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Hi,

Wanted to just introduce myself as a new runner & member of this group! I am reasonably new to running having switched from swimming for a new challenge I decided to start to train for the Reading half in march.

Just wondering if anyone had any advise about how to up distances, just had a two week holiday break but was up to doing 3 miles 3 to 4 times a week in roughly 9 min mile pace and struggling to get bak into it?

Also is there anyone in the Baingstoke area who might be looking for company now the mornings/nights are getting nasty!!

Look forward to hearing from you ,
Em
 

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Welcome!

You seem to have started well and I bet you have good base fitness having been a swimmer. That being the case I should think training for Reading wouldn't be a problem.

Best advice is to find a local running, not athletic, club so as to find like minded people to run with.

Slowly build up distance, stamina and speed doing no more than 10% more each week.You should have 3 core running sessions a week. A long slow run, a speed/hill session and a mid-distance steady run. Add to that as you see fit.

You may have done this already but if not go to a specialist running shop for advice on shoes.

Try to enter 2/3 races before Reading to give you something to train for. Local 5k and 10ks or even cross country races.

Most of all have fun!
 

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Thanks for that Steve......I have thought about the running club but they are a little thin on the ground in my area or don't fit in with an already to full schedule!! However I do note what you say about the races although I have been worried that they may put me off!!!!

So in short start with increasing my weekend run to be a longer distance than I normally run....so up by 20mins - 2miles? Then have a speed/hill session & a middle distance easy run in between?

What advise could you offer in the way of strength/cross training bearing in mind that at the moment my physical endurance seems stronger than both my lungs and mental endurance!!!
 

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Your long run itself shouldn't increase by more than 10% per week too so start with 3.5 m. You'll soon pick up the distance. It's important not to do too much to soon as your body needs to get used to running...and you need to be able to recover to run the other sessions.

Newcomers to this site seem to say that really enjoy their first race and that it inspires them to do more so I doubt you'd be put off!

Any gym equipment will help with cross training...as would your swimming. I don't use weights very often but short light weight sessions wouldn't hurt Im sure.
 

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Hi Emma, I have only been running for 8ish months and have only completed 1 race to date, the Bristol half, like Steve says, it gave me such a buzz I am now in training for another one in march.
 

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Hi emma, racing is definetly the best motivator! Nothing to get you out on a cold wet evening than the fear of a rapidly approaching race!

Im a beginner too, only running about 6 months and doing my third race this weekend. Very excited!
 

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Hi Emma,

Welcome to the forum.

I also live in Basingstoke (Lychpit) - where are you?

I did the Reading half last year - it was fab finishing in the Madjeski Stadium. Felt like a "proper" athlete!

I've done a few Tadley Runners races this year - it's a very friendly club and one that I would joint if I possibly could. Also, there's Basingstoke & Mid-Hants nearby.
 

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Hello again and thank you all for the responses....perhaps a race is the way forward and having done my quickest 3 mile time this morning I can see how it would motivate!!!

Cheryl I appear to live just up the road from you in the new development at the end of Pyotts Hill. I have thoought of both clubs but they would need me to juggle things around a fair bit to make the times....I have a horse so they usually clash with putting him to bed but as I am new tothis area it could be a way of meeting new people too!

Granty - how did you find it uppingthe distances training wise?
 

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Hiya,

I aimed for an extra half mile a week, I was really focused on trying to be able to run 10 miles the month before the half marathon came around. I did not quite manage it, I got up to abuot 9.5 a fortnight before the race.

I did try increasing the mileage a week to 1 more mile but found this was too much for me, also found a running partner to be a really big help (as he was fitter and quicker than me)
 

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Many experienced, fitter, faster runners are happy to run with a newcomer or slower runner as it provides a them with the easy/recovery session they need each week. Also everyone was to newcomer at one stage or other so we all know how it can be getting started.
 

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Emma,

That's weird - you're so close. I probably run by your house.

I don't know when you run but it would be great to run with somebody else if you're interested. I usually do a 2 mile loop down Bartons Lane, under the railway bridge, past The Crown, the hairdressers, over the humped back bridge and down Pyotts Hill. Usually do that 4 or 5 times on a good day.

Let us know.
 

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Hi Cheryl....That would be fab to join you although not quite upto to 4-5 loops just yet!!! If you don't run past mine I am pretty sure I run past you some days!!

At the moment I am running in the morning during the week partly as that when I can get out and I because I am a morning person! but can be flexible at the weekends!! But not adverse to a bit of change especially if it mean I get to run with company.

When do you run hopefully we can work something out!

Em
 

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I usually run straight after work (3.00 pm) - park up down Bartons Lane (opposite Millstone) and do the loop from there. Do you work?

If not then I would usually do a Sunday morning (early). It's a really good loop early on -no cars down Pyotts Hill and you can run on the road more which is obviously easier on your legs. I'm away this weekend and have been injured since the marathon so I am getting back into from Monday of next week, I'll just do a couple of loops because I'll be at the gym most nights as well (my 8 year son is away at his grandparents so my husband and I make the most of it!). Otherwise, how about a week on Sunday in the morning say 8.00 am?

I'm a member at Centrecourt - are you?
 

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Hmm.....thats typical, sunday morning is the one day of the weekend that I have to get up & put my horse out - he is done for me on Saturday.....would you be able to make it a little later perhaps nearer 9am?

No I am not a member at centrepoint, we looked at it but as the swimming facilities are not very good we opted for the Sports Centre in town, swimming being my sport of choice. However, with the time it has taken to build I have been forced into running for a decent workout...the membership is up for review in January I think and is already being reconsidered considering I am slowly but surely getting hooked!

I really hope that we can sort something out with the running as it would be good to have some experienced company especially as you are just down the road. I guess we should at the very least keep in contact as even if we can't juggle schedules on a regular basis there may well be days that we can tie in together. Do you have a hotmail account?

How do you find centrepoint out of interest as I am really struggling to bond with the sports centre?!?
 

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I could do 9.00 am - that would be fine.

If you're free one afternoon we could meet at Centrecourt (they have a nice brasserie) for a coffee and a chat. I'm not sure if you work or have to go to school at 3.00 pm? I'll be there tomorrow.
 

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Hiya...

A week sunday 9am it is then! Shall we say in the car park down by the Millstone (Sunday 29th in my calendar with reminder set!).

Unfortunatly I have to work all week so it would be tricky to meet during the week....you got hate 9to5's! Well I am guessing there can not be to many nutters meeting in a pub car park at 9am on a sunday late October so hopefully we won't miss each other!!! The only time I have ever been in a pub car park at that time on a sunday is to regretfully pick up my car but hey like I said I can do flexible!!

Thinking about it we could always meet at centrecourt and then end up back there for brekkie....let me know what you would prefer.

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That's a date in the car park at 9.00! You're not going to turn out to be a 25 stone bloke called Frank are you? Only kidding.
 

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Presume that you mean the Millstone car park? No I am not 25 stone nor do I answer to the name Frank.......I came in just under 20 stone last week and answer to the name Bill!!!

I really hope that I don't hold you up, I thought all was going really well till this mornings disasterous outing.....hardly got out of walk before the mother of all stiches kicked in and stayed with me the intire time....but I am just going to hold on to the fact that I was due a bad day as its all been good and at least I got up & kept at it even in the p*****g rain.....even the dog refused to go out the door this morning!!!!

See you a week sunday!
 

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Alright Bill,

Yes, I meant The Millstone car park.

As I say I'm injured at the moment and so will only be starting running again next week. It'll just be good to run with someone else whatever the pace.
 
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