Elizabeth Dix 4

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under the weater....

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 10:30

If you've got a tight chest don't do it!

Diet help!

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 11:51

I guess that the meals themselves are probably not the most healthy and perhaps the meal times don't really work with when you want to go for a run?  If you have access to a fridge you could try some of the following ideas...

Breakfast -  overnight oats (google it, I have just discovered thease and am now a fan!).  I use hazlenut or almond milk, started getting the UHT stuff which only needs to be in a fridge once opened so that saves on fridge space.

If you have a kettle you could make some  flavoured cous cous (like the Ainsley Herriott ones) then just add some salad and some meat (unless vegetarian in which case substitute for appropriate protein)

If you go home on days off you could make up some different rice/pasta salads and then store them in your fridge and then add salad vegetables and meat...

Not proud of still being beginner

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 13:34

First of all stop, take a deep breath and look at what you have achieved.  You have gone from half a mile to 3 miles, that is 6 times the distance you started off with!  Now the best speed to run at is the speed where you can still hold a conversation, this should help you to control your speed and maybe go a bit further. 

You may feel slow but remember there many people who cannot run half a mile let alone 3 at any speed!  Give yourself some credit!

Circuit training and running.

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 11:55

Circuit training will also count as strength training as well as the speed from the shuttle runs.  We are always being told to imcoporate strength training into our schedules in order to improve and prevent injury.  I also find that doing a mixture of different activities just helps to mix things up and keep my training fun so I do the three triathlon disciplines with yoga, fitball and Spinning too which is good both physically and mentally.

In conclusion I would do both if time and circumstances allow.

Breathing difficulty

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 12:47

I think that now you have considered the possibility of Asthma you should get it checked out.  If nothing else you won't feel at ease until you've had the all clear (hopefully, I'm going for positive thoughts here!).  Personally I agree with everyone that you may be making the classic beginners mistake of running too fast as well.  Run at a pace where you can chat is a good guide.  I have no idea about my breathing pattern and just let it happen naturally when running, the only time I think about it is during yoga.

New running shoes

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 12:55

Go to a running shop and try some on!  The shoes that work for me won't necessarily work for you.

Out of interest mine are fluorescent coral, since I've had them I do seem to have been running faster and further than in my old white and blue ones although I'm not exactly setting World Records...


Posted: 08/03/2016 at 12:51

Couch 2 5km (C25K) is probably a good start and slow down is also good advice.  When you run you should be able to hold a coversation even if it feels like you may as well be walking!

Smoker to 5k onwards ?? Any help wanted x

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 12:46

Well done for quitting smoking!  I personally prefer to run on the road or trail, I get so bored on treadmills.  There are pros and cons to both types of running but you have to find out which you enjoy and go with that so I say give both a go and see how you get on.

Reduce walking intervals or increase distance?

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 12:44

You might like to consider an alternative form of exercise to help lose the weight and increase fitness without so much pressure on your joints.  Carry on with your run but how about some swimming or cycling (I started with Spinning classes which really helped me to lose weight) for an additional session?  This way you can lose weight, gain the benefits of doing more exercise and build up strength for your running session. 


My reply to the original question is try to increase the running time and keep the walk time the same, don't worry too much about distance yet.

Spinning an tight hamstrings

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 15:13

I believe that both spinning and running can tighten your hamstrings.  Speak to  your instructor about your bike setup and the issues you have been having. Cougie raises a very relevant point there about stretching too, always do the stretches afterwards!  I spin once a week (wish I could do more but there isn't enough time to fiteverything in!) and fortunately haven't suffered from this. I have started going to a Yoga class which really helps stretch everything out alongside practicing at home too.

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