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Couch to 5k. Can I skip a week?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 07:18

Take it steady and follow the plan. My sister and a couple of friends have followed it recently and found it much tougher in the second half. At that point my advice was to go back and repeat a week/weeks if they felt it useful. Last thing you want to do is push on and end up injured at the start.

You'll be running 5k soon enough, so enjoy the feeling of having it easy for now and let that build your confidence. 

Talkback: 48 runners disqualified from 10K for wearing headphones

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 20:31
Slowkoala wrote (see)
Big G - someone on there has pointed out that the little boy in 'The A Word' (the BBC drama about an autistic child) wore headphones all the time so the rule must be 'anti-disables' (her words, not mine).

As someone who works with young people with Autism I don't think this would be a great argument. If your sensory issues are such that you require ear defenders, discr aside, I reckon the last thing you'd be doing is lining up for a crowded race. Running, yes, but mass races maybe not. 

Personally, I'm delighted to see this! I don't really care one way or the other if people have music when running, but rules are rules and I do get sick of people ignoring race protocol and doing their own thing.

RW v Fetch June Running Challenge

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 18:58

Bit of a poor 5k race effort for me yesterday ... Thought I might have had a decent run as I warmed up well etc. In the grand scheme of things, time was okay - 22:0 - but splits were absolutely shocking! Mile 1 in 6:48, mile 2 in 7:03, and mile 3 in 7:28! 

There was a slight gradient in Mike 3 but nothing that bad. Aside from the unexpected heat and later start (12:15) I'm not sure what was ado. Hopefully next time I attempt to race it'll go better.

Back to training it is! 

Hello! Newbee here.

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 07:30

Is there a parkrun anywhere near you? They're great for new runners and very supportive of newcomers, whatever their pace. We have a lot of people at ours who have come along walking quite a bit and are now running the whole way.

Other options may be to run with a group. I'm in Scotland and we have Jog Scotland who cater for beginners. I'm sure there must be similar in other parts to the country.

Good luck & keep us posted!

Minimum number of runs a week during marathon training?

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 20:00
It's my bike - used to do a lot of biking but that's gone by the wayside over the last couple of years. Should probably change it to something running related!

Minimum number of runs a week during marathon training?

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 08:31

There's a book, Run Less, Run Faster, that has plans incorporating cross training. I bought it a few years ago but decided against it as I'd rather just run. It's curre sitting on my book shelf gathering dust, so if you want it feel free to PM me. Happy for it to go free to a new home!

Interval Training

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 07:09

I'm currently following a plan from Pfitzinger and Latter's book, Serious Road Racing. Although I was running faster previously, I lost my speed last year as I had 5 months off through injury and did nothing during this time other than yoga and Pilates.

I've followed the 12 week 5 k plan - the easiest being up to 45 miles a week - and have just completed my first tune up race. I ran my best time since the end of 2014. 

I'd recommend trying their plan if you can commit to 5 runs a week as the combination of consistent mileage and targeted speed sessions should bring your times down. 

Negative split marathons

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:33

I've run 7 marathons and for the first 6 struggled and lost up to 10 minutes usually on the last 6 miles.

For my 7th I followed the Pfitzinger & Douglas 12 week/55 mile plan, aimed for my second sub-4 marathon and ended up with 3:45 and some seconds, with a 9 minute negative split. I was delighted and finished feeling strong. Could I have gone faster? Who knows???

RW v Fetch June Running Challenge

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 16:27

parkrun today, very pleased with my time as I got down to 21:49 (best time since Nov '14) and took a fair whack off my last run of 22:32  A bit of consistency in training appears to be paying off! 

Looking for a plan

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 06:33

The D33 website has training advice no a plan for newbies. I've never used it but know others that have. It's worth a look (although the mileage might need an increase to get you to the 40 mile ultra) as it shows the back to back long runs as key.

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