Totally new? The 2013 new runners thread.

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16/01/2013 at 23:18

Hi all, 

Runforestrun ... the days between my runs really vary as sometimes I work away from home. Had to have 3 days off last week and still improving each run. I'm just concentrating on having at least one day rest in between (even though I am having no ill effects day after) and all is working!

Hope I haven't got a cold or a strain or anything round the corner ...

17/01/2013 at 20:54
Hello lovely runners!

I did day one of week 3 yesterday. I had 4 days off between runs, for no reason other than it was impossible to get out sooner. I was working away one night and then OH was away. It's tough with a little man. But, it can be done and I don't think that 4 days off did me any harm. In fact, I managed to do all the running and didn't feel like I needed to stop.

The 3minute run was a shock to the system though. I think all the C25ks are pretty much the same. i use the freebie on the iPhone too, I also use Endomondo in the background which records my route and distance so I can see I'm improving. The app is good a it allows me to use my own music and I have downloaded 101 running tunes which gets me going.

Weather looks like it might turn nasty tomorrow morning which is a pain, so it may scupper my Friday and Sunday run as planned.

Everyone stay safe out there!
18/01/2013 at 10:19

Hiya - so I finished C25K Week 2 today... got back just before the snow really kicked in! Feel great and really looking forward to stepping up to Week 3 on Sunday - weather permitting.

Bella - I downloaded Endomondo to record my run today - turned out I covered 3.8K in my half-hour run/walk! Amazing!

Does anyone have any advice about running in thick snow? Is it a bad idea in terms of excessive strain on joints/muscles etc? Or is the only danger one of slippage?

18/01/2013 at 22:09

I'm a bit gutted not to have been running today. The pavements are just awful here: thin layer of snow, turned to ice. I don't want to break any bones so skipped today.

19/01/2013 at 09:00

Hi Dom - Ill try to PM you (is that even possible here?) with my Endomondo details and we can 'friend' (if you like?)  Its a bit like Facebook for exercise (so no updates about what Im having for dinner, but it does tell you that Ive just been running!)

It is so motivating though isnt it!  I just got back from run 2 of week 3 and its told me I have a PB of 1km in 5m46s  Im buzzing!

I also have a 'fitbit' pedometer thing, which I love and which helps motivate me to move more on a day to day basis.  So Im always making myself walk up and down the stairs at work instead of taking the lift.  It was expensive, but I wear it pretty much every day and although I dont think Ive got fitter as a result, I do find Im less lazy when i know its tucked into my bra!  Fitbit can connect to Endomondo too, so it shows that Ive been walking as well as running.  If you really wanted, you could connect the lot up to My Fitness Pal which will monitor your food intake too!  

The interesting thing is, Endomondo tells me Im covering less distance in week 3 than I was in week 2, which is odd, but I think its because you run slightly slower for 3 mins than you do if you run for 90s.  Im not too bothered by distance - the whole beauty of the C25K is that its about time on your feet rather than distance covered. Distance comes later - but it is interesting to see.  Im sure that in a week or so I will start to get further each time.  I seem to remember this happening last time.

I woke up early and found no snow, so I braved it. There was an icy cold hard wind blowing off the sea and the pavement in parts was icy, but on the whole I could see it and managed to stick to the gravelly tarmac which has more grip. Had to divert my step a couple of times and did slip twice, however I did the whole thing and Im pleased I got out there.

No advice re snow and ice. I suspect that its just a slippage danger.  I have 'run' in snow and its just hard work, wet and cold.  I dont mind, but you probably need to stick to grass in case you fall and be aware of where you are stepping.  I spoke to someone in Millets last week who recommended using the ice/snow grip things you can buy to slip over your shoes - she said her dad uses them for running all the time when the weather is like this.

Lets hope the weather picks up soon as we can all get back to normal!

Katy - a day or two off wont hurt, just get back out there when its safe. I had 4 days off this week and then 3 days off with no ill effects - actually, I think the break did me good and I feel like my muscles have repaired and are ready for action!

19/01/2013 at 12:34

Hi all, 

Finally back out for second run of week four. It was good out there and managed to avoid running on too much snow (I'm a bit unsteady on my feet so really trying to avoid landing on my bum) but that did mean running round the dull streets rather than the river. 

I think I might be getting a little bit addicted as decided not to go out last night (long week and got back late) and then I was in a grumpy mood most of the eve. I might be getting to need my runs! Which is brilliant news ...

I picked up the endomondo thing too as I wanted to see how far I had gone. I would like to be somewhere near 5k at the end of week 9! 3.74k in 34 mins. Very chuffed as I was going pretty slow to avoid going over. The app also claims my max speed was 3.55m per km! I got very excited and then realised it was probably when I was running in front of a car. Or a mistake.

Now I'm weighing up whether to go out again tomorrow as it's onyl my second run this week ... knowing I should take a day off vs the psychological win of keeping the weeks on track ... hmm.

19/01/2013 at 14:45

Maisie - well done. Im loving endomondo.  And dont disrespect your PB!  

