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Planning to start C25K

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 13:24

When I first started running, I used the C25K program and was very happy with the results. Over the years, I have stopped and started running and each time I have found I had to start again at the beginning (although it was a little easier each time).

More recently, I have been using the Zombies, Run! 5K application rather than the standard C25K. I find this much more entertaining. Rather than a voice telling you when to walk and when to run, it feels more like a personal trainer encouraging you - plus you get a nice little immersive story in the process.


Printable Calendar

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 11:49

I am currently training for a Half Marathon. In the past, I used to print out a calendar with my training schedule and scrawl notes all over it - runs I had completed/missed, distances etc.

Rather than doing this, I would prefer to be able to upload my run to a website/app and then print a calendar out showing me everything I have done.

I have had a  look around but not really been able to find anything. Does anybody have any ideas?

Thank you

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 15:58

I'm not going to read through 116 pages of posts as a catch up. Instead, I'm goingt o jump right in and join you all

Little over a year ago, my wife left me. Due to this, my running seriously suffered and I began smoking again. I hated myself for this, but I struggled to quit. I tried to run, but the difficulty due to the smoking made me hate it.

About 6 weeks ago, I finally managed to quit smoking with the help of the NHS. Shortly after stopping, I decided I would get out running again, but rather than attempt to start back from where I left off, I thought it best to start from the very begining Week 1 Day 1 of the C25K programme.

Well, almost C25K - I've downloaded Zombes, Run 5K programme instead. Very very similar, but more enjoyable (in my opinion). (That's all I'm saying about it - this isn't a sales pitch!!!)

Anyway, back on track. I am now 5 weeks into my running and am really enjoying myself again. I can feel the improvements which are coming on so much quickler than I ever imagined (I run/walk about 5 miles in an hour). When I first started running, I was really struggling at this stage, but this time round, I know I could give more. Still, I am not going to get cocky. I am going to finish my programme.

Once I Have finished my 'start over' plan, I'll take it easy for a couple of weeks (Christmas/New Year) and go out for some easy runs to keep me ticking over. Following that I am planning to train for a Half Marathon at the end of March.

I am enjoying running so much again

Garmin 305 HRM

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 16:42

I'd say the belt is about 18 months old. It still has plenty of eleacticity in it and I can still tighten it up a little before it becomes too loose.

I've got some water based gel which I am going to try tonight after giving it a wash. If that fails, then the hard reset of the watch will be the next step (I am assuming that this will force me to re-pair the device)

Garmin 305 HRM

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 12:02


 I have a different route which has similar results. I'll try a hard reset tonight. At a push, I might be able to borrow a friends HRM and see if I can pair with that.

Garmin 305 HRM

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 10:21

I am running around a park that doesn't have anything nearby (that I am aware of) that would cause any interference - it certainly hasn't in the past.

While the drop in HR does coincide with a drop in pace, there is no way that my HR was exactly 180 for about a minute and a half and then instantly dropped to 150, this would be a gradual process.

Part of me is thinking that it may be the contacts, but I sweat enough to ensure that this shouldn't be the case. I will be trying some gel tonight to make sure, but I'm not convinced this is the issue...

Last resort will be to do a hard reset on the watch, but I'd like to avoid this if necessarry!

Garmin 305 HRM

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 09:58

I have not been out running for about 6 months due to some personal issues. Over this time, I started smoking again and have now managed to kick the habit (I hope) and start running again.

 Because of this, I am eager to use my Heart Rate Monitor to see how my HR improves over time as I use this as a guide to my increasing fitness.

The first time I went out for a run, when looking back over my stats, I noticed that the HRM readings werevery strange. Basically, it would appear that it is only taking a reading at intervals. Rather than a nice graph that jumps about everywhere, this is very blocky, with me having the same reading for a period of time and the instantly dropping by about 30 bps. 

My initial thought was that there was a problem with the battery so I have now removed this and replaced it. Unfortunately this hasn't seemed to help.

When I went out for my last run, I was watching the read out a little more closely and it seemed to have a constant connection.

I tried to rescan the HRM but this didn't seem to help. I then removed it and readded it rescanning, but again, this made no difference.

Is there anything else I can try?

You can see what I mean from this run -
My Run

Many thanks,


Posted: 17/10/2011 at 16:00

The only incident I've had with a dog is one massive furball running at me as I ran through the park. I'm not quite sure how it happend, but I ended up kneeing the dog in the head. It was far from intentional and fortunately only a slight knock. On the plus side, the dog veered off and left me alone.

The owner, an elderly man looked slightly confused as if he wasn't quite sure what had happened (which to be fair he probably didn't).

Other than that I have in general been ignored by most dogs - although there have certainly been a few where I've been worried that they'll pounce!

Running gloves/other winter stuff?

Posted: 16/10/2011 at 14:36
In general, I wear my running bottoms (long), a tech top and a dayglo running jacket. I then have some running gloves (which I hate). These help keep some of the chill off and by the time I have warmed up enough, I take them off and put them in the pocket of my jacket.

'Jog love jog!' and other less motivational comments

Posted: 13/10/2011 at 16:41
dhale750 wrote (see)
I cannot believe no one has encountered the 'classic', and now the most UNORIGINAL comment that I hear more than anything else...'RUN FOREST RUN' (in an American accent).

On Tuesday I was out with the Sweatshop Running Community. For this session there were about 30 of us (which is a lot compared to most weeks).

At the lead of the group, a bunch of kids, late teens started the heckling, mainly with 'Run Forrest Run'. One of the larger blockes decided to then run along side me. He thought he was taking the piss but I happily invited him to join in our session. I told him that we had a boot camp with circuit training planned (which was true - and damn painful). At that point he looked at his own belly "what, with this?" I said why not and he stopped and walked off.

It is strange, but most of the time I have had heckling has been when I've been out in groups.  Usually they try to run alongside you thinking they can show you up, but they quickly drop away when they realise it isn't as easy s they think. I think me shouting encouragement at them normally embarreses them enough to get rid of them

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