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Old 06.11.2011, 21:49
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All the newbie runners who want to run

I am a very not so regular runner. I have been running for last 4-5 years but not so regularly. This summer I ran twice a week for about 50 min each time.

As the weather got cold I was about to pack my running gears and was hoping to restart in April. But one of my friends strongly recommended me to continue it at least for Autumns.

Guess what, it is much better to run now then in summers. It is cold so you don't get as sweaty. Heat is very annoying in summers during run but now it feels great. I feel I can go faster and farther now. Outside is so wonderful and colorful that a run right now is like going through nice wall calendars. Frest air helps a lot in terms of health as well. I take my mobile and stop by once to take pictures.

Only extra piec of advice is get right cloths and accessories. Nice soft shell jersey and long tights along with reflector sets, hand gloves, head wind protector...

Any ideas, suggested runs around Zurich town or Griefensee area, group running
Etc are welcome.
So get motivated and start your run..
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Old 06.11.2011, 22:15
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Re: All the newbie runners who want to run

Absolutely! Autumn runs are fantastic. I've been running regularly for a little less than a year now. I'm lucky to live next to a forest and it takes my breath away at the moment with the colours and the scent of autumn.
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Old 07.11.2011, 13:28
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Re: All the newbie runners who want to run

Hi Sagitta

Thanks for echoing the feeling. Where about do you run? Do you mark the running trials.

I was wondering if any one is a winter runner and has experience to share.

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Old 07.11.2011, 13:52
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Re: All the newbie runners who want to run

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Re: All the newbie runners who want to run

I started running twenty years ago, ran the occasional half marathon and 10k race, but to be honest I much prefer to run alone.
I run now for the pure pleasure of it. Like Sagitta I live very close to the forest and am enjoying the autumn colours, the misty mornings, the occasional sighting of a deer.
Each season has its positives, in winter I put on lots of layers, the outer ones I can remove and tie around my waist as I get warmer. If it is very cold I wear gloves and a hat or one of those head band thingies that cover the ears (sorry, don't know what they are called). I love to run through the snow, especially virgin snow. A word of warning though, be careful if it is freezing, I was running down a path last winter and didn't see some ice, my feet went from under me and I cracked my head on the ground. Ow!
I don't plan where I am running, I stick to the general area or the forest paths and the local village, there are always other people, walking, dog walking, horseriding etc so if god forbid something happened to me, I would soon be spotted! Always carry a phone too.
Happy running!
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Absolutely! Autumn runs are fantastic. I've been running regularly for a little less than a year now. I'm lucky to live next to a forest and it takes my breath away at the moment with the colours and the scent of autumn.
I think it's a mix of the endorphins and fresh air - I was also getting all starry eyed at the autumn colours and smells out on my run yesterday.

Don't know if it's my age (wrong end of 30-something) but my joints need more careful warming up when the weather is cooler.

I also take a good supply of nose tissues because if I get a dribbly nose in the cool weather, I find it interferes with my breathing rhythm and buggers up my stamina. Or I could just be a sensitive flower...
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Re: All the newbie runners who want to run

I haven't run in years. The only time I've had to run is after one of our dogs.

I don't know where to start with running, what gear, breathing techniques or how long???
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Re: All the newbie runners who want to run

Hi Darkhorsedrea

I suggest that you start with very small runs of about 2K to 5K and see how your body reacts to that. If it likes the run then you are game.

For running in autumn I would keep to what I suggested in my first post. Softshell jersey or T Shirt and long tights. T Shirt could be about CHF 50 -100 and tights also about same though some cheaper options would be available. Another thing is reflectors. I picked them at Tchibo for CHF 9 which includes 2 reflector and one red LED light when you run in the evening. Shoes are the most important bit then that one deserve a whole discussion or there is already a very large thread on that.

Once you cross the thresh hold of 5K, you are flying and you will start loving it so much that you will find difficult to hop on to your bike for biking.

I already heard there are some running groups around. So try it and good luck
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I think it's a mix of the endorphins and fresh air - I was also getting all starry eyed at the autumn colours and smells out on my run yesterday.

Don't know if it's my age (wrong end of 30-something) but my joints need more careful warming up when the weather is cooler.

I also take a good supply of nose tissues because if I get a dribbly nose in the cool weather, I find it interferes with my breathing rhythm and buggers up my stamina. Or I could just be a sensitive flower...
Tissues, absolutely! I think I'm keeping 'Tempo' in business!
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I haven't run in years. The only time I've had to run is after one of our dogs.

I don't know where to start with running, what gear, breathing techniques or how long???
My best tip is to run so you can still sort of hold a conversation (with yourself, if you are alone) to make sure you aren't running at too high a heart rate. Slow down and walk if you feel like you are bashing along too fast.

If you don't you'll just feel knackered, breathless and de-motivated.

Personal experience talking here...
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If you don't you'll just feel knackered, breathless and de-motivated.

Personal experience talking here...
Yes, best to start slowly. When I started running, I got to the bottom of our road and nearly dropped dead on the spot! Gradually build up the distance you run, or run a short distance for example from one lampost to the next, then walk to the next one etc. Maybe listening to some uplifting music will help to motivate you, not too loud though, you need to be able to hear approaching cars if you cross a road, and bikes ringing their bells at you from behind!
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Yes, best to start slowly. When I started running, I got to the bottom of our road and nearly dropped dead on the spot! Gradually build up the distance you run, or run a short distance for example from one lampost to the next, then walk to the next one etc. Maybe listening to some uplifting music will help to motivate you, not too loud though, you need to be able to hear approaching cars if you cross a road, and bikes ringing their bells at you from behind!
I've never understood people who go out running with their iPods plugged into their ears and their eyes focused narrowly ahead of them. The best thing about running is that you can take in so much of the world about you in such a short time. 50cent blasting in your ears drowns out the birds and the rustling of the leaves in the breeze.

As far as starting slowly, a helpful way to start running is to set your pace so as to make sure that you feel you could run much faster if you wanted to. Some people find the easiest way to do that is to start out at a fast pace and slow down gradually until the going is easy. As the advice upthread says, you should be able to hold a conversation while running. If you don't have the breath for that, you're going too fast for sustainable training.
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Hi Sagitta

Thanks for echoing the feeling. Where about do you run? Do you mark the running trials.

I was wondering if any one is a winter runner and has experience to share.

Cheers
Marking running trails? What is that? I'm afraid I'm a total amateur. I prefer running on my own, at my own pace (which is embarrassingly slow), for 30-40 minutes or so.
When I came to Switzerland I had never done any running before. I saw all those running people looking happy and fit and I decided to follow suit out of pure envy.
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Re: All the newbie runners who want to run

i found it helpful for me to set a goal. running together with a friend, meeting her once a week then adding another 30 to 50 min of training each week and signing up for a popular running event eventually did the trick. from no-runner to beginner running 4.7K in 30 min in 10 weeks Is anybody up for participating in the Sylvesterlauf this December?
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