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22 hours ago, true_rover said:

Some are - with limits of 200 and staggered starts which keeps them to pretty small.

A company called Blast Running organise some around the Edinburgh area.

Was meant to be doing a HM tomorrow but the b*****ds rescheduled it on the advice of local government. Now pencilled in for the middle of August, when it will most likely be 10 to 15c warmer and blazing sun the whole time. Not a fucking chance I will manage it.

Been struggling for time and motivation the last month or so, but have pushed myself out the door twice in the last 7 days now. 2 x 10k, both around the 55 minute mark. Not great but I am just happy I managed to get out.

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21 hours ago, bernardblack said:

Five miles to christen the new trainers tonight. 
Did not realise how bad my old ones were!

Do you go with the same brand of running shoes and stick with what you know or change about ?

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16 minutes ago, keptie said:

Do you go with the same brand of running shoes and stick with what you know or change about ?

Went for a change and plumped for the Nike Pegasus (had a Run4it voucher) and they’re much more comfortable for me than the Brooks I had 

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22 hours ago, LoonsYouthTeam said:

Always been a bigger chap but reached the biggest I've been at 19 stone at the start of this year.

Today I completed my first 30 minutes non-stop run in the final week of the Couch to 5K app, was a struggle but was delighted to manage it and the first time I've ran for 30 minutes straight in my life.

I'm slow which is a given with my size and fitness level as I only managed 2.65 miles / 4.2km over the half hour, but the most pleasing thing is that despite finding it hard I wasn't begging for the end and I've managed to run the last few minutes faster than the middle section.

Two more runs for 30 minutes this week and I'll have completed the Couch to 5k app. I can't recommend the app enough, like others I was really worried and a bit embarrassed when the first 2 weeks I was absolutely gasping running 90 second bursts but amazed at how quickly you can build it up.

Once I finish it I plan to stick to 3 runs a week, 2 half hour runs during the week where I hope to build up speed to do 5k in that time and then try running different places at the weekend and just run for as long as I feel I can without looking at clock or distance.

Reading through this thread is inspiring and has helped me with this. I've lost half a stone so far and hope to keep that going too.

I'd like to encourage anybody like me who'd like to get into running but is worried that if somebody at my fitness level can do this then you can too.

Great effort :) When things are a bit more normal you could start doing your local parkrun.

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Another thing to remember when you're starting out running is don't push yourself too fast, or too long too soon. You're more likely to get small, annoying injuries so take your time and use it as part of a wider lifestyle change. You'll begin to really REALLY enjoy the running the longer you turn it into a habit. Good work!
Cheers. Yeah, I think little and often is the key
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Another 30 minutes done today, slightly better pace than Tuesday even with me going onto an unegotiable farm path and having to turn about.

Only one more run this weekend and I'll have completed the Couch to 5k run set and feel confident I can keep it going.

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59 minutes ago, LoonsYouthTeam said:

Another 30 minutes done today, slightly better pace than Tuesday even with me going onto an unegotiable farm path and having to turn about.

Only one more run this weekend and I'll have completed the Couch to 5k run set and feel confident I can keep it going.

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Great stuff! The app does seem like a tremendous bit of work

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Brilliant. Well done.

I'm no great runner but used the app a few years ago and it's amazing to see the progression. You'll find that, even if you don't run for a while because of injury or anything else, you can dip back in again at a suitable week and pick it up again.

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Going to try and get back to nearer sharpness this summer and entered the Great Scottish Half as an incentive, contrary to my planned retirement of anything over 10k (had reached 10 reasonably paced miles by the start of March before my calf went).

First sports massage in about two years yesterday, f**king near whiteout pain getting the legs rolled back into spec....

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Couch to 5K app completed today with my furthest distance too, chuffed to bits.

Looking forward to going back out on Thursday without having to worry about the clock and hopefully I can continue to make progress as I go on

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On 18/05/2021 at 17:53, LoonsYouthTeam said:

Couch to 5K app completed today with my furthest distance too, chuffed to bits.

Looking forward to going back out on Thursday without having to worry about the clock and hopefully I can continue to make progress as I go on

Well done. I’m on week 2 having never done running before. I’m in shocking condition but doing well so far. Only issues is occasional really sore shins after and sometimes during a run. Any advice on this welcomed. I am running with a standard athletic trainer- when is it time for a good running shoe and again any advice welcomed on buying these.

