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Cant look at the 3D on my work computer, infact for some reason I cant get on the event website to print of the map now
I reckon I am defo gonna do this one, i have just emailed them to check I am ok to sign up on the day I understand its short notice for you Silver and of course your commitments are alot more hectic
Well I went out with the other running group last night 'Run England' in Daventry and I enjoyed it so much lovely bunch of people of all abilities and fortunately another new lady started who even better ran at my pace I will defo be joining them every Weds when I can get to them on time (5.15 start) they only do about 45 mins so around 5-6K but the good thing is they change it every week so do hill and speed work.
Supposedly out with Daventry Road Runners tonight but need to phone later to see who is running. I think the way I feel is, I will join both clubs and do one night a week with each or if I feel upto it both nights with DRR, its a harder run with them though and 7pm start which is not ideal
I am really lucky and work flexi time. My drive to work is about 20 mins, I always start at 8 as I miss traffic that way then I finish anytime I want as long as I have accrued hours and my boss is ok with it. There is only the 2 of us in our dept. so if my boss is off or wants to go early I have to stay till 5 otherwise the majority of time I will finish earlier. Its really great to be honest as it also allows me to accrue an extra 12 days holiday a year
Daventry where both running clubs are are about a 10min drive from home so if I can finish work say 4.30ish every weds then I can make the 5.15 run. The other club on tues and thurs is 7pm so you can prob see why I hate hanging about till then
And as you can prob guess I post on here when I am at work and rarely go on the computer at home, hence the no posts evenings and weekends and dont use my phone for internet
I have no idea what some of these faces mean but I no I am an hahaha
I have a treadmill, I bought it off a work colleague for £50 its a few years old but hardly used, It fits snuggly in our little study. When I got it back in May I used it loads thats when I quit the gym and joined this forum. This lot on here then encouraged me to get out roadrunning so its not used as much now but I know its going to be useful in the winter months. If you have room for one I would defo get one they are handy when you cant be bothered to venture out and also good for some speed work but nothing beats the great outdoors
Am off soon, still not sure if I am club running tonight so catch you 2moz, have a good evening
Hey dont worry about turning 40, I am 44 in a couple of weeks
Had a great club run last night, just me and two ladies I had not met before and we all ran at the same pace which was great I could even hold a conversation haha so my mind is made up, I join both clubs and run whenever I can with who I can each week feel better now thats all sorted, I was a tad nervous but then I am never one to shy away from such things nothing ventured ah
This morning truly was a beautiful one, loads of mist over the fields here with the sun behind it. I even did a 'wow look at that' out loud in the car haha
So Silver are you up for the 7K today I hope so
Defo doing the Bucks 10K, had email, no probs joining on the day
I think we should re-name this thread the 'Silver & Boo Chatroom & sometimes Suzie' haha
If every you feel like jumping into another thread the 'help support & Inspiration' thread is one I use alot. These are the people that have helped me from the beginning and a nice little community of us. One of the chaps, Mykey, keeps a running list of all our races we are entering which is cool go on don't me shy *shoves silver in there*
I like our chats in here though so lets keep this going
Hope you don't mind me joining in your thread but it seemed a lot less intimidating than some of the others which seem to have been going forever.
I have been well and truly bitten by the running bug having starting jogging on a treadmill in May to try to get a bit fitter and lose some weight.
Eventually plucked up the courage to go outside in mid August and have had a run every other day since then.
I've steadily built up whilst trying to follow a plan I found on the net for someone training for their first ever 10k.
Things have gone pretty well with only the odd hiccup but the 10k that I entered in my hometown is this Sunday and I'm getting more and more nervous as the day approaches!
Hey don't beat yourself up, you went out and ran didn't you
Remember this time last week when I was feeling totally drained and tried to do the ressy run ran half walked the rest and felt rubish about it not to mention the whole keys and smashing window episode It happens to us all
Everything you have mentioned is exactly what I felt, running club and not eating right etc etc
Have a total rest this weekend from running, I am always surprised how much it helps. I remember recently having a rest for 4 days and thinking how lazy I was then went out and did my first 10K on my own
Go into the weekend feeling good that you actually went out today and ran < I hope you are smiling now
No problem joining in. I also found the other threads a bit much with the same people using them all the time so I've come to rest here with other like minded and less intimidating souls!
You started not long after myself (April) and seem to be at a similar point now - working up to 10k. In fact if you are running 10k this weekend you are probably ahead of me.
Wheres your local race? Its not the Buckingham one is it. I was desperate to enter this one but just can't make it.
I find everyone supportive on here so keep posting and let us know how you get on. Oh!, and of course, the best of luck for Sunday.
Thanks Booey - you always manage to cheer me up. Your support is mucho appreciated as always!
I just hate walking as I feel a bit of a Div in running gear looking like Im just out for a stroll! Got a couple of funny looks from the dog walkers but what the hell - its a one off.
If you are doing your flexi-time thing and finishing early today have agreat weekend and good luck for the Buckingham 10k. Not sure what I'm going to do this weekend without someone to talk to on here - may have to explore the other threads. Gulp!
Thanks a lot Silvertop,
It is in Tamworth in Staffordshire.
Hoping that I'm prepared for it physically as I've tried to increase the distances I've run fairly slowly and managed to run almost 10k in my last long(well long for me) run last Sunday.
Its more the mental part that worries me, not knowing the way things work, being intimidated by faster proper runners, falling in the canal
I've had experiences similar to yours today, I had to stop just after half way through a 4 mile run a couple of weeks ago and it left me really demoralised but went out two days later and I was okay again.
