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  • Hi, just signed up for this forum, having a read through some posts and I need to add 10 comments before creating a thread :-)
  • HI I'm a newbie too and sorry to add onto to someone else's post but I also can't start my own new thread - I googled and looks like I need to contribute for a while before I'm considered genuine enough to post.

    Im my 40s just started getting into jogging and have injuries.
  • whoops sorry I'm repeating what the last few posters have said.
  • Hi, I'm a running newbie that's training for a half marathon next year (6 months to go).

    I enjoy running, used to do cross-country at school as well as other sports, but going to uni, getting a job etc. have meant that for the last 8 years or so I've not done much running. Yay!

    Got back into running this year and managed to do two 5km runs at around 27 minutes, which I was happy with (nowhere near as fast as I used to be, but it's like learning how to walk again I guess). I took a few months off from running as I settled into getting a new job, and life getting in the way (in positive ways) so now am training for the Reading Half Marathon.

    Training is mostly on a treadmill as it's just convenient for me after work, though I know I'll be slower for road races due to the treadmill doing most of the work! Did my first ever 10k distance on the treadmill this evening with a time of 59:33, and did a 4 mile run midweek with a time of 37:17 - then again, both these runs I was pushing myself and they were not 'easy' runs.

    Looking forward to speaking to some of you and seeing you around the forums!
  • Hi, I'm a new one here in the forum. 25, from UK and I've been joining marathons for years. when there's a 'run for a cause' nearby, i join, not just to run but also to join the advocacy.
  • Evening all, fat bloke from Suffolk here, did couch to 5k back in March, first 5k in 38m, down to 28.5 now, first 10k in Aug, first half today :)
  • Hello, I'm Dan, 33 and new to Runners World. Looking to fit marathon training into an already busy schedule, so I'm going to give myself a full year to train.

    I've joined to try and learn as much about training as possible. The last thing I want to do is to get injured, it seems to take so long to recover these days! Never gone beyond 7k really, my 5k PB is 23:50, and I think a reasonable initial target will be 4 hours.

    I guess my first question is, I already play football twice a week, and don't want to alienate my wife by being out too much... can the football stay?
  • Hi Dan and welcome to the forum.

    Good luck with the marathon training and very wise to give yourself as much time as possible. As a former footballer myself I know there is a big difference between the fitness levels required for football and distance running, so it's not to be underestimated. In terms of carrying on playing football, it is a contact sport so there is the increased risk of injury.

    In relation to your training you will need to ensure you're getting the miles in your legs, so that will necessitate a 'long slow one' once a week. I've not trained for a marathon, but for a half this will build up to a 2 hour run leading up to the event itself (I think for the marathon you may need to get up to 20 miles). You'll also need to do tempo runs and recovery runs in between, which could mean running 3 to 4 times a week. So there's probably going to be long periods when you're out. Depends whether your wife treasures the time you spend together or quite likes the fact you may be out a lot.
  • Hi folks

    I am Sam, I dont like green eggs and ham.  

    In my 30s and have completed Brighton in 2016 at just over 4 hrs, and then bombed at London in 2018 at 5.30 something.

    Running now more then ever, without a specific goal other than being able to run comfortably for 90-120 minutes.  That said I have just entered Brighton 2020, not sure what time I will be aiming for will likely decide by Jan.

    Over the last 6 months my average monthly pace at minutes per mile has gone down from 10.50ish to 09.10ish.  My week is loosely broken up into 2-3 easyish runs, 1-2 fast runs or workouts and 1 long run.  I am hoping to get to 08.30 pace by Jan, will be testing out running a 10 miler at Lee Valley Run Through at 08.50 pace tomorrow.  

