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cookie118

303 posts

34 months

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davey68 said:
Hiall, I'm thinking of starting to do a bit of running. I'm 43 and mainly want to get a bit fitter and burn a bit of the middle aged spread that's started to appear! Any suggestions regards how often to run, what sort of distances and good trainers to buy? Thanks
I might not be the person to answer but I think that some of the guys are using the NHS couch to 5k plan. Runners World will have a wealth of info on their site as well, it depends on how much of a beginner you are as to what will be best.

In terms of trainers try your local running shop, yes they'll be expensive but a good pair will last 500miles+ and will hopefully prevent injuries. Good luck!

For myself, had a fartlek session tonight, 1/2 an hour of hell which reduced me to my knees and left me sounding like a worn out pair of bellows afterwards.

Teddye4687

367 posts

28 months

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New to the thread smile

I ran the Bristol half yesterday in a meagre 2:10 which is still a PB (furthest I trained for was 8 miles) but I think I'm going to take it a little more serious. It's fair to say I put nowhere near enough effort into the training.

Apart from the odd sore, my feet have developed a couple of blisters on the inner arch. I'm looking into getting some decent socks (shoes are these).

Any recommendations?

I'll be focussing on 10ks now and looking to get my time from '55 to '45 in the next 6 months. With my training, I just lost focus after an hour so. Bringing 10k time down should (theoretically) bring the half marathon time down to a manageable training plan..(!)

pablo

11,438 posts

153 months

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i mostly wear x-socks sky run socks but apparently they are made in israel and stocks have been somewhat hard to get hold of recently.... and the US get their stock first so UK/EU have to wait. a few people have stopped selling them because of stock issues but if you can find them, they are worth a go.

ewenm

26,454 posts

125 months

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For ideas on socks, any of these: https://www.runninghome.co.uk/products_list.php?ge... are good.

E38Ross

13,499 posts

92 months

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I feel guilty. I didn't run this morning. I shall have to go after a 12 hour day at work... Nice!

The guilty feeling is far worse than how nice the extra hour in bed was hehe
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944fan

2,944 posts

65 months

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Tuesday 2nd October 2012 quote quote all
Teddye4687 said:
New to the thread smile

I ran the Bristol half yesterday in a meagre 2:10 which is still a PB (furthest I trained for was 8 miles) but I think I'm going to take it a little more serious. It's fair to say I put nowhere near enough effort into the training.

Apart from the odd sore, my feet have developed a couple of blisters on the inner arch. I'm looking into getting some decent socks (shoes are these).

Any recommendations?

I'll be focussing on 10ks now and looking to get my time from '55 to '45 in the next 6 months. With my training, I just lost focus after an hour so. Bringing 10k time down should (theoretically) bring the half marathon time down to a manageable training plan..(!)
Welcome. I also got blisters in that area. I use 1000 mile twin layer socks. Also make sure you shoes are done up tightly. I found blisters were worse when the shoe was a bit loose because of the movement.

Also make sure your heel is fully at the back of the shoe. I put the shoe on and bang my heel on the floor a couple of times. I don't get blisters any more.

Cybertronian

482 posts

43 months

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I had a hefty sports massage last night thanks to a late cancellation. My right hip is killing me now but the rest of me feels sooo much better.

Should get my race pack for the Great Birmingham Run any day now. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas!

MrsMiggins

1,376 posts

115 months

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cookie118 said:
davey68 said:
Hiall, I'm thinking of starting to do a bit of running. I'm 43 and mainly want to get a bit fitter and burn a bit of the middle aged spread that's started to appear! Any suggestions regards how often to run, what sort of distances and good trainers to buy? Thanks
I might not be the person to answer but I think that some of the guys are using the NHS couch to 5k plan. Runners World will have a wealth of info on their site as well, it depends on how much of a beginner you are as to what will be best.

In terms of trainers try your local running shop, yes they'll be expensive but a good pair will last 500miles+ and will hopefully prevent injuries. Good luck!
Back in January I started c25k to get running. I used the NHS podcasts, http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/couch-to-5k-... but there are loads of others that allow you to listen to your own music instead. I'm running regularly now; not that far (5k 2 or 3 times a week) and not that fast (c. 30 mins), but I'm faster than I was when my fat arse was sat on the couch, so I'm happy enough with that for now.

I second the recommendation to go to a good running shop. I had niggly knee issues when I started, but they disappeared when I got a decent pair of running shoes.

Just remember to start slow and if it's too difficult slow down some more!

a boardman

1,237 posts

80 months

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davey68 said:
Hiall, I'm thinking of starting to do a bit of running. I'm 43 and mainly want to get a bit fitter and burn a bit of the middle aged spread that's started to appear! Any suggestions regards how often to run, what sort of distances and good trainers to buy? Thanks
I entered the preston marathon on 2nd jan having never even done a half marathon, aged 42 (43 when marathon 28th october) think i only ran 25 mile last year.