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Due to a combination of weather, laziness, injury and hangovers, I've hardly run at all this year. Did a 5km the other day and clocked in at 28m which is nearly 6 minutes slower than last year. Decided to treat myself to a new smartwatch (Honor Magic Watch 2)... 

One of its features is telling you your heart rate. I went for a slow jog with my mate on Friday and on the 3rd km, it started going haywire and telling me to calm my jets cos my heartrate was too high. It was at 178, and apparently your heart rate shouldn't exceed 220 minus your age (i.e. 177). 

The thing is, I wasn't even going that fast cos my mate is slower than me. I've never measured my heartrate before but I'm pretty sure when I'm knocking my pan in, it would go a lot higher than 200. 

Does this mean I'm over-exerting myself? I appreciate I should really be asking my doctor / medical professionals this, but I'd be interested to know your thoughts P+B. 

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Well done. I’m on week 2 having never done running before. I’m in shocking condition but doing well so far. Only issues is occasional really sore shins after and sometimes during a run. Any advice on this welcomed. I am running with a standard athletic trainer- when is it time for a good running shoe and again any advice welcomed on buying these.
It's time for good running shoes NOW.

Expect some shin splints to begin with, just rest up, stretch and then get back out there when healed. Remember to do dynamic stretches before and static after your running, it'll help tremendously early on.
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32 minutes ago, Cardinal Richelieu said:

Due to a combination of weather, laziness, injury and hangovers, I've hardly run at all this year. Did a 5km the other day and clocked in at 28m which is nearly 6 minutes slower than last year. Decided to treat myself to a new smartwatch (Honor Magic Watch 2)... 

One of its features is telling you your heart rate. I went for a slow jog with my mate on Friday and on the 3rd km, it started going haywire and telling me to calm my jets cos my heartrate was too high. It was at 178, and apparently your heart rate shouldn't exceed 220 minus your age (i.e. 177). 

The thing is, I wasn't even going that fast cos my mate is slower than me. I've never measured my heartrate before but I'm pretty sure when I'm knocking my pan in, it would go a lot higher than 200. 

Does this mean I'm over-exerting myself? I appreciate I should really be asking my doctor / medical professionals this, but I'd be interested to know your thoughts P+B. 

Just had a look at the Honor Magic Watch and it's functions looks like a good buy. I've had a couple of cheaper smart watches with heart rate readings which i wasn't convinced with so bought a CooSpoo heart rate sensor that you strap on to your chest to get an accurate reading and found the watches gave a higher reading of about 10 to 15 beats per minute or were just erratic, that's not to say your readings are erratic or wrong as the watch you have seems excellent. At 43 your heart rate should not be reaching 200bpm, not that i'm a doctor. My heart rate peaks at 160 to 163 which is the maximum for my age unless i haven't done any sort of warm up it will spike to maybe 170-180 for the first mile so i warm up now for 5 mins.

I don't think you're over exerting if it's just a few beats over what it should be but don't take my word for it.

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5 hours ago, Cardinal Richelieu said:

Does this mean I'm over-exerting myself? I appreciate I should really be asking my doctor / medical professionals this, but I'd be interested to know your thoughts P+B. 

I suspect your watch is talking pish, in fairness. Same thing happens when my girlfriend heads out for a run (it's a Garmin, mind). It gives out bonkers readings. I think she wears it a little loose sometimes.

Could be it's just taking some time to adjust if it's an early run? If it was a comfortable run for you, I'd be surprised if you weren't somewhere in the 120-150 range. Even balls out efforts should only be hitting the 170s-180s. 

Recommendation: find the setting that tells you off, and turn it off.

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Cheers guys. I should really have done this before, but my pulse is currently around 70bpm and the watch is claiming 85 so it's talking out its fundament. 

And yes Keptie - I need to work out how to turn off notifications. The one run I had was barking notifications at me every kilometre - including the slightly bizarre "MINUS EIGHT. POOR" at the 1.5km mark :lol:

 

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1 hour ago, Cardinal Richelieu said:

Cheers guys. I should really have done this before, but my pulse is currently around 70bpm and the watch is claiming 85 so it's talking out its fundament. 

And yes Keptie - I need to work out how to turn off notifications. The one run I had was barking notifications at me every kilometre - including the slightly bizarre "MINUS EIGHT. POOR" at the 1.5km mark :lol:

 

It was  @morrison  who told you to switch off your annoying notifications and i agree, too much information sometimes, you just really need your pace and distance notifications when out running imo.

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