Totally new? The 2013 new runners thread.

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25/02/2013 at 21:48

Hi guys! Will you tolerate an interloper?

I used to run a couple of miles a couple times a week, but just to maintain fitness for rowing. Since giving up rowing and becoming blobby I've tried, and failed, to start running for running's sake, but have no discipline. Then I moved to London where I didn't know anyone, was lonely as sin at first and after 24 hours feeling sorry for myself I went to a free beginner's running session at the Sweatshop up the road, just for some human contact - and whaddya know, I'm finally hooked. Now 4 weeks in and I'm running 3 times a week of my own volition and longingly eyeing up watches and windproof jackets. Who'da thunk it?

Oh - and this evening someone told me I run like a gazelle, which made me so happy I want to record it for posterity.

25/02/2013 at 21:56

Sharon: Actually no I didn't go into a shop. I just did the old paper / water test to see how my foot falls! Ever tried that?

Terpsikhore: You sound flattered that you run like a gazelle! I'd like to see that!!

Just thought I'd post my progress as I'm here!

Today was day 8 of 28 of my C25K program and it was raining. But I did it anyway. Using Runkeeper, it was a test of 45m of endurance at a steady pace. Couldn't believe it when I got home to find that I ran 7.2km! I did have to walk twice in the last 2kms but I feel great. It actually took 52:46 but I'm still pretty happy for session 8. Oh and I didn't push it - it was a very steady pace (approx 8.1km/h).

Edited: 25/02/2013 at 21:56
25/02/2013 at 22:16
Hi jon, wow thats ace!! I think i'm just to say covering 3.5km in my 30mins sessions, i'm following the nhs couch to 5km. I've alsi git the nhs c25k + sessions and have just intalled Zen labs couch to 10km which i plan to pick up at week 9.
I've not triedtge water paper thing but i already know i land heavy on the outer side of my foot as it corresponds with the ache in my knee.

Wellcome Terpsikhore

Well i've just set my alarm for 5:50am so i can get out and do my run 1 of week 6 before dropping my other half of at the train station.
25/02/2013 at 22:17
Will apologies now for my typos, i'm on my stupid phone and i have fat fingers
25/02/2013 at 22:34
Jon UK 80 wrote (see)

Sharon: Actually no I didn't go into a shop. I just did the old paper / water test to see how my foot falls! Ever tried that?

Terpsikhore: You sound flattered that you run like a gazelle! I'd like to see that!!

Just thought I'd post my progress as I'm here!

Today was day 8 of 28 of my C25K program and it was raining. But I did it anyway. Using Runkeeper, it was a test of 45m of endurance at a steady pace. Couldn't believe it when I got home to find that I ran 7.2km! I did have to walk twice in the last 2kms but I feel great. It actually took 52:46 but I'm still pretty happy for session 8. Oh and I didn't push it - it was a very steady pace (approx 8.1km/h).

Well it beats my previous description, which was "I run like a trotting pony"!

25/02/2013 at 22:42

Hahah, yes it does indeed - although I'm sure that would involve you using your hands as legs too!

Thanks Sharon. I nearly did the NHS one, but I decided I prefered Runkeeper because I could use my Spotify music playlists while I 'run'. Good luck for tomorrow.

25/02/2013 at 22:56

By way of explanation, I run on tippytoes - toe-heel, rather than heel-toe like most (normal) people. Add in the shiny bobbing ponytail I currently sport, and the pony thing makes a bit more sense!

We did 3 minutes running, 1 walking tonight, 6 times, plus a couple extra minutes running at the end because the route was longer than anticipated. 4.2km, about 32 mins. Was great fun - had to rein my speed in a bit though to stick with the group, which meant I finished feeling like I still had too much left in the tank. But then most of the reason I always crashed and burned when I tried running solo was terrible pacing and setting off like a greyhound all the time, so no doubt a good thing for me to be forced to chill out for once!

Sharon, much like you my 5k 'treat' will be a snazzy new pair of shoes. Crossing my fingers the nice people in the running shop will tell me Nikes are my best bet, there's a Nike discount store not far from me.

26/02/2013 at 02:14

Hi folks, another newbie here.

I too followed Laura on the NHS Couch 2 5k plan, and thought it rather marvellous. In fact I got a little carried away with myself at the end of week 5, and instead of doing my first no-stop run of twenty minutes, carried on for an extra lap to complete a full 5k!

I've since introduced myself to the parkrun scene locally, which opened up another avenue of running, as most of it is off road. I found it quite disconcerting not having to look over my shoulder for traffic constantly!

I am now convinced that I am single handedly responsible for the continuous snow fall we've been having in the East of England, as each and every time I'm out, it snows. Bring on the summer!

