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Another noobs post... here we go.....

I want to start running semi seriously after a bit of a wake up call - went for a run with some friends on holiday and had to stop quite a few times to make the pain slightly more bearable. I like to consider myself fairly fit as I cycle lots and play hockey. So today I set out for a two mile run which turned into more of a run with lots of stops and walking which was not what i wanted.

Anyone got any tips as to what to do training wise - how long to go out for, how often, should i record my progress etc.

BTW I have some okayish shoes already, and dont plan on buying any more kit any time soon - or not at least till i get quick enough to warrant it.

Thanks,
John
 

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Hi there, welcome to the site and well done on deciding to start running. I'm sure others on here can give you the details but a lot of people start by doing a mixture of running and walking and gradually increasing the distance each week.

I know you said that you are not planning on getting any more kit yet but a good pair of trainers is very important. If you get any injuries from bad footwear, it may prevent your progress and the recovery can take months. I go out running 4 times a week at the moment but have been suffering with a mild injury for months from overtraining. Its a real pain as I would like to do more.
 

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phew I am glad you posted your name ha ha

Welcome to RF.

If you are not used to running it would explain why you keep stopping, just keep going as you are I wouldn't increase distance just yet, but just try to aim to run the 2 miles completely and when you are doing that well then look to increase distance.

You can always google run/walk programmes there are plenty of forumites on here who have done this and done it well.

Are your trainers proper running shoes, if not it would be strongly recommended that you invest in pair, check out your local specialist running shop.

Hope this helps

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Hi John, welcome to RF from a not-so-seasoned fellow blogger :)

I'd say try to keep at a reasonable pace to help you build up some endurance. There's a lot to be said for long, slow runs. Also, not sure how much you've already thought about it but getting a good rhythm to your breathing is important (e.g. inhale for three steps, exhale for three steps). There are others here who can speak from greater experience but I'd hope that's sensible enough advice! Good luck!
 
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