2021 Fretboard Running Club

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stevebrumstevebrum Frets: 5895
Born out of this excellent thread:

https://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/170832/2020-fretboard-virtual-running-club

Let’s keep it going again this year and hopefully get some new runners joining us. 

I’ll post up some stats for my first 12 months of running later...
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  • droflufdrofluf Frets: 1043
     My post from yesterday:

    Went out today to open my account for the year and managed to lose an AirPod in the slop. 
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  • RedRabbitRedRabbit Frets: 338
    Completely failed to keep the running up last year but I'm trying again this year.

    It's going to be right back to the start for me so I'll be tackling c25k again.  Starting tomorrow on the treadmill.  Don't really fancy running in 4 inches of snow.
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  • JohnnysevenJohnnyseven Frets: 734
    I just started a training program to run 10km in 50 mins. Despite doing lots of running last year, my fitness reduced due to not cycling 20 miles a day 3 times a week to work. Hoping this will bring it back up again.
    My trading feedback can be seen here - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/58242/
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  • DeadmanDeadman Frets: 3026
    I'll be starting again on Monday. I have to get pissed tonight.
    My trading feedback is here 
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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 10256
    it is something I would like to do, and in the past always enjoyed running. I did make a start back in 2019 but my dodgy knee just couldn't take it. It's fine doing resistance training, and likewise doing 10-15 min HIIT workouts, but a 20 min run and it flares right up. 

    I'm not locked in here with you, you are locked in here with me.

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  • stevebrumstevebrum Frets: 5895
    A review of running in 2020. For the first time since being forced to at school, in my early 40s I decided it was appropriate to start running; even though I’d had dodgy knee for 20 years.

    Injured from Jan - March.

    Injured from April - June.

     ;) Managed 10 runs in 6 months.

    Fortunately resting up, cycling, rowing, and body weight conditioning (skipping, shadow boxing etc) kept me in shape and strengthened the knee.

    A more cautious approach in the second half of the year (slowed down a bit, made sure I warmed up before/stretching after) resulted in 70 more runs and the following stats:

    ~ 400 total miles 
    Longest run - 11 miles 
    5k PB  - 23:22
    10k PB - ~ 49 although if honest I think Strava was a bit generous that day. I’ve certainly done early 50s numerous times though. 

    This year I have one modest aim - complete my first 13 miler, I’m not interested in smashing any PB times but if it happens it happens. If anything I’m running slower now to maintain better form.

    Injury notwithstanding I’m very happy with my first 12 months running. I can knock out sub 9 min miles if I want, but for over 3 miles ~ 9:30 feels right. 

    The main thing is to enjoy it, I honestly really do look forward to my runs even in this weather. 
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  • JayceeJaycee Frets: 130
    I have just started running the last few months, run....walk....run walk....walk...etc,  not more than 4 miles as my knees start to complain.
    I usually play squash in the winter but due to covid haven't been on court for 10 months.

    I did manage to hit my 2000 mile cycle target though.
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1178
    First run in about 4 months yesterday. 5km at a slower pace than I’m capable but trying not to do too much too soon, in hope I can stay healthy as I want to get to 1000 miles this year if possible. 
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  • djspecialistdjspecialist Frets: 633
    My goals for 2021:

    - 1,000 miles total. In 2020 I ran 1,400 km, so I reckon this is just about within reach. TBH though my main priority is to keep up my regular schedule of 3-4 runs per week.

    - Another half marathon. I did my first in 2020 (Cambridge HM in March). Fingers crossed that this kind of event becomes possible again as we go through the year.
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  • RaymondLinRaymondLin Frets: 7334
    I went out to run last night but after about 300 yards I nearly slipped so ended up doing more a power walk for the duration instead of running. 
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  • chrisj1602chrisj1602 Frets: 2008
    I’m aiming for 1000km this year.
    Chris.
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  • relic245relic245 Frets: 366
    My goal is to do a sprint triathlon on may.

    400m swim
    18k cycle
    5k run.

    Can do them all individually, I've got a way to go to do the 3 one after the other.

    Working on getting to do 10k runs as part of my training.

    Only ever ran that distance once. Did 8k last week do getting close.
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  • JohnnysevenJohnnyseven Frets: 734
    edited January 3
    For anyone who has knee problems, is the pain while running or after? I had knee issues, I would get pain after running not during. I discovered it wasn't my knees that were the problem but tight thigh muscles. I fixed by using a foam roller to massage my thighs, just lie with your legs on the roller then roll backwards and forwards. It worked wonders for me.
    My trading feedback can be seen here - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/58242/
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1178
    relic245 said:
    My goal is to do a sprint triathlon on may.

    400m swim
    18k cycle
    5k run.

    Can do them all individually, I've got a way to go to do the 3 one after the other.

    Working on getting to do 10k runs as part of my training.

    Only ever ran that distance once. Did 8k last week do getting close.
    Best of luck! It’s a slippery slope; one day you’re doing a sprint, the next minute you’ve signed up for an Ironman

    Sprint tri’s are great fun though. Which one are you doing? 
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  • relic245relic245 Frets: 366
    joneve said:
    relic245 said:
    My goal is to do a sprint triathlon on may.

