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#1 AsperHacker

Posted 28 February 2017 - 06:05 AM

My family, mostly my mum, is getting sick of hearing me talk about running so does anyone want to join this thread to brag, whinge, commiserate about injuries or whatever else?

I'll start!

Got up at 5 and was running by 530. My knees are killing me, think I have bursitis, and I just couldn't find my rhythm this morning. I wasn't too tired or sore, just felt uncoordinated. I kept having to remind myself to pick up my feet. So, I'm just frustrated today.

That said, I progressed to the next level of c25k and coped fine. Loving this program. 2.5 weeks ago I was slammed by the 8 x 60 second runs and now I can comfortably do the 3 x 5 min runs. Only one more day to go until I need to do 20 mins non stop. That one's going to be scary!

Eta does anyone want to be vivofit friends?

Edited by JustBeige, 20 May 2017 - 08:54 AM.
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#2 Thursday

Posted 28 February 2017 - 06:30 AM

Great work! I am pretty sure I'm not capable of getting up before 6 for exercise.

Some days I just don't click with running - you might not have done a fantastic run but at least you got out there and did something.

I did C25k a few years ago now, it's a great way to get into running. Can't say I actually do 5km in 30 mins though, I'm a fair bit slower than that. Is it week 5 that you do the 20 minute run? I remember being very intimidated by that! It was really hot and I had to take a few breaks the first time I tried so I did it a few times before moving on.

Not on Vivofit, sorry!

#3 AsperHacker

Posted 28 February 2017 - 06:43 AM

I didn't even realise there was a 5 o'clock in the morning 😉 I just had to do it last week because DH left for work at 545 and it was the only time I could fit one in. It's so quiet and then I get an hour to chill before everyone else gets up. Totally worth it!

Yep, it's week 5. I'm pretty sure I'll be nowhere near 5k in 30 mins either but I'm looking forward to being able to run for 30 mins non stop.

I'm taking dd11 on the week 1 day 1 run this afternoon. Hoping the little extra runs I do like that are helping and the 20 mins won't be as hard as it seems.

#4 DontPokeTheBearMum

Posted 28 February 2017 - 06:51 AM

I wouldn't classify myself as a runner just yet, but can I join? Just started doing the C25K in the hopes of building up my endurance levels and running the City2Surf this year. It's been a goal of mine forever, I just find running so so hard! I'm normally a strength training kind of girl, have never really done a proper cardio based program so it's killing me!

I ran week 3 day 1 yesterday on the treadmill at the gym. I thought I did really well until I looked at my friend next to me who ran 3 kms in 20 mins, non stop! Lesson- never again train c25k with very fit friends. :laugh: :laugh:

(sorry not on vivofit! I have a fitbit blaze.)

#5 AsperHacker

Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:01 AM

Of course you can join! I only started running again 2 weeks ago. Before that I hadn't been for a run in about 7 years! I'm still going to call myself a runner though 😉

I'd love to do City2Surf too. I've joined a local fb running page, not game to join them on an actual run yet, but hoping I can do a few 5k fun runs soon.

I love running by myself. It's my head space time. You'll be knocking out 3ks non stop before you know it!

#6 Thursday

Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:06 AM

Oh, and if there's one near you - parkrun! Free 5km timed runs every Saturday. I've been to a couple of different ones and they've been really friendly and welcoming. Loads of people walk or do a mix of walking and running, you don't have to run the whole thing.

#7 Lifesgood

Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:19 AM

A friend bagged me out the other day for continuously doing the C25k - I keep starting it, falling off the wagon for a few months and then starting again!

Ah well, at least I'm trying right? I'm not a natural runner, I find it really, really hard.

But I hear you on the aches and pains AH, something always hurts at 47. I'm going for a shoulder and neck massage today at one of those walk-in Chinese places.

The weekend before last I ran in my first ever race - a 2km fun run with my 6 y/o DS - and I ran the whole way! DS finished ages before me of course but I was pretty chuffed with myself. It took me 14 mins.

My goal for the same weekend next year is to do a mini-triathlon as I am a competent swimmer and cyclist. The triathlon is a 250m ocean swim, 20km (?) bike ride and a 2km run. I've just booked in for a fitness program at my gym to start training for it.

Alternatively I'll aim to run the 5km fun run.

#8 Lifesgood

Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:22 AM

Oh, and does everyone have decent running shoes? It's really important to have shoes specifically for running so that they have lots of cushioning to reduce impact injuries.

I have a pair of Saucony Echelon 5 and they weigh next to nothing.

DH swears by Brooks Ghost.

#9 AsperHacker

Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:58 AM

I was just on the phone to mum saying I need better shoes. I'm sure it'll make a huge difference to my knees. Dh has a mate that works at a shoe store so hopefully we'll make it there on the weekend. I'll check out those brands.

