Re the weight loss: I suppose I haven't really got any good reason for specifically targeting 80kg, other than I feel as though I'm probably carrying about 10kg of excess. Might be way out. I agree with you to be honest Phil, I should just clean my diet up and keep putting the miles in and natural weight will become clear!
Perhaps I should make my long run longer and easier based on comments. Making the parkrun part of a longer run seems like a good plan, I do notice others doing this sometimes.
One thing I've never understood with running is why long miles are so important. I just accept that they are on the basis that it's what everyone says. When I go out for long rides (3-4 hours) on my bike, my limited endurance training doesn't hold me back much at all. What it does mean is that I have to take a gel every 20 minutes whereas others might not need any at all. Basically as long as I stay under my lactate threshold I can go for hours provided I fuel correctly. For this reason when I increase my threshold then I find I can go faster over long distances too, with very few long rides.
However, if I don't take enough gels and run out of glycogen, then my performance drops off significantly. Is running really that different and if so why? It's something I always wonder about!
Got a bit of a pain in my hip so decided not to go on my planned long run tonight. Not a great start!!
Interested to know what people's thoughts are on this.
I'm doing a half marathon in just under 13 weeks' time and would love to go under 1.30, but I'm a (reasonably fit) cyclist first and foremost so haven't got that much spare time to commit to running.
As I train hard on the bike I find my running doesn't really deteriorate, even if I have a few weeks off. I've run 170 miles so far this year, and managed to get my 5k time down from 24 mins on New Year's day to 20.30 more recently.This was on a slow, twisty parkrun course with traffic the morning after a few beers and a takeaway - I reckon sub 20 is just about doable for me at the moment. 10k PB is 42 mins but that's the furthest I really run. I've done a marathon in the past but much prefer the shorter events.
Ordinarily I don't think cycling particularly helps with running, but as I ride at a high cadence with regular interval sessions, I really think time on my bike is helping to increase my Vo2 max and this is reflected in how quickly my times are dropping with very little mileage.
However, with the HM drawing closer I realise I need to start running further so my proper training starts this week. As I don't have much spare time my plan is to do one long run a week, one tempo run and sometimes the parkrun on a Saturday if I have time. My long runs won't be particularly long to be honest, probably start off at around 7 miles and up to 10 over a few weeks.
Now, I'm a fairly big guy - 6'3" and 90kg, - I hope to lose 10kg over the course of the next 3 months which I think will benefit both my cycling and my running immensely. I think the HM is the motivation I need to shift this last bit of weight - losing it will be key as I know I won't be able to manage it at my current weight.
So anyway, please be brutally honest with me, shoot me down in flames if necessary - is this totally unrealistic or do I have a chance?
I hope for you and your family's sake you switch to a balanced diet.
You need to very gradually ease yourself into running - at your size you could get injured very easily and be forced to give it up.
Go and get yourself a bike, cycling is overlooked by many people when they decide to make lifestyle changes. I don't know why because it is much more appropriate as a starting point for someone who is heavy and unfit.
I tried twice, unsuccessfully, to get fit and healthy through running alone. Then I started cycling 2 years ago, lost a ton of weight and now enjoy my running more than ever - new parkrun PB of 21.30 today
Everyone warned me about how difficult the bike-run transition would be but I haven't found this at all.
Personally, I'm really struggling on the bike (my strongest discipline by a mile) after just 10 minutes in the pool. Feel massively down on power and can't work out how such a short swim does this to me..
I wasn't really doing any structured training as such, just going out 3 or so times a week and trying to improve. I'd previously been more into longer distance running, but realised that I was better over shorter distances.
Luckily my new local run is flat/paved. Yours sounds similar to the Havant one I did a couple of times - absolutely killed me owing to not anticipating the terrain/hills as you say. Did it around 2 minutes slower than usual as I recall.