Susi Stimpson

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Leicester City Half-Marathon

Posted: 09/10/2008 at 21:12
Does anyone know when the race packs are being sent out because I'm getting a bit worried as not received anything yet and it's only a week to go!!!!!!

You know when you're a 'real' runner when....

Posted: 16/06/2008 at 21:23

I'm with you Swittle, I found myself touching my toes at the photocopier the other day and standing in the Loo's doing the same.

...when you keep a running diary

....when you check the colour of your pee to see if you're hydrated enough to run later

......when you sit on Runners world when you're not actually running listening to other people talking about running

....when your washing machine is constantly churning out running gear

....when you get angry cus your husband put softener in your Nike Dri fit running gear and the label says not to


Posted: 16/06/2008 at 21:07

Hiya Kate

Are you trying to run too fast? I ran a much faster pace yesterday than I normally do and my legs are really aching tonight.  I usually have a very gentle jog for about a mile then I stop and stretch before continuing with the rest of my run.  I then stretch for about 5 minutes when I get home which usually stops any aches and pains.

Have some hot baths, rest as much as possible but maybe go for a walk instead of a run next time just to warm the muscles then have a good stretch when you get home again and get hubby to give you a massage (if you can you're lucky, mine hates doing mine!)

I know it's hard to stop yourself running quicker than you really should but believe me it's really helped me increase my distance by slowing right down.

Don't lose heart and if all else fails take pain killers before you start, read your book cus it tells you which ones you should and shouldn't take if your running.

Good luck


In what ways has running benefited you?

Posted: 09/06/2008 at 21:01

I've become a happier person from running, I have pride in something I can do and have done myself with nobody else's help (except you guys) I'm losing weight I hadn't realised I had gained, I have always wanted to be able to run and used to have dreams of running along which was as effortless as walking and sometimes I actually achieve that!!!!!

When I am in a foul mood before I run I come back grinning from ear to ear and when I have a bad run it makes me more determined the next time I go out to do better.  So far I haven't found any drawbacks from running and love the fact I can eat what I like and I'm not gaining any weight.  My bum feels tighter, my legs feel stronger, even my arms have muscle again but the best effect for me is my sense of pride and feeling of happiness.

I'm so pleased with myself

Posted: 09/06/2008 at 20:50

Well done Kate

I share your glowing pride girly, I know exactly where your coming from and congratulate you.  It's the best feeling in the world when you keep going isn't it, you will be amazed in a few more weeks you mark my words.  I can now run non stop for between 30 and 45 minutes and I only started running in the middle of march.  Just remember to take it slowly and you'll be amazed how quickly your stamina will build.  I don't know about you but I can go for a run in the foulest mood and when I get back I'm all smiles and the nicest person in the's like taking a happy pill

You keep feeling proud and let me know the next time you go out for a run how you did, we can pat each other on the back.

Take care and well done again


Total, absolute beginner seeking encouragement

Posted: 09/06/2008 at 20:42

Hi Anna

I haven't really looked for anything else yet, it's been a big enough jump to sign up for a race at all as I have nobody to train with or run with and I'm the sort of person who needs support.  I am enjoying my running though and have had a couple of good runs since my last tough one so I know what you mean about needing the odd bad one to appreciate the good ones.  I was supposed to run tonight but I thought it best to sit it out tonight in all this god it's hot!

I found what I thought was a shorter route the other day for my inbetween runs when I'm not aiming for a long distance, or so I thought, it's still 4½ miles so I was quite impressed with myself and I'm managing to do it in 40 minutes without pushing myself.

How long was your race for life?


Total, absolute beginner seeking encouragement

Posted: 05/06/2008 at 20:51


 Nice to hear someone else doing the Leicester Half, I applied through Runners World and have had confirmation that I am entered so look through the races and get your name down.  I've been out running tonight only for 40 minutes but included some hills and it was really hard going.  I had such a great run on tuesday night and tonight it was hard amazes me how you can have a good run then a horrible one, I just hope on the day of the race it turns out to be a good run or I've had it .

I have been thinking about entering a shorter race before then too, which one are you doing or don't you know yet?


Sound vs Silence

Posted: 04/06/2008 at 20:21

I'm a relatively newby runner and I started out with an ipod shuffle, I thought I'd need the music to stop me getting bored but having ran yesterday without it I actually ran much better and felt in control.  When I have my ipod on I can't hear my breathing (Which was the main reason I wore one initially because listening to me panting put me off) and the speed of the song made me run faster or slower. As an inexperienced runner I fthink this made me go too fast too soon and hence I was getting really tired too quick and feeling despondant because I felt so out of breath all the time.

My run yesterday without the music was more controlled and to my own rhythm which resulted in me running non-stop for 45 minutes over 5½ miles.

I think I'll use the ipod for shorter faster training sessions and go au naturel for the distances from now on........also you can't hear the birds with Madonna in your ears!!!

Total, absolute beginner seeking encouragement

Posted: 04/06/2008 at 20:09

Hiya Kate

I started running in march and couldn't make it to the end of the street, I used the same book as you and it's been like a bible to me, I love it.

I did what you have and entered myself for a race too, I'm doing the Leicester Half Marathon in October and like yourself had a major panick after I'd done it.  That's when I discovered Runners World and I've had some fabulous support from lots of lovely people and training advice to boot.

I managed a 5½ mile run last night without any walk breaks in 45 minutes, thats a PB for me and I'm feeling really confident for the first time since I started running.

I'm running every other day for about 30-40 minutes with one longer distance run per week and it seems to be working so we'll see how we do in our respective races.

Keep up the good work, you'll be twice as good as your are already in another 5 weeks, you wait and see.

Take care


Just entered for my first race..........regretting it already

Posted: 03/06/2008 at 20:58

6am!!!! no not much chance I would see you then, I'm up but not out running .  I have to tell you about my run tonight, as you are local you'll appreciate how far I have run.......I ran from Newbold to Kirby Muxloe church in 45 minutes  it has to be more than 5 miles and my pb on 5 miles is 60 minutes so I am feeling pretty amazing right now.  I ran without my Ipod and wow what a difference, when I listen to music I tend to run to the beat and as my music is all pretty fast I think I have been trying to go too fast.  Without the music I ran a much easier pace and didn't need any walk breaks tonight and covered a lot more ground.  I think the music will have to be restricted to the shorter faster runs from now on.

I'll check out the picture and am definitely considering joining so will keep you posted.  Take care mrs speak to you again soon xx

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