I can understand that, I also realise that it's a run for the atmosphere etc. I am looking to run some local half's in future. I have always enjoyed the GNR because of the atmosphere but even if the walkers moved to the left it wouldn't be so bad :0) Maybe I am being a grumpy old man taking it too seriously!
This has probably been a past forum topic. I have taken part in the GNR 3 times now. I just don't understand how people justify their start line positions. I felt like I spent most of the run overtaking peole walking. Why are people wearing white numbers walking! Surely they should be at the back to allow people who want to run the Great Norh Run to actually run. Maybe they should set up the Great North Walk for these people. I can understand that some people will over do it and have to walk occasionally. But the ammont of walkers in the wrong starting group is not fair on runners.Or am I being unfair on these people? All I am saying is , do the GNR , but start at the back to give others a fair chance.
I usually put pressure in the area of the stitch whilst running with my hand , and also breath slowly and deeply for a few steps. It usually works .Ruuning through it does no harm we all do it. Other methods are related to which step you breath out on . Not sure on the specifics but it's prob on one of the forums somewhere.
(Get off the treadmill) I totally agree, although it has it's place in training on occassions , in my case very occassionally. If I didn't run outside I don't think I would be running at all ,the tread certainly is boring. Running out on a cool bright dry day can make the miles fly by. And sometimes you don't even want to stop . On a tread I am constantly watching the clock and wishing it would speed up so I can move on to something else. And never ever be afraid of entering run's .And don't fret about being at the back either. Some people in these forums say that the races in which they came last were the most memorable in a good way that is , and also it's very rare that you will be at the back anyway if you choose one with a high number of entrants. Someone has to come last , and I never think anything negative about that person ,do you?, probably not. So put your name down you will not regret it .A few runs scattered here and there is the best motivtion there is.
To build stamina you need to work at anywhere between 55%and 90% of your max heart rate for a minimum of 30 mins each session. But as people have already mentioned if you work at around 70% you should get a good workout but not too hard. You will find yourself primarily working in the aerobic zone but if you find it getting too difficult you are probably entering your anaerobic zone and will tire very quickly , probably within a few minutes. If you manage to do this for a minimum of 3 times a week you will soon see improvements. Heart rate monitors are excellent for performing this type of exercise and also seeing the results in front of you as you improve . This is because you should find that you can perform the same exercise at the same intensity but your heart rate will be lower over a period of time. Then to improve further you need to as already mentioned either run further or faster to continue improving. If you do not have access to a monitor then run at a speed that you can hold a conversation maybe speeding up so that you can say only a few words as you progress . Basically the answer to your question is aerobic exercise which uses a large number of muscles (body movement) to perform. So as well as running you could swim , cycle of mix all three for variety. Remember a minimum of 30 mins , so if you cannot make the 30 min mark you are working to hard!