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I'm starting one of the programmes from the link you posted. I've decided on 'Advanced 1'. Start Monday 1st July. I've been running for a few weeks now, 7 miles is the most I've done so far, so a bit nervy about the 10 in the first week but I'll have a go. Started getting out for shorter runs a bit more often, buzzing today that I managed to up my pace a little, first time I've got away from my very slow plodding. How different is the course you're doing to the area you're training in?
One more thing. Since I've started to run a bit quicker, my achilles feels a litte bit tight. Is that it strengthening or weakening?
1st July sounds as good a time as any Biggun (Oct Marathon?) Well done on the 7 miles but be careful trying to speed up AND go further. Maybe try 8-8.5 over the weekend? would make 10 miles less of a challenge next week.
Loch Ness has (about) a 2000 foot decline and 1000 foot incline so just about all my runs over 10 miles will equal the incline - need to spend time running downhill and on the flat I guess as well as improving my speed/HRR% on inclines - and to think I thought running was easy lol
Can't answer the achilles thing with conviction sorry - does it ease as you run? if so it could be strengthening, either way maybe hold off on the faster runs for a bit whilst you get into the training schedule and look on youtube for some stretches for it. Are you using macmillan.com for your paces? they have a great tool there
Am sure you'll do fine and look forward to your progress over the next few weeks/months.
I think I'll do the 8-8.5 as I've switched it around a bit and will be doing my long runs on the Mondays. It's November 3rd for me, hopefully. Yours sound great, Loch Ness, hills look a bit daunting to someone like me, I call the first half of Lambeth Bridge a hill. You seem well prepared, good luck with it. Thanks for all your help, much appreciated.
First day of my programme and couldn't run because of a hip injury. Went out the door twice, but couldn't run. Gutted. Already thought I'd left things quite late, hadn't even taken into consideration that I might miss time because of injury. Should I just rest for a couple of days, or get it seen to? Had the same problem a few years back, but nothing showed up on an x-ray, they gave me a steroid injection and it's been OK since, up until now. Is it wise to have more than one of those injections?
Do you take water out for short runs in this weather? I'd got up to about 7 miles without taking water, had about a 4 mile run today, felt water would have helped.
Biggun, sorry, missed your earlier post. My hips seem to hurt when I push the distance up but the next time I run the same distance things seem ok however, if it's a long standing thing them maybe a visit to the doc?
I tend not to take water with me unless I run 10+ miles but if things are hot then water (or sports type drink) may well help. Am off to France tomorrow and temperature is around 40c! I may well struggle as I'm running to HR so will probs take the camelbak on all runs.
Cheers Andi. Good luck out there.
Do you lot use a Garmin running watch, or something that breaks down the speed of each mile for you as you're running?