With the support of a colleague (read arm-twisted) I've signed up for a 10k race on Easter Sunday... depending on the day of the week I'm either excited or petrified at the prospect. Any suggstions?

26/02/2013 at 10:38

Result already then Jon  Nice one!

Jon UK 80 wrote (see)

Today was day 8 of 28 of my C25K program and it was raining. But I did it anyway. Using Runkeeper, it was a test of 45m of endurance at a steady pace. Couldn't believe it when I got home to find that I ran 7.2km! I did have to walk twice in the last 2kms but I feel great. It actually took 52:46 but I'm still pretty happy for session 8. Oh and I didn't push it - it was a very steady pace (approx 8.1km/h).

Run keeper is great, I also use ismoothrun too, as I prefer its voice feedback and the ability to program your own workouts, interval steady's etc.

Edited: 26/02/2013 at 10:39
26/02/2013 at 23:05
Maisie- well done on your first 5k that's great! I do love reaching a milestone! Injury not great, am trying to rest but getting itchy feet, played badminton tonight which probably didn't do me any favours....
27/02/2013 at 21:50
Well i'm a bit miffed my niggerling knee pain which usually goes away within a few hrs of finishing my run has persisted through out my rest day. It even went pop today as i moved around my kitchen. I found a fab website http://www.knee-pain-explained.com that provides loads of information on knee problems, injuries and what to do to help recover and prevent further issues. The problem i have is that I want to run. It feels better after it popped but i don't want to risk damaging it further. I've started some quad and hamstring strengthening exercises as suggested by the website. Question is do i go for a run or rest another day or so. I know if i run i'd not want to cut it short asi see that as more of a failure. I am not a happy bunny
28/02/2013 at 00:31
I feel your frustration, Sharon!
I strained my Achilles tendon last week, nothing serious, but it's on top of a more severe strain last spring (I actually heard a "pop" that time!) and my physiotherapist has banned me from running until she's managed to pound some flexibility into it. It's frustrating because running is my New Year's Resolution and mentally I don't want to give it up. But... I am very heavy and I knew from the start that injuries to knees and ankles were high on my list of stuff likely to go wrong.
On the positive side, I found a clinic five minutes from my house that accepts my national insurance, my therapist lived in Australia for two years so she speaks perfect English, and I can go for massage and stretching every day, if I like.
So the plan now is to go every day, work on strength and flexibility with the physio, drop a couple of kilos, and restart the running at the beginning of April.

Sharon, your knee problem could be a gait issue, the doctor had me walking up and down the clinic for about an hour on Tuesday trying on a variety of insoles and arch cushions. It was far more detailed than the treadmill videos they do at the shops, and the set he prescribed for me have made a difference to my "normal" walking pains already. If its free on the NHS you should take advantage and talk to a doctor before it gets worse. Could be a simple thing like a proper pair of insoles could prevent a serious injury in the future.
28/02/2013 at 06:23
Hi Katie, oh no your achilles problem sounds painful. its good that you can see someone about it everyday.
I was planning on going to my local running shop to get my gait looked at. My experiences of my local nhs and physio are wholly unsatisfactory to say the least but think i'll refer myself and see what they say. I too am carrying a lot more weight thant is healthy for my height. But i've lost almost 2 stone since Jan still have a lot to lose but its coming off gradually. I'm going to try a run later today as my knee feels fine this morning and seek a professional opinion and advise.
28/02/2013 at 15:28
Hi Sharon,
Two stone is a fantastic start! Your joints must be really enjoying the lighter load, even if your knee is complaining at the moment.
It sucks that your NHS experience wasn't good, it sounds like your knee is taking longer and longer to recover each time, and that sounds like something that is getting worse rather than better. Going to a different doctor might help, finding someone to take it seriously is so important. The Japanese insurance system is a bit different and I was lucky to find a good place so close to where I live.
If the pain is just on one side it sounds more like a gait issue than simple over-use, I hope you manage to get some proper attention for it.
28/02/2013 at 22:02
Well I've been to see a sports physiotherapist, he has assessed my knee and said that i overpronate which has led to my foot arches collapsing. Which inturn has caused patella tendinitis. I've been told to invest in some running shoes specifically designed for this problem and a pair of semi ridged heat moulded inner soles. As well as a series of strengthening exercises. oh and to lay off higher impact activities until i'm pain free. Not happy about the last point but i've caught it really early so hopefully will be able to get pain free relatively quickly. I'm off down the running shop tomorrow to buy me some new trainers.
01/03/2013 at 06:51
Yes, that's annoying, but at least you caught it before it turned into something permanently damaged. My physio had me standing on a tennis ball, rolling around on a foam roller, and scrunching up a towel with my toes this morning. My feet don't crack and pop as much as they did last week, so I think it's doing me some good.
Let us know which trainers you get!
01/03/2013 at 23:12

Thank you Mr.Rider! Run 10 today - interval training (60s run 90s walk x 10). I quite enjoy this because I get to run as fast as I can averaging 4:40 per km over the 10 intervals. I'm really pleased with my progress, although not pleased that my weight hasn't budged one iota :/ I need some tips from Sharon I think!

