Elizabeth Dix 4

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Blisters!!! Help?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 12:59

I had problems with this and took my shoes back to the running shop, they applied a blister patch to the shoe in the area that was rubbing over the joint between the inner sole and the shoe.  This worked a treat, might be worth a try.  Other people have spoken of different ways of lacing their shoes as well.

Truly truly fat

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 12:57

Agree with everyone else but would like to add the following: -

  • Check out Couch to 5k to get you running
  • Have fun will doing this! 

How accurately are Parkruns measured?

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 10:49

Mobile phones and the tracking apps are not known for being the most accurate.  I have tracked a walk and compared it with someone else using the same phone on the same walk and come up with different distances.  What you can assume though is that if you consistently use the same device the same margin of error is applied to all of your activities therefore in my opinion you do not need to worry about it.

Parkrun may not be as accurately measured as certified races but it is free and available to everyone and is doing a great job.

Unfit, young beginner?

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 13:35

Well done for getting started, that is really quite tough!  There is the possibility that you are going too fast, this is common when starting out and the guide of being able to hold a conversation is a good one.  I also like the idea of repeating some of the earlier weeks, it may just be that your body needs a little longer to get used to the idea of running.  By doing exercise while also looking at your diet the weight will come off slowly and steadily, trust me this is the best approach!  As for blood pressure reduce salt intake and caffeinie too, drink water and the exercise should help.  Running outside is much more fun than the gym, do you have some local friends who could walk round some proposed routes with you?  Walking may help too as it is time spent on your feet.

Good luck and enjoy it!

Race for life 5k

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 13:38

My first R4L I took about 55mins to cover the 5km and wasn't last.  Many people walk it and for many people taking part the challenge is completing 5km under their own steam let alone running it all.  It is a really relaxed celebratory atmosphere so I suggest you go ahead and do it and most importantly enjoy it!


Then you can come on here and tell us all how well you did and what you are going to do next...

I need your help

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 13:00

It's fantastic that you have found a sport you really seem to love and enjoy doing.  I wish I had discovered this at your age!  I agree with trying to build up to 4 maybe 5 miles and would also suggest trying some different routes.  I bet your Dad would also love to go running off road with you too.  I only measure my performance against myself rather than comparing myself to others and I think this is something you could benefit from too. 


Newbie who can't swim - best way to learn.

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 14:59

Another vote for having some lessons combined with plenty of practice.  It is not easy and will take a lot of hard work to nail front crawl but once you get there it is totally worth it!

Novice niggles - any advice?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 12:33

I would try some different socks (they are cheaper than shoes ).  Personally I use twin skin socks for this very reason.

Hello! Newbee here.

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 08:19

Well done for your progress so far, the hardest part is getting started!

When I was over 16st I took up Spinning which really helped shift the weight when combined with changes to my diet.  I found this was good as it is lower impact, maybe some cross training such as cycling and/swimming could help shift some of the weight?


GPS realtime trackers

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 08:13

The Garmins with bluetooth in are able to connect to your mobile phone and then use Livetrack to communicate your position to the people you select.  If you do not wish to invest in a new Garmin there is an app available called Glympse that provides the same functionality from your mobile phone.  Both systems seems to work well and are great for safety, peace of mind and enabling supporters to find you!

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