    Anyway posting here as no one seems to care about my exciting 4 mile runs ☹.  Having lurked long enough I hope to share my journey and continue to learn from yours on here👊🏽
  • Hi, I’m quite new to running - started out on treadmills as it was easier to fit in before work........I was comfortably doing 5K in 30mins but have now started road runs to build more endurance and am struggling with the time increase - is this quite common? 
  • Hi everyone, I'm new here and pretty new to running as well - I went for a mile long "frustration run" around my local park back at the end of August and realised I seemed to be able to run (after a lifetime of really not). I'm now trying to get my head around all this! :smiley:
  • > @Guarddog said:
    > Hi Dan and welcome to the forum.
    >
    > Good luck with the marathon training and very wise to give yourself as much time as possible. As a former footballer myself I know there is a big difference between the fitness levels required for football and distance running, so it's not to be underestimated. In terms of carrying on playing football, it is a contact sport so there is the increased risk of injury.
    >
    > In relation to your training you will need to ensure you're getting the miles in your legs, so that will necessitate a 'long slow one' once a week. I've not trained for a marathon, but for a half this will build up to a 2 hour run leading up to the event itself (I think for the marathon you may need to get up to 20 miles). You'll also need to do tempo runs and recovery runs in between, which could mean running 3 to 4 times a week. So there's probably going to be long periods when you're out. Depends whether your wife treasures the time you spend together or quite likes the fact you may be out a lot.

    Thanks Guarddog, really appreciate your advice and kind wishes. By the sounds of it I may eventually have to give up my Sunday football as this is really the only day when I stand a chance of getting a long run in. I was also planning to knock the football on the head entirely from about three months before so I'm not sidelined for the event. First things first though I need to sort out my nutrition and get back out there, as I've gone a bit crazy lately!

    Thanks again!
  • Snagwin said:
    Hi, I’m quite new to running - started out on treadmills as it was easier to fit in before work........I was comfortably doing 5K in 30mins but have now started road runs to build more endurance and am struggling with the time increase - is this quite common? 
    Hi Snagwin - there is a subtle difference between running on a treadmill and running on the road. You don't get the 'bounce' response from running on the road as you would do from a treadmill and the treadmill tends to push you along more.

    I know when I switched from treadmill to road running I found it hard to begin with and like you there was a difference in my speed. However, stick at it. After a short while your speed will pick up as you get used to it. In fact I find it tougher to run on a treadmill now and much prefer running on the road.
  • Hello everyone!
    I'm new to the forum, I've just got into running with my partner. I'm fairly ok, but sometimes the limiting factor is a pain in my throat. Does anyone else get a strange pain in the throat while running? My body doesn't ache, but my throat does. Is there any breathing techniques that anyone can recommend please?
  • Hi all,

    New here, and looking for Cross Trainer advice. Pleased to meet you all!
  • Hi, I have started running on parks.
  • Hi everyone,

    Newbie like a lot of people, just had this urge to go running last week (which was very unusual for me!) but I've started the Couch to 5k app and I am really enjoying it. Aim is to complete it all, and then potentially look at Parkrun locally.

    Any advice on cheap running clothing for winter running would be appreciated, I have some good items I use for long distance walking, which have transferred over to running okay (base layer, mid layer, hat, gloves), but I think over colder periods I might need to invest in a bit more.

    Leeds based, so any good, friendly shop recommendations welcome.

    Thanks
  • Hello everyone,

    I started running in June after realising how unhealthy I became.

    I now run 24 miles on the weekend and I have entered the Hackney half marathon next year!
  • Hello all -

    Forum newbie. Currently training for my first marathon (finished most recent HM in Oct. in 2:07) with my goal being simply to get over the line. Am from hilly Cumbria but completing my PhD fieldwork on a very flat and very little Bahamian island with ~ 6 miles of dirt track, 11 hours of daylight and almost the same number of work hours daily. So, you could say this is a bit of a baptism of fire. Joined the forum to get the feeling of community I am so greatly missing, as I do all my running out here alone.

    Look forward to learning from you all!
  • Hi guys, another newbie here!

    Signed up for my first 10k 5 weeks ago, night time trail run and I managed it in just under an hour. I'm now completely hooked and running 4 times a week. 

    Ive just picked up a gps watch that monitors my heart etc, I've just ran 4.5 miles, nice and easy at 10:10 pace yet my heart rate was at 90%. I felt absolutely fine. I'm 32 and believed I was relatively fit, should I be worried?
  • Hi BlackBay and welcome. 

    Running fitness is really a process that you need to build up. Distance running is about building up the endurance whereby your body is working as efficiently as possible and it really depends on your fitness levels and, probably more importantly, what type of fitness you feel you have. When I first started running I came off the back of having played football and then squash, so my fitness was generally about explosive bursts. Consequently I found it difficult to run distances and had to build up.

