Elizabeth Dix 4

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Discipline Change = Gear Change

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 15:26

The HRM Tri strap gives you all the running data as well working for swimming.  Alternative;y you can wear both HRM straps in the water as the HRM Run is waterproof it just won't record the readings.  You can also wear the swim strap for running you just won't get the additional running data such as foot contact time and vertical oscillation.  To be honest the HRM straps chafe when I run and leave nasty burns so I ditched that idea long ago, I only wear mine for Spinning and cycling.

10k times?

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 12:56

Start aiming for 1 hour and adjust your goal as you progress, taking it in stages may seem more manageable.

Discipline Change = Gear Change

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 12:55

I would say that to achieve what you want you will probably need the following: -

Garmin 920 XT (I know there is also a Fenix but I don't know the model)

If you cadence sensor is ANT+ then that should work with the watch (I have one, it's great!)

For swimming you can either buy the HRM Tri or the HRM Tri it depends what sort of swimming you do, the swim is supposed to last longer in the pool whereas the tri will be affected by chlorine BUT you will get all the run statistics from it.  You won't be able to see your HR in realtime unless you take it out of the water.

I haven't bothered with the quick release strap as I was worried about the watch part falling off in the quarry where I swim!

Obese begginner running?

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 16:18

I had been spinning for a few months before I started running properly although I did do a Race 4 Life when I was at my biggest, that was the hardest 5km I have ever done!  I ached for days afterwards, probably worse than when I ran a marathon.  I think I must have lost a couple of stone before I started running. 

I would suggest mixing up the running with some other form of lower impact training, it's really good to mix things up a bit too.  I am now into (short!) triathlons so I still mix up my training now.

Remember to celebrate every achievement no matter how small it may seem too.  Best of luck to you, you have our support.

Chris Boardman's mum :(

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 13:34

Sad news but at least she was doing something that she loved. 

Obese begginner running?

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 13:24

Diet combined with exercise is the way forward.  I was in your position a few years and started with lower impact exercise, in my case spinning, and as the weight dropped I got into running.  Cycling, spinning, walking and swimming are all good options to get you going and can also be used combined with running.

Good luck, the hardest part is starting!

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!

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