Totally new? The 2013 new runners thread.

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20/02/2013 at 09:23
Hi all! Holiday's over and I'm back down to Earth.
Welcome Jon (and the rest of the newcomers!) I also run in Nike Lunarglide +4 trainers, and I love them! I chose them on the strength of the RW shoe review articles from the past couple of years, because I'm very heavy and need a lot of stability. I love them so much that I bought a second pair last week
20/02/2013 at 09:32
Well, I went out today for the first time in almost 3 weeks, and it was good AND bad... Bad because I didn't get to run at all on holiday, but good because we went around the Disney Parks and did HOURS of walking every day... and I didn't gain any weight while I was away
Good because it finally stopped raining today and I got to go out to the park, good because while I was running my jeans were slipping down and I had to keep hitching them back up, good because that gave me a shot of heroism after 3weeks off running, BAD because I road that hero high a little too far and now have a painful Achilles tendon

It's heartening to hear from those of you getting up to the 30 minute mark, it's good to see some light at the end of the tunnel, but I'm kicking myself for not repeating the last couple of sessions after such a long break!
21/02/2013 at 10:44

Hi everyone

So pleased to hear everyone is doing so well; Its really encouraging for someone just starting (me!) to hear how quickly all of your fitness is improving to the point where you can run for 30 mins!

I've had to take a break from running for the last week as my shins were hurting, so I've been riding my bike instead to try and help get me fit. I've also just had a very disapointing session with my physio regarding my shoulder problems. I mentioned that my shins have been aching a bit and he basically said I shouldn't bother running due to my shins, swimming due to my shoulder or riding a bike due to my hip. I think I'm going to try and get referred to a different physio as personally I don't think being encouraged to sit around doing nothing is good advice from any physio. They should be encouraging you to get out and exercise and be helping you to find a way,anyway to do it! 

On the plus side I have managed to ride 40 miles on my bike over the last week, with 10 of them being very hilly, which can only help my fitness when i get back to running. I know that doens't sould a lot of miles but seeing as 4 weeks ago I spent all of my time on the couch I'm quite pleased with it! If my shins continue to improve the way they have then I'm going to try and go for a run on Mon next week. I've bought a foam roller and have spent many agonising hours on that in the last couple of weeks trying to stretch out my calf muscles which hopefully should help with the running/biking. Its now getting to the point where its a good pain not torture!

 Sharon - I'm also looking forward to trail running! I've booked in for the bedgebury 10k run in June which I'm really excited about running that as I used to ride and train my horses through that forest and love it there! Also perhaps you should try getting a foam roller, apparently its really good for stretching the IT band which can cause quite a bit of knew pain when running.

Jon – have you tried running in the Nike LunarGlides yet? I had a look at them yesterday and tried them on. They seemed very comfortable but was a bit reluctant to buy them as a) I didn’t like the garish pink my size was in and b) couldn’t really try running in them in the busy shop as was a bit embarrassed! Might try and go back when it’s a bit quieter!


21/02/2013 at 13:22

Hi Can I join in too? I am a 34yr old mother of a nearly 3yr old and I used to be able to run 5-10k 2/3 times a week before I had my little one!.

I really want to get back into running

1) To keep fit (although I am lighter than I was pre baby!)

2) Have a bit of me time (full time job and terrible 2's lol!!)

3) I want to enter my local 5k Park run and complete it!!

Been reading this thread and seeing how well you are all doing has inspired me to get out there!!

21/02/2013 at 13:51

Welcome. Please do join in I know how you feel, I'm 32 and I used to be able to run so much further, althought I haven't had to deal with pregnancy!!

Gamma/Kate: I've just given the LG+4 a 'spin' and they are so so so comfy and I really feel they are supporting me extremely well. It does feel like you're running on air - highly reccommended!!!

21/02/2013 at 16:51
Hi all! And welcome kw2013!
Jon glad to hear the trainers are feeling good- definitely the most important piece of kit you'll ever need!

Gemma well done with the cycling sounds like you are doing well trying to keep the fitness up... Bella the 10k plan sounds good, this time in a few months you'll be logging those hour runs!

Hope you enjoyed your hols katie....I'm sure you'll get back into the running swing in no time!

I've been enjoying my recent runs but the last one brought on a bit of an tells me it's this..

Tibialis posterior tendonitis is usually an overuse injury, which commonly occurs due to repetitive or prolonged activities placing strain on the tibialis posterior tendon. This typically occurs due to excessive walking or running (especially up slopes or on uneven surfaces), jumping, hopping or change of direction activities. It is more common in patients with poor foot biomechanics (i.e. flat feet), inappropriate footwear and in those who have had a recent increase in training or activity.

very likely to be due to too many hills and increasing mileage too quickly, so will try and just do some easier runs the week ahead. Is annoying though as I feel as though I was doing pretty well and am injured already! Oh we'll hopefully it'll feel better tommorow...

