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Post by Diggers on Sat 27 Jan 2018, 6:30 pm

Anyone on here had a go? I find distance running pretty dull to do (prefer to watch) but 5k isn't much of a stretch. Went for my first run for about 2 years and managed to keep going and ran 5k in 26 mins, which at 50 I thought wasn't too bad. Hardly Mo Farah but I reckon with a few weeks my first Park Run should see a time of around 23 mins maybe.
Seems like a good idea, timewise it's doable, and I think I need some kind of target to get me out there. I know Super is a good runner, anyone else pound the pavements?

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Post by super_realist on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 7:58 am

Well done Diggers, I've done a few when in other cities on business and they're a good way to see a bit of a new city.
Good way to get active, keep it up.

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Post by Diggers on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 9:48 am

Feeling it today!

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Post by super_realist on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 9:51 am

Try and squeeze in a few a week Diggers if you can, build it up, before long you'll be laughing at the distant memory of feeling sore

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Post by Diggers on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 10:03 am

That's the plan Super, we get a free hour high intensity session once a week at my school, have being doing that since Xmas. A couple of runs and that session will be enough for me. I don't need to lose any weight, just a bit of toning and general fitness.

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Post by super_realist on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 10:37 am

It's a great initiative I think even though I don't go along much, usually playing golf on a Saturday morning.
It's brilliant to see more people out running these days, even in the winter. Good to see the cyclists out too, perhaps Britain is not quite as lazy as it perceived.

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Post by Diggers on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 10:47 am

I much prefer to cycle, but for me it's going for a ride with my kids, so not a big work out, but good fun. I don't really understand the guys out cycling on a Sunday, full Lycra kit on, head down, doesn't look like they are having much fun. Nor is the queue of traffic behind them. I'm all for healthy, environmental options on commuting, but if one guy cycles to work on the twisty A road near me, it causes a queue of around 50 cars. I personally would feel an utter tool for causing traffic to back up like that.

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Post by super_realist on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 10:58 am

I think in exercise Diggers, the joy often comes once you are finished with a sense of satisfaction and achievement and the corresponding chemicals released by the body. Sometimes I'll be out for a run and I'm hating every minute, but come the end I'll be delighted I've done it.

Agree about them if they are clogging up the roads but I'm generally happy to see people be healthy and I'm rarely in the sort of hurry when I need to get past them so quickly that a few cyclists will make me late. I've usually got much more patience for cyclists than I do for Vauxhall drivers for instance, who are about as bad as I've seen on the road, usually a little chav oik in a Corsa or a fat rep in an Insignia driving up your jacksie.

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Post by Diggers on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 11:12 am

Yep, fair points. You get nobby pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. It's just the cyclists that insist on being side by side (why?) or 2 yards off the kerb, therefore making it take longer and dangerous to overtake.

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Post by navyblueshorts on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 2:35 pm

Diggers wrote:Yep, fair points. You get nobby pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. It's just the cyclists that insist on being side by side (why?) or 2 yards off the kerb, therefore making it take longer and dangerous to overtake.
Ah, but that's OK as they have a sense of superiority over you because they're being healthy. I loathe the arrogant bar stewards.
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Post by Shotrock on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 4:28 pm

Diggers - Good for you. I run about 15 - 20 miles a week (but tail off a bit in he winter). I am also somewhat addicted to "Orangetheory" (once a week for two years now). Appears a few places are sprouting up in the UK: https://www.orangetheoryfitness.com/locations?s2=london

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Post by super_realist on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 7:26 pm

Side by side is actually safer for the Cyclists Diggers as you have you have to go wider to overtake, but you also overtake them quicker than a long line of cyclists.

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Post by Diggers on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 7:53 pm

Hmm, the ones I see doing it aren't in big groups, it's usually just a pair having a chat. Not sure of the logic either, if the car has less space in the road then it's going to be closer to the outside cyclist. Plus it winds up car drivers who I then see drive past quicker and closer to the biker, often screaming at them from the car.
Might be one of those ideas that works in theory, for me not in actual practice.

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Post by super_realist on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 7:58 pm

Perhaps, I'm always pretty courteous to cyclists as I couldn't bear it if I knocked one off their bike, plus I don't want to be so near that they can reach out and scratch my car.

Testing pedestrians who can't walk straight though on the other hand really wind me up.

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Post by JAS on Wed 31 Jan 2018, 2:26 pm

Good effort Diggers, I’m trying to get going again with running but can’t seem to get much more than a mile before calf pulls/cramps bring me to a shuddering halt. I am determined to have one more go at a marathon and aspire to a “good for age” time. When I do get over the initial...can’t run a mile without calf’s playing up then Park runs will play an important role in my training regime.

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Post by Diggers on Wed 31 Jan 2018, 5:28 pm

Just got my new Fitbit Blaze so raring to go. Tip for you, if you have an older Fitbit (I smashed my Charge HR a year ago on a cupboard) email them and say it locked on a software update and nothing you do will reset it. They either give you a new one of your old model, or 50% of any Fitbit.

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