Ive gone and done something bloody stupid

#1
I have just put my self in for the Great North Run in September. I have never ran that distance before but it seemed like a good idea. Any tips for building up endurance or race tactics? (other than pounding the pavements obviously)
 
#8
I was even more stupid than that - I did a 20km road run a couple of years ago, and my training regime amounted to running out of the pub and out to the start line on the day (about, heh, 200 metres). I kid you not, that pie was a real problem 10k in.

Fortunately they kept the finish line open for four hours, so when I prolapsed across it after about three hours there was still someone left to laugh.

... if I were to try again, I'd use ggradually increasing distance runs, and i'd have a good look at my diet a month or two before....

good luck
 
#10
fairmaidofperth said:
go to Runner's World website, good training programmes and loads of advice

Runner's World

good luck to you!
Seconded but determination and guts will see you through even if you dont train!

Thats how i got through P Company! Made me cry though lol
 
#11
stabandswat said:
I have just put my self in for the Great North Run in September. I have never ran that distance before but it seemed like a good idea. Any tips for building up endurance or race tactics? (other than pounding the pavements obviously)
64 cans of red bull , and a mars bar!
 
#13
You have nothing to worry about with regard completing a run of that distance when its that many months away.

You should be able to complete a marathon in that amount of time!
 
#14
Training is going well Spoomo, however, I was not sure if there was any tips from people who had actually ran a half/full marathon that would enable me to get the best time possible. Such as any particular excercises to concentrate on to strenghten various muscles or things NOT to do etc. Who knows? I may be that fit when it comes round I can run it twice and lap Jimmy Saville.
 
#15
Well, I learned the easy way:

I went out and ran. I ran until I could more or less run no more.

Sometimes I went out and ran fast until I could no longer run.

If I started feeling run-down, I eased back a little. As my fitness progressed I went a little harder.

You are your own best gauge of how you are feeling, don't go insane and you will be alright. Aside from that:

*Try not to run on hard surfaces too often.
*Get some good footwear. Highstreet fashionable footwear is not good footwear.
*Neat little warm up, good cool down, lots of stretching.
*Good controlled diet taking on the calories you need. People always say to 'eat properly' when training - but you've got to eat better than properly when training to replace the excess calorie use. Too many people stick to the recommended 2500ish a day for healthy adult male - well banging out miles all week is going to see at least 500 up to and maybe more than a thousand more needed - dependent on the level and duration of your training.
*Lots of wetness prior to running and rehydration during/after. Wet is good.
 
#18
On the subject of decent running shoes..... they all seem to pertain to be the best!! Any suggestions as to a decent running shoe?
 
#19
Well, like I said before, anywhere not 'highstreet'.

Salomon do a pretty nifty paid for 59.99, I forget the name, but they are pretty damned good. Almost as comfy as the Silver Shadows (!!) but offering the correct attributes such as support, shock absorbtion, breathability...
 
#20
I have a local shop that specialises in running shoes. Which is good coz I have no idea where to start looking! The staff are much better trained than in standard high street shops. I can't remember all the things they look for but examples include foot arch, instep, heels etc. They'll also ask what type of running you plan to do, how far etc etc. I usually get a few pairs to try on. Some shops have a running machine to try shoes out.

Basically everyone's different and what suits one might not be right for another. I suggest you look in a running magazine for shops in your area that specialise.

And you don't end up paying for designer labels.
 

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