Hope you're all having a good week
21/02/2013 at 17:18
Jon UK 80 wrote (see)

Because I have no barometer of how I'm doing, can someone tell me please?

I'm on a C25K plan (Runkeeper which is every other day for 28 days of activity).

Day 6 - (based on a 2.5km run) is averaging 6m38s per km. I know that's terrible based on my friends who achieve well under 4m I know I'm new but it's a little disheartening. Also, that includes 2 bouts of having to walk not jog! Eek.

Jon, try not to fall into the 'new' trap of comparing your early days runs to anyone elses ability! If you try and match someone else who has been running for some time, you will end up injured one way or another. Try and concentrate on building yourself up, and if you feel slow in comparason, so what! you will speed up as you imporove. On the other hand, you will slow down if you get injured by trying too hard

6:38 is 9kph, which isnt to be sneezed at in early days BTW! if anything, its a bit fast. Your friends 4:0 is getting on for 15kph which at your day 6 stage will almost definately wreck some part of you, calfs, shins, IT, hams. You feel disheartened now, wait till you cant run because you tried doing too much, too soon AND too fast! (guity here of that so speaking from experience, took bad advice early last year cos I wasnt as fast as the person giving the advice)

Slow down, do stuff at YOUR comfortable pace and enjoy the journey.

Oh, and Hi everyone else

Edited: 21/02/2013 at 17:18
21/02/2013 at 19:32

Hi all.

just started running mid january, after seeing my work coleague in a 10k .stopped smoking two years ago (after 35 years) and i am so chuffed at the way i feel.

Haven't ran since school Soooooooo Loooooooong ago got up to 5k without stopping but, try and speed up at the end its like running through water.....

so just to say Hello to you all..


Go Well.

Edited: 21/02/2013 at 19:38
21/02/2013 at 20:06

 Hi Mr.Rider!

I have to say, that's so encouraging - thank you very much. I will do what you say and slow right down rather than trying to hit the same targets as my friends who've been running far longer. Today was run 7 of 28 and that Runkeeper has upped the stakes! On the 60s run 90s walk (x8) now I have to run "fast", and as you say Mon Ami, it's like running through water after a the 4th fast bout.

My knees, and thighs are aching (a nice "I've worked out" ache though) so I'm not too worried. 

22/02/2013 at 01:09
Gemma - your comment made me laugh! I live in Japan where the shops don't stock women's shoes in my size so while on holiday in USA last week I was delighted to find a pair of Lunarglide+4s in my size, in garish pink, so I bought them! They are the first girlie trainers I've bought since I was about 18 and I took them into my local Nike store just to prove that Nike DO make women's shoes in my size

I find them really comfy but, like I said, they are classified as "stability" shoes so might not be for everyone. After years of blundering around buying random trainers, though, they're the only ones I've found that seem to fully support my arches without feeling like the heels are too "high".
22/02/2013 at 01:18

Absolutely! They are support shoes and designed for those who over-pronate. Apparently around 85% of people over-pronate (according to anyway) so this shoe would actually be suitable for most

22/02/2013 at 09:18

Morning all.

I’m totally new to running and this site.  Am starting my running journey this weekend as I could do with losing a few pounds and get back the fitness after giving up football a couple of years ago (in which time I’ve done little to no exercise).

Have downloaded C25K on to my iPhone, got some decent footwear and am prepared to take it slow and steady respecting the importance of rest days and not trying to do too much too quickly.

You all seem a supportive bunch so thought I’d say hi and check in now and then to keep motivated and maybe share any successes/milestones.

Any tips on starting out gratefully received!


22/02/2013 at 19:50

Evening all

Went out this evening and had a real stinker of a run ,my first bad one, put it down to it being bitter cold and mentally not with it. got to 1.5k mark of five and just ran out of steam. tried to re-group but to no avail. my last atempt was to. time myself  running back 1.5k at speed half way back earphones fell out jiggling about and then my watch stopped for some reason. so went home trying to think positive for my next run on sunday....

Thank you for listening boo, hoo,. 

Go Well.

22/02/2013 at 19:58

Mon Ami, sometimes, you just have to file these things under 'Sh*t Happens' and look towards your next run. It was bloody cold tonight, just come back from a night forest run, windchill was -6 and yes, it was quite hard, especially near the end, I reckon it takes almost as much energy not to freeze as it does to run, so you dont get as far .... well thats my theory anyway!

