2020 Fretboard Virtual Running Club

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Mark_RMark_R Frets: 79
Its a New Year and no doubt many have plans to be more active over the coming year.  Three years ago, there was a great thread on here for everyone, regardless of their fitness, to record and share their runs.  More importantly, it was a great motivation for everyone with people offering advice, support and help. 

Some kept tallies on their annual totals, others just recorded the weather, some trained for a marathon, others were on the couch to 5k.  Regardless, it was a great community and helped a lot people, me included to reach their goals.

So, here it is the 2020FVRC.
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  • Mark_RMark_R Frets: 79
    Let me start off with my January 1st run.  Lunch consisted of an all you can eat curry buffet, then followed that with a 3.5 mile run. 
    At least 3 times I felt the curry fighting to come back up!  
    Total for month 3.5miles. 
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  • droflufdrofluf Frets: 578
    Great idea, just finished a turbo session on the bike which doesn’t count here but plan to run more this year. 
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  • guitargeek62guitargeek62 Frets: 2094
    Fine, you’ve convinced me. I’ll try couch to 5k again!
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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 13231
    I'd love to. But I have chronic adductor tendinopathy and even when I do stick with my daily physio exercises I can't run past 2.5k without the pain hitting like an anvil.

    I used to run 3k every Mon-Fri morning before work and I loved it.



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  • I used to run 3-4 times a week. These days it has been 3-4 times a month, if that. But I'm gonna start getting back to it coz I'm a fucking fat munter right now.
    TACOMA NARROWS BRIDGE DISASTER
    Anyone who attempts to silence you and prevent you from asking questions on complicated topics, is intent on deceiving you with simplistic answers.

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  • RedRabbitRedRabbit Frets: 309
    Count me in.  I'm in training for a half marathon but have been slacking off a bit the past few weeks.  I need to get back to running 3-4 times a week and start increasing the distance.

    First run of the year will be tonight.  Probably going to do 5k but I'll see how I feel after 2 weeks of no exercise and eating/drinking everything in sight.
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  • fields5069fields5069 Frets: 2928
    I'm in, again. The story of the last few years has been inconsistency and just scraping enough training to run a half marathon under 2 hours. 5k times range from 26 minutes down to sub-23, all over the place.
    Some folks like water, some folks like wine.
    My feedback thread is here.
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  • King85King85 Frets: 573
    I'll get involved in this, could we set up an endomondo/strava/etc group?
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  • StuckfastStuckfast Frets: 920
    Got dragged out on a ludicrously hilly and muddy run by my brother on Boxing Day. Then a few days of slumping on sofas, so really felt the need to get out yesterday and ended up doing about 17km which is the longest run I've ever done -- albeit very slowly. Today my legs hurt.
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  • stevebrumstevebrum Frets: 5573
    I’m in. Haven’t ran since school and always used a dodgy knee as an excuse. The latter part of last year I worked hard on cardio and HIIT work. 

    I did my first run in over 25 years this week. According to Strava I did 3.07 miles in 28.59 ave 9.25/mi.

    Without knowing it I nearly did 5k in a not too shabby time. I wasn’t too knackered either so think I can improve on that next time. I had no expectations and simply recorded a ~ 30 min run.

    I’m aiming to run twice a week to supplement my other exercises. Hopefully my knee holds up - I’ve had my gait analysed and bought decent shoes to try and mitigate damage.

    Variety is the key for me I don’t want to take running particularly seriously just add it into my portfolio of exercise as it were.
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  • I've run at least 7k per day since the 24th, mainly to escape my in-laws/kids. 
    I was part of the last thread too, it motivated me to hit 1,274,000 meters in the year which was great. 
    I'm waiting for hernia surgery at the moment, so there will be a 6ish week hole in my efforts... If the NHS ever decide to give me an appointment. 
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  • LoFiLoFi Frets: 427
    Having not run at all since I did my first half in September, I'm now signed up for the London Winter 10k in Feb, so it's probably about time to pull my shoes back on.
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  • djspecialistdjspecialist Frets: 585
    I'm in.  I recently signed up for my first half marathon (Cambridge, in March).

    I'm aiming to hit a total of 1,000km during 2020.  Total so far ... er, zero.
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  • stickersticker Frets: 689
    I’m in ! Just back from a treadmill 10km at the gym . Only started running in October having been more of a power walker so having done a few 5 km’s out “in the wild” I’d quite like to do a park run 5k and build on that. 
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  • mcsdanmcsdan Frets: 376
    King85 said:
    I'll get involved in this, could we set up an endomondo/strava/etc group?

    I set a Strava group up for this a while ago.


    or search for theFretboard

    (I got permission to use the logo btw lol)

    I'm not on Strava any longer though.


