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  • faux-C 29 Jan 2006 16:41:45 9,397 posts
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    Ok...for the first few weeks it'll be closer to waddling, but still...

    I've decided I can't afford gyms and am fed up of being surrounded by kids at public swimming pools, so I'm going to start "running". Any tips?
    I already know that I really need some decent running shoes, but they're so expensive....

    Also, anyone know anywhere around Holloway thats pleasant to waddle around without getting happy slapped?
  • ScoutTech 29 Jan 2006 17:04:23 2,424 posts
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    Tried the pool first thing in the morning?

    I decided swimminf was the way to go but am always rushing off to something after work so decided the morning was the way to go, as much as don't like mornings. Really sets my day up, makes sure I'm up and ready for work on time (something else that was going wrong) and an insentive to get to bed a bit better.
    Morning pool seems to be full of oldies so as much as I feel out of place at least it's quiet.
  • Retroid Moderator 29 Jan 2006 17:04:39 44,803 posts
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    faux_carnation wrote:
    Any tips?
    Left, then right, see, then left...



    /Gets coat
  • Pike 29 Jan 2006 17:36:46 13,447 posts
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    Buy your shoes somwhere that lets you try them on a treadmill first. If you have the option go to a specialist shop, where you can get advice on wich shoes are the best for you, depending on the surface you will run on and the way in wich you run.

    Don't be afraid to spend some money on the shoes. Good shoes will make a lot of difference, especially if you will be running on a hard surface such as tarmac. Compared to a gym membership even a fairly expensive pair of running shoes are cheap. I like Asics and New Balance.

  • cubbymoore 29 Jan 2006 18:03:10 36,497 posts
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    Asics ftw.

    But then it's really down to what sort of foot you have, if you have fairly normal feet and don't over-pronate that much then Asics will prolly be the ones the guys will recommend at a specialist shop. New Balance are better for stabilty shoes.

    Oh and carry some water with you, don't wanna dehydrate.

    Oh and don't wear cycling shorts.
  • faux-C 29 Jan 2006 18:08:47 9,397 posts
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    Highbury fields was my first thought, but the trouble is i'm sure that by the time I've jogged over there I'll be about ready to head home (i'm very unfit). Its very galling that I live on Tollington Road and that bloody expensive Sobell place is constantly glaring at me (the squash courts are good tho).
  • Bertie Senior Staff Writer, Eurogamer.net 29 Jan 2006 18:12:39 1,751 posts
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    Good shoes! You cannot be told this enough :)

    Start off slowly and don't push too hard for any results. They'll come in time, but too much too early can batter any long-term motivation.

    Don't forget to stretch after you've been running for 5/10 minutes, and try to run on grass where possible: it's easier on the legs.

    It's going to be bloody difficult to get it in to your routine to start with, but be strict with yourself and make sure you don't avoid it. Soon it'll feel like a much more natural part of your day to day life, you might even start enjoying it ;)
  • Syrette 29 Jan 2006 18:13:28 43,588 posts
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    HybridR wrote:
    My feet are really, really wide and ungainly. Hehe, chode feet... I hate them.

    /saws off feet
    /eats his feet

  • cubbymoore 29 Jan 2006 18:18:22 36,497 posts
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    Bertie wrote:
    It's going to be bloody difficult to get it in to your routine to start with, but be strict with yourself and make sure you don't avoid it. Soon it'll feel like a much more natural part of your day to day life, you might even start enjoying it ;)
    Haven't been able to run for nearly three months due to an ingrown toenail (long story), so I'm going to have to start almost from scratch now that I'm on the road to recovery. Although, I have to say I loved getting those kicks of endorphins whenever I pushed through my threshold barrier.

    I was a bit hardcore.
  • Bertie Senior Staff Writer, Eurogamer.net 29 Jan 2006 18:26:06 1,751 posts
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    cubbymoore wrote:
    Bertie wrote:
    It's going to be bloody difficult to get it in to your routine to start with, but be strict with yourself and make sure you don't avoid it. Soon it'll feel like a much more natural part of your day to day life, you might even start enjoying it ;)
    Haven't been able to run for nearly three months due to an ingrown toenail (long story), so I'm going to have to start almost from scratch now that I'm on the road to recovery. Although, I have to say I loved getting those kicks of endorphins whenever I pushed through my threshold barrier.

    I was a bit hardcore.

    I took more of a turn into weights when I really got into things, but the time I was doing loads of running I used to really love it, it really clears your head out. Pushing yourself to your limits when you get fit enough (brave enough?) is great, genuine satisfaction when you go the extra mile - perhaps even literally :)
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    *cue Rocky theme*
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