working at it slowly

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10/02/2004 at 13:38
Thanks Fifer - good luck to you too! Sprinters - that makes us sound really fast!!!!
10/02/2004 at 14:11
Yes - March is a crazy month. It seems just about everyone is doing a 10K a 10M or a half. It's just a bit scary after pootling around in the dark for the last few months to have to go on show, in daylight, with thin speedy looking types who talk jargon and then disappear in a puff of smoke as soon as the hooter goes.
Luckily my next race passes a couple of pubs so I'll make sure I've got a fiver stuffed down my shorts for emergencies!!
10/02/2004 at 14:19
ff - oh well, i'll be with you in spirit on the 7th, then :)

tilly - my race March 7

hi het! me too working on staying on my feet and keep going - speedwork? what's that? ;)
10/02/2004 at 14:59
Speedwork - exhibited only when there is something better to do.

i mean why run fast when you can appreciate the scenary and avoid stamping in dog do?
10/02/2004 at 15:04
I never know whether to bother with it or not. If I don't do speedwork I just get slower and slower. Also, I can't really enjoy the scenery during the week anyway cos have to run in the dark so keep to horrid circuits around my house where it's well lit, so no point doing that slowly.
But, I only very occasionaly enjoy my week day runs, so I do wonder, what am I doing them for?
10/02/2004 at 15:30

bearing in mind that I use the term 'speed' very loosely.

It is only since adding a tempo run and some 100m intervals into my training that my recovery runs have started to get faster for the equivalent amount of effort.

I know what you mean about running in the dark- but, on the plus side, Spring will be here soon to lift our evening spirits!
10/02/2004 at 15:34
My lactate threshold is 175, i think
so my base training rate is 150
Or id have to walk too, and its taken me a long long time to stop felling the need to walk
i dont use the age related formula, but did a Hadd test
and i dont always wear the HRM
Like i said, observation of breathing and how you feel can be very useful
10/02/2004 at 15:36
Since doing base training, ive discovered athat i have an even slower running speed than i thought
10/02/2004 at 15:46
I used a HRM for a while but got very put off because as soon as I did anything more than walk fast it beeped for Britain and yet I could run very comfortably, chatting away etc at that "faster" speed. If I went back to it I'd probably spend my whole life walking which I don't want.
On the other hand a clubmate of mine went serious on the HRM and as a result of following it slavishly (including some very slow running by his standards for some time)ended up taking almost 25 minutes off his marathon PB. He was very dedicated to the programme though - I don't think I've got the patience!
10/02/2004 at 15:51
I used to do some speedwork (last Summer/Autumn) and my times were creeping up slowly.

I did try a HRM, but unfortunately it stopped a few times and scared me witless. Thought I had died!
10/02/2004 at 15:59
Hello all, I'm a newbie to this thread if that's OK?!
Heart rate monitors - don't mention them. My other half is constantly strapped up to lord knows what - he takes it all rather more seriously that I do. He lent me the HRM once - when I got home, I said that I had been running in time to the beeps and had found that really useful. He told me that wasn't how I was supposed to do it! If in doubt, read the instructions. Needless to say, HRM no longer used by me, just the trusty watch (that I have just learned to programme! - technical, eh!) Best wishes.
10/02/2004 at 16:02
hi fiona, yes all welcome here!

don't have a HRM either - also using my trusty runner's world freebie watch as a dawdle through the run/walk programme.

what sort of running/jogging/ run walking are you doing, and do you have a 'target'of any kind?

10/02/2004 at 16:19
Hi Trinity1
I have actually done quite well recently. I ran in first ever 10k in January 2003 and repeated it this January with pretty much the same time - I run at 10 minute mile pace. I also ran in the Great South Run last October which was a real buzz, again at the same pace. I will never win prizes for coming first but who cares! I'm a bit hit and miss as to when I go training but I do try to either run, or do an aerobic workout at least three if not four times a week. I run on my own which I find OK although I'm sure that having a running partner would MAKE me do more! Hey ho!
10/02/2004 at 16:48
Hi Fiona
Whereabouts are you? Having a running partner and / or being a member of a club does help. It doesn't mean you have to be with them all the time but it does mean there's company if you want it. I find it is often the deciding factor when having a shall I / shalln't I moment. I can happily let myself down but it's more difficult to let someone else down. I find it particularly nice on longer runs at the weekend as they can get a bit boring if you're slow and going a long way.
Ye Olde Dragon    pirate
10/02/2004 at 17:52
Hi all I've been at work, this thread has been busy !!
Not running or training today, I've cranked the miles up a bit over the last week and my leg is a little sore today, I'm seeing the Marqis de Sade tomorrow aka Sport massage therapist, so I shall not run until Thursday.

Have to go and cook tea now, pop in later
Flipper    pirate
10/02/2004 at 19:10
Hi All!

I've been running for 3 years now, only breaking for holidays and sickness and I'm still exactly the same speed as when I started - 10 min miling!!!!!

It doesn't matter what race it is - it could be a 5K or a 1/2 marathon I'm always the same 10 min miler.

I reckon this thread is my new home! I'm slow but at least I get there in the end.

So...mind if I join you?
10/02/2004 at 19:13
no, not at all - feel free!

It's exactly what it's here for, flipper
10/02/2004 at 19:15
tee hee
running in time to the beeps
id die
160 bpm-can you imagine

er, my HRM doesnt beep
and im glad
10/02/2004 at 20:42
Hello!! I think that I most certainly qualify - have been running (falling forwards without hitting the ground) since the beginning of the year, and am doing 13.5 minute miles. I am also doing a 10 miler in Maidenhead in April. I did set up a thread asking if this was over ambitious and the answer was a resounding 'no'. Took PH's advice and have been building up my distance and am trying to keep under 70% effort which gives me a legitimate excuse to go very slowly. Whenever I see speedwork mentioned I pretend that I am reading swahili and don't understand. Happy to plod
10/02/2004 at 21:17
hmm, does feeling like you could walk quicker count, especially after the first ten minutes????
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