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    Quote Originally Posted by Truck Driver View Post
    Simple answer:

    Put this picture on your wall, so you can see it whenever you are getting togged
    out for a trot.......



    Crack on, keep it up......
    Actually speaking of which the link for the RMC tool (which appears to be the same as the BA's "army fit" tool is here http://www.royalmarines.mod.uk/training-tool.htmlon for building up to complete the fitness test.

    Just started using it today with the intention of building myself up for the cadets (if the comp goes ahead) or for the asob in BA if it doesn't. Will be interesting to see how things go.

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    Distance - 4.51km
    Time 26:26
    Location - UCD from residences up to the top of fosters avenue, down the hill, in the closkeagh entrance and followed the road around back to the residences. Will run the other way next time as there's more uphill.

    The circuits - Went into circuits straight after the run and managed one before going saying "thats enough". Conclusions - upper body strength isn't great. Serious work required. Still its a start. Small steps.
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    Tuesday - 10 February 2009

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    Distance: 2.6 miles
    Time: 23.07
    Details: Hard going, I went out at 9 am after getting out of bed at 430, and only sleeping 1 hour since 7pm last night. I was a little tired, and it was cold, the sun was shining though. Not a terrible time, and I know I can knock that 70 secs back off in a week or 2, but I have been running less frequently now, due to general laziness. I kept going for all I could, and now I have the Halfway point sub 10, so happy about that. Still though, I will not be totally happy with my time until it is down to 20.30 and running the entire way. I am aiming for my 3 miler time to be 22 mins altogether, because of the PRMC demands it to be 23 mins, and I know after the first real day of PRMC I will be tired to say the least!!!!
    Link - http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/ireland/cork/299080166361 *route Taken Backwards*


    Thanks for the help lads, it is really helping, and I now know what killed my motivation in the first place, so now I can replace it with something else, as with all things, it was a girl!! (The biatch that she is, all lads are stupid at some point!!! lol)
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    Thursday 12th February 2009

    Went on a run around DFTC today

    The last time I did this, on Monday, I forgot the bloody stopwatch, so couldn't
    assess if improvement has been forthcoming.

    The nearest reference I have is this:

    http://forum.irishmilitaryonline.com...0&postcount=40

    - a week ago - when I did the route in 17 mins 35 secs.

    Today I did my calf/thigh stretches, a few minutes on the exercise bike to
    warm the leg muscles and off I went with the MP3 player booming.

    Felt I was going great guns around the first half of the run, then at the 3/4
    point, the "invisible wall" started looming. Gritted the teeth, banged on for home
    (DFPES) and checked the stopwatch - 16 mins 45 secs - almost a minute off
    from only a week ago.

    Back on the exercise bike for a few minutes, then warm down stretches and I'm
    done.

    Seem to be suffering less from shin splints since I adopted this approach
    To say I was happy was an understatement.

    At least now I know I'm making progress....

    I feel the improvement is in part due to the exercise bike before and after
    the run, and also a better set of runners, which were €115, sale price of €70.
    The Xmas and birthday vouchers went on these, a few more pairs of sports
    socks, and another hat for the cold days we've been having lately.

    C'mon the rest of ye, ye are being very quiet.
    Post and let us know how ye are all doing.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Truck Driver View Post
    Thursday 12th February 2009

    Went on a run around DFTC today

    The last time I did this, on Monday, I forgot the bloody stopwatch, so couldn't
    assess if improvement has been forthcoming.

    The nearest reference I have is this:

    http://forum.irishmilitaryonline.com...0&postcount=40

    - a week ago - when I did the route in 17 mins 35 secs.

    Today I did my calf/thigh stretches, a few minutes on the exercise bike to
    warm the leg muscles and off I went with the MP3 player booming.

    Felt I was going great guns around the first half of the run, then at the 3/4
    point, the "invisible wall" started looming. Gritted the teeth, banged on for home
    (DFPES) and checked the stopwatch - 16 mins 45 secs - almost a minute off
    from only a week ago.

    Back on the exercise bike for a few minutes, then warm down stretches and I'm
    done.

    Seem to be suffering less from shin splints since I adopted this approach
    To say I was happy was an understatement.

    At least now I know I'm making progress....

    I feel the improvement is in part due to the exercise bike before and after
    the run, and also a better set of runners, which were €115, sale price of €70.
    The Xmas and birthday vouchers went on these, a few more pairs of sports
    socks, and another hat for the cold days we've been having lately.

    C'mon the rest of ye, ye are being very quiet.
    Post and let us know how ye are all doing.....
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    Congrats on shaving the minute off your time TD!

    I'll throw up my run tomorrow, missed out on going for a run today cause of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steamy Window View Post
    *raises hand*

    Started back last night.
    Have done a few runs since...

