Drizzly Bear

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Run distances

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 10:28

H Bears advice is sound.

My routine is as follows

Sunday Long Run 8-10 Mile.

Tuesday (depends how hard Sunday was). 2 mile jog / or 3 mile light run.

Thursday, Mix session usually ~ 5 mile. This will be a tempo, hills, Pyramid or intervals.

If I am training for something I will do a Friday slow 5k also but only when closer to an event.  

I want to do it but very apprehensive!!

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 17:57

Given a choice of a risk on screwed up knees or screwed up heart / lungs I will take my chances on the knees.

All of the old people I have encountered who have had knee or hip surgery are generally unfit. Most of the old runners I know are generally fine and only complain about being as fast as they used to be. Granted its a small sample but I am yet to see one of these fabled aged runners in a wheelchair.  

Choosing treadmill for winter training?

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 17:47

Join a local council gym for 3 months and save yourself a lot of cash. Chances are the equipment will be better and you will have more cross training options.

2 years ago I had pneumonia. I know it was probably unconnected but I could not help thinking it was 0 degree 6am runs that did it for me. This year I did most of my running in the gym through the worst of the weather but honestly I regret doing it.

What is wrong with me?

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 18:15

Like others have said it sounds like balls-to-the-wall-max-effort post run pain to me.

I tend to follow the a routine and I find it helps. My long runs are on Sunday and I usually pace about 80% effort. On Monday I rest and then on Tuesday I will go for a very short and light jog and combine with some stretching, strength or yoga type exercise.

The rest of the week I will do a few more runs at higher intensity but shorter distance than my long runs.  

When training I always have a nice dull ache in my legs but it always feels like a nice tiredness. I would never call this actual pain.

Free Park Runs

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 11:00

How do they calculate £1 per runner per run of damage? That would be over £10k per year of maintenance? Must be an amazing park......

It smells of a parish council trying to scam some extra funding with a grant out of the county council. I am not sure they would be allowed to enforce parking charges and keep the income themselves (parish councils do not normally do that).

If they were genuinely concerned about damage I am sure that if they asked to put some collection buckets at the start a couple of times a year and ask for contributions I am sure they would collect all they needed.

Alternatives to Energy Gels

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 09:49

If I am running 13 mile I will take a gel around mile 9-10. Its not completely necessary but I feel it helps, especially post race recovery.

However if you are struggling with them it is best not to bother. Use your training to work out what it is you are trying to fix, are you using gels because you think you should or are you trying to fix something?

I am not an expert on a no added sugar diet but maybe that is one area you should look at. One of the benefits (I find) of running is being able to pretty much eat anything I like.

Reduce walking intervals or increase distance?

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 14:59

In my opinion everyone can find 30-60 mins of time twice a week to exercise. If you are unable to, then you either are not motivated, supported or disciplined enough. Look at your calendar, speak to your friends & family and work out how to make it happen.

If you are very overweight (I understand I have been there) a cheap static bike in front of the TV is an excellent way of building a base level of fitness that makes running more doable

Running in the morning and at lunchtime

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 14:47

If I do an especially long on a Sunday I find a 20 min jog on a Monday night loosens everything up again. Generally though I cannot see much point in exercising for less than 30 mins, Too much hassle, changing, showering, etc.

10k in 8 weeks

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 13:04

I tried to take up running twice before being able to (just about) do it. The one time I failed was trying to train for a distance / plan I could not do and was seeing the mountain as to big to climb.

My advice would be to book another 10k in 3-4 months time and get a training to focus on that. You can then treat your 8 week 10k race as a training run (walk a bit if you need) without putting on too much stress. Usually a 10k plan will have you running over 10k in the weeks before the race so might be a bit much in 8weeks.

I always like smartcoach on this website, but I am not sure what the beginner schedules are like.


Smoker to 5k onwards ?? Any help wanted x

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 12:52

You should be fine. Always worth checking with your quack once you start though.

Going from smoking to not might have the same affect as altitude training

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