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Obese begginner running?

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 21:39

Don't rely on running to lose weight. It can help, but diet is the main part. Losing weight will make running easier. 

As as others have said, start slowly. Try a couch to 5k app, but don't feel you have to progress as quickly as it suggests - some go over 6 or 8 weeks. I did one that was over 10 weeks, but I repeated multiple weeks so that it took much longer. When I originally did this, it was 3 years ago and then I got out of the habit for 2 years and have only recently taken up running again. 3 years ago I was running, but not paying much attention to my diet, so I wasn't losing weight. This year I've lost 1.5 stone and I am getting better times already than I was after much longer running 3 years ago. 

Evening run

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 20:19

The only way I can run in the evening is to do it straight after work and before I get home. I take running gear to work and change before I leave, drive to where the kids are in after school club, run, then collect the kids. If I go home, or in particular if I sit down on the sofa, then all is lost. I also run in the evening when the kids are in a karate class. I have to be there anyway and it's pretty dull sitting watching. It's an hour long, so that gives me time for a run followed by a shower in the sports centre where karate is happening.  

How accurately are Parkruns measured?

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 20:29

Thanks for that link 2-wheels - it makes me realise I'm not obsessive at all!

How accurately are Parkruns measured?

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 20:24

It's the margin of error on the device that I'm thinking of though. I'm trying to run 3 times a week, one of which is Parkrun. The other 2 runs I run 5k as measured by my phone and I believe it but then do I compare that time with what my phone measures as 5k of the Parkrun or do I compare it to the whole Parkrun. I know, it doesn't really matter...

Dizziness and near 'blackouts'... Newbie!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 13:05

I agree with others, that with those symptoms, you HAVE to go see your GP. 

However, if the GP is happy you're okay, then it probably is just a question of slowing down even more on the runs or running for shorter periods.

I know you say you can walk almost as fast, but running is a different action and is more tiring than walking even at the same pace. If you can't carry out a conversation whilst running (even a breathless, slightly incoherent one counts) and you are exhausted afterwards, then you are clearly working harder than you think

You say you are a little overweight. As someone who is more than a little overweight, don't underestimate the effect that can have on your ability to run. However overweight you are, imagine that weight on your back in a rucksack (this is what I am currently repeatedly telling myself and every little bit off is going to help!).

And if it is just overweight/ lack of fitness, then the good news is it will get better. Just stick at it. 

But please see your GP and get it confirmed that that is all it is. 

How accurately are Parkruns measured?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 23:30

No, it won't break the diet plan, and I don't eat all the calories back (but I generally eat some of them) - it just gives me a bit of leeway. Overall it doesn't really matter, I just want to know how far I've run and how fast. In the great scheme of things, it doesn't matter a button, I'd just like to know. Because I'm an obsessive control freak (until I get bored)...And I don't know whether I'm overestimating how far I'm running on other days, underestimating on Parkrun days, or possibly neither as the non-Parkrun routes I run have much less tree cover. 

How accurately are Parkruns measured?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 17:58

Well, yes, this was my thought, but there again it's not showing me running wildly off it, more just parallel to it. Not enough to it add on 0.5k - or I wouldn't have thought so.  

How accurately are Parkruns measured?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 17:39

I've done our local Parkrun three times now. I use Endomondo on my phone to time/measure it (and it adds the calories I've burned into My Fitness Pal, so I get to eat more!), but it consistently comes up as over 5k. Almost 5.5 in fact.

There re are quite a few trees, and looking at the map of my run it does have me running off the path at times, so I suppose it could be wrong, but I assume it's correct when I run elsewhere.

So, am I running more than 5k, or does it mean that when I'm running elsewhere and I think I've done 5k, I haven't?

Shoes - anyone wear Nike Lunarglide?

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 14:39

Thanks for the advice, and the websites!

Shoes - anyone wear Nike Lunarglide?

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 20:50

I started running 4 years ago...and kept it up for a year or so. Occasional efforts since then, but only really got back to it in the last couple of months. I thought my running shoes were fine, but the soles are quite worn, so thought I probably need some new ones. 

When i I bought the ones I have, I read an article in Runners World, which had a table of support/ no support, heavy weight/light weight etc and I picked a pair that sounded right, tried them in a shop and then bought them online. They are really comfy and actually fit me (not a common occurrence in shoes, in my experience).  But I think this may have been beginners luck. They are Nike Lunarglide 4, which I'd happily buy again, but of course you can't, and nowhere local has Nike Lunarglide 7 which is the current version. 

I went to DWsports today (the only local shop which does gait analysis) and was told I need support (current shoes are 'support' shoes) but also insoles as I over pronate so much. Still over pronate as much in my current shoes. 

Thing is, I may over pronate, but I don't get foot or leg pain, so what does it matter? Plus I think I overpronate because I have hyper mobile ankle joints, not because I have felt arches, so no shoe is really going to correct for that. 

He suggested Asics "because their shoes are designed for running", but I have a broad foot and I'd need a size larger in the Asics. I'd rather have a shoe that fits me and feels comfortable than one that is a size larger and supposedly corrects something that isn't causing me a problem.

We we went through a variety of shoes and I left without buying anything. If I just go to Sports Direct and buy something that feels comfortable, am I going to regret it?

Or should I just buy the Nike Lunarglide 7 online? Will they be the same fit? Anyone worn older and newer Lunarglides to compare?

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