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Post by Concrete » Wed Oct 03, 2007 20:25

So, you remember a few years ago I used to run? Well, tonight I broke a running silence of nearly two years and found a nice hilly round-the-block route from my current home. It's made my legs hurt a bit, but it's necessary as I'm entered in the Bath Half Marathon next year... 1:50 to beat.

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Post by Concrete » Sat Oct 06, 2007 19:11

3 days later, and my legs are showing the first signs of recovering from it... Crikey. It'd better get easier soon.

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Post by nanski » Tue Oct 09, 2007 06:58

ooooh running. i love running. it's really too hot to run in Okinawa, though, for at least 3 summer months. i went for my first run in ages on saturday, even though it is still 30deg out. my legs are still sore. tonight i plan to run from home to work, then cycle home. see... when i bought my car they brought it to me at work, so I have both my bike and car at work. i can't cycle home because i don't want to leave my car at work overnight, and i don't know anyone with a big enough car to move my bike. see my dilemna. anyway... it's just getting cool enough to start cycling to/from work, and i think this is a good solution. until i run to work tonight and find i have to energy to cycle home with....
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Post by andyroo » Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:26

I've just signed up for a 5 mile on Saturday.

I ran this same race once a few years ago, before I was running regularly and also before I started playing footy on Mondays. So if I could do it then I definitely can now. Rather looking forward to it actually.
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Post by nanski » Tue Oct 09, 2007 14:02

nanski wrote:ooooh running. i love running. it's really too hot to run in Okinawa, though, for at least 3 summer months. i went for my first run in ages on saturday, even though it is still 30deg out. my legs are still sore. tonight i plan to run from home to work, then cycle home. see... when i bought my car they brought it to me at work, so I have both my bike and car at work. i can't cycle home because i don't want to leave my car at work overnight, and i don't know anyone with a big enough car to move my bike. see my dilemna. anyway... it's just getting cool enough to start cycling to/from work, and i think this is a good solution. until i run to work tonight and find i have to energy to cycle home with....
yay! i did it. i may die, but i did it! go me.
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Post by nanski » Wed Oct 10, 2007 03:08

oh my, i really don't feel right today. i think i might have overdone it. first, i didn't sleep well (though that may have been the sake, not the exercise). i'm not sore yet, but i feel incredibly weak, and i know it's just a matter of time before i PAY! :(

nm. Yay for running!
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Post by Concrete » Wed Oct 10, 2007 23:11

I felt much better today (following a 40-minute run last night) than I did last week after my first run. I thought I'd done myself some damaged when I stopped, as my legs were very hot and aching between my calves and ankles, but they were fine in the end. I'm quite confident I can do this whole running malarky again.

Hope you're not in pain, Nan...

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Post by nanski » Thu Oct 11, 2007 02:25

i'm not yet, but i still have a feeling i will be. though... maybe the cycling i've been doing has helped stretch out my muscles a bit.

i just hope it doesn't hit me in the middle of diving on sunday.

i was just thinking that it's a shame the run i did the other night isn't something i would like to repeat at night. i was so scared for long stretches because it was way to dark and i was worried i'd get attacked. it's so stupid because there's no crime here, but it's just habit to worry in dark out of the way places. i'll just have to keep it for daytime, and try to find another night route.

anyway... concrete... just out of curiosity... how far do you run in 40 minutes?
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Post by DefenderOfPants » Thu Oct 11, 2007 02:50

i'd still be on the cautious side, nanski. when i lived in Okinawa i remember hearing this crazy story about some dude jumping on my father's back when he was out jogging with my sister. so, yeah. be safe. bring a dad that's good at distributing headlocks if you can. or a can of pepper spray.
(...and bug spray. my god, the mosquitos.)

i was planning on running the big sur half marathon. but it's only a month from now and i'm not exactly in running shape. ever since my car broke down, and i've had to walk and bike everywhere, i just don't ever feel like running for the recreation.

you know, i'll think i'll be using this thread primarily to complain about how i'm not fit to participate in upcoming races.

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Post by nanski » Thu Oct 11, 2007 07:49

oh don't worry. i don't plan to go to dark, unpopulated places anymore. this was a one-off to get my car and bike at home at the same time. if i do that run again (it is a nice one--along the Pacific north of Awase), i will do it in the day time.

i find the mosquitos are only really bad at dusk. (except in my garden, where they're always bad!) i didn't get a single bite on that run, which was nice.
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Post by nanski » Tue Oct 16, 2007 08:30

it's so weird. i never got sore. but also, i haven't gone running again since. this is very bad. maybe i'll go tonight. or tomorrow morning!

i should look into races here. it's always good to have something to train for, even if i'll be embarrassingly slow.
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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Oct 16, 2007 18:32

How far can you do in 40 minutes, Mary Ann? I reckon I just did three and a half miles in 45 minutes. I got completely soaked.

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Post by nanski » Wed Oct 17, 2007 02:11

i was doing about 4-4.5 miles in 50 minutes in Sheffield when I was fit. I doubt I'm going that fast (cough) now.
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Post by a layer of chips » Wed Oct 17, 2007 09:14

Ooh, that sounds quite good.

I really start to struggle after about forty minutes.

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Post by darvé » Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:39

This is probably a really stupid question, but can you just start running, just like that.

I need to get fit, i need to stop spending all my evenings crashed out on the sofa and i need something to occupy my increasingly inactive mind, plus, it's really nice round where i live and i should imagine that helps.

I've been thinking about starting out with a few small runs round near my flat and just increasing from there, is that the best way to go?
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Post by a layer of chips » Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:51

I just started out doing little 15 minute runs round the block every night, and then built up from there. That was about three months ago. I can do about an hour now. It's amazing how quickly you feel fitter if you stick at it.

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Post by andyroo » Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:59

I ran a five mile race in 40 mins exactly the other day. It helped that there were people to run against, especially at the end when there was an announcer bloke going "come on you're nearly there... just under forty minutes gone, see if you can get in under the forty", so I dug in for a big finish. I'm disappointed that I couldn't have squeezed in under the forty, to be honest.

davo, yes you can indeed just go out and run. Warm up first though, even if it's just a minute or so of stretching, otherwise you'll be in a world of pain. And when you're just starting out, stop when you're bored or not enjoying it, or you won't be keen to go next time - don't be a martyr about it.
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Post by darvé » Wed Oct 17, 2007 11:08

Thats what i thought, thanks, i'm going to give it go and see what happens.
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Post by DefenderOfPants » Wed Oct 17, 2007 21:39

and make sure you have good shoes. shoes that fit properly.

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Post by nanski » Fri Oct 19, 2007 02:16

andyroo wrote:davo, yes you can indeed just go out and run. Warm up first though, even if it's just a minute or so of stretching, otherwise you'll be in a world of pain. And when you're just starting out, stop when you're bored or not enjoying it, or you won't be keen to go next time - don't be a martyr about it.
oh i dunno, if i don't force myself through my very first feeling of "why am i doing this? why don't i just stop?", i'd never get anywhere. i really struggle through the first half mile though--even when i'm fit.

anyway, i would also recommend stretching afterwards, too.
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