Ultra you make a good point about the shoes, I wore my normal trainers to the point of my knee hurting. It was that that made me go to a proper runjing shop and get fitted out, but I still had the problems a month or so later.
Knight, that could be a good idea, building up the general fitness over winter then build up on the road running. I have no good parks localy but there is a good area a few miles away, its a couple of football pitches and I know its 1/4 mile per lap. So not the most interesting place but the times i did run there i found it a lot easier going than the road running.
I think one of the problems is also the road/path conditions around here, not in good condition and a good few are on a slope.
AgentGinger its not preferable, I loved running in the wet and wind etc but just dont want to cause myself another injury and get downhearted again about it all.
Im now 34 started to train for the Belfast marathon in 2010/2011, I started from only doing a bit of walking and training went well.
Sept and Oct built up to be mainly 2.5 - 4 Mile runs with a long slow Sunday run of 7 – 8 miles.
During Nov I was on hols so missed most of this month
Over the winter I joined a gym and used their treadmill for Dec, Jan. I was doing the same routine and miles but knew that treadmill was easier than road running.
I also got a personal trainer an hour a week in Jan/Feb to help work my core.
When I got back on the road in Feb I surprised myself with what I could do, my weekday runs were getting faster and during Feb – Mar I managed 11, 13.3 and 12.1 mile runs at good speeds, I was feeling good after each run and can even remember saying to my wife I think I’m going to be able to do this!!!. ( I managed to find my post saying about it on here http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/beginners/just-ran-my-first-half-marathon-distance/171893.html
My next run after my 12 miler I got a few miles in and one of my knees started to hurt and I had to abandon the run half way in. I rested a few days then tried again and same problem. I then rested about 2 weeks and again about the 2 – 3 mile mark knee started hurting.
At this stage I pulled out of the marathon as I was now too far behind and I didn’t want to cause further injury. Since I was pulling out I felt down and just gave up so never seen a doc about it. Even now i can’t even remember what knee it was and if the pain was inside the knee or at the sides etc. However it did only hurt during the run and maybe a few hours after.
Over the last year or so I have lost 90% of my fitness but go out for a short run/walk every now and again. Sometimes I get niggles in my knees but I don’t know if it is just my imagination looking for the problem or if it’s just normal hard work pains.
2 Weeks ago I bought a treadmill and have been really enjoying running on that again. I’m up to 3 miles and not a single pain in my knee (I also can’t remember getting any pains when on the gyms treadmill). Also I have a TV positioned in front of me and the room is separate from the house so I’m not going to disturb anyone, so I could run for a long time etc.
So I guess I’m thinking is it possible to do, let’s say 85% training on a treadmill then the other 15% on the road, just so I can save my knees? I would still love to get 1 marathon done in my life time and I really do love the feeling of being fit, but I guess I’m just scared of doing long term damage.
I have been a lurker for a good while now with only a few posts so thought I would give an update after a very good day
In Sept I entered the Belfast marathon for the 5th May, I hadnt done any running just a little walking, i was 32 any not fit. I started the get you around program here and was getting on well, up to about week 6 but then winter came and I couldnt get out much at all. A gym opened up near me so joined up and started going in Dec. Obviously Xmas was in the way as well so I god a few 30 min runs under my belt during that time.
Jan came and I hired a personal trainer for an hour a week, mailny to work on my core strength. I also started back onto the program. A few 30 min runs a week going either fast or up hill then a long slow one on a sunday. I managed to get upto 8 miles on the treadmill.
A couple of weeks ago I ventured out onto the read again expecting to lose a mile or so of my long run. 2 Weeks ago I did a 5 mile run with a few 3 miles after it. Last week I planned for 7 and ended up doing 11 so this week I aimed for 12 and managed 13.3 in 2:02 !!! OK the route I took this week was fairly flat except for the last mile or so but I still didnt expect all this 2 weeks ago..
I have 10 weeks till race day and im starting to feel as if I will be able to do this little race
"I certainly agree however that there is a pace that feels too slow, where it hurts more to run at that pace "
Alison that hit the nail on the head, at least im not the only one, I was thinking to myself when I say that to people they would think im nuts lol.
I have actually put in for the belfast marathon in May '11 lol ( Dont have bright ideas when having a drink) I have around 8 months, and the way I work I shouldnt have a problem getting out for runs. Im doing it for charity so just want to get around not to worried about the time for this one.