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  • There's a lot of similar sounding posts - Feb has been a bit of a struggle but many of us upping the game last week. My target of 40 miles for the month is going to be close, but no cigar, probably. The good news is that I have got some base fitness now and can maintain 8m/mile for 4 miles.

    I planned to do 80 miles cycling, and have managed about 3. Next month I'll do better with both.
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  • jacklawteyjacklawtey Frets: 204
    edited February 23
    Anyone got any tips (aside from 'don't do it) for running 100 miles in a month? Polished off 100km in a month relatively easily in January (with aforementioned deep snow and -20º temperatures) and want to go for the 100 miles now the snow is gone and it's a tropical 6ºc. I figure just do the 5-and-a-bit km every day? Not looking to improve anything this month, just a challenge. Only started running a couple of months ago. 
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  • GavRichListGavRichList Frets: 5470
    I’d think 4x 10k a week would be just about manageable?
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1178
    Anyone got any tips (aside from 'don't do it) for running 100 miles in a month? Polished off 100km in a month relatively easily in January (with aforementioned deep snow and -20º temperatures) and want to go for the 100 miles now the snow is gone and it's a tropical 6ºc. I figure just do the 5-and-a-bit km every day? Not looking to improve anything this month, just a challenge. Only started running a couple of months ago. 
    This is what I’m building up to as I’ve set myself 1000 miles this year and in the spring/summer months I’ll need to top 100 miles a month. It’s definitely doable but make sure you give your body rest and stretch properly (I need to heed my own advice). And build up to it. So aim for 70 miles this month and then 80-85 then 100 
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  • February summary: 163.4km / 14 runs
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1178
    Ugh. Feel soo tired today so haven’t run. Will run tomorrow and be 5 miles short of my monthly target (again). Need to do 70 miles next month (at least) so 4x4 mile runs a week. This challenge is hard haha
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  • GavRichListGavRichList Frets: 5470
    Irritatingly, I’ve buggered my hip up - Bursitis I think. I’m having to do less at the minute, so have only done 15k this week. Might squeeze another 5 tomorrow, but it bloody smarts. 
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  • chrisj1602chrisj1602 Frets: 2008
    I’ve done two 10kms this week, Monday and Thursday. Was planning another tomorrow but currently drinking IPA and waiting for some Indian food so not so sure...
    Chris.
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 5897
    Feb summary

    Total distance: 67.3
    Total runs: 10
    Highlight: 5km in 28:12 = Beat previous PB by 11 secs!

    Feb despite being a shorter month Ive got on a lot better. Thats despite writing and recording an album too!
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  • BahHumbugBahHumbug Frets: 246
    Feb summary:

    Kept up to 20k per week, giving a total of just over 90k for the month, in 11 runs.  Highlight was 16k/10miles last Sunday - my longest distance since having knee trouble last October.
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  • GavRichListGavRichList Frets: 5470
    123km in Feb for me, including a PB for 10k. Carrying a bit of an injury now, but touch wood it seems ok over 5k, so with a lot of stretching and a gradual build back up to greater distances im hoping I won’t need any down time. 

    Somewhat remarkably I haven’t ever warmed down before, as I wasn’t really sure what was required. That’s definitely been my issue. I’m now armed with a decent routine and hopefully it’ll start to show. Feeling pretty good otherwise at present, so if I get injury free I think im Capable of another gear. Got my VO2 Max up to 53 this month too. 
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  • stevebrumstevebrum Frets: 5895
    Good to hear the progress gents. I only managed to get to up to running fitness in the last 8 days of Feb - so 4 runs and 20 miles.

    Got loads of walking in though building my leg back up so  - 100+ miles for the month waking/running.


    Somewhat remarkably I haven’t ever warmed down before, as I wasn’t really sure what was required. That’s definitely been my issue. I’m now armed with a decent routine and hopefully it’ll start to show. Feeling pretty good otherwise at present, so if I get injury free I think im Capable of another gear. Got my VO2 Max up to 53 this month too. 
    I think it’s different for everyone. I’m taking no risks at all so always do a warm up and warm down. It hasn’t stopped me getting hurt already this year though... 