    31/1 2 miles in 14:54.59
    3/2 2 miles in 14:37.38
    5/2 2 miles, time unknown
    10/2 2 miles in 14:21.98
    11/2 3 miles in 24:32.49 (running with buddy)
    12/2 3 miles in 21:18.76

    2 mile route is hilly, 3 mile route is flat. Aim is to bring the 2 miler to low 13:10s and to get the 3 miler down to 19:50.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steamy Window View Post
    Aim is to bring the 2 miler to low 13:10s...
    Jeez, that's bloody fast alright.

    And there I was thinking I was good getting around 2 miles in 16 mins 45 secs.

    What age bracket are you in, Steamy ? That might explain it.....
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    I am delighted to see alot of people on here run, I had been a bit disillusioned by the Reserves after most of the stuff we write about lack of fitness!!! At least alot of us here are definitely putting in the effort!!!


    Friday - 13 February 2009

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    Distance: 2.6 miles
    Time: 21.46 mins
    Details: I was happy with this, I made it my furthest yet without stopping 1.66 miles according to mapmyrun. I did this in 12.15 mins which I was happy about. I did feel I could have kept this pace and kept going without walking but I decided I didn't want to risk injury that much!!! I enjoyed this run and felt good about it. I only walked twice, Once for ~3 mins and then for 1 min. The next time I am running I am aiming for a bit more distance, around 1.8 miles without walking. If today is anything to go by I should be able to get this!! Happy out anyway!!! Nearing my target of 20.30.
    Link - http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/ireland/cork/299080166361 *route Taken Backwards*
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    But, not if I state an opinion, only if I state something as truth!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truck Driver View Post
    Jeez, that's bloody fast alright.

    And there I was thinking I was good getting around 2 miles in 16 mins 45 secs.

    What age bracket are you in, Steamy ? That might explain it.....
    Might well do so, I'm 23. I was running mainly 3 milers last year and I think that affected my time when I actually had to do the fitness test last April. So a new emphasis on 2 milers. I have a training diary going back to 14//9/07 now
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    This thread has been a bit of a motivation for me as well, have started back jogging (not running, yet!) in the last fortnight. It also gives me a chance get back into the routine i had after work, as well as a chance to chat with one of our PotNCO bods who tags along occasionally.

    I'm running from my house to the Lough in Cork, doing a few laps and back to the house. Convienently enough the run over and back plus two laps is a bit over 3.2km, which is handy for guesstimating the time for the fitness tests (not that i need to do them this year). It's only a rough guide as there are a few road crossings, that I would prefer not to die on!

    At the moment in doing a 4.5km version (extra lap of the Lough) at a grand steady pace, with no stoping. Happy enough with this, as it is a good approximation for the orienteering (another thing i started doing again this winter - to much comic effect initially!)

    No times yet as im not interested in speed at the moment, just being out there is good enough!
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    Any Cork-based members care to suggest a Bishopstown run? I'll be down at the weekend, don't fancy doing the track at CIT.
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    Go for a 3.2 km swim in the pool there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steamy Window View Post
    Might well do so, I'm 23....
    I'm starting to feel old....
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    Saturday - 14 February 2009

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    Distance: 2.6 miles
    Time: 21.27 mins
    Details: I ran my farthest so far without stopping!!! I was dead happy with that, Only walked twice, nice easy run, was getting all screwed at the end, but other that that I am happy!!!
    I should be able to run 2 miles without stopping by the end of next week. So, fingers crossed.
    Link - http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/ireland/cork/299080166361 *route Taken Backwards*

    Thanks for all the support so far lads, without it I definitely wouldn't be doing this well!!! I would have stopped after the first 3 runs!!!!


    Once I get down to my 20.30, I will
    A) Have to find a good full 3mile route
    B) Start doing circuits regularily.

    Thanks lads,
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    Last edited by Dazzler; 14th February 2009 at 10:58.
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    Please PM me to correct me.

    But, not if I state an opinion, only if I state something as truth!!!

    I have bad opinions but I stick by them!!!

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    Just back there from what I have to say is my worst run yet. Everything about it was just wrong. I barely made it a mile before I walked.


    I know where the problems were though. I wore a different jacket because my usual running jacket has walked outta the house, all by itself of course. I had a shave the other day, so my Samsonesque strength which I obtained through my Beard is gone.

    I am not even going to post the time, partly because I don't know it and partly because It is not a true reflection of my ability.

    Today is gonna be a crappy day.

    Thanks for reading lads.
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    Please PM me to correct me.

    But, not if I state an opinion, only if I state something as truth!!!

    I have bad opinions but I stick by them!!!

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    Daz
    it doesnt matter if you walked all the way

    the fact you didnt give up and you went out and actually finished your training


    the only thing I find fault with is you blame it on the jacket

    blame it on yourself- get over it and learn

    but well done for at least getting out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazzler View Post
    Just back there from what I have to say is my worst run yet. Everything about it was just wrong. I barely made it a mile before I walked.


