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Hi I am Neil from Sheffield.

After getting back into playing football last year I have managed to drop from 13st 4 to 10st 6. I have also been going to the gym and now feel I am back to reasonable standard of fitness.

I have found the gym very boring and after watching a friend run the great eastern run I have quit the gym and started running.

I have been running for the last week or so and I can do about 2 miles in 18 mins. Is this ok without any running experience?

I would like to run road races in the future and I am keen to make progress from running 5k, 10k to half marathons. I would like to run in the great eastern run next October. Is this a reasonable aim.

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Neil
 

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Hi and welcome to the site.

2 miles in 18 is a great start, I couldn't run for 1 min when I started. I assume the GER is a half, if so you will be ready to run it long before that.

If you haven't already, get your self analysed for some proper runners to minimise the risk of injury and build up the mileage slowly.

Congrats on the weight loss, I can but dream :)
 

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Oi, H, stop putting yourself down. You've lost more than he has :p

Congrats to BOTH of you on your weight loss.

And stato (are you a statistician by any chance, or am I just putting 2 and 2 together and making 374?), 2 miles in 18 minutes is fine for a beginner. Mind you, in my book, just about staggering for 1 minute is fine for a beginner if that's all you can do, and if you keep at it. Much like Hrun, I could barely manage a minute when I first started. Sadly, after a few months out injured, I'm almost back there again, but one day, with luck, I'll be able to run 2 miles in 18 minutes too :d

From that start, a half marathon in a year's time is entirely feasible. Just keep progressing steadily. Don't push yourself too hard, but keep setting yourself targets to aim for to make sure you do progress.

Welcome to Runners Forum :)
 

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Welcome stato, as has been suggested get yourself to a running specialist store (not somewhere like JJB) and have your gait analysed. They'll watch you run briefly on a treadmill, or up and down the store or road... then they'll be able to suggest a selection of trainers with the appropriate support and cushioning for your running style... (yes there is more than one type of running shoe ;))

A half next october gives you plenty of time to train, you're quicker than I was when I started a few years ago, so come October 2009 you should be managing some pretty good times :)
 

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Thank you all for your kind welcome.

I will have a look into getting some decent shoes. There is a place called "he runs she runs" at meadowhell nearby!

Anna youre right - mainly football though, im a bit obsessed!
 

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Hi Stato

Welcome to RF.

Great start with your weight loss and running 9 min miles, you will easily be ok for GER next year.

I wouldn't wait that long, start looking at some 10k's in your local area to give you a feel for races, you will love it :d

TT
 
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