Reg'stoy wrote: »
Folks, looking to treat myself to a proper sports massage, legs are getting tired and considering how much I have spent on runners and earphones recently, I reckon I'm ignoring the most important item of equipment, my legs! So, question, are they just a run of the mill ordinary massage or do I need to go to a Physio for one.
There is a group-on deal for one here in Swords but group-on deals always gets my spidey sense tingling.
So looking for a bit of feedback on sports massages, cost, where can I get a good one, how often should we get one and are they of a benefit? Thanks in advance.
Annie get your Run wrote: »
Any advice for running in humidity? Water alone does not seem to help (me) so just wondering if anyone else changes their method/quantity/source of hydration during the summer? I slow my pace (which is already v slow!) but struggle a lot to run in the heat.
Jim Gazebo wrote: »
Had a short setback once again, won't be able to use contact lenses for a spell when running. Any tips for running with glasses ? I'll be taking a slow pace to start with as I havent really tested the IT band yet but I'm keen to get going with some base marathon training.
Anything I should be aware of? I absolutely hate the idea of running with them, but I'm going to try. Thanks in advance.
ariana` wrote: »
My only issue running with glasses is the rain which seems fairly relentless in the West of Ireland... In summer I love that they keep the flies from going into my eyes.
Bluesquare wrote: »
I run with glasses all the time - can’t say I have ever had any issues - then again I always wear glasses so probably just used to them . Id take the contacts out for races if it was raining .
Jim Gazebo wrote: »
Well if anything, everyone here shows how it's not that big of a deal. I'll get back to my it band slow paced interval runs tomorrow and hopefully the glasses won't be a huge issue! Thanks all.
nullObjects wrote: »
Does anyone know if you lose any of your stats / achievements on Strava if there's gap between membership running out and renewal?
Murph_D wrote: »
Absolutely no issue running with regular glasses. Or even racing - I’ve used mine at all distances from 800m to 50k without any issue whatsoever. They’ll only fall off if you fiddle with them. Rain can be an issue, but a peaked cap will solve most of the problems. At worst, take ‘em off and stick them under the cap (yes, I’ve done that too).
TFBubendorfer wrote: »
And yes, slowing down. No need to kill yourself in training. Running in humid conditions feels much tougher, so go easy and forget about pace completely.
I've been running consistently now for 6 months and I haven't seen any changes in my pace. I'm still running at 6:35 - 7:00 min per/km. I know 6 months isn't a long time but I thought I might have seen some improvement by now.
Am I being inpatient? What should I expect after running consistently for 6 months?
I started running last Sept and struggled to increase pace for the longest time. I started using Run keeper and keeping the audio updates on to use them to focus myself for pace and force myself to speed up slightly but by bit.
I was down to 28mins for a 5k by Feb.
I switched from workout music on Spotify and tried podcasts and audio books and found that my pace worsened considerably, so I would suggest good music instead.
Changing your routes up helps too. I used the same route for ages and started struggling towards the end of the route. Mixed the routes up and it got easier again.
Adding in some longer runs or runs with hills also helped with stamina which helped increase my pace
That all worked for me, might not work for everyone though.
I went from running 5k in around 35mins to sub 24mins.
While you would expect to see some improvement in pace over 6 months, especially when you've only started, it very much depends on the quality of the training you're doing.
Is 6:35 / 7 min pace flat out / at the upper end for you? If it is and you're running that pace for every run, progress will be limited because you're hammering yourself every run.
A simply structured weekly plan can really help (link below as an example) to include easy (easy means easy!) runs, intervals (maybe 1 or 2 sessions per week, not on consecutive days) and a longer run. Try and keep it roughly 80% low intensity 20% high intensity. Having a goal to aim for can really help, whatever that may be. Pick a distance and commit to the plan.
I was like that a few years ago. Had been doing a few km a few times a week consistently and saw no improvement, was getting really frustrated. Did some research online and found out that running longer distances at low intensity would help. Tried that and started to notice big improvements. Kept increasing my distance while only running at easy pace and found that my easy pace increased naturally. Then I hit a plateau and wasn't getting any faster. I joined an AC and started training with them and have had a massive boost in speed since then. In the space of about 3 years I've gone from being able to run a mile at 7 min/km to my pb of 3:40 min/km.
Thanks everyone for the advice.
6.35 - 7.35 km per min would be at 70 - 80% effort and 5:30 - 6 min km per km would be me gassing out and having to slow down.
I'll try mix up my route again. I've done this a few times and it's helped a bit. I don't listen to music or anything. I'll also start adding a few longer easy slow runs in. My longest run so far has been 12km so I might try increase that.
I'm currently running 35 - 45km per week and keeping log of every run. I might also look into joining a running club. I live in Santry so might check out if there's any club that caters for new/beginners.