Any runners on here; advice needed.

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  1. Diamond

    Diamond First Team

    Nice one. Would be good to hear regular updates leading up to the big day itself.
     
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  2. Knight GT

    Knight GT Predictor extraordinaire 2013/14

    Good luck to you. Makes my first ever 10k race last month look a little insignificant! A friend of mine (same age as me, 49) did the Nice Ironman at the weekend. 12 hours!! Utter lunacy
     
  3. leighton buzzard horn

    leighton buzzard horn Squad Player

    An Ironman challenge is monstrous - I have massive respect for anyone who takes it on.
     
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  4. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    10k's an excellent distance, not insignificant at all. How did you get on?

    ******** to 12 hours though!
     
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  5. Diamond

    Diamond First Team

    A friends sister did a 100 mile challenge. She is a certified lunatic though.
     
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  6. Knight GT

    Knight GT Predictor extraordinaire 2013/14

    Just over an hour which for an unfit 49 year old with a completely knackered left knee and who had never enjoyed distance running I didn't think was too bad. The winner did it around 32 mins which is just ridiculous.
    Good luck with the training
     
  7. Diamond

    Diamond First Team

    I did my first park run for a year and a half last Saturday and was overtaken on the first lap by 3 people. I had the same thoughts as you.
     
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  8. cleehorn

    cleehorn Reservist

    Have had a good year so far across most distances including a big marathon PB. Was lucky to meet up with an experienced runner who sent me a training plan & one of the main factors was strength training & stretching. Roughly 10 minutes a day but its worked wonders.
     
  9. leighton buzzard horn

    leighton buzzard horn Squad Player

    My best ever year for half marathons was 6 in 2015, and I have set myself the challenge of matching that this year. I have so far run Watford, Inverness and St Albans. Training was interrupted for a few weeks after Inverness with a slipped disc that was farking painful, but I managed to get St Albans done without any ill effects.

    What I am learning is it definitely gets harder as you get older...
     
  10. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    So I’ve done 40+ miles in each of the past two weeks, having started a specific training programme, and did a 16 mile run this morning. Starting to really feel it in my legs now. Though I think that’s the all part of the programme which sees me do more slow but long runs in an effort to build up some staying power. The upside is I’m doing far more hills round here than I’ll face in London in October.

    Popped to the running shop yesterday and after some gait analysis picked up some new running shoes. Needed them really as Strava reckons my current pair had clocked up north of 1200 miles and I’ve started to feel how worn they are in my hips and left knee a bit in the hours immediately after a long run. It was actually good to spend a bit of time with someone who knew what they were on about, try on a few different pairs and discuss the merits of them. Turns out I’ve been wearing the wrong size shoes for 20 years - just goes to show it’s worth consulting the pros every now and again!

    More worrying is the shoulder ache I’m getting regularly once I go beyond about 13 miles on a run. Really distracting and no amount of stretching on the go seems to help…
     
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  11. leighton buzzard horn

    leighton buzzard horn Squad Player

    Do you carry a bottle when you run? I find if I carry anything at all it gives me shoulder pain when running. Before any long run (10 miles plus) I now slap a load of ibuprofen gel across my shoulders and the back of my neck.

    You might also find having new and well fitted trainers will help with any aches and pains.
     
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  12. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    Not carrying it by hand but I have a half litre one in a holder on my right hip. Given how pain in one place can be caused by something elsewhere I wouldn't be completely shocked if the pain in my left shoulder was linked to be fair. I've half been thinking of finding a belt with a holder on each side so at least the weight can be distributed more evenly. Will give the ibuprofen gel a go next long run I think.
     
  13. HHHornet

    HHHornet Academy Graduate

    Maybe a hydration vest with pouches could be of use. spreading the load then over both shoulders and legs. Salomon have some good ones https://www.sportsshoes.com/products/salomon/z/z/bags/

    Also you could be tensing your shoulders when running, try and be conscious of this and relax them. Easier said than done though. I found a technique that helped for me was to lightly pinch my index finger and thumb so I couldn't tense my arm and shoulder.
     
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  14. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    Cracked 20 miles this morning. Absolute killer heat though meant it wasn’t fun. On the upside, we’ve borrowed a 10ft rigid swimming pool from friends who are between houses and how great it was to get straight into that when I got back home.

    Averaging 45 miles + a week now with 7 weeks to go until the marathon.
     
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  15. leighton buzzard horn

    leighton buzzard horn Squad Player

    That is an amazing distance to cover especially with the weekend heat.
     
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  16. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    Did the local Parkrun this morning. First time since April and to be honest as the focus of the marathon training plan is all about learning about pacing, keeping heart rate steady, doing long runs or intervals over 8 miles or whatever, there’s no room for a flat out Parkrun every week. And Saturdays are normally rest days for me too. Anyway, I thought it’d be nice to see what all this increased fitness is doing for me over a course I had some old benchmarks for and the weather was nice, so I went along.

    Finished 16th in 21:22! Took 90 seconds off a 7 year old PB for Parkrun and nearly 2 minutes off my own best at that course.
     
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  17. miked2006

    miked2006 Premiership Prediction League Proprietor

    Interesting technique, I’ll try this once I get back into my running now I’m back from holiday, as I’ve historically always tensed my shoulders.

    I used to try to maintain the position when running as if there is a piece of string pulling up my head, which naturally drops the shoulders. But once you’re doing 4min KMs I find it’s impossible to not let my mind drift and the technique slips.
     
  18. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    Looking like the train drivers will be on strike on marathon weekend. Guess they're going for maximum impact. Ah well, I'll have to switch to driving down on the Saturday instead if need be.
     
  19. Diamond

    Diamond First Team

    Once this marathon nonsense is out of the way I expect you to go for a sub 20 park run within the next few months.
     
  20. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    I’m going to eat and drink so much after 2nd October I’ll probably not be sub-20 stone come the next time I do Parkrun :D

    The plan I’ve come up with to keep momentum going through winter is the aim of doing a sub 1:30 half marathon some time next year. I reckon I can do it but it’s not instantly achievable, which hopefully gives me something to focus on for a few months. I think I’m done with marathons though… the training commitment is bonkers and so it’s London and done for me over that distance I think. I’m definitely on track for sub-4 hours barring injury though, so the training so far is working.
     
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