A triathlon is way beyond me! I've tried to cycle but I just don't enjoy it.

Well done on the fun run! I'd love to get the kids involved. They've all said they want to come but bail out. Dd has cross country coming up and always gets anxious about it because she's not a runner so maybe if she comes with me sometimes it'll give her a bit more confidence.

Eta ooh Brooks Ghosts are really pretty! Will definitely be checking them out.

Edited by NastyAH, 28 February 2017 - 08:00 AM.


#10 nasty roses

Posted 28 February 2017 - 08:01 AM

I'll join!

I'm doing the 10k at the Gold Coast Marathon in July. I do the Hal Higdon training program, which I love. I started doing the beginner 8 week program and got two weeks in and then it all fell apart with work travel etc. So I'm starting again.

I do all my running at the gym at the moment but with a 1% incline.

#11 sophiasmum

Posted 28 February 2017 - 08:06 AM

Yay a running thread! I love to run. I've never done a marathon or even a half before, but I've done a few 10k races. Mostly I just run not for the competition but for the mental benefits & physical of course. I run 5 times a week, between 8 & 11 kms which is between 50 & 70 minutes. Depending on how I feel that day or what time permits. My biggest issue is Achilles tendonitis for which I have tried many remedies over the years, physio & stretching etc. But now I get cortisone injections which are fantastic for pain free. I wear Hokas (Bondi 4) because they are maximalist & suit my Achilles issues. Only problem is the soles wear out pretty quickly, I replace them every 3 months but buy online from the UK so they are cheaper than $250 here.PS: I run outdoors.

Edited by sophiasmum, 28 February 2017 - 08:08 AM.


#12 AsperHacker

Posted 28 February 2017 - 08:14 AM

Awesome! So many runners!

I'll have to look up Hal Higdon. I'll have a read of the website.

The mental benefits have been the biggest plus for me. I'm a completely different person on the days I miss a run. And my core is so much better, dds satisfied that I don't look 5 months pregnant anymore!

I can't imagine having to replace shoes every 3 months. How many kms on average should I be looking at before I replace them?

#13 IkeaAddict

Posted 28 February 2017 - 08:23 AM

I am loving all the positive comments here about running!!!

I too would like to run however due to a bad ankle fracture 4 years ago I have been advised by my physio and orthopedic surgeon at the time that it is not recommended. I have a lot of hardware in the ankle as well which makes it hard to buy decent running shoes that fit both feet. A few years back after the fracture I did try running (worked up to it through a modified C25K program) and ended up in agony....kind of proving the specialists right a few years back :(

But I will happily cheer people from the sideline and hand out drink, high fives, encouragement as wanted or needed

#14 lucky 2

Posted 28 February 2017 - 08:26 AM

I need a new runner for my hallway and thought I'd get some inspiration. :huh:

Enjoy your running. :)

#15 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 28 February 2017 - 08:29 AM

I will join.... I need to move 5 stubborn kgs and know the only way to do that and gone my inner thighs (never going to have a thigh gap but the extra padding at the top is seriously rubbing at present) is to do running. I know this from past experience. Walking never works, but running does.

So am thinking of Autumn start for C25k.

Not starting this week as AF has joined me and I want to wallow in misery for a few days (first periods in 5 years as Implanon out... And they are coming every 3.5wks after being a 6-12wks gal previously).

I will try and get my kids to join me too as eldest at 11yrs could work on his fitness too.

I do have good runners as a lifetime ago my ex BF was a ironman triathlete (4.2kms swim 180kms bike followed by marathon run) and he got me starting to think about fitness and running... I have dodgy knee and ankle from childhood injuries so made sure good shoes. I can't run without them.

Goodluck ladies!

#16 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 28 February 2017 - 09:28 AM

Ahh this thread has done its job for today... I have picked my sorry ass out of bed, put on my running gear and am going for a run!



#17 AsperHacker

Posted 28 February 2017 - 10:08 AM

View PostVeritas Vinum Arte, on 28 February 2017 - 09:28 AM, said:

Ahh this thread has done its job for today... I have picked my sorry ass out of bed, put on my running gear and am going for a run!

Woo-hoo! On Saturday I was hungover and got AF, was super surprised that a run actually made me feel better and not vomitty.

Have fun!

#18 mayahlb

Posted 28 February 2017 - 10:35 AM

Ooh a running thread. It might inspire me to get out again and start running. I pulled a muscle about a month ago (it's still sore!) and haven't run since because everything I went into running from walking it hurt. I even had new shoes arrive since but haven't been out. I am/was planning to, today when we get home (kids ride their bikes, I run. The circuit is about 5kms, basically the whole street I live on).

I am hoping to get back to my 5km 4 times a week and 10km twice a week. It's so good for my mental health, which I have noted is a bit rocky at the moment.