I am no expert, but I really do believe that your rest days are as important as your running days.  I know it sounds counter intuitive, but I think its almost like your body consolidates your training efforts and builds the next bit that you need to improve next time.  Its not a very scientific explaination but it makes sense to me.  Even 4 days off this week didnt give me any issues - in fact Im certain it helped me improve.

I think I may have screwed up my weeks a bit (I was trying to stay in the right week for the year IYSWIM) by having a slighty longer week than expected, but the end result will be the same.


20/01/2013 at 10:27
Just got back from Week 3, Day 1 run - coped with the step up to 3 mins continuous running at a time ok - but it's tough going running through the snow!
20/01/2013 at 12:09
Completed week 2 session 1 of the zombie 0-5K this morning. I repeated week 1 to give my feet and lungs a chance to catch on to what was happening, and then I was hit with a couple of days of sleet and rain... Nothing like Britain, but enough of an excuse to stop me running. I don't drive, though, and I skipped a couple of buses in favor of walking home from work, so I don't feel too terrible.

Maisie: if your lower legs are uncomfortable, have you tried compression socks? I've been wearing flight socks on long-haul flights for 15 years, and I often wear them under trousers for work (I'm a teacher and spend long periods standing without moving around). Flight socks are thin and not comfortable inside trainers, but my local Adidas shop has knee-high "soft" compression socks that feel really good in cold weather. They also have tiny non-slip spots on the sole, so my trainers aren't bashing my ingrown toenails.

My major purchase this week was a foam roller. Since I have virtually no core strength and very tight muscles, I'm resolving to 5 minutes daily after my shower.
20/01/2013 at 20:16

Ooh .. been googling long socks now Kate! But I think I'm going to get a pair of running tights in a couple of weeks and meanwhile I'm just going to have to man up! 

It's been snowing non stop here for about 12 hours so I stuck with my rest day and spent pm in the pub (not drinking still for January though!) I'd be very impressed with any beginners who got out there in the south of the UK certainly! Anyone braved it?

20/01/2013 at 20:28

Maisie - I went out yesterday (before the South East became the Arctic) in a pair of Karrimor running tight things.  Not a pretty sight, but I got them from Sports Direct for £15 and boy were they warm once I got going!  

20/01/2013 at 20:46
Maisie - I was out this morning! (Sorry to sound smug!) Had to just do laps of the park sticking to grass as all else was sheet ice - it's hard work trying to run through four inches of snow! Not going to get another run in till next weekend though so had to make the effort...
20/01/2013 at 21:24

Go on you two! Sort of looking forward to forcing myself out tomorrow evening ... it's so pretty here.

And Bella, I think the tights are the way forward. I'm trying to limit buying tons of kit and reward myself every few weeks with something I know I'll use! Tights my next reward.

20/01/2013 at 22:01

Maisie - I have the kind of thighs that should not be seen in anything but baggy clothing, but I go for practicality and pray that I dont see anyone I know!  I resisted buying them for years, but Im so pleased I have as they really do the trick and are super comfy.  

And I wont allow myself any more shopping until I am a 3 times a week 30 minutes runner!

20/01/2013 at 22:58

Ha - I tried a pair of tights on last week to see and they felt really good but certainly not pretty! Made me feel the part though. And I reckon the more I feel like a runner the closer I am to being one!

Fessed up to a couple of friends today that I've put in for a 10k and have been running last few weeks. They were pleasantly unshocked! Another bridge crossed ... 

21/01/2013 at 11:04

THats it then. You have to do it.  Dont want to look silly do you!

Im looking for a couple of challenges to sign up for myself.  I will probably do the RfL in the summer but its 'only' 5k and I'd like to think I will blitz that by then.

Need to find a short Easter race I think.

21/01/2013 at 11:14
Running tights are on my list of goals... no company makes them in my current size
They're all the rage here in Japan, though, and both men and women wear shorts over them. Some of the women have these funky skirts: quilted down, like a thin jacket, and wrap-around like an old-fashioned PE skirt. My goal is to fit into them by next winter, they look great!

Maisie, if the commercial sizes fit you, then I'm sure they look much worse to you than to anyone else, so don't be shy. Besides, you'll be running and everyone will be convinced you know what you're doing
21/01/2013 at 16:37
I haven't been able to run since last Thursday - I've been in wisdom teeth agony and am having them out tomorrow so gawd knows when I'll feel well enough to run again. I can't help feeling that all my hard work will have gone to waste

Well done all of you who have been out in the snow!
21/01/2013 at 17:20

do the aps have to have gps to work? my phone is really old , but i have an ipod touch, not sure the tracking aps will work on that? i joined my local parkrun which does 5k on saturdays, so i know i can do 5k, and they time it for you, so i use that as my progress assessment, although week 3 was slower than week 2 due to snow , i have 33 mins, 31.15 , and 32.3 mins for my 5ks, quite pleased with them times for a newbie


21/01/2013 at 17:31

i googled what c25k meant, now i get it, i thought you were all like training for some mad 25k run lol  - seemed somewhat advanced for a new ppl thread - 5k is managable for starters


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