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  • mcsdanmcsdan Frets: 376
    For those looking for motivation, search out your local parkrun. Free weekly 5km and lots of support. I was a parkrun run director for 4 years and strongly recommend it to push and challenge yourself with lots of support. Motivation and support is a key factor in running and keeping it consistent.


    Registration is free.


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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 16291
    I do 1 run a week, the 5K parkrun Saturday morning. I used to love long runs and I was pretty fast in my youth, but hip & knee arthritis means 1 run a week max now and I'm on borrowed time with that. Managed 22.50 twice last summer though not bad at 56 years old.

    The Parkrun is great, such a mix of abilities, most not athletic by any means. It's very addictive. I've been going for about 3 years and I never miss one. My sister has NEVER been an exercise person, but after coming once she never misses one now (done 34), also my daughters never miss one (both on 17). 
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  • I've run at least 7k per day since the 24th, mainly to escape my in-laws/kids. 
    I was part of the last thread too, it motivated me to hit 1,274,000 meters in the year which was great. 
    I'm waiting for hernia surgery at the moment, so there will be a 6ish week hole in my efforts... If the NHS ever decide to give me an appointment. 
    How do you do that without destroyzing your ankles or knees... or thighs... or ass.... or brain ??
    TACOMA NARROWS BRIDGE DISASTER
    Anyone who attempts to silence you and prevent you from asking questions on complicated topics, is intent on deceiving you with simplistic answers.

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  • Emp_FabEmp_Fab Frets: 18586
    When you say "Virtual Running Club" - do you mean the running is virtual ?  In which case, I'm in.
    WITH AN OWL!!
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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 11068
    Managed to get just over my 1,200km target for last year and hoping to do the same this year. 

    I'm doing the Cambridge half in March.

    Need to lose some weight as I'm getting really slow!
    Handsome_Chris said: Like white Nile Rodgers. 
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  • Mark_RMark_R Frets: 79
    WOW, was not expecting this many eager volunteers!  @RedRabbit ;you mange to get out running last night?

    @monquixote &@stimpsonloston 1,200km in a year is a hell of a lot.  I managed a similar number last year, but that included the Brighton Marathon.  Ive got to aim at a similar number this year as I'm aiming to beat my time at Brighton this April.
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  • Mark_RMark_R Frets: 79
    Been out at lunch today, 7.1miles, which was hard work. Will try and drag my 9 year old out later for a couple of Km to.
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1061
    I used to run 3-4 times a week. These days it has been 3-4 times a month, if that. But I'm gonna start getting back to it coz I'm a fucking fat munter right now.
    Basically all of this. 

    I was going to go this morning, but didn't - walked with the dog instead. Might try again Monday as I need to lose a few lbs for skiing in 3 weeks as my ski trousers don't currently fit! 

    I'd like to try and get back to regular running and no injury this year so I can do 1000 miles for the year. 

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  • RedRabbitRedRabbit Frets: 309
    Mark_R said:
    WOW, was not expecting this many eager volunteers!  @RedRabbit ;you mange to get out running last night?
    I ended up working later than planned so I didn't feel up to it when I got home. I'll be leaving early today though so I've no excuse for not doing 5k tonight. 
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  • RedRabbitRedRabbit Frets: 309
    Managed 5.5km tonight.  Much tougher than it was before the Xmas break but it wasn't too bad.

    Had a bit of a problem with my left ankle before Xmas which I was hoping would have completely healed but there's still a twinge there.  It eased off as I got into the run but I'm going have to keep an eye on it and go fairly steady for the next couple of weeks.

    I'll aim to do another 5k on Sunday before starting my normal training again next week (albeit a bit slower than planned).
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  • stevebrumstevebrum Frets: 5573
    Did a quick 5k before dinner (well 3.08 miles to be precise). 27:02 8:45/mi - decent improvement for my second run.
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  • fields5069fields5069 Frets: 2928
    Did the local parkrun in 23:38. A 3-mile warmup really helped. 
    Some folks like water, some folks like wine.
    My feedback thread is here.
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  • RedRabbitRedRabbit Frets: 309
    Another 5.5km today.  Got a support for my ankle which really helped. Hopefully I'll be running without it again soon.

    Proper training starts again tomorrow.
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  • King85King85 Frets: 573
    Three runs this week for me, first week getting back into it in prep for the Amsterdam marathon so it's going to be a nice gentle build up for the first few months.
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  • Mark_RMark_R Frets: 79
    After a month off of the marathon prep (due to trying to and almost succeeding in turning myself into a alcoholic over Christmas), resumed my weekend long run routine.  13.2miles today, OK for the first 10 miles and then slowed down for the last 3.2, the legs just had nothing left!  
    26 miles so far this month and after 4 nights without a drink, will relax with a beer tonight and hope the legs will work tomorrow!
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