Anyone into running? I know there's a few of you from the competition thread. I couldn't see a general running thread so figured I'd start one, see who out there is just starting or a more seasoned runner. I haven't found a decent specific running forum out there as yet, so figured I'd see who in the PCHAT community is into it, at any level - social, starting out or seasoned ultra-marathoner! For the novices, it’s be great to hear what your goals are and see you tick them off on here? I'll kick it off. I’ve always been fairly active, mountain bikes and general cycling been my main thing. I’ve tried running in the past as a quick workout when it’s too cold/wet to ride or just for something different. It never stuck, it always felt too hard and I was one of the people that would always say “I’m just not built for running”. Long story short, I started walking to work after Christmas (it’s only 5k each way). Over January I started jogging between lampposts, very slowly, and built it up, after a couple of months I could jog all the way to work (veeeery slowly). It was enough to make me think perhaps I could give it a shot and getting some pace and distance up with proper training, that and having read Born to Run and Natural Born Heroes over Christmas break gave me some inspiration. I put the Fitness22 “Couch to 10K” app on the phone and dutifully headed out 3 times per week, following the program. I got to 10k (walk & jog mix) by about week 10 of the program then blew a disc in my back (not due to the running). I was spewing! 5 weeks of nothing, no rides, no runs and barely able to walk. It came good early May and I went back to the program, (went back a couple of weeks to ease into it again). Fast forward to now and I am absolutely over the moon with my progress. I’m running three times per week, I do a solo distance day at my own endurance pace and push the distance out a little each time, (as defined by trying to stay at the upper end of my zone 2 HR). My distance days are up to 15k now at roughly 5 minutes per k. I PR’d my 10k this week and hit my first big goal of going under 50 minutes for a 10k. (49.34). Next goal is to get that down to 45 minutes. I do a “speed day” mid week, (today was one) they SUCK. I head out from work and go as hard as I can to the next main road, (2.5k away) then cruise back. I’m finding this very tough but it is helping with my overall pace. I PR’d my 1k time today at 3:45. Third run day per week is the social trail run with mates, this is done at the pace of the slowest person, generally around 10-12k over mixed terrain and just out for the fun of it rather that training as such. I run with two guys, one a seasoned runner and one a complete couch potato that never did ANY exercise until I roped him onto the couch to 10k app and now he’s banging out 30-40k per week, his progress has been inspirational. To see him come from a wheezing wreck that couldn’t run to the end of our street to holding his own with us on a 10k trail run is fantastic. My next goals are:- 10k – 45 minutes 5k – 20 minutes 20k is the next distance goal, leading up to running the Two Bays trail one way at 28k then ultimately get up to marathon distance. I’m absolutely hooked and can’t wait to each next run day to come around! I’m not pulling up sore anymore and I’m now at the point where it is enjoyable once I get the rhythm going. So, if anyone on here is a seasoned runner, I’ve some questions for you…. I’m not specifically training for short distance speed, I’m more inclined to train for the long run. I do want to increase my pace generally though and would like to better my 5 & 10k times so has anyone got any training tips for speed work that works in conjunction with putting in the base k’s for the long runs? Cheers and looking forward to hearing some running stories if there’s anyone else on the boards just getting into it. PS… my partner, after seeing what the running has done for me (not just in terms of losing a few kilo but more my head seems to be in a great place since starting and the “runners high” lasts for hours longer than post cycling buzz seems too), started on the app too. She was dead against running when I started, she’s tried before in her 20’s and hated it. Anyway, she’s now 7 weeks into C-to-5k and is just at the point where’s she’s hooked. She’s running about 4k now 3 days a week and she’s loving it, it’s so great to see. She’s dropped a bunch of weight and just generally feels better. As a 45 year inactive female that’s never really been one to push herself I’m blown away with how she’s going, she’s even talking about working toward doing a 10k race now!!