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Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

Discussion in 'Sports Arena' started by platypus, 26 Mar 2007.

  1. md85

    Gangster

    Joined: 23 Sep 2010

    Posts: 315

    I ran in this race (I live here) as well, he finished quicker than I managed 12km! :D There were pretty strong head and side winds for much of the race as well so extra good going, must have been gutted not to drop below 58:00 though!
     
  2. Monkeymatt

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 2 Jan 2010

    Posts: 2,295

    So I did two ParkRun's much earlier in the summer in 32.40 and then 33.21 the next week (It was roasting hot!). Now the cricket season is over I've got back into it and set myself the goal of getting under 30 mins within 4 weeks.

    Last week I achieved 31.11 and today 29.05 so already smashed that target. Outside of ParkRun I've been running twice a week, now going to step it up by joining a running club and by getting myself properly measured for some decent running trainers.

    Is there any brands that you wise people would recommend/avoid?
     
  3. The Darkness

    Hitman

    Joined: 5 Nov 2004

    Posts: 789

    Location: Herts

    Not really, it's a personal thing. If it's a dedicated running store they are unlikely to sell you rubbish.

    Great work on smashing the pb. Next target would be sub 25 :D
     
  4. the1gooner

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 8 Sep 2009

    Posts: 2,260

    Location: Swindon

    A great weekend running.

    Yesterday a PB at my local Swindon parkrun of 21:11 and then today ran the Swindon Half Marathon in a time of 1:36:40 which is just over 10 minutes quicker than I did last year.

    Very happy ☺️
     
  5. SPG

    Soldato

    Joined: 28 Jul 2010

    Posts: 7,160

    A weekend of PBs it seems slowly getting to the 25min parkrun, new pb of 26:50 for me. Not really focusing on it as such but would love to get it down to 22mins in a sprint tri.
     
  6. neilw

    Hitman

    Joined: 14 Feb 2007

    Posts: 595

    I finally managed a sub 90 half marathon yesterday. It was raining heavily which I felt helped keep me cool. I started fast and felt good so just kept going to see if I could make it stick. I got a time of 1:29:23. hit 5k in 20:55, 10k 41:55, and new 10 mile PB (not going to count it tho in 1:07).

    I paced 25min at ParkRun on Saturday, My Parkrun time was 24:59, without any silly adjustments of speed in the last 500m!
     
  7. SPG

    Soldato

    Joined: 28 Jul 2010

    Posts: 7,160

    so true, i thought the silly speed adjustment was compulsory at Park-runs :)
     
  8. neilw

    Hitman

    Joined: 14 Feb 2007

    Posts: 595

    I did joke about running 20min pace then stopping with my arms crossed tapping my foot for 5 mins just before the finish line
     
  9. bingham67

    Soldato

    Joined: 29 May 2005

    Posts: 6,658

    Location: Hertfordshire

    Despite about three runs and half marathon with no right leg issues I thought I was putting the problems behind me.

    I have had 10 days off of running and just been out this morning and it strikes again a mile and half in to my run my right leg gone I had to pull up and walk to run again :(
     
  10. Martynt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Feb 2004

    Posts: 16,086

    Location: Higher Walton

    That must be very frustrating. Did it ease off quickly again as it previous flare ups?

    I've also done very little recently (only just hit 30 miles for the month!) and felt a few niggles in both my ankle and knee.
     
  11. bingham67

    Soldato

    Joined: 29 May 2005

    Posts: 6,658

    Location: Hertfordshire

    It will go away at the 5 mile point but I have to stop a fair few times before then. (that would be mighty frustrating in a race having to pull up alot with people behind)

    Very frustrating I had seen a doctor and was at the stage of getting blood test for muscles and seeing neurology. I decided not to bother I thought I was passed the problems having a run half marathon with no issues and the problem had disappeared in my runs.

    I mean they say that you should rest to get rid of the problems this seems to be the opposite. :/
     
  12. JohnnyDrama

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Jan 2008

    Posts: 1,245

    Location: Doncaster

    I've had a fitbit for several years without issue but seem to have developed an allergic reaction to it, particularly around the heart rate sensor. Fitbit have given a full refund. Any recommendations for a hypoallergenic tracker? Ideally to have GPS, not fussed about heart rate stuff.
     
  13. Martynt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Feb 2004

    Posts: 16,086

    Location: Higher Walton

    Not sure how accurate it is but saw this on a local running clubs Facebook.

    I've had a look and don't see any number on mine so don't know if it means i'm not in or if it's just a bug which was fixed.
     
  14. SPG

    Soldato

    Joined: 28 Jul 2010

    Posts: 7,160

    Anyone use a running POD, was thinking of delving into the realms of ZWIFT for running and the WattsBike on a IPAD whilst in the gym.
     
  15. Monkeymatt

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 2 Jan 2010

    Posts: 2,295

    Haven't joined a running club yet but with the help of some really nice Asics that unlike my old ones actually have some cushioning in them, I've just done a 27.11 time at todays Parkrun. That means I've knocked 4 minutes off in 2 weeks, so in 13 weeks time I should be able to do a 5k in just over one minute :D :p

    It's amazing just how much the mind dominates the body. Ran a very quick(By my standards) first lap and struggled a bit in laps 2 & 3 as a result. With one lap to go I looked at my watch and saw that I could potentially smash my PB and suddenly I felt good as new again! :D
     
  16. Martynt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Feb 2004

    Posts: 16,086

    Location: Higher Walton

    Watched the documentary on the Barkley Marathon on Netflix yesterday. Well worth a watch.

    Some people are ridiculous!
     
  17. daveski

    Mobster

    Joined: 15 Apr 2004

    Posts: 2,668

    Location: Nottingham

    I am thinking about getting one. I use Zwift on the bike at home and have a treadmill so makes sense. Even with Zwift though I think it'll still be boring!
     
  18. Spacedeck

    Mobster

    Joined: 14 Sep 2007

    Posts: 3,084

    Location: West Yorkshire, England

    I managed to get out today for a run, my last run was on 2nd September. Surprisingly it was a very good run. As I haven't run in weeks, I find it strange how my performance hasn't decreased during the time I didn't run, but then once I go out again I actually perform better than I have previously done on that route.

    Over the past 4 weeks I've really struggled to get out running. I've been feeling too anxious to just go out and run even when I've had it planned. It could be the time has past in which I feel comfortable going running, not wanting to pass a load of traffic on the road, fear of performance drop. It's been a struggling 4 weeks but I hope I can make this continue once again!
     
  19. bingham67

    Soldato

    Joined: 29 May 2005

    Posts: 6,658

    Location: Hertfordshire

    Out today for a nice 9 mile run @8:52 AVG pace

    Im starting to live with my right leg problem and I think it happens because I run to fast out the block so ive started slowing up for the first 2 miles.

    Still running in the Nike Next% serving me well once your up to speed in them they feel really nice running seems effortless.
     
  20. neilw

    Hitman

    Joined: 14 Feb 2007

    Posts: 595

    Is anyone else keeping an eye on Eliud Kipchoge 1:59 Challenge? He's due to run sometime in the next few weeks depending on the weather. I'm hoping it's not while I'm t work so I can watch

    https://www.ineos159challenge.com/