    I know people who don’t do either and have no injury issues whatsoever over many years of running.
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  • I just can't get into a habit. Rather, I haven't yet. My February goal was just 40 miles which is well within my fitness levels. It's just motivation that fails me.

    So, I did 7 runs and totalled 27 miles. Less than January which was the start of my attempt to get into running. I had one good week where I ran every other day, and got my average pace down to 8:00/mile (5:00/km) which I'm pleased with.

    Guess I'll just get my shit together and smash it in March. I think one of my issues is that I try to do it after work, but it doesn't fit well with the rest of my house who want dinner at that time. Also, I tend to only run at my fast pace when I should probably do a fast one, followed by a "recovery" run the next day. I should maybe do gentle but longer runs to get the miles into my legs.
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  • DeadmanDeadman Frets: 3026
    About time I gave an update. Different approach for me this year. I've just been running for 30 minutes at a comfortable pace 3-4 times a week. I don't look at distance at all. I got effed off with logging everything and competing with myself last year (and years before that too). All I know is, I'm a lot fitter than I was in January. At 51, all I want to be is fit and not fat and not be a heart attack waiting to happen. I like my 'going out' clothes (when they were a thing)to fit too (32" waist, size S/M shirts), which at the moment, they don't. That'll be my aim/gauge, if anything.

    Good luck all of you. I love reading/seeing all the miles getting logged. 
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  • roundthebendroundthebend Frets: 654
    I started to get my shit together today. I got up early and did some yoga and stretching - having noticed my back is twinging a bit with what I feel might be sciatic pain from bad posture working at home.

    This evening I went out for a gentle plod of about 3 miles. I saw about because my phone was low on battery and didn't record accurately. Apparently I did 2.75 miles in 27 minutes, but there are big corner cuts on the map so I reckon closer to 3.5 miles. And my last mile pace was 5:15 which I don't think I could actually manage at full sprint. Bloody technology.

    Still, I'm determined to get it going. My wife has started too which is great cos she suffers a bit of anxiety and went out without me - 18 year old son went along on his bike, but it's a start.
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1178
    edited March 4
    7 miles today! Felt good so kept going. Took it easy which helped! See how I feel tomorrow, hopefully fine so I can get a short one in.

    also spoke to my local running shop about my next pair of shoes. They’re going to drop some pairs round for me to try on at home and see what fits well. Bloody marvellous customer service! 
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  • chrisj1602chrisj1602 Frets: 2008
    I’ve done 6km after work tonight. Planned to do 10km my calf was getting tight again, the bastard!
    Chris.
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 5897
    Dunno why but I struggled today even though I set a PB jsut a few days ago...maybe not rested enough as was up late last nght
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  • roundthebendroundthebend Frets: 654
    I'm getting into this running lark. I had a very comfortable 5k in the week where I went out intending to just enjoy the plod but my pace was good and I felt comfortable and I averaged 7:40 /mile which is pretty fast for me.

    Today I went for my longest in years, and felt very good doing 10k in 8:10 /mile pace.
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1178
    Didn’t get out for as many runs as I’d like this week so managed to drag myself round for another 7 miles tonight. Still a few miles short of my weekly target but feel good about doing 2 five milers and a 7 miler next week. 

    Oh and running shop dropped round 2 pairs of ON’s (cloud flyer and cloud stratus) for me to try and I’ve ended up purchasing a pair of the flyers. Lovely. 
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  • roundthebendroundthebend Frets: 654
    Went out for a plod again tonight, ended up averaging 7:30 /mile for 3.1 miles (5k). My last mile was 7:00 pace, which is getting close to my target. And I felt pretty comfortable again.

    I'm gonna book in for gait analysis and buy some proper running trainers. No doubt I'll end up with blisters and injuries that I don't get with my £20 Reebok's!
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  • DeadmanDeadman Frets: 3026
    edited March 8
    4 x 30 minute runs last week. No idea exactly what distance any of them were but they'll have been close to 5k.
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  • chrisj1602chrisj1602 Frets: 2008
    I’ve just done a quick 3km loop to test my calf which keeps giving me grief. Seemed ok so gonna try 5km next. Want to get back in the habit of 10km really.
    Chris.
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1178
    Went out for a plod again tonight, ended up averaging 7:30 /mile for 3.1 miles (5k). My last mile was 7:00 pace, which is getting close to my target. And I felt pretty comfortable again.

