill run managed 10k in 72 minutes, slow I know but I got to race distance, now really need to run outside more as its harder than on a tready
23/08/2012 at 17:28

Thanks Q. might be physically harder to run outside, but don't you find that it's easier on the brain and mind so quite an even trade? Hope your 10k outside goes well for you.

23/08/2012 at 17:59
Good point emanbelle, because I originally got my injury from running outside I think I have a bit of a mental block on it. Think it's time to have a word with myself and just go for it on some smooth ground
26/08/2012 at 17:17
Went for an outside run, only did about 4k, so annoyed and frustrated at myself.
Still it's told me one important thing, I need to run outside alot more before the 10k event I've entered
26/08/2012 at 20:57

 good running Dee

27/08/2012 at 19:49
Thanks Q. Finding the outside running hard, but after using GPS tonight I kinda discovered why. I ran a route of 2.23 miles tonight in 20 minutes, on the tready I'm running at 12 minute mile pace.
Note to self - run slower outside
28/08/2012 at 12:22

Hi Guys

Hope you all had a good BH weekend  I ran Sat 6.2 miles and Monday 5 miles still no LSR and I have HM a week on sunday

Dee - tready and road running totally different, dont use the same stats

28/08/2012 at 13:03
Thanks booey

I'm aiming to do most runs outside now so I have 5 weeks to become used to road running. Good running btw and hope all goes well for your HM x
28/08/2012 at 16:15

 well done on the running Booey, good luck with the HM

that should be enough time Dee

got  a 4 mile run to do tonight

30/08/2012 at 06:53
Another 2.2 mile run in about the same time. Going to up the distance next week.
Calf is niggling abut so a friend that's a physio gave me a sports massage painful but worth it. Seems I have a small tear and a knot of muscle, but, nothing do serious I can't train
02/09/2012 at 14:05

hope it doesn't get any worse Dee

ran 7 miles this morning a good run, things seem to be clicking right now

02/09/2012 at 15:13
Lots of icing and stretching seems to be keeping it at bay, icing before and after a run. Doesn't seem to be getting any worse the physio is happy for me to continue training.

Good run there Q
04/09/2012 at 09:54

Hi everyone

I actually managed a LSR on Friday morning and did 10.17 miles  feel good now and all ready for Lake Vyrnwy HM on Sunday  so tapering now, may have a short run later then thats it till sunday


05/09/2012 at 13:40

** tentatively pops head around door to thread and slowly wanders in **

Hello everyone - long time, no see. Am wondering if anyone minds if a long-time poster who wandered off and didn't find his way back for a while can start posting again?

I'm in touch with several of you on FB .. just got out of the habit of posting on here too. A quick update for the rest of you ..

- I've decided to stop going to my running club. I was finding it very cliquey, difficult to get people to engage with you and however hard I tried, couldn't find any running partners for weekend runs. During the midweek runs I usually found myself running alone. On one evening when I hurt my knee and had to finish early and walk back to the start point, the majority of the club ran past me a bit later without a word. All in all, I've decided it's a waste of time carrying on going there

- due to lack of running partner's I've canned the idea of doing any more HM's (was scheduled to do Bristol this month and Reading next March). I am currently training for a hilly 9ml run in Tring in mid-October.

- my left knee has been giving me a bit of gyp this week. But my shoes are due to be replaced so I'm putting the twinges down to that.

Hoping you won't mind me coming back and will try (ahem!) to be a regular poster again!

Edited: 05/09/2012 at 13:41
05/09/2012 at 19:33

well done on the run Booey, good luck for sunday

hi mel, i've only been back a few week's as well. shame about the club obvously they don't care too much for the slower runners. hope the new shoe's help

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