crazy diamond - sorry think my earlier response overlapped you then.
Yes, my shoes are good - I've had gait analysis etc. My knee issues are ITB problems which were probably due to the long runs when marathon training earlier in the year. But, I've never thought to change my style for running up hills so that is great advice as I will definitely think more about that now.
My marathon was slow, I've really been hoping to get quicker but seem to be going backwards
Thank you for your replies. Another hill - I live in Cleobury Mortimer which is just off the Worcs border. Most of my runs are towards Bridgnorth but I did tackle Clee Hill just once and was sick afterwards I'm training for the Notts Half at end of Sept. I did VLM this year but my training was wrecked by ITB problems - not helped by the hills I suspect!
I must admit I hadn't really considered driving anywhere to run but this could be an option, Id have to do some research as I can't think of anywhere flattish locally. I am also reassured that walking up the hill is not the end of the world. I guess I'm scared of slowing down/walking - I feel so slow anyway!
We moved here from Nottingham so it's all a bit of a shock after the flat of the east midlands!
I live at the bottom of a valley in rural Shropshire and all of my training is done on hills, it's un-avoidable. On leaving home I have a one mile up-hill warm-up.
But, it's really de-motivating me now. I often have to walk up the hills, my knees are sore and I can't seem to get any quicker. Im finding myself unable to face it.
Can anyone tell me how I can make the most of the hills? Any tips on making them work for me rather than feeling they are against me??
I am a relatively new runner, not very quick (10/11min miles) and am currently training for a half marathon. I do have access to a treadmill (but time to get to it is limited as I have 2 babies at home and limited childcare).
Any encouragement would be greatly appreciated thank you
I ran London on Sunday too and it was my second time. I deliberately did not set myself a target time as my first marathon was deemed a disaster simply because i didn't break my 5hr target. I have spent 7 years feeling sad/disappointed about that so this year my one aim was to enjoy it and nothing else. I have two children under 3yrs old and could only fit in a 'get round' programme. Even this was a challenge - injuries, illness, tiredness - my longest training run was 16 miles and that was agony.
Anyway, I did enjoy Sunday - I would do it all again tomorrow if I could! Last 7 miles were hell on earth but even that didn't matter because I did what I set out to do - got round. And I was even slower than the first time! Anyway, wanted you to know that you did an amazing thing and from here you will be so much more equipped for next time. The first time is such a learning experience, it's not meant to be easy and so many runners don't even make the start line! Be proud )
But apart from all that, I am now having an easy month - leaving watch at home, jogging for me, not for a programme. Then I will stick to my three runs per week - short/med/long - averaging around 20 miles per week. I've entered Robin Hood Half in Sept to give me a focus and will start a plan 10 weeks before then. I'm also going to try and implement a strength programme at the gym to try and help me run faster/stronger - time permitting.