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Nice one, I've not done anything competive yet, how did you find it??

Will you be doing it again??

I found it pretty easy...but I have been running a bit by myself.

I will be doing it again but not every week because of work. It isnt really competitive, although there are some serious runners who take part, more of a social thing with all abilities taking part. Just Google parkrun.. there will probably be one in your area. Highly recommended.

I came 242 out of 350 or so.

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Just thought I'd bring this post up to date and thank a few people

I've now done 5k in 20 mins and 54 secs and managed a 10k in 47mins 20 secs

Kettlebells really helped losing weight and toning until I hurt my arm, this encouraged me to run out on the road and become a better and stronger runner.

I've now signed up for the birchwood 10k as recommended by a poster and I've also enrolled in the Warrington half marathon.

I'm not bothered about the 10 k as I regular do sub 50 times, does anyone have any tips for half marathons??

Training plans, good foods, foods to avoid..... And do I need to stop drinking? If so when?

I've done the distance once in less than two hours but would really like a sub 1hr 50

Thanks in advance

Paul

 

Try searching the 'net for training plans, but the usual advice is to build up your distance gradually, be sensible with your diet (ie cut out too much junk food), and lay off the alcohol as much as you can. So many planned training runs are spoilt/cancelled because of too much drink the night before.

I've not done a half marathon for a few decades, and I doubt that I'll do another one, but one thing I do remember is that you have to start off at a pace that you know you can maintain. It is so easy to get swept up by the occasion and go too fast at the beginning, or, in my case, 'racing' others too early in the event.

Just go out with the intention of finishing it comfortably, enjoy it, and the time will take care of itself.

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Just thought I'd bring this post up to date and thank a few people

I've now done 5k in 20 mins and 54 secs and managed a 10k in 47mins 20 secs

Kettlebells really helped losing weight and toning until I hurt my arm, this encouraged me to run out on the road and become a better and stronger runner.

I've now signed up for the birchwood 10k as recommended by a poster and I've also enrolled in the Warrington half marathon.

I'm not bothered about the 10 k as I regular do sub 50 times, does anyone have any tips for half marathons??

Training plans, good foods, foods to avoid..... And do I need to stop drinking? If so when?

I've done the distance once in less than two hours but would really like a sub 1hr 50

Thanks in advance

Paul

Dang those are impressive times (for me).

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I found it pretty easy...but I have been running a bit by myself.

I will be doing it again but not every week because of work. It isnt really competitive, although there are some serious runners who take part, more of a social thing with all abilities taking part. Just Google parkrun.. there will probably be one in your area. Highly recommended.

I came 242 out of 350 or so.

Thanks, I'll give that a go... Much appreciated for the feedback posters.

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Nice one, I've not done anything competive yet, how did you find it??

Will you be doing it again??

Great way to get fit , have done 100 park runs . 1st time was 28plus minutes , last five runs have been around the 23 mark . have pb of 22.50 .

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Just thought I'd bring this post up to date and thank a few people

I've now done 5k in 20 mins and 54 secs and managed a 10k in 47mins 20 secs

Kettlebells really helped losing weight and toning until I hurt my arm, this encouraged me to run out on the road and become a better and stronger runner.

I've now signed up for the birchwood 10k as recommended by a poster and I've also enrolled in the Warrington half marathon.

I'm not bothered about the 10 k as I regular do sub 50 times, does anyone have any tips for half marathons??

Training plans, good foods, foods to avoid..... And do I need to stop drinking? If so when?

I've done the distance once in less than two hours but would really like a sub 1hr 50

Thanks in advance

Paul

Hi Paul,

Well done with the progress.  As with the first few posters, targets for what your programme (i.e., have a proper work out three times a week) are better than performance goals, as you have direct control over them.  Also improvements in performance are inconsistent.  If you keep at it, you will be far fitter than otherwise. 

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Thanks, I'll give that a go... Much appreciated for the feedback posters.

For the half marathons, regular 10Ks are the best preparation.  However, that will give you the engine, but not the leg stamina.  You will be on your feet for about an hour and three quarter, so regular long walks will help prepare you for that. 

