Best of the forum: Beginners

Heath and Injury | Motivation | Nutrition | Racing | Shoes + Kit | Training | Weight-loss | Credits

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HEALTH AND INJURY FOR BEGINNERS
Back hurts!
Blisters - help!
Breathing problems - is there a technique?
Cramps/stitches and how to avoid them
Feet - can I avoid black or missing toenails?
Feet burning on sole
Hay fever has got me in its evil grip
Knee problems advice for professional help
Knee swelling problems…
Knees- strengthening exercises
Sciatica
Shin splints - help!
Smoking - just stopped, lungs feel terrible..
Smoking - want to stop…
Stitch - how to beat them pt1
Stitch - how to beat them pt2
Stomach cramp - yuk
Sweat - do I sweat too much?
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MOTIVATION FOR BEGINNERS
A success story
Am I good enough to join a club?
Encouragement needed - I've had a break and winter's coming!
Encouragement needed after setback
FeeI like I'm getting nowhere! - need inspiration pt1
Give me a fix for my first race!
I could do eight miles, but now I keep walking…
I want to run, but I have no motivation (great thread!)
I was rubbish on my run…
What keeps you going?
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NUTRITION FOR BEGINNERS
Carbs without dairy and wheat - any ideas?
Food before running
High energy drinks and losing weight…
I want to have energy, but to lose weight too…
Should I eat after a run?
What will fill me up?
RACING FOR BEGINNERS
10K - how to train for one?
5K to 10K - the 10K schedules look complex…
First race - will I be last?
First race nerves
Headaches - tips to avoid them…
Marathon - is it a good idea so soon?
Race pace - what to aim for in a 5K?
Race pace - what to aim for in a half-marathon? I've done 10 miles
Run-walking analysis by professor Tim Noakes
Undulating course - what's that??
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SHOES AND KIT FOR BEGINNERS
Bad weather - what rain gear?
Gear - what gear?
Gear - winter clothing (not too hot, not too, cold…)
General - running shoes or a heart rate monitor? what first?
Shoes - decent trainers - help?
Shoes - for heavy runners
Shoes - how do I clean them?
Shoes - too tight?
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TRAINING FOR BEGINNERS
Children and your running
Complete beginner - all advice and goals welcome
Heart rate - resting HR and HR training…
Heart rate monitor zones seem wrong pt1
Heart rate monitor zones seem wrong pt2
Heart rate monitor zones seem wrong pt3
Heart rate monitors - only for experienced runners?
Hills - how to cope with them??
Pace - what speed is 'normal'?
Progress - does it get any easier? Pt1
Progress - does it get any easier? Pt2
Progress - does it get any easier? Pt3
Progress - how to leap to 30 minutes non-sop?
Progress - I can run for 30mins. What next?
Progress - I've got stuck at 2.5 miles…
Progress - too far too fast?
Progress - was my first three-mile run good enough?
Schedule - I'm all-new. Which programme should I follow?
Schedule - should I run more than alternate days?
Surfaces - road or treadmill?
Surfaces - which are best?
Timing - early morning running - how??
Timing - how do you find time to run?
Treadmill workouts - all suggestions welcome
Treadmills - easier than outside?
Weightlifting tips for runners (without bulking up!)
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WEIGHT LOSS FOR BEGINNERS
A 15 stone beginner…
A delay before losing weight…
Eating for energy and weight loss
Half a stone that just won't shift
Losing weight and getting back to running - a long thread!
Over-weight beginner - help!
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