Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by loudoo2, Dec 31, 2011.
Righto. I'd like to join the running club if you'll have me please thankyou.
I went on a kick to get fit/ lose weight about 3 years ago and did really well, dropped 4 dress sizes (!) but didn't really find the gym all that inspiring, I had to force myself to go, and had hit a bit of a plateau weight-wise. So I signed up to do both the Great North Run and the Great South Run and promptly discovered that I loved running - first thing in the morning, last thing at night, didn't really matter so long as I was outside, bit of Dolly Parton on the ipod and happy as larry.
Cut a long story short and instead of doing the GNR I ended up being rushed to hospital 3 hours away from being paralysed for life as a disc had burst and was cutting off my spinal cord, so I needed emergency spinal surgery.
I still have no feeling in my feet (will never get it back now), and I still have a lot of back pain (and similar though not quite as dramatic problems with the disc above the one removed) but to be perfectly honest I think a lot of the reason I've never gone back to running is a lack of confidence/ being scared about what happened last time.
But as is the way of the world, it's a catch 22 situation - I can't exercise because my back hurts, and my back hurts because I am overweight.
SO this year I have committed myself to getting back to running. I've just found a personal trainer (this may seem extreme, but I am keen that I don't damage myself more!!) who has worked with spinal injuries to improve their core strength to be able to withstand the impact of running, and I am DETERMINED to be out and about in my dayglo vest and shorts by the end of this month!
So, wish me luck....and also tell me what it is we do on this thread exactly!! (times, distances, that sort of thing???)
Go on then
I need to get back on the road - been making too many excuses for not going out
I need to get back into running again too. It's been a bit difficult recently to be able to get out and about. But things need to change and I went out for a run this afternoon and it was really good. Even fitted in funding a geocache while I did it lol.
Zoe you are very welcome to our little club
I don't run, I'm the support crew to Mrs TW so all I can say is what she tells me and that is find a running club it gives motivation apparently.
How about this site to map your progress and show off how well your doing.
I'm not one for running clubs either. I like being able to set my own targets and go at my own pace. I'd end up in a heap on the floor having an asthma attack if I listened to some of them lot.
I usually run with a mate which works well because we both turn up so we aren't letting the other one down. We've run so many races together that I've lost count.
I can only speak of the Grantham Running Club, on training runs they don't make the slower ones kill themselves the faster ones run on ahead so far and then return to the slower ones and so on. New members are taken on a shorter route to gauge their ability and are allowed to progress at their own pace.
Other clubs may have a different approach.
Running clubs do vary. Some do tend to be a bit serious, some are more beginner friendly. You just have to try them. I have noticed a tendency towards hills though ....
Just done 5 miles - that's your toffifee sorted Zoe
I'd like to join the running club too - did my first run in ages this morning - got up at 6.30am but I could only manage 1 mile though, but I'm going to keep at it and just up the time each morning
Well I'm off for my first consultation with my personal trainer on Friday....he said not to bring any training gear, but to bring a list of 5 things I want to acheive (holistically, not just physically) and rank them in order....and that (gulp) he would be getting the callipers out to measure my body fat.
I will also therefore be taking a large box of tissues.....and possibly a knuckleduster ;D
Booked in for the Loughborough 1/2 marathon at the end of March.Better get back training as have had a month off
Have quite a good article from a running magazine that helps get started.Can scan and send if anybody wants it.
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