#19 unicycle

Posted 28 February 2017 - 10:53 AM

Not allowed to run anymore,except a dash for the bus, but I want to live vicariously in this thread.
AH: Sore knees for me sometimes mean somewhere else isn't right. One time it was my leg muscles were not strong enough and I needed to do exercises to build them up. Another time it was because my middle glutes were too weak.

Enjoy running everyone. I tried  a minute last week and the physio is right: no more.

#20 unicycle

Posted 28 February 2017 - 10:55 AM

View Postmayahlb, on 28 February 2017 - 10:35 AM, said:

Ooh a running thread. It might inspire me to get out again and start running. I pulled a muscle about a month ago (it's still sore!) and haven't run since because everything I went into running from walking it hurt. I even had new shoes arrive since but haven't been out. I am/was planning to, today when we get home (kids ride their bikes, I run. The circuit is about 5kms, basically the whole street I live on).

I am hoping to get back to my 5km 4 times a week and 10km twice a week. It's so good for my mental health, which I have noted is a bit rocky at the moment.

Have you a nearby hill you can walk up instead? My closest one isn't that big, but I find that walking up and down it is similar to running for endorphin effect.

#21 cookiegurl

Posted 28 February 2017 - 10:57 AM

I'll join! I run twice a week, usually 5km on a weekday and 10 on a weekend. Actually, have just been doing 5km for the past few weekends, so I really have to step it up again. 10km usually means I have to have a nanna nap during the day though! Morning runner here, before the kids get up. DS9 hates it when I run as I get home literally dripping sweat, like I've just stepped out of the shower.  I just tell him tough luck kid, it's for my physical and mental wellbeing.

I must say, I NEVER wake up looking forward to the run. My first thought is always is it raining?? But I also know that without fail I will and do feel 100x better after running.

Shoes-wise I get measured up at Athletes Foot, nothing fancy, currently wearing Asics. I seem to remember reading somewhere that running shoes should be changed every 800km?

#22 Lifesgood

Posted 28 February 2017 - 10:58 AM

View PostNastyAH, on 28 February 2017 - 07:58 AM, said:

Well done on the fun run! I'd love to get the kids involved. They've all said they want to come but bail out. Dd has cross country coming up and always gets anxious about it because she's not a runner so maybe if she comes with me sometimes it'll give her a bit more confidence.
My DD was the same, now she has just done her first kids triathlon and loved it!

DH was inspired to take up running after I did a few years ago and now he runs 10km in under 45 mins. Meanwhile I am still plodding along trying to get to 5km.

#23 mayahlb

Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:08 AM

View Postunicycle, on 28 February 2017 - 10:55 AM, said:

Have you a nearby hill you can walk up instead? My closest one isn't that big, but I find that walking up and down it is similar to running for endorphin effect.

Where I live its as flat as flat can be lol. No hills, not even baby ones. I'm what I call a lazy runner, I can actually run longer distances (Have done 15kms before), but I well get bored mentally and start thinking of all the other things I could be doing. So an hour/just over an hour is my limit, around 30 minutes is preferable (about 5kms for me is about 35/36mins). I've planned out uni assignments pretty well on some runs. If I go for a walk I want to run because I want to get it over and done with so I can go back to whatever project I'm currently involved in :rofl:. If I lived somewhere that had more interesting scenery I probably would run more.

Edited by mayahlb, 28 February 2017 - 11:09 AM.


#24 unicycle

Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:19 AM

View Postmayahlb, on 28 February 2017 - 11:08 AM, said:

Where I live its as flat as flat can be lol. No hills, not even baby ones. I'm what I call a lazy runner, I can actually run longer distances (Have done 15kms before), but I well get bored mentally and start thinking of all the other things I could be doing. So an hour/just over an hour is my limit, around 30 minutes is preferable (about 5kms for me is about 35/36mins). I've planned out uni assignments pretty well on some runs. If I go for a walk I want to run because I want to get it over and done with so I can go back to whatever project I'm currently involved in :rofl:. If I lived somewhere that had more interesting scenery I probably would run more.

Podcasts? A good podcast has me walking or cycling for longer than intended. Happy to suggest some.

#25 nasty roses

Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:34 AM

View Postmayahlb, on 28 February 2017 - 11:08 AM, said:

Where I live its as flat as flat can be lol. No hills, not even baby ones. I'm what I call a lazy runner, I can actually run longer distances (Have done 15kms before), but I well get bored mentally and start thinking of all the other things I could be doing. So an hour/just over an hour is my limit, around 30 minutes is preferable (about 5kms for me is about 35/36mins). I've planned out uni assignments pretty well on some runs. If I go for a walk I want to run because I want to get it over and done with so I can go back to whatever project I'm currently involved in :rofl:. If I lived somewhere that had more interesting scenery I probably would run more.
This is party why I run at the gym - so I can watch tv and run at the same time.




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