Look to the next one

22/02/2013 at 21:05

hi everyone, hope you all still training 

between my life sucking 14.5 shifts (2 hour break makes them legal)  i still manage to get out when i eventually drag myself out of bed on days off - i have had a rotten cold  - gosh  - how can a cold knock you off your feet for days? evil little germ they are  - i look a right treat, runny and puffy eyes, sore red nose  get the violin out 

anyway  having worked last 2 w/ends am hoping to go to park run in the morning , my longer runs on days off i got up 13k, very slow pace though, my girl cycled next to me for company  - she quite enjoyed it as shes off school this week 

24/02/2013 at 14:27

Hi all!

I've been a little bit absent this week ... first run today since last Sunday. I wish I could blame work but I can only blame myself and a shockingly busy social life - suddenly everyone was around! All will be back to normal now I'm sure. 

And to keep up my motivation I did manage 5k for the first time today! In 33.32, which is close enough to 30 mins to make me think it's possible soon! I've used one of the follow on NHS c25k podcasts which gets you to run at a steady pace for 35 mins. I;d really recommend it, though the first ten mins were hard then the last 5 my legs were about to drop off!

Good to see some new faces here ... and welcome back Kate! A bit of rest and repeating a session or two should get you right back on track!

Mon Ami - sorry to hear about your dodgy run. Managed to get out again to slay those demons yet?

Si - my best tip is to have confidence in the c25k programme as it seems to make miracles! With me at least.  

Sophski - how's the injury looking now? 

Good luck this week everyone! I'm going to struggle as away with work for two nights then visiting friends for another two ... first time packing the kit to run when I'm away. Wish me luck and motivation!!

24/02/2013 at 21:09


Hi All..

went out today and slayed that demon..Maisie77..back on track with a 25.05 5k.

CheesyRider. i think your right, about fighting the cold saps ones energy i work out-side so have been fighting to keep warm all week and friday was especially cold.

XCURLYTWIGX . power to your spirit "13k" dare i dream...

Well good luck for the week..

Go Well..


24/02/2013 at 22:46

i made it to parkrun, but was 40 seconds slower than 2 weeks ago - how annoying ! i blame my cold and i have to mouth breathe in and out, i went though, just sub 30 .

this morning i ran 5k  with my dog, the dog loves running and is rather useful on uphil bits as her lead is tied around my waist so i'm hands free, she gives me no choice but to keep pace or she'd pull me over - for a cocker spaniel shes pretty sturdy and full of beans  - my husband takes her to parkruns as she is better behaved for him and i don't trust myself controlling her with the crowds - there were 260 people this week - and 3 dogs she loves the attention 

hoping to get out tomorrow for a little run, then boot camp before work  - i have a half day 

i have got the hang of steady pacing and have some good regular mileage now , i need a plan to start working on gaining speed  , and actually booking an event .... 

24/02/2013 at 23:48
Hi to everyone I'm a total newbie at running. My first "run" was three days ago. I'm overweight and am determined to get to my goal of running for 30 mins. Sounds easy and when I tell people my aim I get that look, you know the one... The tilt of the head and the smile that really says "30 minutes are you kidding me?" But yes.... That is my goal and I am proud to say I am a few steps closer. My wonderful husband, who is a super fit soldier soon off to afghan has started me off using the 1 min run 4 min walk format.. So I'm only actually running for 5 minutes with a break between each run... My idea of a break is a cuppa and biscuit, feet up with sky plus as my companion.... Imagine my surprise...! But it is hard!!! So so hard! Why are my thighs screaming at me to stop? I expect the usual muscle pain, I warm up, I stretch. I hydrate... Feels like my quads are seizing but I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong? I am new to exercise so I was expecting pain but if I know it's not doing me any harm and that it will subside then I am determined to push through it. Any help or advice would be fab, I won't give up I am going to get there!!
25/02/2013 at 07:18
Hi everyone, well i've finally managed to do an outside run, i've ran 4 times last week, 3 of which were outsideand i completed week 5 again just so i didn't scare myself off running. Really looking forward to week 6.
Thanks Gemma for the roller advice, I just bought my husband one so think i'll start using it. My knee is giving a bit more trouble but think i jarred it dancing round with my 2yr old lol.
Running in the snow was interesting!
Jon- did you goto a specialist shop and get advice on your new footware? I'm going to treat myself to a new pair of trainers once i finish the c25k, as my old nikes are a bit small.
There is a running shop in my town which does gait analysis which i thought i'd try as suggested earlier.
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