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New running shoes

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 14:08

Everyone is different with regards to running trainers, what works for some wont work for others, if its just chaffing then its probably just a breaking in issue but if they are actually painful to run in then Id switch to a more neutral shoe, I'm sure wave inspire are more a support shoe. Your lucky if you are neutral though as there are a good few more trainers you can look at.

Give them a couple more runs and see how they feel.

On a side note I bought a pair of Asics Kayano a few years back and ran a 10k in them when they were new. I put my lower back out for 5-6 weeks but then strangely they became the most comfortable shoes I've ran in, I've got a pair of Kayano 20's now I use regularly.  

New running shoes

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 14:33

Did you buy them from a running shop? Did they check your gait/running style? You may be wearing the wrong type of trainers, I think the wave inspire are a support shoe. It could be something as simple as just breaking them in, or it could be that you have bought the wrong shoe.

In order to make the right choice you should check to see if you are an over/under pronator and then get the appropriate shoe. Any good running shop will do this for you on a treadmill.

I always go for asics but Ive had similar problems when I bought the wrong shoe so I know unless you get advice from the shop it can be a real gamble! 

Can Mo Farah win in London?

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 10:18

It would be amazing if he did win, ive been reading his article in the latest Runners World. What time do the elite runners start? Im confused with all the different times lol!

How bad should marathon training feel

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:44

Thanks, it wasn't an easy decision but definitely a sensible one. Sometimes when addicted to running (myself and probably a lot of people on here included) its difficult to say nope I'm not doing that distance today or we are not going for a run because our back, legs, whatever hurts but this is how we avoid injury. If I was to carry on then I would probably not make the start line anyway. It does suck but hey! Half marathons are fun!

Next year!

How bad should marathon training feel

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 09:53

Hi thanks again everyone, I have had a big big think about it and come to the conclusion that I'm not ready to tackle the marathon in May. I'm absolutely fine running 10-12 miles and I enjoy that distance. I have decided to swap my marathon place for the half marathon instead. I can now train harder over the half distance and have a great chance at running it in under 2 hours.

On the plus side, at least I now know how much physical and mental effort is required for the marathon and I have ran further than I ever have before. I'm going to do 3 more HM this year then enter a marathon early summer 2015 and give myself 5 months to train. 

I'm gutted but a bit relieved as well, but the marathon is number 1 on my list for next year! Thanks again for all the replies, its really helped!! Tough tough decision! 

How bad should marathon training feel

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 13:14

Im not sure what my running cadence is, I use a garmin 410 but dont have the foot pod for cadence, what info can be gained from cadence? I was going to buy one, Ill order one now if it is a useful bit of kit. All I can tell you is that I dont take big strides, my slow run is more like a shuffle.

I have noticed I tend to heal strike more when running over 11 min miles, normally I tend to land mid foot/less heal. I was figuring the back pain was due to this.

The back issue is something I've had all my life and is accentuated with slow runs. Then again as the weeks have progressed I have been running more and more so this could also be the problem.


How bad should marathon training feel

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 11:38

Yeah I'm following the Hal Higdon plan. I cant really as the race is on May 25th, I'm scheduled for an 18 miler then a 20 miler and then the taper starts. If I miss a week I will be set back too much. I already had to miss a few sessions after a back problem from running too slow ironically haha.

Ill have a look at map my run and see if I can come up with a shorter circuit. Routes can get very boring very quickly. 

How bad should marathon training feel

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 11:22

4 hours 20 would be great but I think thats a bit ambitious as I feel so much more tired after 14 miles and it took everything and more to hit 16. The thought of going out again on Sunday and doing 18 is bad to say the least. 

When doing long runs what do you all find the easiest with route planning, out and back or circuits of a smaller route? On all mine I have run out to half distance and then back. I've not tried doing circuits closer to home, maybe that will help. I just don't want the temptation of being so close to home to make me stop. 


How bad should marathon training feel

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 10:11

Hey thanks everyone, I'm under no illusion as to how hard a marathon will be, I have nothing but respect for anyone attempting to undertake one but I found a whole new respect for it during that last long run and that was just 16 miles.

My usual race pace is about 9 min per mile so my LSR's are ran about 10:30-11:30 min per mile. I find it very hard to run slower as it really affects my lower back due to the slow plodding. 

Before entering this marathon I thought that I had enough experience having ran 4 HM's and 5 10k's over the last 3 years. My HM PB is 2hr 1 min, and my 10k PB is 54 mins. My diet is not great to be honest and I'm not the smallest of runners at 6ft 3 and 16 stone. My main reason for running is to drop some weight which up to now has been working great. But I really think the marathon distance is a push to far. 

I'm now thinking about entering a few more HM's this year and look at doing  a much longer marathon training program next year when I'm more experienced and at a better weight. 

I probably could complete the 26.2 miles but I know I wouldn't enjoy it and I'm of the belief (right or wrong) that it should be ran, not walked and for me a time over 5 hours is just not worth all the training and effort. Id want a time of 4:30. 

At the 20 mile mark I bet everyone would be feeling very tired but they would still be a hint of enjoyment there am I right? I'm concerned that carrying on with longer distances I would start to hate running, and with anything under 15 miles I love it!

Thanks for all the replies its really helping me decide what is best to do. 

How bad should marathon training feel

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 15:44

Hi, I am currently (week 11) following the Hal Higdon marathon training plan (race date 25th May) and last night was my longest distance to date, a 16 miler. I began slowly at 10:30 min per mile pace and found 10 miles fairly easy, at 12 miles I was feeling much better than how I felt during my last HM in March. At 13-14 miles I felt like I hit a wall and had very little energy left, the final 15-16 mile was all mental and believe me I felt awful when I finished. Everything ached much worse than a HM distance.

My pace was slower for the final 3 miles at around 11-11:50 min per mile. Granted it was an evening run and I didn't finish till near 10pm, but still I wasn't prepared for how rough I felt afterwards. I really did not enjoy it.

This has made me seriously consider postponing my marathon ambitions for a while and go back to running a few more half marathons. I had zero appetite and felt dizzy, almost nauseous. My hydration was fine, I use a camel back and high five drink, took sweets also.

My question is basically this- for my longest distance yet, is this feeling of impending doom normal? I'm fine today just very tired lol! 

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