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Last year I used the micoach app from Adidas when training for Birchwood and the half marathon.  It comes up with runs where you have to change pace, which was crucial in improving my times, because I have always been a bit of a one pace plodder.  Nice to see this post, as I am finally starting my training for this years 10k and half marathon today, and need a bit of encouragement to get out there.

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Last year I used the micoach app from Adidas when training for Birchwood and the half marathon.  It comes up with runs where you have to change pace, which was crucial in improving my times, because I have always been a bit of a one pace plodder.  Nice to see this post, as I am finally starting my training for this years 10k and half marathon today, and need a bit of encouragement to get out there.

 

 

Good look with it Mike, I'm looking forward to the Birchwood 10K, it was a great suggestion by you last year..... I wasn't ready 12 months ago, but now I cant wait.

Would love to do a sub47

 

Maybe we can keep this thread alive to help each other over the next few months.

 

I'm doing a slow pace 10K tonight, hills, mixed terrain and some roads.

 

Good luck

 

Paul

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Great way to get fit , have done 100 park runs . 1st time was 28plus minutes , last five runs have been around the 23 mark . have pb of 22.50 .

Mo? Is that you? ;)

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Last year I used the micoach app from Adidas when training for Birchwood and the half marathon.  It comes up with runs where you have to change pace, which was crucial in improving my times, because I have always been a bit of a one pace plodder.  Nice to see this post, as I am finally starting my training for this years 10k and half marathon today, and need a bit of encouragement to get out there.

Good start, found I'd only brought 1 trainer to work.

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Good start, found I'd only brought 1 trainer to work.

How's the training going?? Remembered your trainers today??

I've done two runs this week , slow 10k at the wife's pace, really enjoyed it 56mins and 17k tonight in 1hr26

Hope all is well.

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I've done two runs this week , slow 10k at the wife's pace, really enjoyed it 56mins and 17k tonight in 1hr26

 

Very impressed! I remember the initially start to the thread and gradually times have improved dramatically. Are you enjoying it?

 

Despite the job, I do struggle with motivation at times and have to set myself a goal or two to get out. I haven't done much since running the Stanley Marathon in the Falklands in March but did the Kings Lynn 10k in May. Next race is the Norwich Half Marathon in November. I best get some of your movitation... :)

 

Well done again mate.

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Very impressed! I remember the initially start to the thread and gradually times have improved dramatically. Are you enjoying it?

Despite the job, I do struggle with motivation at times and have to set myself a goal or two to get out. I haven't done much since running the Stanley Marathon in the Falklands in March but did the Kings Lynn 10k in May. Next race is the Norwich Half Marathon in November. I best get some of your movitation... :)

Well done again mate.

Love it, find it very addictive but I need to slow down early on....i push myself too hard for 5/10k then struggle from 14/15k

I'd love to do a full marathon and respect to you, I remember you mentioning the Stanley marathon , I may one day try one

Good look with your preparations - motivation is the key.

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Last month I smashed my 10K PB twice in two weeks. Now down to 48.34, whcih I did at the Humber Bridge 10K.

 

Hopefully a 10 miler on Sunday, building up to half marathon season in the autumn.

 

3 years ago I was 16st7lbs, now down to 11st5lbs

 

Seriously looking at a marathon next year - there's a new one in Chesterfield in June.

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Just thought I'd bring this post up to date and thank a few people

I've now done 5k in 20 mins and 54 secs and managed a 10k in 47mins 20 secs

Kettlebells really helped losing weight and toning until I hurt my arm, this encouraged me to run out on the road and become a better and stronger runner.

I've now signed up for the birchwood 10k as recommended by a poster and I've also enrolled in the Warrington half marathon.

I'm not bothered about the 10 k as I regular do sub 50 times, does anyone have any tips for half marathons??

Training plans, good foods, foods to avoid..... And do I need to stop drinking? If so when?

I've done the distance once in less than two hours but would really like a sub 1hr 50

Thanks in advance

Paul

 

I've just done the one, and did it in 1hr 54 m despite having tendonitis in the knee - shouldn't have finished it really but you can't stop after 10 miles....

 

I built up by doing 8-10 miles once a week plus some shorter runs, and then a couple of 13 mile runs leading up. I didn't take any food on during the race, but apparantly it's a good idea. I don't like the gels but maybe I'll try some jelly babies!

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Thanks tim2. Great time for the 1/2 marathon.

