Elizabeth Dix 4

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I need your help

Posted: Yesterday 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!

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.

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