Totally new? The 2013 new runners thread.

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05/02/2013 at 12:25
Sophski wrote (see)
Gemma your old job sounds great, but difficult if you get injuries! 

How do you all track your runs? Currently I just take out an iPod mini which uses nike+ but I don't think the accuracy is great- it just uses a pedometer I think rather than GPS. I like it because its nice and light, my phone is a beasty samsung - though I suppose its safer to run with a phone aswell...

Hi Sophski,

Yes I did love my old job but I'm paying the price now! I've just completed week 3 of C25K. My shins were threatening to develop splints in the second week, but that didn't seem to happen week 3 so fingers crossed that was just due to my legs wondering what they had done to deserve this! However what has happened and doesn't seem to be going away is that my Hip Bursitis has flared up again. I've got a physio appointment this afternoon for my recurrent hip bursitis and shoulder impingement issues. I'm praying he isn't just going to tell me to rest.... I've had these issue for years and when I rest my hips and shoulder they are fine, as soon as I do any exercise they become extremely painful... It's far too easy to just sit around doing nothing but I don't want to do that anymore! Looks like more cortisone injections are on the cards

I am currently using C25k and Nike+ atm as I'm not very computer/gadget clued up. I've got an iphone5 which is stupidly large and I feel a bit of a plonker with it strapped to my arm but I do agrre i feel much safer knowing I've got a phone with me. On the flip side though having it on display strapped to my arm probably isn't the safest place to have it!


Edited: 05/02/2013 at 12:42
05/02/2013 at 21:50

Evening all!

Im an iPhone carrier too. I hold it in my hand though and I have it wrapped in Griffin armour just in case it rains or I drop it (both very likely)  I love the tools on my phone and I love that its all in one place.

Well done Gemma on week 3.  I used to get shin splints but they were kicked into touch by going slowly and buying good trainers.  Sounds like you have some other issues whichh you need to get sorted and hopefully some good physio will get your sorted out.  But if they tell you to rest - you know what you need to do!

Well, I just did Run 1 of week 6.  It was back to shorter runs, but I got further so Im getting faster which is good.  The programme works. I cannot believe that only 6 weeks ago I was struggling to run for 60 seconds at a time and today, I just covered almost 5k in about 37 minutes which really excited me!

And Im starting to feel bits of muscle in my once flabby legs!

Anyway, time for bed.  Well done everyone.  Keep on running!



05/02/2013 at 22:09
Hi Runningbella,

I was told to rest for a week then get back into running, gently.... After I have burnt my current trainers and bought some decent ones! I have to have more cortisone injections into my hip and shoulder to get rid of the inflammation and deal with the pain. Unfortunately I have to wait 7 weeks for the hip injection at my doctors surgery. I am seriously considering going private as don't think I can wait that long! My shoulder can be injected in 2 weeks by physio but unfortunately he can't inject my hip.... Grrrrr

I am loving running so far and am gutted by the early set back

I guess it's all about positive thinking and looking for anyway possible to get out there and run
06/02/2013 at 15:34
Hello all, well done on all the recent runs. Gemma you're doing we'll to get out running at all by the sounds of it!

So the cold weather and winds are back this week, might have to get gloves and hat out again for tonight's run. I run with a samsung galaxy s3 it's a beast! It's in a jacket pocket at the moment which works well but don't know what I'll do in summer!
06/02/2013 at 20:59

Soph - is the Galaxy the one thats like a small iPad?  Can you get a waist belt or a holster that will work with it?  Im quite happy carrying my phone but its just the right size for my hand.

Gemma - Im thinking positively for you!

Cold weather is coming.  Im away this weekend but dont want to skip a run, so I am going to try and get out where I am.  This isnt easy but Im going to try and map a route on Endomondo and see how I get on.  Who knows, perhaps the change of scenery will be good for me?  Its only a 22 minute run, so whats the worst that could happen?


Running gloves, 2 layers and my hat will be packed!



06/02/2013 at 21:08
Thanks Runningbella! You should try map my run, it's a really good website that lets you plan a route for running and it tells you how far etc

Good luck to everyone running in the cold weather! I actually quite like it when it's cooler
07/02/2013 at 18:54
Yeah it's pretty big, maybe a waist belt would be better than an arm thing, oh well ill see when it gets warmer. I think I'll have a fair few more weeks with my jacket on!

It's weird sometimes the colder/harsher the weather the better it feels that you're actually out running!
07/02/2013 at 20:47

In the past, it has been the warmer weather that has made me quit.  Not the harsh stuff!  Im hoping that by the time we get warm weather, I will be an 'established' runner and therefore less likely to wimp out!

Anyway, Week6 and Run2 under my belt which was 2 lots of 10 minute runs.  The first one was fine - the second one less so, but I covered 5Km which pleased me!

Gemma - I have tried map my run in the past, but I think I started with Endomondo because MMR wasnt available for the Blackberry at the time.  Now Im on the iPhone, but Im so used to Endomondo.  And I can map routes on it too - so Im off to have a quick go.

