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Have taken the plunge and entered the Robin Hood half (my first half marathon) which is at the end of September.
I am intending on following one of the taining plans on this site which I will start in the middle of June. Have also got a couple of 10k's booked in (one in 4 weeks and another in August ) so hopefully they'll be good training.
I have been doing a bit of hill work to help out with my speed, including the suggestion from Nick, so hopefully over the next few weeks I'll start to see an improvement.
Got a bit of a hamstring 'niggle' at the moment, hopefully nothing serious and just something I picked up yesteday which will ease over the next couple of days.
Hope the original person who started this thread is still making progress?
Hey Tommy... I hope to enter the Robin Hood as well. I'll be back in the country by then so hopefully fit and rearing to go... Glad to hear you are making some progress as regards speed....
Hopefully Tobyloby is still doing OK as well... he's been quiet lately...
Any update from Tobyloby?
Just a bit of an update, after entering the Robin Hood half I thought it would be a good idea to take part in a couple of shorter events leading up to it. Yesterday was the first one, a 10K trail run round the grounds of Clumber Park. My previous PB for a 10K was ~54mins, when I entered I optimistically put a finish time doen of sub 50mins. I'm pleased to report I did manage sub 50 with the timing chip recording my time as 47:44, so a massive PB and a massive barrier broken (I never thought I'd be able to get below 50 mins).
Must say a massive thanks to the random bloke who passed me after about 4K when I was 'lagging', as I used him as a pace setter and managed to keep within 10 metres or so of him all the way to the finish. Without his pace I doubt I'd have been able to do it!
So anyway going to have a couple of easy weeks before starting a training plan for the Robin Hood half, hopefully get another 10K done before the half, and maybe get a sub 45 for that !
Shame that Tobyloby isn't posting anymore, used to enjoy reading his posts/updates.
Hope things are good with you Nick?
Hey Tommy I have been away overseas... resting up my achilles (which seems fine now) and just starting to run again after 6 weeks off with no running. 6 weeks till the Robin Hood.so I better get cracking!
How has your training been going Tommy?
By the way... 47 mins is a pretty handy time! Did the downhill rnunning help you at all with regards to speed?
Thats faster than me Well done!!!!!
Hi Nick, SOrry of rthe delayed response only just seen your message as I've been working away from home for the past 3 weeks or so.
I'm sure the downhill running did help along with tempo runs and generally just following a training plan rather than just running when I felt like it!
Training has been coming along ok, although whilst I've been working away I haven't been able to do as much running as I'd like during the week due to long working hours etc. Will just have to see how the next few weeks training go, can't believe how quickly it has come round?! Hows your training coming along? Any reaction from the achilles?
No reaction to the Achilles yet Tommy. I have been building up slowly again (scared of getting another injury). So far so good... but the true test will be once I start upping the milesage as been only doing around 6 to 8 miles max on my longer runs at the moment... I won't be where I want to be speed wise for the Robin Hood but hopefully will be there injury-free...
How are you set for the Robin Hood?
Before I started the training plan I looked at the Mcmillan run calculator to get my equivalent HM time, based on my 10k PB which came out at 1:46ish. So I set this as my (optimistic) target time but due to a slight hamstring niggle early on in the training plan and the recent 3 weeks working away with very little training I very much doubt I'll be in a position to get that sort of time unfortunately. Will just have to see how things go on the day with regards to time, but as it's my first HM it will definitely be a PB....
Got a 8.5m run planned for this evening, the route has a nasty hill which I'm not looking forward to!
Good luck Tommy. 1.46 will be a good time. 1.47 is my best time achieved about 30 years ago! I just want to finish... and if all goes well, get close to 2 hours...
Good luck with the nasty hill!
In May i was 19 stone and very unfit. Honestly, i couldn't have run from one lamp post to the next. I had a little girl in August last year and it all kinda got out of control! I am now 3 stone less and running the GNR next weekend (gulp!) I found i couldn't run that heavy, i had to shift some weight first so have only been training for 12 weeks. My last long run was 13 1/2 miles, and it took 2:52:56, which to most runners will be bloomin' awful but needless to say, i was thrilled! It gets better and better and easier and easier and one day you just stop thinking 'oh God i'm going to pass out/throw up/die' and you think 'I'm running. Just running and it's so easy!'
Would def say to enter something, it gives you real motivation. Also, make sure you really listen to your body. some aches you can ignore, some you can't (in my limited experience!)
Hey Georgie, that's impressive progress! 13 1/2 miles with only 12 weeks training.
I don't know if you have seen this before, but it's quite motivating!
Thanks, i haven't. Thats fantastic, what a brilliant story!
Hope you managed to get down to Nottingham yesterday?
Despite my training not going to plan, managed to get round in 1:48:30, so pretty pleased all in all. Really enjoyed the whole experience and now I've got a PB for a half marathon it's given me a target to beat....but not for a couple of days at least my legs feel like concrete!
Hi Tommy, I got around... just. Only 2.23 this year though compared to 2.13 last year on a hillier course. I must admit I seem to be slowing year on year... somehow I need to reverse the clock of father time. Motivation isn't the problem, it's just I seem to injure myself gettig out of bed these days...
Well done on your time of 1.48 though. I'd love to do times like that again one day. Also glad the rain held off!
RUN-D-M-BRIE let us know how you get on!
What sort of distances are you running at the moment?
Good to start off slow. I recently came across this site... which is quite good in setting plans for beginners...
and once you feel confident...
Running by the sea sounds nice. The main thing when you start running is to enjoy it. If you enjoy it you'll stick with it. Sounds like you are having fun...
Is fatboy still running?