May 15, 2013

Uborka Running Club

We used to use the ‘going’ category for travel posts, but we’ve only left the country once since 2006, so I’m reclaiming it as the Running Section of Uborka. Last week I wrote about my (repeatedly thwarted) attempts to leave the sofa behind, and apparently spurred Stuart to put his running shoes on; I also mentioned that posting my progress on twitter had been a motivating/supporting factor; and this made me wonder if a regular How’s Your Running post would be of interest.

I’m inviting comments from anyone interested in joining the Uborka Running Club (yes, there will be t-shirts. We have always wanted Uborka t-shirts). Please share, if you would like to, the following:

  • How long have you been running?
  • How are you getting on at the moment?
  • Where do you run?
  • What goals do you have?
  • How often do you think we should have a Running Club post? – weekly/fortnightly/monthly.
  • Any other interesting remarks.
Karen

16 thoughts on “Uborka Running Club

  1. How long have you been running?
    > My first proper run was 2004 with the Nocturnal Nike 10k

    How are you getting on at the moment?
    > Not well. I’ve only managed one run this year. Between being busy (weddings etc) and this blasted UL weather, I’m not managed to get going.

    Where do you run?
    > I used to run a loop near my old flat and occasionally home from work. If I move I’m going to have to find a new route.

    What goals do you have?
    > To get back to running 10kms. I’ve signed up for the London 10km this year. I’m going to suck, but I’ll do it anyway.

    How often do you think we should have a Running Club post? – weekly/fortnightly/monthly.
    > As much as suits you guys

    Any other interesting remarks.
    > I’d be game for an Uborka 5km sometime, somewhere. That said I know how hard it is to actually organise and commit to anything.

  2. How long have you been running?
    – since September.
    How are you getting on at the moment?
    – week 3 of sprained ankle. Bah.
    Where do you run?
    – either from school drop-off up through a housing estate to the main road south of town, or through the churchyard behind our house and over to some parkland. Have only run indoors once, and with a hangover too, so can’t really judge that.
    What goals do you have?
    – the main test I have right now is of my patience. I wish I could dream of being fit to run the 5 mile lottery run in July, and I’m working hard on resigning myself to either not going at all, or walking most of it.

  3. How long have you been running?
    -15 or so months of the so-called “9 week” c25k programme. One week forward, one school holiday/poorly child. I am on week 7 at the moment.
    How are you getting on at the moment?
    -Which I see should have been the answer to this question. I am on Week 7 of c25k: on Monday I ran for 25 minutes and covered a knat’s whisker short of 4k.
    Where do you run?
    Either at the gym, on the treadmill, which I don’t love but hey I live in Cheshire and we have Weather Also, they provide childcare. Or I drive to the cycle path, a mile from home, and run along that. It is an old railway line so nice and flat, and I can either go towards Chester, where I pleasingly run into England after a mile or so, or towards Wales.
    What goals do you have?
    I want to run 5k in half an hour. I can’t see beyond that but I watched the half-marathon that came past my house at the weekend and felt no urge to do that.
    How often do you think we should have a Running Club post? Every now and then.
    Any other interesting remarks.
    Other interesting remarks? I was supposed to make interesting remarks? oh – I am quite interested in just how much difference it made when I got new trainers. Turns out searing calf pain is not part and parcel.

  4. How long have you been running?
    3 weeks. I started the #c25k programme last year? But it didn’t work for me then, possibly lacking adequate motivation. And weather.

    How are you getting on at the moment?
    Not bad. I’m constantly impressed that I don’t fall over dead, and that my main problem seems to be lack of muscle strength rather than inability to breathe.

    Where do you run?
    A loop at the back of our house. It’s uninspiring, and not as flat as I would like, but hey, as I get better I can go for more interesting routes.

    What goals do you have?
    The 5 mile anniversary run that Karen mentioned. Nothing like diving in the deep end. If I can get round I will count that as a success. If I’m not last I will count it as an absolute triumph.

    How often do you think we should have a Running Club post? – weekly/fortnightly/monthly.
    As and when. Maybe fortnightly.

    Any other interesting remarks.

    Downhill is good. The tiniest fraction of downhill makes for a much happier Clair. (I try to judge my loop so I finish on a “downhill” section so I end with a smile)

    Clair on May 15, 2013
  5. How long have you been running?
    I am not running. I haven’t run since shortly after doing a 5K last year. I’ve done a few of those, firstly after doing 8wks of C25K, then the second time after very little training at all…I am very deadline oriented.

    How are you getting on at the moment?
    I’m not running. Karen’s post last week prompted me to promise to start again that weekend, which I did not. I am going to start.