07/02/2013 at 20:50

Oh ... I have discovered my running achilles heel. And it's not my achilles. It's the rain! I've got home a little late and was intending to go out but the rain has melted my good intentions!

First thing tomorrow then, or I won't get my three runs done this week. 

Ok - how do I get to love running in the rain?

08/02/2013 at 08:58

Phew - nice this morning so got out and did my week 7 25 min run. Felt pretty hard at times but then found out my pace was a fair bit quicker than the last time I ran. Happy with that!

I'm really looking forward to it getting warmer and not shivering when I step out to run. Am I crazy? Is it really hard? 

08/02/2013 at 10:38

the weather doesn't much bother me, i ususally run late, its dark, no one sees me and then i come in and go to bed, so i'm not overly bothered if wet  or looking trampy lol 

i am a bit more vain with bootcamp as its daytime  but get covered in mud so not sure why i bother 

glad everyone still at it. 

my long days (14.5 hour shifts) are interfering with my running plans, i have 2 Saturdays so no park runs for 2 weeks, idid manage 4 mile jog last night despite working so long , am home today so going to my my long slow run, aiming for 11k  - time not important 

i am quite cross that i have to work the 24th  - long day - and this was when 2 10k events were on , hmmm there will be more . 

09/02/2013 at 21:10

Hi all, I have now done week 5 of our c 2 5K am I am so in love with running, hope you are all doing well, am hoping to go out monday and do another run for our homework. Havent always managed to get out due to home, work and husbands shifts commitments, but i cant believe that i have managed to run for 7 mins!!!! Its all good and loved our thurs evening meetings, have a good weekend x

09/02/2013 at 22:14

Well done everyone!

Well I went out.  Realised that all the roads I mapped for my run were pitch black and pretty dangerous with no pavement, so I stuck to the main road as it was after dark.  

The only problem was it was a big-ass hill which was horrible and which hurt, but it was Run 3 of Week 6 and I stuck to my 22 minutes.  Didnt get very far and didnt go very fast, and frankly I didnt enjoy much of it at all, but Im pleased I made the effort.  The downhill part was the best but the pavement was a bit dangerous so I didnt feel like I took full advantage!

Anyway, I am hoping that after that hill, week 7 (25min runs) will seem easy on the flat. 

CrazyLady - well done you!  Its amazing how quickly you progress,  Im only 1 week ahead of you and I just ran for 22minutes!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Curlytwig - good luck with the 11k!



10/02/2013 at 09:40
Hi everyone, well done to everyone so far, can I join in? I'm a total newbie to running. I started on in Jan with c25k. i've just finished wk 4, as i repeated week 2 I just didn't feel confident enough to move forward, but now i'm loving it. Which is a totally new feeling for me as i was the kid who made any excuse not to join in. I'm currently running on a treadmill. I want to start running outside, but i'm a little scared. Any tips to help me get outside would be welcome
10/02/2013 at 17:09

Hi Sharon!

Welcome in! I wouldn't worry about repeating weeks as you are moving in the right direction. Tips for running outside? Try and find somewhere that's pleasant to run if you can and make sure you've got a hat and gloves for at least the start of the run ... it's horrid without at the moment!

And also ... I used to find the treadmill not particularly inspiring (regular gym goer a couple of years ago). And you can see how far you've run, instead of it being a number. 

Good luck!

My update ... I've did my first week 8 run today. 28 mins and covered 4k. Very chuffed.

Bella ... is this your G&T weekend? Hope you've rewarded yourself for your surprise hill!

11/02/2013 at 08:39
Hi all hope you had a good weekend! Welcome Sharon! Well done on everyone's recent runs. It was blizzard conditions when I went last night after work- couldn't really see sometimes because of the abusive mix of snow/wind, so yes hat and gloves were a must!

Euh hills- I never realised I lived in a hilly place until I started running, and I live at a highish point in a village so going out is downhill and coming back uphill! I'm managing to plan runs a bit better so I use the downhills as my recovery!

Hope everyone has a good week
11/02/2013 at 21:06
Peeps! According to endomondo I just clocked up my first 5k! Pretty chuffed, maybe respectable enough to attempt my first parkrun in the next couple of weeks!
11/02/2013 at 21:47
Well done sophski! I'm looking forward to reaching 5k myself. I found today's run was really difficult... Was very tired, cold and sore; I'm now sitting here with ice packs all over me. Not the best way to warm up! Aah well good days and bad days.
11/02/2013 at 23:45
Get in Soph! Very inspiring! Go for that parkrun!
12/02/2013 at 02:00
Hellooooooo! Another beginner here ready to join in the frolicking of online forum support

Today was my first day of a c25k plan using Runkeeper. I was okay earlier, but now my legs, feet, back, bum, arms all ache! I even randomly felt a bit sick 6 hours post run :-\ Is that normal?

Previously I've been going to the gym for 5 months and could do 5k on a treadmill at 10kmh on the flat setting. Blimey, running on roads and hills is a killer in comparison! I know it's only day one, but someone please tell me it's going to ache less in the future! Ooooowwweee!

Oh and hi, I'm Jon
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