Elizabeth Dix 4

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Diet to compliment running

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 16:23

I would only worry about it if you are getting really hungry before running or running out of steam during your run.  If that is the case try a banana (unfortunately I can't stand them!) 2 hrs before your run or there are numerous recipes for healthier flapjacks, dates are supposed to be good too.  I find eating late can be detrimental to sleep so I would eat my main meal at a slightly earlier lunch time then sandwiches or soup about 2.5hrs before running.  This works for me on days when I go to Spinning then Swim to Fitness in the evening.  It is all about finding what works for you because every body is different.

Happy running!

returning to running

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 11:16

I know you don't want to hear this but I would recommend starting with run/walk again and building it back up gradually.  Did you see a physio or take a look at your shoes?  Maybe barefoot isn't for you.  I would run/walk again and build it up, perhaps you could mix it up with some cross training and some conditioning exercises to see if that helps prevent the shin niggles.  If not you may need to try some different shoes, go to a running shop and see what happens.

Best of luck

So, it's been 9 years...

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 13:17

I would suggest starting with Couch 2 5km, this programme (available on a handy app on your phone) gets you going on a run/walk programme.  This is the best way to build up without hurting yourself and don't be afraid if you need to repeat a week.  In the meantime just try to build up some fitness by walking, walk to the shops or the park and chase your children round the park.

You don't need equipment to cross train, there are loads of videos of different length classes on YouTube which need no equipment.

Need new shoes but working on form has made running worse??

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 14:21

I have had my gait change due to strengthening my core (and it is happening again as I get stronger after having a child) so it is possible.  I knew that something was up as I was getting a few niggles when running.  I would first of all ask your physio for advice (that is what they are there for) and then go to your local running shop and get your gait analysed. 

Change in weight = Change in trainer style?

Posted: 13/12/2016 at 13:00

As you run more and get fitter you strengthen different muscle groups including your core.  This can change you gait as well.

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

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