Elizabeth Dix 4

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Improve 5k time

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 13:19

Hill work and interval training are a good idea.  How about setting yourself a different goal such as increasing your distance to 10km?  Sometimes an increase in distance can lead to an improvement in speed.


Well done on what you have achieved so far, I love to be running those times for 5km!

First 10k run

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 12:02

First of all well done on what you have achieved so far!  It's great that you now want to take if further.

I believe that are some plans asociated with Couch to 5km that will take you from 5km to 10km so I would have suggest having a look at those.

Pool Length

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 15:45

A shorter pool gives you more practice at turning however you will need to get used to the feel of the 25m pool.  Sometimes leisure centre pools get very busy and it is nigh on impossible to train in them though!  You can't win either way, what you can do however is work on your stroke technique and try to build up some stamina no matter what the length of the pool is.

GPS and measuring gradient

Posted: 22/11/2016 at 13:47

GPS gives a 3D position in space therefore I would have thought that the calculation would take into account the hills.

Numb foot + pins and needles?

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 13:49

There are some quick and cheap things you could try before seeking help:

  • You could simply be doing up your laces too tight (I have done this in the past and it has worked, I use elastic laces now for triathlon now which can also help with this)
  • There are different methods of lacing up your running shoes, google it and try some of the different lacing methods if my first idea doesn't work.
  • The temperature has dropped recently so it could be due to that, warmer socks/kit (my feet are going numb on bike rides!)
  • senidM's suggestion of strengthening your core wouldn't hurt and should help wth overall fitness and the other tests you will have pass for entry into the RAF and preparation for training.

Best of luck with your training and your future career

New running shoes and dodgy websites

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 15:41

How about Sportshoes.com, admittedly I haven't looked up your shoes but I have bought from there at a decent price in the past.  There is an Asics outlet in Gloucester Quays, definitely worth checking your nearest outlet village which may be Bicester?

Beginner really struggling to run

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 13:46

A bit of background, I used to weigh 16.5stone and be a size 24 and lost 6 stone to a size 10, after having a child currently 11,5 stone and size 12/14 trying to get back to where I was!  It really was a 2 pronged approach where I changed my diet and did some exercise.

Covering exercise first I started Spinning first and then started running after I had built up some fitness and lost a bit of weight, I still Spin now.  WIth running it really is a case of slowing it down to a pace where you can hold a conversation, it may be slow but that really does not matter!  I have always preferred running outside as I like the scenery, quite honestly I can't run on a treadmill as I hate it and really struggle as a result.  Nowadays I do triathlon so am swimming, cycling, running, Spinning and practicing Yoga.

On the food front it is best to plan ahead where possible, take packed lunches and snacks with you to work and keep a food diary.  If you wish to try something more structured rather than doing a fad diet like 5-2 I would suggest good old fashioned Weight Watchers where you do not have to fast or give anything up you quite simply eat everything in (structured) moderation.

Most of all I want to say well done for starting, the first steps are always the hardest and wish you good luck with your endeavours.  You will get there and it will be worth it!

Hills everywhere, how to start?

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 13:44

I would suggest to start by walking up the hill then running at the top, once you are comfortable with this start to run part of the way up the hill and the walk the rest.  Over time slowly increase the distance you run up the hill and then one day you will run the whole way and it will be a good achievement.  It doesn't matter how slow you go the aim is to take it steady and build up to it.

wheelchair events

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 13:07

I know that some of the bigger events down here in the West Country such as the Bristol 10km and the Bristol Half Marathon have wheelchair athletes.  I hope they are not just elites and cover all abilities as the rest of the race does.  Is there a wheelchair athletes association who could help?

I hope you find some races soon.

Flexibility work

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 11:58

I go to Yoga at my gym and might be able to slot in some pilates soon.  Youtube has lots of yoga videos too.

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