Go for the marathon, you'll be fine.

Thanks for the tips, much appreciated

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How's the training going?? Remembered your trainers today??

I've done two runs this week , slow 10k at the wife's pace, really enjoyed it 56mins and 17k tonight in 1hr26

Hope all is well.

 I did remember my trainers, and went on Tuesday with a work colleague, 5.5km in 33 minutes, and then yesterday as well, 5km in 28m13s.  I'm using that as my benchmark, because I've just changed my phone, having found out recently that all of my times since last year have been skewed by the fact that the gps on my phone was not accurate and had me zigzagging across roads left right and centre, so my sub 25 minute 5km was in fact probably 4.5km.  Bit disappointing really , but shows why my Birchwood 10k time never got near sub 50 minutes! 

 

Do you use any apps?  I'm on Runkeeper, and always happy to accept more friends on there

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Do you use any apps?  I'm on Runkeeper, and always happy to accept more friends on there

 

I use Strava primarily for my bike but also when running. I have a Garmin cycle GPS that I stuck in my pocket the last time I went running. Much more accurate than my iPhone and it allowed me to use my heart rate monitor.

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I use Strava primarily for my bike but also when running. I have a Garmin cycle GPS that I stuck in my pocket the last time I went running. Much more accurate than my iPhone and it allowed me to use my heart rate monitor.

How innaccurate was your iPhone?  I've gone from HTC Sensation to iPhone to sort my GPS issues.

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 I did remember my trainers, and went on Tuesday with a work colleague, 5.5km in 33 minutes, and then yesterday as well, 5km in 28m13s.  I'm using that as my benchmark, because I've just changed my phone, having found out recently that all of my times since last year have been skewed by the fact that the gps on my phone was not accurate and had me zigzagging across roads left right and centre, so my sub 25 minute 5km was in fact probably 4.5km.  Bit disappointing really , but shows why my Birchwood 10k time never got near sub 50 minutes! 

 

Do you use any apps?  I'm on Runkeeper, and always happy to accept more friends on there

 

 

I bet your glad to get some miles under your belt.... I purchased Garmin 310XT c/w Heart Monitor and when I run with the Wife (she has the IPHONE) theres a difference of 100 metres sometimes... cant remember the APP she uses (thinks its map my run)

 

Keep up the good work, we can spur each other on.

 

Regards

 

Paul

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How innaccurate was your iPhone?  I've gone from HTC Sensation to iPhone to sort my GPS issues.

 

I don't have an exact reading but looking at the elevation profiles the Garmin seemed to sample more often than the iPhone thus giving a smoother reading. 

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29 hard minutes in the hot sun to get 5km.  Hopefully it'll get easier in the next few weeks! 

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I am a running coach with PBs of 5k 16.20, 10k 33, half m 1.22 and marathon 2.45

10 years ago it took me 54mins for my first 10k

My advice to anyone would be just get outside and run, join a club if you can most are very friendly and cater or abilities. If not run with friends it makes it easier

General rules for running and improving are to run longer than your distance and shorter but faster, for example for a 5k race I will do lots of runs up to 10miles so the 5k feels short, I wil also do some speed session (such as 12 x 400m) so I am running at a faster pace than my 5k time and this allowing my body to get used to a faster pace

If you always run at once pace you will get good at running at that pace

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29 hard minutes in the hot sun to get 5km.  Hopefully it'll get easier in the next few weeks!

Not bad in the hot weather when getting back into training, I dragged the wife out of bed this morning, at her pace we did 4miles in 32 and 1/2 mins. Not bad.

  

I am a running coach with PBs of 5k 16.20, 10k 33, half m 1.22 and marathon 2.45

10 years ago it took me 54mins for my first 10k

My advice to anyone would be just get outside and run, join a club if you can most are very friendly and cater or abilities. If not run with friends it makes it easier

General rules for running and improving are to run longer than your distance and shorter but faster, for example for a 5k race I will do lots of runs up to 10miles so the 5k feels short, I wil also do some speed session (such as 12 x 400m) so I am running at a faster pace than my 5k time and this allowing my body to get used to a faster pace

If you always run at once pace you will get good at running at that pace

Thanks for that chariots..... In your opinion what distance should I Trian upto for the half marathon

Thanks in advance

Paul

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