My first run of the new year was 2mile @11 min miles, at the weekend i ran 20 mile @ 10.1 min miles with 1064ft of elevation, i did a 51min 10k the day after i did 19 mile run i hope to get below 50min by end of year

i tend to run about 3 times a week with a long run at weekend, I am off to portugal next week on a running holiday (2 runs a day) so might feel it.

I started off in nike structure but now moved to asics gt 2170 road and trail trainer

Edited by a boardman on Tuesday 2nd October 23:31

InertialTooth45

1,555 posts

67 months

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Following my first run in 2 weeks and in new trainers on Monday I am now suffering from horrific levels of DOMs in my calfs. I'm not particularly surprises since I went from Nike frees to New balance Minimus' which is a zero drop shoe so I was expecting the extra work for the calfs.

What advice for speeding up the recovery? Ice or heat packs? Guess lots of stretching. Wouldn't like to try running on them again at this stage. Got a half marathon in 11 days so would like to do a little more prep for that.

E38Ross

13,499 posts

92 months

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Good session this morning...

3x1.5 mile reps off 60secs rest at goal LT... Averaged 5:45/mile which isn't bad considering I was on my own. Finished that tired but not dead then had 4x200m off 30secs rest averaged 34-35s each so pleased on the whole! Overall did 8.25miles with warm up and warm down.

May do 4 miles tonight.

Ayahuasca

17,527 posts

159 months

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Current routine:

every morning: 3.5 easy miles with wife and dog
tues / thurs evenings: 6 quicker miles with running group
monday evening: 4-5 miles trail run with hash house harriers


Currently wearing a pair of old trainers and want to wear them until the soles completely disintegrate, which is not far off now.


davey68

798 posts

117 months

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Thanks for the feedback. Am looking into the C25k planner now..

944fan

2,944 posts

65 months

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davey68 said:
Thanks for the feedback. Am looking into the C25k planner now..
Good show. I did. When I started I couldn't run for 3 minutes. Completed the C25K have now run a 5K race, can run for over an hour, lost 2 stone, currently training for a 5 mile road race which is pretty competitive.

944fan

2,944 posts

65 months

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Stupid question time:

Been running for about 6 months as described above, never done running before.

Whenever I try and push myself it is always my respiratory system that gives in first. My legs rarely burn or feel tied but I just can't breath fast enough and I get a stitch.

What's the best way to improve this, other than just running? My current plan has a rest/X-train day on Mondays, currently I do some core work and weights. Is there anything else I can be doing here to better my breathing without hitting my legs too hard?

IroningMan

6,859 posts

126 months

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944fan said:
Stupid question time:

Been running for about 6 months as described above, never done running before.

Whenever I try and push myself it is always my respiratory system that gives in first. My legs rarely burn or feel tied but I just can't breath fast enough and I get a stitch.

What's the best way to improve this, other than just running? My current plan has a rest/X-train day on Mondays, currently I do some core work and weights. Is there anything else I can be doing here to better my breathing without hitting my legs too hard?
Cycling and rowing, or a circuits class will stretch your CV system without overtaxing your running legs. Never a bad idea to have something besides running in your exercise plan.

Highway Star

2,799 posts

111 months

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I swim, but am originally a swimmer. Quite a few guys at my running club do circuit training as a supplmentary CV exercise.

V-spec

571 posts

131 months

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Can't say I've ever really felt my legs burning or tired (except maybe the last 10k of a marathon) during running. Maybe I'm doing it wrong. HR and general stamina are the limiting factors for me.

ewenm

26,454 posts

125 months

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V-spec said:
Can't say I've ever really felt my legs burning or tired (except maybe the last 10k of a marathon) during running. Maybe I'm doing it wrong. HR and general stamina are the limiting factors for me.
My legs only really burn if doing a sprints or hills session - short reps at high intensity really gets the lactic acid flowing (which gives muscle burn).

Most distance/endurance running is about conditioning the body to use oxygen and fuel more efficiently and to be accustomed to the needs of long, steady-state running. You need to be training/racing short distances to go way over your aerobic threshold into anaerobic respiration and generate the lactic acid. Most for-fitness/beginner runners don't do this, so rarely experience muscle burn.

944fan

2,944 posts

65 months

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Highway Star said:
I swim, but am originally a swimmer. Quite a few guys at my running club do circuit training as a supplmentary CV exercise.
Despite mostly running outside now I still have a gym membership with a pool. I went for a swim earlier. I started with a about 20 lengths breast stroke to warm up. I then tired some front crawl but my form is appalling. I looked like a drowning seal splashing all over the place. Almost feel like I need some lessons but I can swim - if I fell of a boat tomorrow I wouldn't drown - I would just look like I am.

Guess I need more practice.
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