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Seafront running? Lucky you! Was very jealous of the sound of Jenf's lovely run this morning I've got lots of lovely trails and miles of canal paths but I'm in the bellybutton of England so no beach for a long way!
Hey RRR.......I was very jealous of Jenf's run too. Just about to head to slumber-land now so I can hopefuly enjoy my seafront run tomorrow.
I live right next to the Basingstoke Canal. It makes for a lovely run first thing in the morning. It also goes near my office in Farnborough, so when it was lighter in the evenings, I ran the 11 miles home along the canal once a week. The only problem with this was carrying a rucksack with my work clothes in. But I thought of this mentally as adding extra resistant to my mid week long run.
Good luck with your 10k. I have ran the British 10k 3 times, but sadly, none have been enjoyable. I ran them early in my running career and found it to be extremely over-priced and poorly organised (it may be different now that Nike is involved).
Once I found better 10k's I moved away from this. You should be able to find plenty cheaper and better 10ks around London. I'd recommend Bupa 10,000 in Hyde Park (great for first timers as it has several waves of runners of varying speeds) and also London Barts 10k and London Pride 10k - these are both in Victoria Park on an extremely flat course, making it perfect for first timers.
I'd definitely move away from treadmills, even if it means having to adapt a run/ walk philosophy outdoors to start with.
Haha...I didn't break anything. I tore a muscle in my left groin. Unfortunately I made the mistake of typing 'swollen groin' into google, and before I knew it, I'd self diagnosed myself with a hernia, that if not treated could be life-threatening (I'm so stupid sometimes!).
As this was while I was working in China, and because my Chinese isn't the greatest, my boss and his wife (who both spoke English) took me to the local hospital. I was living in a city that rarely saw foreigners, so before I knew it, I had 7 doctors lined up in front of me and was asked to drop my trousers and pants.
As my boss and his wife looked on (staying in the room to 'translate'), the 7 doctors waited in turn to grab, twist and contort my balls and prod my groin. Obviously the message that the pain was ONLY in my groin had been lost in translation!
Continuing to be a naive hypochondriac and because google had told me so, I still thought I was suffering from a hernia. The doctors couldn't feel a hernia, so I was taken to another room for more tests.
My boss and his wife followed me into this room as well, and I was asked again to pull my pants and trousers down. This time they rubbed gel onto my nether regions and I now realised I was having an ultra sound around my genitalia to see what was causing me the pain.
I'd like to say this was in the middle of winter in northern China and the outside temperature was -30 degrees C. Inside it was close to freezing. You can't blame my 'pride and joy' to be feeling extremely shy!
By now, the news had gotten around that a foreigner was in the hospital. While I was having my groin ultrasound carried out, a never-ending supply of female nurses came into the room, apparently needing paperwork to be signed. Each time one entered, they made direct eye contact with me and started to giggle. All this, while the doctor was prodding my baby-making apparatus.
10 minutes later, I found out it was a muscle tear.........although I personally blame the treadmill for this harrowing experience, I have also learnt never to type ailments into a google search!
Ady, that's a great story, made me smile! How long were you in China for?
As for the Heat Monitor helping my running, I am too new to all of this for it to have a before/after picture, but it has definitely slowed me down from what I initially started out at, so I guess that should help stop me overdoing it in these early stages and fend off injury
I sooo much enjoy running outside more. An hour on the treadmill is definitely 60 minutes long but an hour outside seems to fly by!
I know you have been round the running block a few times, but cast your mind to when you were first starting out as I am, how long was it before you felt comfortable to go out and run with other people in an organised race?
I bet the 15 months was a great experience. I once did 6 months in the States but that is not the same as immersing yourself in a totally foreign culture/language environment like you did. There is a possibility that I might have to undertake a project in Japan next year, which I am really hoping comes off.
The way you described your reluctance to initially enter a race is exactly how I am feeling now! I live in Newport Pagnell, so there is a Park run in Milton Keynes which is where I intend to lose my cherry, I just don't feel I am ready for it yet! I want to give this base/HRM lower threshold running two months to try and build up some aerobic fitness initially so will probably look to do one late Jan/early Feb.
How do you feel your fitness levels are at the moment? Do you feel ready to start the Asics/RW training schedule should you get chosen?
Still getting the de-bagging issue with my shorts on unfortunately1 I have shorts that have a brief liner type thing, so think maybe I should go with a cycling type short under normal shorts. Clearly my thighs are too hench and they just end up working the fabric up in to my scrotal domain!
Hi, just realised that I havent yet been on your thread yet despite chatting to you on the asics 26.2 thread.
