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Offline Archbishop Herbert Cockthrottle

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Re: The Running thread
« Reply #255 on: January 04, 2014, 09:46:57 PM »
I'm used to getting funny looks.

It's either my cock hanging out my shorts or its cos I'm wearing a Villa shirt.

I'll give em a go tomorrow.

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Re: The Running thread
« Reply #256 on: January 06, 2014, 08:23:56 PM »
Standard stretches (aka Static stretches) should really be done at the end of a session after the muscles have been worked.

Dynamic stretches involve small movements that get bigger and help push blood into a muscle which helps to feel loose and get over any stiffness. The Dynamic stretches I do are squats, hip swings (leaning against something and swinging a foot from left to right and gradually getting bigger swings), hamstring swings (leaning against something and swinging a leg behind you, again getting bigger swings. This also helps get the lower back warm), standing calf raises (using a full range of movement), shoulder swings (swinging left and right arms out in front of you, with the swings getting bigger until you're using full range of movement. As well as getting blood flow into the upper back to). Not really necessary for running but you can also dynamically stretch the pectorals. For this, imagine you're holding a 2' rubber band in both hands with your hands crossed over eachother then try to stretch the imaginery band - again getting bigger with each repetition. In each set of dynamic stretches, look to do about 20 repetitions.

You do get some funny looks from by-passers but I didn't care and it's worth it. Though you could equally do them before setting off.

I always cringe when I see runners turn up, do a few static stretches and then start running. They also usually finish by running right to their car door getting in and driving off. Argh!

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Re: The Running thread
« Reply #257 on: January 06, 2014, 10:38:28 PM »
I could probably look round the gym at any random time and see somebody doing something wrong. It's only when you've been doing something for so long that you learn the correct way to do things. It's a shame there's not a better education. We were never taught about dynamic stretches at school.

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Re: The Running thread
« Reply #258 on: January 07, 2014, 01:03:18 AM »
I always warm up before leaving home. I've now combined my normal stretches with some from the dynamic type and I'm happy doing that. I know my weak points and I know what works for me. There seems to be so any conflicting views on the web that its difficult to know what is the best way.

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Re: The Running thread
« Reply #259 on: January 14, 2014, 02:10:07 PM »
Did my first 5K last night and feel no adverse effects today. I took it really steady at about 11.5 mile/min although I speeded up at the end cos I wanted a piss. There was plenty more in the tank (not piss, energy) so I shall do another one on Thursday then do a park run on Saturday. I'm just going to carry on as I have been doing, running a little further and then trying to up the speed a tad. I can't believe how much I am enjoying running in the freezing cold and rain. Its marvellous though. Thanks to you all for the tips on stretching and that.

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Re: The Running thread
« Reply #260 on: January 14, 2014, 04:54:06 PM »
I agree with you re the running in the rain and the crappy weather, I feel the same re cycling in it too, there's a certain something about it and if you don't train in it, how can you expect to race in it? That said a decent Gore Tex jacket is a must, as is a decent base layer and tights, knee length socks, gloves, hat & a neck buff.

Just to add to the stretching discussion, well a slight tangent anyway, anyone use a trigger point roller?

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Re: The Running thread
« Reply #261 on: January 14, 2014, 06:08:13 PM »
Sort of - I've got a Rumble Roller which is very effective. It helped a lot when I strained my back.

As for clothing, I have gone out in Shorts and T-Shirt in mid-winter before - purely because once my warm-up run has got me warm I'm fine after that. T-Shirt, Jumper and Shorts are fine for me. The cold's not an issue if you're working hard enough. The only conditions I don't like are when the ground's slippery under foot.

Congrats on your first 5k MHS.

I'm just gradually starting to ease my way back into running again after having had both Ankles reconstructed over the last 18 months. I've got 4 screws in my left foot and 3 in my right foot - the 2 at the back of either foot are about 2" long. The last time I went out for a run (after recovering from the first op), I could run but couldn't do the Sprint Intervals. Due to how much foot flexion is required in sprinting, the one set of screws hit the other set of screws before I could get to top pace and flung me out of my stride (I probably looked like Michael Owen when he did his Hamstring mid-sprint) so I'm not sure whether I'll ever be able to sprint again.