    Where do you run?
    There is a small park near our house in Brooklyn, which I did the C25K in. A lap around a nearby cemetery is 5K. I have a gym membership I’m not using, but there’s a place a few blocks from my office I could go to…

    What goals do you have?
    Just after the 5K last year I decided, even without a deadline, to go for a run. I didn’t want to just do little loops on paths in the park so I decided to go along streets. It was a coolish night and despite the trash that had been put out for collection and crosswalks (breaks! woo!) I felt like running was a thing I was meant to do. For a few moments it wasn’t work, it was an expression, a great feeling. I haven’t run since.

    How often do you think we should have a Running Club post? Fortnightly.

    Any other interesting remarks.
    Does anyone have a site they like that they use? Krissa was talking about getting a Fitbit, but I’ve fiddled with mapmyrun.com or myfitnesspal a bit in the past…recommendations?

  6. How long have you been running?

    Started about 6 years ago. Haven’t run for the last 4.

    How are you getting on at the moment?

    Trying to get started on couch-to-5k plan, failing!

    Where do you run?

    Mostly round local streets.

    What goals do you have?

    To be able to run 5ks again.

    How often do you think we should have a Running Club post? – weekly/fortnightly/monthly.

    Depends what’s involved, monthly?

    Any other interesting remarks.

    I’m hoping to get back to 5K as long as my knee copes (I got to 10k in the past but damaged my knee over the course of two years or so).

    Also, this is a great idea!!

  7. @Stuart I’ve found run keeper is the best for tracking running and cycling.

  8. I’m using an app from RunDouble, for c25k, but that’s not the only thing it does.

  9. What’s involved in running club? Just a post however often we decide, where we each admit to how little we have done since the last update, and get sympathy for our injuries.

  10. I’m here cos asta sent me via Twitter. Hello everyone.

    > How long have you been running?

    Since I was about 7 at school. I was very bad at it and hated it. For exercise, since about 1996 and then several times a week from about 2000.

    > How are you getting on at the moment?

    Well, I’m broken – I “drop” a foot when I run and this has ultimately caused problems in my feet, ankles, knees and hips. I haven’t stopped running, obviously, but I’ve had to cut down drastically.

    > Where do you run?

    Around and about the Trent in Nottingham, mostly.

    > What goals do you have?

    To keep running in spite of being broken. I have MS and I’m determined not to let something as trivial as my feeble body stop me. I think my half marathon days might be behind me, so my goals are adjusting accordingly.

    > How often do you think we should have a Running Club post? – weekly/fortnightly/monthly.

    Um. Whenever, but if you’re going to commit to this thing, do it REGULARLY.

    > Any other interesting remarks.

    I may be the worst / best person to have in a running club. I’m in one at the moment. They do this loyalty card thing where you get one stamp a week, and if you make 50 stamps in a year you get a prize (this year a Garmin watch). I don’t want the watch and won’t use it if I get one, but I obsessively turn up and get my stamp, in all weathers and in all states of physical disrepair (6 to go!). I think that’s the same mentality that has kept me blogging all these years.

    Remember that the hardest part about running is getting out the door. Every runner, no matter how mean or fast they look knows that running is HARD and offer due respect to anyone – of whatever shape, size or speed – who is out there doing it.

    Let’s do this!

    (oh yeah – and I use runkeeper to track all my runs, but I think it was Gordon who told me about that in the first place back in the day!)

  11. A review of the “how often” question gives me a load of vague responses, one vote for monthly, and two for fortnightly. My casting vote, if it were needed, would also be for fortnightly. See you in a couple of weeks. I’d say there’s no shame in reporting back that you’ve done nothing, but who knows, we might take the piss mercilessly.

  12. I’ll be away on holiday in 2 weeks. Do I need a note from my mum?

    Lisa on May 16, 2013
  13. I think I missed the last sentence from my ‘What goals do you have?’ portion. I want to feel like that again.

  14. >> How long have you been running?
    Over 30 years in one way or another. I consider myself to be one of the laziest serious runners around.
    >>How are you getting on at the moment?
    I broke my foot six weeks ago (yes, while exercising, no not while running) so my race plans for this year are down the drain but will be rehabilitating slowly.
    >> Where do you run?
    Mostly trails around where I live either on my own or with my running club. I also regularly pound the treadmill at the gym.
    >> What goals do you have?
    My short term goals are to get back running. My mid term goals are to get a short (5k/10k) race or two under my belt under my year (and to be fit for cross-country season) and my long term goals are, erm, a little more extreme.
    >> How often do you think we should have a Running Club post? – weekly/fortnightly/monthly.
    Fortnightly is good. Perhaps it’ll give me incentive to go back to my own running blog which is slightly lacking in any posts this year.
    >> Any other interesting remarks.
    Size* matters not. *(also applies to speed & distance)

  15. Welcome Tom, you and I can sit and direct everyone else, from the tedious comfort of our chairs.

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