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  1. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    "overbearingly hard finish" - Yes, this. I love the cross country and county stuff, got to run with some famous faces, but it's too bloody hard at the age of 45 to keep doing the same training patterns, same overuse injuries all for a diminishing target as I get older - Much better to get back...
  2. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    Will do - thanks. Yeah it was a few of his runs on Strava that made me want to change back, I was always far happier off road. The road racing and running had some great moments but I get more joy out of a slow run in the middle of nowhere.
  3. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    Good point - I'm actually just recovering from an ankle ligament injury after finding a hole on a perfect flat football pitch!! But normally i'm running 50/50 tarmac and trail getting about 1000m of elevation a week and long run of 4 hours ish is about 35-40km depending on terrain. I guess I...
  4. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    Time to try something a little different for me. I've signed up for my first 50 miler - The SDW50 to be exact in April 2022, I may as well as my home is 0.5km from the South Downs Way and trail events seem to be going ahead within Covid guidlines. As it's something new to me I must confess I...
  5. BlastRadius

    The Indoor Riding/ Zwift/ TrainerRoad etc. Thread

    @Shadowness Thanks - Still not quite sure what I'm doing but I've signed up for the first month, as I definetly felt theres low impact training potential while I heal. I havn't got the bike configured particularly well yet, still trying to find the setup to suit. It has boardman hybrid pedals...
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    The Indoor Riding/ Zwift/ TrainerRoad etc. Thread

    New Zwifter here - New road biker too Am recovering from PTTD which I got from my excessive running load, my MTB proved a faff to get a tempo style ride so purchased the following: Boardman team carbon 2013 53cm (£350) with rusty Mavic wheels - now cleaned Lifeline fluid trainer (£75) Garmin...
  7. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    Unfortunately for me I understand almost entirely how you feel. November last year on way way to an 85 minute HM I felt cramp in my hip / leg at mile 12, limped home in 88 mins ( I met Neil briefly after this run). Rest and trained for a month as the pain only got bad after serious exertion...
  8. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    This!! I always use underwear with shorts, the included netting really annoys. Current combinations of UnderArmour underwear and a choice of Brooks Sherpa, Patagonia Strider Pro and Salomon Agile 5 inch shorts.
  9. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    Looks like a good run to pop your cherry on :D Try not to over dress for the cold weather, having an old jumper you can tie to a railing or tree at the last minute is a good idea. good luck.
  10. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    A very different weekend of running for me - The first Sussex XC League match at Stanmer Park Brighton. I hadn't raced in the XC league before with my only experience being the XC relays at Goodwood in October, the relays being much shorter at 4k (I think) and the League match billed as 8k...
  11. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    Not a fan of GSR and I'm reasonably determined to not race another 10K this year but I'm definately considering the Gosport half (two laps isn't it?); last one of my targets for the year. Lakeside was tough but I needed to know what I could do on a 5K, near passed out by the finish but was fine...
  12. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    Summer season finishing soon, just posting my latest times for context. 5K - 18.35 - Lakeside 5K (29-08-18) Parkrun - 19.32 Bognor Regis 5 Mile - 31.44 Midsummer 5 10K - 39.50 Bognor 10 Mile - 69.48 Bognor Half - 92.10 Surrey Half
  13. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    I've been admiring your journey on Strava. Best of luck, hope to meet up at a local race soon. Same as D.P has said, it's all in the mind, keep your mind on the result and the miles will tick by.
  14. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    :D;) Actual time difference was only a couple of seconds, but with the shoelace incident and the heat I do feel they felt fast and light compared to my Kinvara 8s. Definitely never buy anything on my recommendation :D:D:D
  15. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    New shoes :-) Thought I would try out some Boost type shoes so bought the Adidas Pureboost DPR in the sales. Very comfortable to wear casually and felt completely natural during a Parkrun on Saturday. Unfortunately on lap 2 of 3 I noticed a lace had come undone, this has never happened in a...
  16. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    Shame. Great conditions for the race itself. I just squeezed in with a 39.57 - Phew! Made hard work of it though and found it really tough, honestly thought I was going to spew. Got another local race wednesday and am then free for the rest of the year...
  17. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    Running to HR is a brilliant way to slow down and run easy. As gets mentioned on here a lot, fast efforts should be saved for speedwork and races, too much hard/fast running means a lot more trauma for the body to take. I've been more than guilty of trying to smash out every run and get a few...
  18. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    Thanks :D Our times are quite close over most distances, are you still planning to run the rescheduled Eastleigh 10k? I will definitely give Gosport a look, still hopeful I can hit sub 90 this year and then start looking at short Ultras. Annoyingly I got a chesty cold the day after the 10K and...
  19. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    Thanks :D 10K has always been my worst distance as I lack discipline and "race" everyone but myself. One Second over!! Great result but that would have killed me.
  20. BlastRadius

    Platypus' Beginners Guide to Running

    New 10K PR 39:50 :D:D:D Basically ran a flat 4 minute kilometer for 10K and sprinted at the end. Resisted the urge to go off quicker, resisted the sound of people on my shoulder and the few that crept past and after 4K reeled them all in and more, really enjoyed cruising past lots of runners...
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