    If it's a concern for you then it may be advisable to get a check-up with your GP, for peace of mind if nothing else. Personally I wouldn't be too concerned about it as the more you run the more endurance you build up and the more your body is able to cope.
  • Hi all. My name is Dave and I have just started to take up running to help with weight loss. I currently ride my bike daily and also do box be (box fit). Has anyone got any tips or ideas on what I should do to maximise my weight loss via running? <div>
    </div><div>Many thanks</div>
  • New here too. Been running for a number of years, buy Runner's World magazine, so thought I'd try the forum. Hello everyone.
  • I'm new here too. I have a long term injury at the moment but can't post my own threads at the moment as I only have one star. Does anybody know how to get the number of stars required to post?
  • Hello

    I’m Ste, 40 Year old

    I started running around 18 weeks ago starting with couch to 5K, it was difficult but before that I couldn’t run to my front door.
    I’ve progressed from this to running 2x small 3 miles a week which takes me around 30 minutes.
    I also try and do one long run on Sundays, this for me is a maximum of 6 miles, which comes in just under one hr.

    however I’m now at a standstill, I didn’t have a goal when I started this and still don’t I just run for the fitness element. Wondering if I should now set a goal?
    i don’t know if my times are decent for my age and previous almost zero exercise for years beforehand.

    Also I’m feeling slight discomfort under my right knee, nothing worrying but if I press on the area below my knee I can feel a small amount of pain.

    next, I wonder if I should get a hydration vest and some actual running shoes cause at the minute I’m running in my old North face trainers from hill climbing 20 year ago 😂
  • GuarddogGuarddog ✭✭✭
    @Smackersmith - welcome and I think you need to reply 10 times to other posts before you can create your own thread.

    @Redleader1603 - again welcome and well done for starting on the running road, as it were. In my view goals are always good, it gives one something to aim for. Whether that's upping your distance, seeing what your time improvements can be or entering a race. Goals are individual to each person and so it's essentially what floats your boat.

    As regards the knee pain I think the answer may well be in your last paragraph. Now you've upped the miles your running regularly I think it would be a good time to invest in a decent pair of runners. Your best bet is to go to a specialist running shop and have your gait analysed so they can put you in a pair that's suitable for your needs. You may find the knee pain is associated with running in 20 year old trainers  ;)
  • <blockquote class="Quote">
    <div class="QuoteAuthor"><a href="/profile/Guarddog">Guarddog</a> said:</div>
    <div class="QuoteText">@Smackersmith - welcome and I think you need to reply 10 times to other posts before you can create your own thread.

    @Redleader1603 - again welcome and well done for starting on the running road, as it were. In my view goals are always good, it gives one something to aim for. Whether that's upping your distance, seeing what your time improvements can be or entering a race. Goals are individual to each person and so it's essentially what floats your boat.

    As regards the knee pain I think the answer may well be in your last paragraph. Now you've upped the miles your running regularly I think it would be a good time to invest in a decent pair of runners. Your best bet is to go to a specialist running shop and have your gait analysed so they can put you in a pair that's suitable for your needs. You may find the knee pain is associated with running in 20 year old trainers  ;)</div><div class="QuoteText">
    </div><div class="QuoteText">Many Thanks for the warm welcome Guarddog, looks like I’m going to see if we have any specialists where I live as it were. Off to Google 👍🏻</div>
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  • So I’ve been to get myself some shoes now ( got Saucony Ride ISO 2) however when the gentleman was recording my gait he advised I was “as stiff as a board” from my knees up. He said I would improve my running loads if I could improve this, however he didn’t elaborate on how to do this. Does anyone have any advice please?
  • GuarddogGuarddog ✭✭✭
    I'm trying to imagine how you're stiff as a board from the knees up Redleader1603. Does he mean your torso?
  • <blockquote class="Quote">
    <div class="QuoteAuthor"><a href="/profile/Guarddog">Guarddog</a> said:</div>
    <div class="QuoteText">I'm trying to imagine how you're stiff as a board from the knees up Redleader1603. Does he mean your torso?</div>
    </blockquote>
     Yeah mate I’ve messaged him to question again and he said torso. Did a 5.69 mile today in the new runners. Felt much easier, came in at 57.38 compared to 59.20 last week 👏
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