Aimee Baker

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Sub 3.30

Posted: 12/01/2010 at 16:45

I'm doing the VLM and still praying it rains hard to get rid of the snow, I hate running indoors. You seem to be doing well with ur plan so far. My schedule is close to the RW one, same principle but with work etc, I'm have to fit it in when I can. Fortuately Sundays are free.

 In prep for London I'm going to enter a few Kent races and maybe the thamesside training runs. I'm hoping for sub 3.30 and in my speed session today I was doing 7.20 pace- Just to think you have to run that all the way round. I'm secretly starting to worry as I'm not as fit as last time however there is still time to get fitter and I guess we don't want to peak too soon.

Which marathon is in May?


Walderslade lady runners

Posted: 07/01/2010 at 00:22

Hi there,

I live in Walderslade, Kent and have been thinking lately that running would be so much more pleasant if I had someone of a similar standard (Female- no offence guys) to run with from Time to time.

If you are interested let me know... The woods can be a little scary after dark

 Aimee x x x

Sub 3.30

Posted: 07/01/2010 at 00:17

Hello Keir,

I am doing my second marathon this year and like you I will be aiming for the 3.30 mark: Likewise this may be a little hopeful given that training so far is completely disrupted by snow.

With regards to advice from my first time around (I trained pretty religiously and got 3.21) I would recommend 4-5 days running a week. Sunday long run, Tues speed session, wed mid tempo, thurs longish run, sat easy run. Thats what I am going to attempt although right now I am in need of some motivation.

I'm going to enter some races and when I trained last time, I gradually increased my long run by 2 miles each week until in the end I had completed 4 20milers. Apparently you needn't do any more than this. I found that the last six miles just went.

 Achieving your goal is not impossible as I did my first marathon shortly after starting running.

 How is the training goin so far?

Aimee )

Wheezers United...

Posted: 29/09/2009 at 13:10


sorry to gate crash your chat but I wanted to post a similar title myself- basically, I did the Flora London Marathon in 2008 and did most of the training for the 09 marathon however had to pull out due to a hip injury. Since then, I've not really trained for anything, done the odd run here and there, eaten far too much chocolate and mcvities digestives and weigh nearly a stone and a half more than when I did the Marathon in 2008.

 Anyhow, I am determined to do it this year and so basic training will officially start October. I did complete a run today. 20 mins is all that I can be bothered to do at the moment and I am so heavy footed.

 Any tips as to how to breed the motivation to get going again? I'm working pretty long hours and despite in my head wanting to run and run well, sometimes the sofa and watching Waking the Dead is just so much more appealing.

Thank you Guys


Shoulder pain

Posted: 04/09/2008 at 10:02

Thanks Caz,

Thinking about it, maybe it is to do with slouching over a desk all day as I went for a period of time when I wasn't having a problem and in retrospect, I think I was doing an active outdoors job then. I do also get very cold hands when I run so perhaps circulation has something to do with it. On very cold days, I have to wait for 5-10 mins before I can use my wrists to unlock the front door or the lockers at running club.

Thanks again

Black Toenails

Posted: 01/09/2008 at 22:27
I think I like the sound of nipple tape. It is so frustrating to finally grow back something that resembles a pink toenail and then hey presto, run a race and Mr blue/black is back threatening to fall off again- back to square one. I used to dance on pointe alot and to protect our toes we used all sorts from popping celophane to rubber covers that resembled.... actually I think they were meant for bunions. However neither would fit in my trainers.

Shoulder pain

Posted: 01/09/2008 at 22:04

Hi all,

I was Just interested to know if anyone knows the cause of the shoulder pain that myself and a few other distance runners I know experiece from time to time. For me it only affects one shoulder and it doesn't feel like a muscular pain (although I may be mistaken). It tends to be at the area where the humerus joins with my scapular. Its not a big problem, just a dull ache.

Thanks, Aims


Posted: 12/08/2008 at 17:26

Turtle girl,

 I completely agree with danowat and most others.

maybe you should consider the following questions...

-Do you want to continue losing weight and probably end up in a serious and criical condition- maybe comatosed or even close to death with drips hanging from your hand, knowing that you will probably never recover fully and your chances of running are close to nil? OR

-would you rather continue running, find a healthy weight that you balance at, can eat at least 1500-2000 calories a day and enjoy life a bit more (because that is the minimum you should be eating especially when running longer distances)?

I am talking from experience so I'm sorry if that seems harsh, but it really is as simple as that. And someone once told me... You can choose to live or not live. You know what you have to do. A pound is a big deal to someone with an eating disorder but there is more to life than a pound which quite honestly, could be that you needed the loo. Weighing less than 7 stone is terrible- What is your BMI? If it is below 18, you will not be menstruating because your body cannot produce oestrogen and with this calcium will be absorbed from you bones- so here is the next question...

-How long do want to run? Until next year? Until you cannot run because you are in so much pain with osteoporosis? or indefinately?

Be sensible, Congratulations for gaining a pound. As a runner you will naturally keep in shape. Even if you put on half a stone, it really doesn't take many runs to lose it. Concentrate on fitness and not fatness. If you keep fit, you will never be fat.

 Hope this helps

battling with E.D. and thinking of running

Posted: 07/08/2008 at 16:58

Hi Turtle girl,

I am a keen runner and like you, much of my life revolves around an eating disorder which I am still battling with although I am nearly at a healthy weight now. It is fantastic that you are taking up running and wanting to compete but I do have some serious advice I think that you should consider because as you know an eating disorder is like a game, and at the end of the day the only way that you will win it is to have psychotherapy. As much as I love running, it will not solve your eating disorder. If you are not careful you will suffer and if you do not train and eat appropriately, you will never be the runner that you aspire to be. Please Please Please get some help. One day I was running 13 miles whilst training for the London Marathon- My electrolytes must have been completely deranged as in the last mile, I could not see anything but what was directly infront of me. It was at this point that I seeked help from a nutritionist. Certainly do this! I will say that this was a major turning point for me, admitting to myself that there is a problem and that in order to train for an event like a marathon, taking your nutrition seriously is of paramount importance. I completed the marathon in a good time and will be doing it next year. Keep on running but listen to your body and be kind to it. I hope this helps


Where to go next

Posted: 08/06/2008 at 20:46

Thanks for the good advice.

I have been a member of a running club and have recently relocated and am looking to join a local club. 

I also have a 10k race next Sunday which should be a good sign as to how fit/fast I am at the moment.

Thanks again folks!

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