I'm planning to run 1k at 13k/hr on the treadmill tomorrow as part of a bigger cardio workout. It's a gradual build-up as I'm not in any particular rush.

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Re: The Running thread
« Reply #262 on: January 14, 2014, 06:27:52 PM »
I feel the cold, especially in my lower body for some reason, my feet in particular, cycling through the winter I wear winter Gore Tex cycling boots, merino socks and I put those chemical toe warmers in my boots.  I am officially a girl, that said any idiot can be cold.
I tend to wear maybe more than I need, you can always take it off but if you aint got it, you can't put it on.
 

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Re: The Running thread
« Reply #263 on: January 14, 2014, 06:40:28 PM »
...then do a park run on Saturday.

After years of not running I started again last year and in the process discovered Park Run.  A fantastic idea which I couldn't recommend highly enough for those, like me, who will never race competitively but want a regular challenge. Completely free, a great vibe, really supportive and encouraging.   My only gripe is that the last kilometre or so in Manchester's Heaton Park is virtually all up hill!
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Re: The Running thread
« Reply #264 on: January 17, 2014, 11:08:47 AM »
Will be doing the parkrun tomorrow in Cov and judging by the times from last week, will be looking at a lot of people zooming past me. I'm hoping that if I spray my hair grey I will appear a lot older than I actually am and get a decent time for a 75 year old.


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Re: The Running thread
« Reply #265 on: January 20, 2014, 02:54:34 PM »
Just over 100 days until I attempt to run 100 miles.

My achilles is still in a mess after running 11 marathons last year but still trying to give it a go.

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Re: The Running thread
« Reply #266 on: January 21, 2014, 10:33:41 AM »
Just over 100 days until I attempt to run 100 miles.

My achilles is still in a mess after running 11 marathons last year but still trying to give it a go.

Holy moly.

This is small fry but nonetheless a huge astep up for me as I completed my first parkrun on Saturday in 30 minutes, knocking over 5 mins off my previous time. There were over 450 runners which was a real shock to the system as I do all my running alone but managed to keep my normal pace at the start and not get tempted to speed up too much. I haven't run with so many people around me since we bricked the windows of the local Dairy when I was 15.
I honestly never in my wildest dreams thought I'd enjoy running as much as this - I'm getting a real buzz out of it. At the end of November I was struggling to do 2 minute runs with 3 minute walk breaks. I'm now looking at 10K distance runs with the goal of doing the Two Castles between Kenilworth and Warwick in June. I know I'm never going to break any world records but the sense of personal improvement and achievement is something else.

 

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Re: The Running thread
« Reply #267 on: January 21, 2014, 10:47:09 AM »
I have had really tight knees since my run last Tuesday.

I do a short 3k run to keep my cardio and my fitness ticking over once or twice a week, but have found my knee feels like it needs to pop.

Can anybody recommend any good warm up or particular exercises to prevent this?

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Re: The Running thread
« Reply #268 on: January 21, 2014, 10:50:06 AM »
I jogged a bit on Sunday round an Orienteering course in Sandwell Valley.

One leg (of the course) ran parallel to the M5 - I was overtaken by a Porsche which made me smile. The path was very muddy and I only had trainers on so it did have an advantage.

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Re: The Running thread
« Reply #269 on: January 21, 2014, 10:54:43 AM »
I have had really tight knees since my run last Tuesday.

I do a short 3k run to keep my cardio and my fitness ticking over once or twice a week, but have found my knee feels like it needs to pop.

Can anybody recommend any good warm up or particular exercises to prevent this?

When you warm up move about when stretching your muscles - don't stand still and just bend your knees. I think it is referred to as active stretching - if you watch players warm up at VP they are moving about slowly at first then they introduce the stretching as the body warms up. Also do a proper warm down afterwards, I'm told it is probably more important than the warm up.

 


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