I have an Android phone so saldy I can't use ismoothrun, but I'm happy with RK, it's doing the job just nicely.

03/03/2013 at 12:46

Oh my goodness me - so much to catch up on!  I havent read back properly, but I wanted to check in quickly.

I caught that stinker of a cold 2 weeks ago, so that stopped me running.  I got rid of it for 2 days and managed a treadmill session (I was staying at a spa for the day) which was ok, but 2 days later the cold came back and my motivation left.  I just couldnt face it.  Im still a bit sniffly, but I decided to get out again today after 9 days.

So pleased I did.  I was supposed to be on week 8 run 1, but I decided that I would rather succeed than fail, so I went back 2 weeks to week six and did 2x10 minute runs instead.  Pleased I did as it didnt feel too bad at all, and I managed a PB according to Endomondo of 5k in 34 minutes.  

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and say Hi - before I read back over the last week or so.  x

03/03/2013 at 16:06

Hi All,

I'm new to this thread. I generally go into the giving up the booze thread.

Runningbella thats a fantastic time for the 5k, I'm averaging the the 45 minute for that distance.

For those with injuries, I hope you manage for them to heal properly as steadily as possible.

I did the 5k Mo Run in November I think. I have been training for the Manchester Marathon, on the 28th April, I think it will be finish time of about 8 hours lol. As long as I finish. I'm just trying to concentrate on distance rather than times at the minute.

Hope you have all had  pleasent Sunday.

03/03/2013 at 21:30

Phew, I finally got some time to catch up with you all! Next time I will stay online despite being ill. You have been a busy lot over the last few days! Forgive me if I missed anyone...


Jon - Welcome and I agree with the others. Dont compare yourself to other people. I remember telling someone proudly that I managed to run 5k in 38 minutes and he asked me if I had stopped for a fag on the way round. I felt mortified. I was so pleased with myself. But it seems you are doing REALLY well - 7k? Well done indeed.

Other people are a bad measure.

My answer to how you are doing - is that you are doing more than before, and you are taking another step on your journey.
You are also doing a lot more than all the people sat at home on their sofas.

Kate - your post made me laugh. I think we all have good things and bad things in the day. The key thing is recognising the good and learning from the bad.

KW2013 - welcome! Your goals are like mine. I am also a full time worker with a 20 month old toddler who is going through the terrible 2s! I have a volunteer job too, which takes over my life. Getting out in the fresh air 3 times a week is really my only 'me' time and I love it.

Soph - yes I am looking forward to talking about hr long runs. its a bit scary but I am excited. I have dropped back a few days though after being ill but I will soon get there again I am sure! Take care of yourself and dont overdo that injury!

CheesyRider - great advice thank you. I learned that I have to compete only with myself and I will progress at my own pace.

Si - welcome. My tip? Just get out there and give it a go. Dont try to 'run' straight away - jogging is probably the best (unless you are already fit!) But it sounds like you have the right idea already. Good luck and keep coming back. I have really enjoyed sharing this with like minded people.

Curley - sympathy for the cold. It really is a nasty bug and it is lingering. It hit me twice and curtailed my progress for 9 weeks, but the break doesnt seem to have done me any harm and I am back into it from today with a small PB to celebrate! Love the dog running image. I used to run with my German Shepherd, but she is too old now. At 12 years old its probably a bit much to expect her to keep up (although she would try and it would kill her!)

MonAmi - hugs. Can you think of a reason why the run was so bad? Not enough food? Too tired? Not enough water?

Maisie - did you go for that run? I intend to pack my kit but I think its hard to go out running when you are away - especially if its out of character for you!

Katelake - your thighs are just getting used to the effort. It will get easier I promise. Well done!

Sharron - well done on getting outside. It can be such a hurdle. And Im using the Zenlabs 10k programme. From week 1 it is exactly the same as the 5k programme. I find it really good. I really do think that another day or 2 rest wont hurt if you have a knee problem though.

Terpsi - welcome and well done on getting going. Its a good feeling when suddenly it becomes fun isnt it!

TwistedSole - Welcome to you too! Impressed with you signing up to a 10k so soon! Respect!

Phew. Just caught up. I hope I havent missed anyone. Now Im off to bed!

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