What was the great wall of China marathon like? Ive always wanted to walk it for charity (in addition to walking up kilimanjiro and walking the Inca Trainl....but my OH says no)!
I dont know if I could eat the food in China, think I would be more like Karl Pilkinton with monster munch!
I would say I'm a seasonal runner so I tend to stop in the winter months as I'm from a tropical country. However, this year I found a great couple of friends at work that have motivated me to keep on running. Specially one that has inspired me to enter my first ever half marathon. How on earth can I make myself find the right attitude to put the trainers on and go out in the cold and wind? What's your first thought when you see out of the window and it's all gray and dark?
Evening Ady! Yes same here - lunchtime runs are great ... so long as you have a shower at work! Definitely re-sets the day though if you have a run at lunchtime - feels like you're starting fresh again in the afternoon!
So true....it's like you're doing two days of work in the same day.
The worst thing though is when you get back after a run and realise you forgot your towel.............the feeling of drying yourself with your wet running clothes is as dirty as I'd imagine the walk of shame is on a Sunday morning.
Just a photo to go with my Great Wall of China post earlier. This was in the early stages of the race before the vomitting started!
A nice white shirt to accentuate the vomit dribble too! And with matching white long socks...oh no, my bad, they are just your legs!
Thanks for the message. The picture above is from the Great Wall of China Marathon....still fresh faced and bushey tailed! If only I knew!
I do run with a Garmin (it's probably the best present my wife has bought me - I'm not sure if this comment would annoy her or not!). I'd be lost without it to be honest. I use Garmin Connect as well (http://connect.garmin.com/) to analyse and view my workouts. I have a morbid fascination for doing this and it's really good to see where I started to go slower and if I should have pushed harder when going up a hill, etc.
If you're only just starting to run, then I'm not sure if it's a definite accessorie to have immediately. You could always use a website like www.mapmyrun.com to work out a route near you, and work out exactly how far you want to run. Then you could just use a stopwatch. (Garmins aren't the cheapest stocking filler to ask for )
I did use a similar phone app when my wife and I did our Lands End to John o'Groats walk, so we could keep a record of exactly how far we walked.....but like you, it kept freezing......plus it wasn't the best when going through parts of the country with poor signal. We just used mapmyhike (like mapmyrun) to figure out how far we'd gone.
But yes, if you have the spare cash, Garmins are excellent pieces of equipment (and remember, you can use them for more than just timing yourself - you can measure your heart rate as well). I havent used mine for this, but reading comments on RW makes me realise how useful this is.
I hope this rambling has helped you. If not, some other Target 26.2 runners were talking about it at http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/spring-marathon/asics-target-262---2013/230129.html forum page
HEY.........leave my legs out of it! I'd only just emerged from a harsh cold winter
Thanks Paul.......and Xyloid......it's amazing what a coke spillage can cover up!
While I might have looked in control (thanks for those words Paul!) in the last picture.......this photo is probably the angriest I've ever looked.
I ran London 6 days after getting my PB in Boston (I never thought I'd get past the ballot stage of London, which is why I had already committed to Boston before I found out). As I like a challenge, I thought 'what the hell'....I certainly wasn't thinking that at this point!
and this was Boston 6 days earlier....what a difference a marathon, lack of jet lag and rest can make!
Haha,......thanks Ace. The London photo isn't one of my best that's for sure, but I was absolutely shattered.
My time in London wasn't anywhere near my best. I finished in 4hrs 30mins (give or take a minute or two). I suppose I had done my 3:44 PB only 6 days earlier. I wasn't feeling too bad for the first half of London. I passed halfwway in 1:52, but walked for most of the last 10 miles.
It was a good experience, as it helped me mentally for my first Ultra.
This was the reason I had a rest day on Saturday............
..........well a rest day from running. I swear, playing for 4 hours straight with my niece leaves me feeling more exhausted than any marathon I've ran........you can tell I don't have children yet!
Some fabulous photos, I love the one where your running down the steps of the great wall of China, although reading your experience of it has put me off ever wanting to run it...think I will stick with my aim of walking it for now.
eek boiled silkworms....people actually eat those things, my stomachs doing summersaults just thinking about it!
My OH says that he wants to go on holiday to rest and not to do the "crazy adventures" that I would love to do. He feels that we dont have enough annual leave to do both. We went to Kenya this autumn, the plan was to go on safari and then up kilamanjiro....on booking the holiday my OH and two friends that decided to come with us turned round and said the mountain climbing was out and that I wasnt allowed to go on my own
You would have been proud of my diner today!