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    After reading about the Hove Park 5k on here a couple of weeks ago I have decided to give it a go and take up running. I have been surprised about my lack of fitness as I didnt think 2.5 times around hove park sounded that far, however, the first time i tried it i struggled to do one lap and ended up walking for a few minutes half way round.

    I have just got back from a second attempt and managed to complete one lap without stopping and feel much better about myself.... I hope to be able to do the 5K in a couple of weeks but like a few on here would welcome any advice.....

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      If you are a new runner, then try "Couch to 5K". http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtmlIt is a good structured programme which builds up distance and speed over 9 weeks. It also has loads of links to podcasts to help you change pace and keep you going. Only thing missing is the induction week - some people simply cannot run. If you cannot run at all, then build up distance with walking for a couple of weeks, aiming to get to the "tipping point" where you are walking as fast as you can without breaking into a jog, then start the programme. If you are going to do this in the gym, then increase the incline to 1%, otherwise the difference from gym to street running is painful!

      Apart from that iTunes has loads of great running podcasts, many of them sorted by BPM and set into intervals for you. A lot of techno which is not really my thing, but the fact I don't like the music seems to keep me going!
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      After reading about the Hove Park 5k on here a couple of weeks ago I have decided to give it a go and take up running. I have been surprised about my lack of fitness as I didnt think 2.5 times around hove park sounded that far, however, the first time i tried it i struggled to do one lap and ended up walking for a few minutes half way round.

      I have just got back from a second attempt and managed to complete one lap without stopping and feel much better about myself.... I hope to be able to do the 5K in a couple of weeks but like a few on here would welcome any advice.....
      Try and run a couple of times in the week if you can. 3 times a week is good-ish practice for a beginner. And dont get too worried about other people. Just compare yourself with yourself...and try and up your distances or improve your times every so often. Soon the 5k will be completed, and then a few weeks later it will feel straight forward. Once you start to notice improvement running becomes easier I find. And soon you'll want to test yourself at 10k. And so on. Good luck.
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      After reading about the Hove Park 5k on here a couple of weeks ago I have decided to give it a go and take up running. I have been surprised about my lack of fitness as I didnt think 2.5 times around hove park sounded that far, however, the first time i tried it i struggled to do one lap and ended up walking for a few minutes half way round.

      I have just got back from a second attempt and managed to complete one lap without stopping and feel much better about myself.... I hope to be able to do the 5K in a couple of weeks but like a few on here would welcome any advice.....
      i struggled with my pratice run but managed 5k pratice round hove park at 2nd attempt,last saturday was my first saturday 5k knocked a minute 24 secs off pratice time,give it a go as its a good focus for the week,go for it
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      If you are a new runner, then try "Couch to 5K". http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtmlIt is a good structured programme which builds up distance and speed over 9 weeks.going!
      Seconding this, it's a great program.
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      It's all about this for me at the minute until I back to full fitness (which is getting there at last): Home - West Sussex Fun Run League
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      I have to do most of my training on a treadmill as I work on a ship for 3 months at a time.
      I find that when I get a chance to run on land it's as if I haven't been training for ages. So my conclusion is, treadmills are shite! Thoughts?
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      I have to do most of my training on a treadmill as I work on a ship for 3 months at a time.
      I find that when I get a chance to run on land it's as if I haven't been training for ages. So my conclusion is, treadmills are shite! Thoughts?
      Planning on aiming for my first marathon in Brighton next year, (my 50th).
      Been a runner since I was in my late teens, love it, but never got around to attempting the big one till now.
      Yes - becuase you are maintaining place, not propelling your body weight. You need to set the incline to 1% to increase the resistance and then you will notice that there is less difference in the two training types.
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      I have to do most of my training on a treadmill as I work on a ship for 3 months at a time.
      I find that when I get a chance to run on land it's as if I haven't been training for ages. So my conclusion is, treadmills are shite! Thoughts?
      Planning on aiming for my first marathon in Brighton next year, (my 50th).
      Been a runner since I was in my late teens, love it, but never got around to attempting the big one till now.
      I can transfer treadmill to road quite easily. I find I am unable to really stretch my legs on a treadmill so when I go back out on the road I'm really stretching out and balancing out the limitations of the treadmill...if you get my drift.
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