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Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: Yesterday at 09:51

i plodded 7.5 miles home last night. very gentle pace, tried to focus on running "lightly", and it did feel very comfortable, except for the fact my knees felt very stiff, got better towards the latter part of the jog as I'd warmed up I expect.

Mummysaurus, i've been through a bit of a running trough recently, so just now starting to get back into it. Still haven't found my running mojo yet, but slogging away at it, piece by piece, and it'll come. I know you didn't ask for advice, and feel free to ignore me, but i find that when life takes over, my running suffers, and it's partly because I tend to think that if i can't train properly, then it's not worth bothering at all. But even getting out a couple of times a week for a 20 min jog is better than sliding into doing nothing for weeks, which has been my experience. It might not be enough to even keep you ticking over at a certain fitness level, but it will minimise the damage compared to not running at all. And it'll mean when you do find time again to run more frequently, it'll take you less time that it otherwise would to get back into shape.

I will have to heed my own advice the next time life interupts my running. Both this summer and last I have had periods of 6-8 weeks where i've not even laced up my trainers. Not planned, just fallen out of the habit of running, and then 1 week becomes 2 weeks, and before i know it, i feel like i'm starting from scratch again, which i guess is how i ended up on this thread


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Posted: 26/08/2014 at 17:26

my understanding, for what it's worth, of heart rate is that bradycardia is common amongst those who exercise frequently, as the heart becomes stronger and thus requires fewer beats per minute to pump the blood around the body needed by the tissues. severe bradycardia, if you're sedentary could indicate a cardiac problem.

i've also read that the fitter an individual, the slower the acceleration of heart rate to the maximum, or to proportions of the maximum HR, and the quicker the heart returns to their normal resting rate after exercise, although this is something i have only a vague understanding of.

as it is, i suspect i'm not very fit at the moment, and even at my fittest I'm no endurance machine.

anyway, running home tonight. it's stopped raining for now at least

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Posted: 26/08/2014 at 15:34

my plodding along is continuing. plod plod plod.

managed 31 and a bit very slow miles last week.

my commute to work is 7.5 miles, and i managed that 3 times last week, with a run of 9 miles on sunday morning.

then had a boozy sunday roast with friends so felt like rubbish yesterday and spent all day on the couch nursing a hangover. they get worse each time i'm sure.

all of the jogs have been pretty pedestrian, and i even wore my HR monitor on sunday to try to keep my HR below 80% max, but it kept creeping above, even when i was crawling at barely a fast walking pace. always been the same for me though. My resting HR when I wake is about 52 at the moment (I take it every few days, just out of curiosity) and when i start jogging it's up to ~150 within 5-10 mins, and stays there, regardless of pace, only dropping back down to about 120 if i stop at traffic lights, or a road junction or something. once i start jogging again, up it goes.

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Posted: 19/08/2014 at 13:36

Ah, I lived in St Albans for a couple of years. Nice place.

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Posted: 19/08/2014 at 11:29

Slinger, interesting article, makes a lot of sense. I have found that a lot of runners I know fail to heed the last point about "Don't be too proud to run very slowly in your recovery runs".

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Posted: 19/08/2014 at 11:22

sounds like a nice run B2B. Not sure i'm keen on trying the cheese though.

I hear what you say about trails, but from where i live on the mean streets of south london, the majority of my runs are by necessity on busy pavements, or at best in parks and commons. I'm going to head to Richmond park this weekend for a jog around there.

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Posted: 18/08/2014 at 14:57

really struggling to find my running mojo. Not helped by the fact that for the last two weekends i've had a friend's boozy stag do followed by his boozy wedding. lots of fun, but not helping me feel full of energy and up for a run. managed three runs last week, all slow and felt sluggish.

running home from work tonight, expecting more of the same.

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Posted: 06/08/2014 at 11:48

B2B, is that at the tooting bec athletics track? I live right round the corner from there, so i'll try to pop my head in a give you guys a cheer

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Posted: 05/08/2014 at 17:03

wow, well it really does take a while to get back into the swing of things after a break from running eh.

I did a 6mile loop at lunchtime. gentle jog in the sun, along the canal towpath. when i was marathon training this was my easiest run of the week, practically a rest day. Today I felt like I was melting by about 4miles in. I was trying to go as slow as possible and it still felt like a real struggle. I was knackered by the end of it too, and my legs already feel like they're going to be stiff tomorrow.

The human body is very adaptive to training, but it seems even more adaptive to laziness :-\


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Posted: 31/07/2014 at 11:41

cheers all,

will need to go looking for some trails by the sounds of it. I live in south london (Tooting), anyone know the nearest place I can get to from here? I suspect I might need to cycle to / from somewhere to run in nice scenery, nothing but miles and miles of pavement where I live. And parks / commons too, but not quite the same thing. Richmond Park isn't that far away, and that's pleasant enough to run around.

I cycled to brighton (about 60 miles once factoring in my mate and i getting lost a bit) last Sunday, which was the furthest i've ever cycled in one day (previously about 20 miles) but just took it easy and used it as an excuse to get some fresh air. Also been doing a bit of swimming to try to retain some fitness, but i'll need to take it very slowly at first until I get my running mojo back

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