    400m swim
    18k cycle
    5k run.

    Can do them all individually, I've got a way to go to do the 3 one after the other.

    Working on getting to do 10k runs as part of my training.

    Only ever ran that distance once. Did 8k last week do getting close.
    Best of luck! It’s a slippery slope; one day you’re doing a sprint, the next minute you’ve signed up for an Ironman

    Sprint tri’s are great fun though. Which one are you doing? 

    Haha, absolutely no intention of taking it further. I have a mate who does the iron-man and the sheer amount of hours he invests is incredible. 

    I'm signed up for the Stratford on Avon one. Assuming it can take place on May 9th.

    Sounds like you have some experience? 
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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 12416
    Dropped to 900k from my usual 1200k last year.

    Would like to get back to a decent number again this year.
    Handsome_Chris said: Like white Nile Rodgers. 
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  • JohnnysevenJohnnyseven Frets: 734
    relic245 said:
    joneve said:
    relic245 said:
    My goal is to do a sprint triathlon on may.

    400m swim
    18k cycle
    5k run.

    Can do them all individually, I've got a way to go to do the 3 one after the other.

    Working on getting to do 10k runs as part of my training.

    Only ever ran that distance once. Did 8k last week do getting close.
    Best of luck! It’s a slippery slope; one day you’re doing a sprint, the next minute you’ve signed up for an Ironman

    Sprint tri’s are great fun though. Which one are you doing? 

    Haha, absolutely no intention of taking it further. I have a mate who does the iron-man and the sheer amount of hours he invests is incredible. 

    I'm signed up for the Stratford on Avon one. Assuming it can take place on May 9th.

    Sounds like you have some experience? 
    I'd quite like to do a triathlon, no idea how to get into it though.
    My trading feedback can be seen here - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/58242/
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1178
    relic245 said:
    joneve said:
    relic245 said:
    My goal is to do a sprint triathlon on may.

    400m swim
    18k cycle
    5k run.

    Can do them all individually, I've got a way to go to do the 3 one after the other.

    Working on getting to do 10k runs as part of my training.

    Only ever ran that distance once. Did 8k last week do getting close.
    Best of luck! It’s a slippery slope; one day you’re doing a sprint, the next minute you’ve signed up for an Ironman

    Sprint tri’s are great fun though. Which one are you doing? 

    Haha, absolutely no intention of taking it further. I have a mate who does the iron-man and the sheer amount of hours he invests is incredible. 

    I'm signed up for the Stratford on Avon one. Assuming it can take place on May 9th.

    Sounds like you have some experience? 
    Yep, I had ‘no intention’ of taking it further than the Woodhall Sprint Tri I signed up to in 2014. 3 years later I was doing the London Olympic Tri with ‘no intention of taking it further than that’...a year later I was doing a half-iron distance in 30 degree heat and thought that was hard enough...then in 2019 I did Ironman Copenhagen. 

    What I’m saying is, the adrenaline kick you’ll get from completing a triathlon will likely make you want to keep pushing yourself :) 

    If they’ve managed entry numbers and pools are open by then, no reason it shouldn’t go ahead. I marshalled the first ‘post lockdown’ triathlon in the summer and it can definitely be done safely. 
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1178
    relic245 said:
    joneve said:
    relic245 said:
    My goal is to do a sprint triathlon on may.

    400m swim
    18k cycle
    5k run.

    Can do them all individually, I've got a way to go to do the 3 one after the other.

    Working on getting to do 10k runs as part of my training.

    Only ever ran that distance once. Did 8k last week do getting close.
    Best of luck! It’s a slippery slope; one day you’re doing a sprint, the next minute you’ve signed up for an Ironman

    Sprint tri’s are great fun though. Which one are you doing? 

    Haha, absolutely no intention of taking it further. I have a mate who does the iron-man and the sheer amount of hours he invests is incredible. 

    I'm signed up for the Stratford on Avon one. Assuming it can take place on May 9th.

    Sounds like you have some experience? 
    I'd quite like to do a triathlon, no idea how to get into it though.
    Got a bike and some swimming trunks? Should be all you need :) 

    PM me if you want any advice or help. 
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  • BahHumbugBahHumbug Frets: 246
    I’m no triathlon expert, but I’ve marshalled a local one a couple of times.  I’ve seen the full gamut of folks doing the bike stage, from the ones in tri-suits on carbon fibre bikes, to the ones just wearing whatever and riding a sit up and beg, or a mountain bike.  It certainly isn’t necessary to spend loads on gear.
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  • JohnnysevenJohnnyseven Frets: 734
    joneve said:
    relic245 said:
    joneve said:
    relic245 said:
    My goal is to do a sprint triathlon on may.

    400m swim
    18k cycle
    5k run.

    Can do them all individually, I've got a way to go to do the 3 one after the other.

    Working on getting to do 10k runs as part of my training.

    Only ever ran that distance once. Did 8k last week do getting close.
    Best of luck! It’s a slippery slope; one day you’re doing a sprint, the next minute you’ve signed up for an Ironman

    Sprint tri’s are great fun though. Which one are you doing? 

