Hi one and all. I have just started running after completing my family and I am hoping to pick up some good tips for new beginners. I have been running since the beginning of January and can now run constantly for 35 minutes and I am hoping to increase this to 45 next week having two smaller runs midweek. I have a tendancy to run before I can walk so to speak and overtrain. My husband has bought me a garmin Forerunner 305 which has a heart rate monitor and GPS. He helps me with the analysis bit as he is more technical than me. I know this all sounds a bit much for a beginner but it is making me realise that I probably try to run too fast too soon and my heart rate reflects this. On one of my rest days I was hoping to swim. What do you think about this cross training will it help or hinder my running progress? I do feel lazy if I do nothing and already have the bug!! My aim is to do the Great North Run, I did say I like to run before I can walk. Hopefully I will get some tips and advice for a beginner.