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Just signed up for the Reading Half 2013 with no running experience at all-HELP

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 13:00

Start slow, March is a long way, just do something 6 days a week, always keep it gentle remember the tortoise and the hare, the distance and speed will come naturally. Once you build up mileage then ease back on the days to 5 or 4 so you dont get injured. Couch to 5k good, then continue with building speed and mileage. Set smaller goals between now and Xmas maybe 10k in Dec.

Beginner Running and Whey Protein

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 12:26

My first guess is that no fat bloater will run as fast as Mo, but then not many skinny people will either. BBC did a programme on this a few weeks ago and a jam sandwich before and a prepared meal of veg and fish got a champion cyclist fit. As a veggie you may just have to be a bit more searching with high protein veggie stuff, being a meat eater I am not clued up on that.

Whey powder always seems very expensive and too much like an overprocessed food for me. I like the look of eggs milk butter etc, just all in moderation.

From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 12:12

Great thread, well done, you seem to be on track for a great day, Have you tried drinking high5 sports drink on your runs, as this is what they will be providing on the day every 5k, try it now as it might not be palatable to you and you dont want to find this out on race day. Now you are on longer runs do you have walking breaks,maybe 1 min every 10, this works well for me, just freshens your legs up a bit without losing much time, I plod about 10 min miles and walking at a brisk pace only loses me 60metres each time but makes me feel much better. Some of your posts mention speed, have you tried once a week doing a short run and during it run as fast as is comfortable for 50 yards a few times during the middle section of it.

Also your insane 5 minutes, expect that on the day as well, I always have that around about 20 miles, you get over it, the emotions make this distance the thing that makes the finish line one of the best feelings in the world.

Running world new look magazine

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 11:19

Yes there is a difference but it doesnt seem to have altered that much. On the whole I am happy with the change, it seems quite clear, and the first few pages less cluttered.

Polar HRM replacement.

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 12:36

A couple of years ago i got watch part serviced by Polar and a new cheststrap, cant recall the price but it was far cheaper than buying new.

Running socks

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 12:09

I have tried twinskin and didnt get on with them, hilly no great improvement, more mile appear to have extra in right places and seem ok, however i always fall back on cheap umbro trainer liners, never had a problem since.

I think sometimes people up their mileage or change shoes and dont give their feet time to adapt. If in doubt vaseline hotspots.

Improving marathon time

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 12:24

I think AGF is suggesting the training plan, which I have forgotten the name, where you do a few months of very slow runs just basically building on the time, this builds up the capillaries in the legs. Then when you start faster training your legs are fine tuned for the distance. I tried it on a couple of runs and found it hard work as it was so slow. However, starting this early for the London, it could well be a good plan.

Help! Marathon in 3 weeks

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 19:20

2 weeks rest at this point is fine, do the slow plod to re boost your confidence and then do the marathon, just enjoy and if you are after a good time book another marathon for 6 months time, continue the training having had a couple of weeks off after this marathon.

brand spanking new!

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 19:15

yes allow your body to recover, if you really ache you wont run relaxed, you will then make other muscles you didnt use on the first day ache etc etc. however giving yourself an extra 24/48 hrs at this point will be fine, you only ache when you have pushed unused muscles so this is natural and it wont last long, just take it steady, remember hare and totoise, the guy with the shell will be far fitter in a month or two.

Improving marathon time

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 15:17

I would keep up running between now and xmas  doing a long run varying between 8 and 10m once a week and then try improving speed on 2 shorter runs with fartlek and pushes. Also keep up the biking and swimming for variety. Then at xmas you should be in great shape for a 16 week programme.

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