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A question of motivation

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 10:34

Thanks for the various replies. Some kind of predictable some helpful. 

I want to be fit and healthy for my little girl and to be able to grow up with her. I guess I've just gone off it all and finding something new might be the key. What that is I don't know.

It's a shame because I loved running.

I'm definitely not depressed though, I have everything I could want and although I don't spend my days permanently happy (who does?) I am in a wonderfully settled place in my life. I just seem to have lost the enjoyment for running.

A question of motivation

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 16:55

In 2012 I caught the running bug. I entered the half marathon Run to the Beat in London and started to push on with my training. The shin splints stopped me dead in my tracks. So much pain.

Three weeks before the race and having not run in three to four months the race pack turned up and I decided that I was going to do this race. A fire was lit and with only three weeks prep I ran it in 1hr 55 minutes.

I carried on running, looking for a cure for the shin splints while pushing myself on to faster and further distances. In January 2013 I had what I thought was a promising relationship fail and I decided that I'd stick to running.

I entered a number of races at various distances, including giving myself 3 months to train for my first marathon in Hamburg. A month before the marathon I was running 13.1 miles for enjoyment on a Friday night after work, I was fitter and healthier than I had ever been. I loved running and it made everything seem better. My body was stronger, my mind sharper and I was happier.

The marathon took its toll though. I wasn't able to run for about 4 months after due to a couple of injuries and it was almost a year before I felt injury free. In that time I met someone and I am now preparing for our wedding and our first baby. I am even happier than I was when I was running all those miles. Unfortunately I think being happy might be part of the problem. I used to run to let all the rubbish go, now there is no need.

Last year I started training a bit again and this time aimed for speed. I got my first sub 20 5km, a sub 45 10km and a 1.38 half marathon but if I'm honest I didn't enjoy the training. The achievements were great, but the build up was a slog.

This year I just can't get going. Little pains that would never have stopped me two years ago now give me an excuse to put the PS4 on instead. I don't get the buzz from finishing a run like I used to. I want to train and run regularly, I don't want to become a rotund middle age father, but finding the drive to do it is really tough at the moment.

I'm wondering if anyone has any good ideas to help me get back out there, or gone through the same and came through the other side?

A little encouragement needed!!

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 21:15

Your shoes will make little or no difference to the impact. When you calculate the numbers you will see why. Running puts a tremendous stress on your body and at nearly 20st that is all the more relevant. I'd recommend mixing your running with some cycling and or swimming for some lower impact training.

As said above I recommend a walk run program. Keep your calories in check. Running is great exercise, but people have a tendency to reward themselves with treats that undo all the good work and then some on top. It is really hard to run from a bad diet.

Get some advice on running technique. Try not to stretch your legs out too far in front of you, your feet should land below your knees. Anything in front of that is putting extreme force through your knees and hips and is actually slowing you down.

Enjoy the progress you make, but take it slow. Pushing it too hard will lead to injury and that can be devastating when you are making good progress. Remember slow and steady progress is the best way forward.

Good luck buddy, I was 17 and a half stone at one point, now happily at 13st 6, I've been there and done it. The sacrifice is worth it!

5k in under 20 minutes - Beginner

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 17:53

Mate it took me about 2 years to break the 20 minute mark (by 2 seconds) it is no easy feet.

I don't know what your base fitness is like, but you sound similar to my level when I started running regularly.

Rather than speed I went for distance and thought I could run a marathon within 6 months of picking it up proper. It broke me for the next 4 months.

It isn't worth it in the long run. Nice and easy and build it up gradually!

IT Band - trainers?

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 17:49

You seem to be running at a reasonable level and I imagine that means you are covering a lot of miles. Some of this injury could be as simple as too many miles without the necessary base fitness behind it. Only you will know if you have been pushing that too far though.

For me personally I think structured support shoes are a nightmare for most runners. I think they encourage the foot into an unnatural shape and position and keep it there throughout a run when a foot should be able to turn and mould itself to the run, it should be the point of contact that fires all the other muscles off in your legs and right up to your core. A support shoe stops lots of this happening.

For me a neutral shoe is the right shoe for most people, I mean the name even suggests it. If you have been running for a long time, your body should be able to cope with you feet having a bit more freedom!

As for the shoes, well you just need to try a load on. Personally I'd stay away from anything Nike. The people in their shops have no clue about how any of their shoes work or who they are supposed to be for and having tried to talk to Nike about it, I feel like most of the company doesn't have a clue either! To me they entice you in with good (fashion) design, but the substance isn't there behind it.

I'd do a load of research, then wait for a sale while you recover then go and try a load on and see how you get on.

weight not dropping - hit a plateau

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 13:05

Maybe weight loss being your goal is unhelpful at this stage. Many find that after they have been training for a while the weight loss stops, but there are still other changes that go along the way.

My body shape certainly changed when I started marathon training without losing any weight. I looked more athletic, I was fitter and stronger, my resting pulse rate and blood pressure fell.

All this while the weight didn't move an inch.

Sometimes keeping track of your weight is just demoralising.

Is this Plantar Fasciitis?

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 10:50

It is a massive pain to get rid of and because of the type of tissue it is it doesn't heal well.

The give away with PF in terms of diagnosis will be that it hurts like hell first thing in the morning and at the beginning of a run, it will slowly diminish on a run or when you walk and then return with a vengeance after rest or the next day.

There are a few things you can do to deal with it in my experience.

- Stop running until it goes away
- Sports orthotics might help to support the arch and allow it to heal (It worked for me)
- Put up with the pain using massage and pain killers. Although be aware if you are running long distances and using anti-inflammatories your stomach will hate you and it could damage your kidneys. Gels are therefore preferable.

26.6.15 I started running.

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 18:44

Backing up the whole calories burned thing. 1600m will at a reasonable pace burn approximately 150 cals which is so very easily by passed with one chocolate bar!

So if you are looking at running for weight loss make sure you have a look at your diet too.

I'd advise writing everything you eat down and using online guides to write down the calorie in take and what you lose through exercise. It will focus your mind on things and make sure you aren't rewarding yourself too much.

Good luck with the rehab, recovery and running.

Is it highly likely when you get faster you'll migrate to racing flats?

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 18:18

This is all preference. I ran last year in very light weight flat shoe. I loved them and I was fast but then again I came away with more little niggles and injuries from the transition.

I've decided that the pain of all the little injuries wasn't worth the speed gain.

But that's just me.

Help, foot injury before marathon

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 17:26

You will be one of hundreds out there who have some sort of over training niggle or injury.

Just have to decide if you can run it or not.

At this stage I'd rest until the day and just do it.

Everything is going to hurt on the day anyway!

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