Not sure what happened but guess my body was trying to tell me something.
Sure you will be fine after the weekend.
Stripes - welcome to our cosy forum thread please join us, Silver and I and Suzie when she cares to pop in welcome you
Is your 10K Buckingham? say yes say yes thats the one I am doing. Don't be nervous you will love it, I well and truly have the racing bug and would do one every weekend if I could
Silver - glad you feeling better and stuff the dog walkers haha
I was just pondering what time to leave very soon hopefully, so you have a great weekend also and send me good vipes for Sunday I may well pop on tomorrow as I need to look at the map for sunday, I cant seem to get onto the race organisers website from work
Thanks a lot.
Hope your race goes well.
Will report back on mine on Monday.
Stripes - I felt very nervous about my first club run on Tuesday but it wasn’t anything to worry about and I managed to keep up with the average runners in the middle of the group ok. I have to say everyone I have met on this forum and at the club has been nothing but supportive which has made it very easy to fit in. Running seems to be a sport which unites people rather than divides them which is why I like it – that and the other reasons that have been mentioned above.
I share your trepidation as I’m quite shy in these situations myself but I’m sure you will be fine once you get there and even better once you start running as there’s not a lot that can go wrong from that point – unless you really do fall in the canal!
If nothing else think to yourself that you have to do it so you can report back here on Monday. It was the thought of telling Booey that I had chickened out of the club run on Tuesday that made me go through with it! We’ll be expecting a report before mid-day on Monday!
Will do. You will laugh but I've already got my kit ready and my number pinned to my T-Shirt!
I am out all day tomorrow at football but won't be drinking because of Sunday so will get plenty of stick from my mates no doubt
I had a look at the website of my local running club after reading your thread but I'm not sure I'm quite ready for such a big step yet.
If Sunday goes okay I may give it more thought.
Have you been for a fitting at a local specialist running shop? I am currently wearing £40 chain sports shop trainers which seem fine to me but reading some of the stuff on here has got me worrying that I am making a mistake by carrying on in them.
Well I am all carbed up ready for 2moz I cant wait I am so excited, Stripes you will love the race believe me and just want to do more and more to beat your times
My bag is packed ready also, but then its always ready to be honest
I went to Sweatshop for my runners as I knew they did gait analysis. I went to the MK Shop and they were so helpful, I tried a few different ones on and they got me running up and down the shop to watch how I ran. I came away with a pair of Asics £55 in the sale and I can honestly say they have been perfect since that day, no rubs blisters nothing. Oh and don't forget to go up a size, this is normal for running as your feel expand.
Silver - hope your day is going good, I will try and give my race report 2moz night if not monday
Thanks both for the advice. Will go get a gait analysis done at the closest specialist shop to me, will have to wait until I've got some spare cash though!
Silver, I looked at the Park Run website after seeing it mentioned on here but there isn't one close to me. The closest one is over half an hour drive away and like you Saturday morning isn't really very good for me. I'm either working or getting ready to go to a football match.
I started out on a treadmill before I dared go outside, they are handy to have for really bad weather and from what I've read they are useful for speedwork(not sure I'll ever get to that stage ) but boy are they dull. I got up to over half an hour on it but not sure I could ever take much more.
Boo, enjoy your race. Thanks for the encouragement. Getting more nervous as it gets closer!
Well I did it!
Very nervous this morning but had slept okay when I eventually managed to drop off.
Had a banana for breakfast which was maybe a mistake had to pop into work on short drive to the start which turned out to be a blessing!
Was quite cold so kept my jacket on after parking up and went for a walk to the start area to see how things worked.
Found the start, felt very intimidated by all the serious looking runners so went back to car, got rid of jacket and did some stretches in the car park.
Got back near the start but didn't want to stand still so just kept walking around, with a couple of very short jogs, to try to keep the cold at bay.
When everyone got called in to the start I positioned myself near the back, I noticed I was one of the only men this far back
We were off before I knew it, think it was a couple of minutes early and kind of took me by surprise but I felt comfortable almost straight away once I realised I wasn't surrounded by Olympic quality athletes and soon settled into a rhythm.
Breathing felt good and as this was my first race I hadn't realised how much help it is having so many people around you.
My plan was to start slowly since my main aim was to finish, and the only vague aim I had timewise was to get under an hour.
Went through the first km in about 5.30 and felt great. Was passing lots of people and started using them as targets and also started to appreciate how you can latch onto someone and be towed along.
Didn't see the 2km marker and managed to forget to check my time at 3km but still felt I was taking it very steady.
Where I live means that all my training runs involve what I think is a fairly steep hill on the way home but this course was as flat as a pancake so when we finished the first lap I was still feeling great and was happy to go through 5km in about 27minutes.
When we reached the canal section the second time I was confident that unless I did something really silly I woud finish so I started to pick up my pace and latched onto the back of one guy who was overtaking lots of people.
All went swimmingly well, so much so that I went past my pacemaker and maybe started to push too much as I started to struggle a bit inside the last km.
Was relieved to see the finish line come into view but it spurred me on and managed to produce a little bit of a sprint finish(by my standards I must add )
Finished in about 51 minutes I think. Was so tired I forgot to hit the stop on my watch!
Got water, energy drink, banana and a nice Paperweight as a momento.
Walked around to try to warm down and then went along the finishing straight to cheer people crossing the line.
All in all it was a great experience, I am still buzzing as I write this and Booey you were right, I can't wait to do another one!