I started running at 59 having not run since school - but am a regular cyclist.
I bought a pair off road running shoes and started by jogging 2 miles every other day, within 6 months I ran the Grizzly Cub run a 9 mile off road race along the devon coast.
I am 62 now and run twice a week about 7 miles.BUT always off road,through woods,along coast etc. I have done several 10k - 15k trail races this summer and usually come about halfway down the field.
1. at first killed my legs but got easier
2. I lost weight running
3. cycling after running makes my legs ache, but running after cycling is ok???
4. When I started running I just ran, not bothering with, walking/sprinting etc.
5I really enjoy running off road particulalry good when the weather is naff and not nice to go MTBing or road cycling.
Go for it short runs - bit of stretching when you get back - and run off road - 'Trail Running 'magazine is reasoneably inspirational - new one is due out now.
Running (advice for a 44yr old unfit bloke!)...
I started running at 59 having not run since school - but am a regular cyclist.Posted 3 years ago #
Just adding an update to this thread...
Well I started with a few short runs in the new year - less than a mile, a couple of times a week. Gradually adding a few 100 yds each run.
Doing 3 runs a week now and have now just come back from my first 2.5 mile run and felt pretty good, and have lost over 1/2st in 5 weeks.
Strava tells me I'm now at 9.10mins/mile - down from 12.2mins/mile on my 1st run on 2nd Jan.
...going well so far, and I'm enjoying the lack of faff!
Good man. Glad to hear that you're progressing.
Good to hear you're enjoying it TMM.
I'm in a similar boat - 44 (until tomorrow, anyway) and just started running before Xmas. I'm coming out of the niggling aches and pain stage (medial ligaments on R ankle were sore for a while but not bothering me now) and starting to see progress. I'm trying to mix up street and trail running and I'll phase the bike in when I'm less of a Southern Jessie about the weather.
I've got a great 6 mile trail circuit about 4 miles away and a fast 3.3 mile road circuit from the house. Pace is steadily improving but I'm more concerned about building stamina for long hill runs in the spring and summer. It's crucial to build distance up gradually; I did 9 miles last Sunday in new shoes and suffered for it!
Hope you keep progressing!
43 here and a svelte 15st 10 or thereabouts! I hate running on the road but have dabbled on and off over the last few years (max around 5 miles). I've just started running off road at the start of this year and so far I'm really enjoying it. Averaging 2 or 3 five mile runs a week and it's nowhere near as harsh on the knees.
Well done Tim. Keep at it, it gets easier. And you have some nice paths near you, bit of an uphill finish though....
I struggle with long sentences.
If you're running on tarmac or concrete - shockstoppers may save your knees and ankles. I started running to one lamp post, walking to the next. As I got better I ran two, then three.
Go after dark and hope no-one recognises you when you are starting and suffering.
Doing a fast paced 5 min walk to warm up is the best way to get the muscles moving. And the same after your run as a warm down.
That's where c25k comes in handy the warm up/down is included in the routine.
Same age as you OP but started running a few years ago, since then it's become a bit of a routine digging the trainers out in October each year, running a couple of evenings a week until the clocks forward.
Trouble with this routine is each year is like starting all over again.
First couple of runs will be 1 to 2 miles jog or walk don't try too hard you don't want to put yourself off. The legs will be in agony for a few days after each run and the first year I had shin splints, marching foot all sorts of ailments just take it easy, they all get better.
After a month or so I'm doing 5ks it takes about 30 minutes and good chance to listen to music,clear the mind etc.
Agree with the comment earlier 're Junk miles, couple of years back I was running 10 miles + but it was just plodding not doing anything.
I was adviced to do intervals on short runs and a few minutes with dumbells afterwards to improve fitness, which I think is good advice although sometimes running is like riding your bike, it's just nice to get out and enjoy it.
Keep going at it.
Just a little update!...
Now up to a hilly 9km run in 55min (not fast but hard work), and have just come back from an undulating 6.2k run in 32mins.
Really enjoying this running lark - its completely taken over from cycling. I've only done 2 rides this year!
And I'm now down to 13st from 14st 4lbs on Jan 1st.
...now for my first 10k!
Just a thought this morning...
• At what sort of pace does a jog become a run?
• And - how do I stop my shoulders and upper back hurting when running!?
Good work Tim.
Running is addictive, no faff and no bike cleaning, and no huge expense.....
I'm laid up with a stress fracture though, so do take it easy and build mileage slow. Off road is better too, I think my stress fracture came about by increasing mileage and all on road coz the fields have just been so boggy around Belper and Ambergate.
Do a few core exercises for your back, and stand tall when running.
I'm older than you (and started running 3 years ago following an elbow op that kept me off the bike) and got down to a 45 min 10k and 21 min 5k within a couple of years. You'll be flying if you keep at it
Good going there the-muffin-man. Keep it up!
I would say your hilly run puts you mid pack at any 10 race in the country so i think you can call it a Run.
Even when im out for a slow one its never a jog its a slow run. Gym bunnies jog, runners occasionally run slower than normal
Good luck with the 10k.
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Just a littlean awesome update!...
fixed it for you.
Well done, great results.
I did C25K 2 years ago and though I got through the programme and could run 5k I had to stop cos of knee pain. I've been running again for the last 6-7 weeks, just doing what felt right rather than C25K and managed 5k on monday night
Now if I could just stop stuffing my face 24/7 I might lose some weight ...
My tips would be just stick your trainers on and get out - that's the hardest bit.
You can still get out under the cover of darkness if you prefer and finally try and run as slow as possible, you can speed up later.
Oh yeah, the pain you may get over the next couple of days is just your bodies revenge for making it exercise, Ibuprofen straight after can reduce this (ahem, always follow the instructions on the packaging!).
First ... Well done muffin man... they may not be calling you that for much longer
"At what sort of pace does a jog become a run?"
Probably at about 8min/miles
I have suffered from that shoulder pain myself... think about them when you are running and relax them.... "drop" your shoulders, allow your forearms to "hang loose" for a bit
Keep it up... next stop Triathlon !!
Excellent work, running has taken over for me as well, although around here is just concrete and it's boring.
Onwards and Upwards though.
Another website/app that I like to use with my Strava and Endomodo is myfitnesspal, lost a lot of weight using that, and found my running times increasing at the same time.
good going. if you have a local club go check it out, if its as friendly as mine you will have a blast and scheduled weekly sessions are a definite motivator to keep you going.
i'm like a few others though, since jan have run way way more than rode... yet when i get on the bike i am way fitter and stronger. also my lower back issues, i would get off the road bike bent in half and have to straighten, have gone.
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