    Haha, absolutely no intention of taking it further. I have a mate who does the iron-man and the sheer amount of hours he invests is incredible. 

    I'm signed up for the Stratford on Avon one. Assuming it can take place on May 9th.

    Sounds like you have some experience? 
    I'd quite like to do a triathlon, no idea how to get into it though.
    Got a bike and some swimming trunks? Should be all you need :) 

    PM me if you want any advice or help. 
    I have a bike and some trunks, also some running shoes and a open water swimming wetsuit. I do a fair bit of swimming, running and cycling - just never done them in one event.
    My trading feedback can be seen here - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/58242/
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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 18967
    Sadly my running is limited to one 5k per week, and has been for about 3 years now. Deterioration of hip and knee joints. I miss my running greatly but I can't complain, there are people far worse off than me.
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  • fields5069fields5069 Frets: 3815
    I'm still running without a watch, plodding on to see if I can get a good base over the winter and into spring. Currently I'm doing 20-25 miles per week, which is about as much as I've ever done when not doing long runs to prepare for an event.
    Some folks like water, some folks like wine.
    My feedback thread is here.
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1178
    edited January 4
    I'm still running without a watch, plodding on to see if I can get a good base over the winter and into spring. Currently I'm doing 20-25 miles per week, which is about as much as I've ever done when not doing long runs to prepare for an event.
    I'm selling my old one from £50 posted if you were interested? 

    Edit: it's this one: https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/p/538374

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  • fields5069fields5069 Frets: 3815
    :) I mean I leave my watch at home, but cheers for the heads-up.
    Some folks like water, some folks like wine.
    My feedback thread is here.
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 5897
    First run of the year surprisingly even after nearly 2 weeks off manage a sub 30min 5k fairly comfortably.(6k total in 40mins including 5min walk warmup and 5 min walk cool down)

    Would love to be able to get to a 25min 5k. this year

    I think it might be cool to have a monthly totals thread too.


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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1178
    :) I mean I leave my watch at home, but cheers for the heads-up.

    oh! haha! :D 

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  • BahHumbugBahHumbug Frets: 246
    edited January 4

    I think it might be cool to have a monthly totals thread too.


    Do you mean monthly distance totals?  I'd be up for that.  How about incorporating that into this thread?
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  • BahHumbugBahHumbug Frets: 246
    I opened my account for 2021 on Saturday, with an 8k.  As reported in last years thread, I suffered a knee injury - probably ITBS - basically from running too hard.  So at the moment, all my runs are at easy pace, and my weekly distance goal is 20k - this is while I develop some confidence that the injury isn't going to recur.  As a result of the injury and subsequent internet research, I'm being careful about warm-up, post run stretches, and I'm also trying to do some regular strength and conditioning exercises.

    I'm a bit of a recording and measuring geek and was using Strava for recording my runs.  However I was finding it to be occasionally unreliable, so took recommendations on a GPS watch from folks here.  In December I got myself a 2nd hand Garmin Forerunner 235.  This has opened a slight can of worms on the subject of heart rate.  I'm finding on my easy paced runs (which feel easy to me) the Garmin is recording quite high heart rates - into the 160s and once into the 170s.  I'm 52, and the Internet wisdom suggests that this sort of heart rate would be unusually high.  I understand that wrist-worn heart rate monitors can be inaccurate, but I think it would need to be way out to produce these values erroneously.  So I'm keeping an eye on that.  One thing I have realised is that my hydration has been generally poor in recent years, and this affects heart rate, so for the last couple of days I've been drinking quite a bit of water.  I'll be running tomorrow and will be interested to see if there is any discernable difference.
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1178
    BahHumbug said:
    I opened my account for 2021 on Saturday, with an 8k.  As reported in last years thread, I suffered a knee injury - probably ITBS - basically from running too hard.  So at the moment, all my runs are at easy pace, and my weekly distance goal is 20k - this is while I develop some confidence that the injury isn't going to recur.  As a result of the injury and subsequent internet research, I'm being careful about warm-up, post run stretches, and I'm also trying to do some regular strength and conditioning exercises.

    I'm a bit of a recording and measuring geek and was using Strava for recording my runs.  However I was finding it to be occasionally unreliable, so took recommendations on a GPS watch from folks here.  In December I got myself a 2nd hand Garmin Forerunner 235.  This has opened a slight can of worms on the subject of heart rate.  I'm finding on my easy paced runs (which feel easy to me) the Garmin is recording quite high heart rates - into the 160s and once into the 170s.  I'm 52, and the Internet wisdom suggests that this sort of heart rate would be unusually high.  I understand that wrist-worn heart rate monitors can be inaccurate, but I think it would need to be way out to produce these values erroneously.  So I'm keeping an eye on that.  One thing I have realised is that my hydration has been generally poor in recent years, and this affects heart rate, so for the last couple of days I've been drinking quite a bit of water.  I'll be running tomorrow and will be interested to see if there is any discernable difference.
    The wrist-heart rates on any device need to be taken with a pinch of salt. Get ye a HRM chest strap which will link to your Forerunner for better results. 

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