Anyone listen to Radio 5 this morning?

Phone in was around lifestyle change/resolutions. A lady rang for advice about starting to run with health problems. Lifestyle coach started off ok advising GP/take it slow, then talked about the training plan he followed for a HM. They did get it down to 3k/5k fun runs but considering how scared lots of us were of a 1 min run didn't feel it was that helpful. Was hoping her GP may have received a poster and just trying to decide whether I had time to stop and text in about C25K when the dietician spoke up about how she had followed our plan and encouraged lots of her patients to the same. As I pulled into the carpark someone had rung in to rave about Parkrun. So great publicity if people were up in time!!

This caller was quite timely as I was gong to my first Parkrun for about 15 months. My running has been so erratic since late summer 2013 and I couldn't get back to 5k. Stopped all together a few months ago as was training for a marathon distance night walk and kept confusing myself by wanting to run 5mins int o a walk- so changed the footwear and stopped altogether. Few weeks back went back to wk1and just before xmas ran 5k again. Today was my 3rd in a row so feeling very happy. Very muddy and being overtaken by people pushing buggies and having great conversations whilst I could hardly breathe but it's done. Am determined to keep it up and a bit scared to ever miss a run as it was 2 week holiday that messed things up before. All in the head.

So Happy New Year and happy running to everyone. Hopefully the lady from the radio will appear here soon.



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6 Replies

  • Hey ancientrunner. Good to have you back again and very well done on your marathon walk. Now you're back in the running groove you'll be unstoppable. :)

  • Thank you

  • Hello (waves)

    Happy new year and welcome back to running. Don't stop now, you've started. I do hope you're right and the lady pitches up here

  • Thank you

  • I was the "Tailrunner" at parkrun yesterday - had to walk the whole distance because the tailender was simply "strolling" !!

    Anyway - after walking the 5k, my knees were starting to feel just a tiny bit unhappy - but this never happens when I run!! I can remember last year when I did a 12K walk ( at a time when I was extending my runs out to 15K) - the next day, I could barely stand!!!! We obviously use different muscles when walking!!! :)

  • Yes I had far more trouble with joints - hips in particular doing the long walks. Thought it must just be the longer distances but maybe not. Sometimes my knees start ot ache if I haven't run for a few days. There does seem to be research around showing running is good for your knees.

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