    I'm gonna book in for gait analysis and buy some proper running trainers. No doubt I'll end up with blisters and injuries that I don't get with my £20 Reebok's!
    Wish I could plod at 7:30/mile! 
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1178
    7 miles on Sunday and another 5 tonight. 

    Wife won’t let me use my shiny new ON Cloudflyers as it’s ‘not my birthday yet’. :-(

    legs feel a bit weary but ok overall. Hopefully this is the start of me feeling good enough to get out 4 times a week.....just in time for 10 days of solid rain :D 
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1178
    19.5 miles this week. Wanted to get to 20 but didn’t get out for tonight’s run until 9:45 so was just a bridge too far as legs were very heavy! Improving each week, so long may it continue. 
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  • roundthebendroundthebend Frets: 654
    joneve said:
    19.5 miles this week. Wanted to get to 20 but didn’t get out for tonight’s run until 9:45 so was just a bridge too far as legs were very heavy! Improving each week, so long may it continue. 
    Impressive distance. I managed 12 again this week, which is ahead of target. Finished off with a 5 mile PB of 39:22. I wasn't comfortable for any of it, especially the 4th mile when I was running into wind on the edge of a lake and uphill. Just my stubborn determination for me through.

    Previous week I was able to run at 7:30 pace for most of a 3 mile run feeling very comfortable. But the week just gone has felt like hard work. Maybe the weather. Maybe I've overdone it. I can't pace myself properly either. I went out yesterday trying to start with an 8:20 mile and then wind it up to 8:00, then 7:50. But I was sub 8:00 on the first mile and not because I felt strong, just poor pacing.

    Also went for gait analysis. I run neutral which is nice. I may spend silly-for-me money on running shoes.
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1178
    joneve said:
    19.5 miles this week. Wanted to get to 20 but didn’t get out for tonight’s run until 9:45 so was just a bridge too far as legs were very heavy! Improving each week, so long may it continue. 
    Impressive distance. I managed 12 again this week, which is ahead of target. Finished off with a 5 mile PB of 39:22. I wasn't comfortable for any of it, especially the 4th mile when I was running into wind on the edge of a lake and uphill. Just my stubborn determination for me through.

    Previous week I was able to run at 7:30 pace for most of a 3 mile run feeling very comfortable. But the week just gone has felt like hard work. Maybe the weather. Maybe I've overdone it. I can't pace myself properly either. I went out yesterday trying to start with an 8:20 mile and then wind it up to 8:00, then 7:50. But I was sub 8:00 on the first mile and not because I felt strong, just poor pacing.

    Also went for gait analysis. I run neutral which is nice. I may spend silly-for-me money on running shoes.
    I’d love those paces! Re:running shoes, the ones I have for my birthday were £140 which is double what I’ve ever spent on running shoes. Hopefully they’re good haha! 

    I’d like to try (and need to!) and get to 25 miles a week regularly, but a few weeks off that yet. Legs are tired today. 
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  • roundthebendroundthebend Frets: 654
    I've only done 2 runs this week, so far. 3.1 miles (5k) at my comfortable 8:00/mile pace. Then a 4 mile run where I tried to push the pace for the penultimate mile. Worked out well, I average 7:30/mile with the last two miles being around the 7:00/mile mark. And I felt pretty strong too.

    I'm feeling shattered today, lack of sleep, so I'll run tomorrow. Probably a longer one at steady pace just to get some miles in.
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  • chrisj1602chrisj1602 Frets: 2008
    I have done 3 runs this week, two interval runs and then a quick 3km as I was pushed for time but wanted to get out!  Really enjoyed the interval runs, it's good to run at different paces.  I am trying to lose a bit of weight at the moment as I think that could be a cause of my intermittent calf injuries.  Lost 6lb in the past 2-3 weeks and that is with not much running.
    Chris.
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