    I know where the problems were though. I wore a different jacket because my usual running jacket has walked outta the house, all by itself of course. I had a shave the other day, so my Samsonesque strength which I obtained through my Beard is gone.

    I am not even going to post the time, partly because I don't know it and partly because It is not a true reflection of my ability.

    Today is gonna be a crappy day.

    Thanks for reading lads.
    Dont get disheartened lad. You are an inspiration to a lot of people here..

    Post your times good or bad.No one will take the piss.
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    Daz, fair play to you. Keep up the effort. I know for one that you've got me up off my arse to get some training done again.

    Went for run today in the first time since begining of Oct 2008. Have been working so hard and partying harder that I'm after putting on 8 kilos of pure laziness. It was about time its gotten rid of.

    16/2/2009 - 2.6miles - 20min22sec
    rest for 5min and some stretching and did the 2.6mile return leg in 21min 30sec.

    Happy to cruise along and get the body back into thinking its going to be beasted. Tonights another run and some light circuits.

    Again thanks Dazzler for making me put down the Ben and Jerrys!

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    After 5 days in a row of running 2 miles in 18'00 or thereabouts took the weekend off. Back to circuit training tonight in UCD. Trying for 40 real pressups and 20 real situps in among the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZULU View Post
    Daz, fair play to you. Keep up the effort. I know for one that you've got me up off my arse to get some training done again.

    Went for run today in the first time since begining of Oct 2008. Have been working so hard and partying harder that I'm after putting on 8 kilos of pure laziness. It was about time its gotten rid of.

    16/2/2009 - 2.6miles - 20min22sec
    rest for 5min and some stretching and did the 2.6mile return leg in 21min 30sec.

    Happy to cruise along and get the body back into thinking its going to be beasted. Tonights another run and some light circuits.

    Again thanks Dazzler for making me put down the Ben and Jerrys!
    Nicely done!!! Jaysus, I can't get those times on my best day!!! (yet)


    Thanks for the inspiration lads, ye are what keep me going!!!

    Hedgie, you are definitely right, it is me not the jacket!!! Still though, found my usual Jacket so with luck, determination and lots of Pain, I will do better tomorrow!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazzler View Post
    Just back there from what I have to say is my worst run yet. Everything about it was just wrong. I barely made it a mile before I walked.


    I know where the problems were though. I wore a different jacket because my usual running jacket has walked outta the house, all by itself of course. I had a shave the other day, so my Samsonesque strength which I obtained through my Beard is gone.

    I am not even going to post the time, partly because I don't know it and partly because It is not a true reflection of my ability.

    Today is gonna be a crappy day.

    Thanks for reading lads.
    Monday 16th February 2009

    Dazzler, sorry to hear things went pear shaped with ya today - keep it up.

    Ironically enough, I was the opposite - I posted my best time yet today.

    Did my usual calf/thigh stretches, 5-10 mins on the exercise bike, then off
    I went on my usual route around DFTC.

    Felt I was motoring nicely around the opening half of the run, then once again,
    the demon on my shoulder appeared as I was approaching the Arty School
    - what is it about that place ???

    Metaphorically told the demon to fcuk off, drove on for the finish, and whipped
    out the stopwatch - thinking I'd done fairly well - 16 mins 24 seconds
    - 21 seconds OFF my last time around the same route on Thursday last - when I
    shaved almost a minute off the time previous to that. Definitely know I'm moving in
    the right direction now, thankfully
    As I said previously, the warm up routine on the bike definitely is helping, my time
    has improved since.

    Dazzler, I'm 38, so you can certainly do it !!!
    Best of luck and keep the chin up....
    Last edited by Truck Driver; 16th February 2009 at 20:42.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steyr Fan View Post
    Last year I sustained a series of injuries is a short space if time, and anytime towards the latter half of the year I tried to run anything over 1km, I felt crap. So I said to myslf stop, stop stop till I had fully recovered.

    So in early Jan, I took the what some might call lazy way back to a fitness routine, and joined a gym in Kilmainham. Now up to 3.2km in 17 minutes on the treadmill. I know it bears no resemblance to running un tramac, concrete, grass, gravel, uphill, downhill, potholes, uneven ground, traffic, weather, or what ever. My goal is to get this to 15 minutes which I expext to do by the middle of Feb. That is doable, considering I couldn't run 2km in 20 mins without collapsing in a heap 2 weeks ago. I will go out onto the ground and see how it goes in mid Feb.

    I know it is a lazy way, but I couldn't care less. There are weights, bikes, rowers, circuits, there's fitness & diet advice, you name it. There's pools, water massage, jackuzzi, steam rooms, saunas. All only 10mins walk away. So why the hell not on these dark evenings. It might even help to make me fit, and maybe even make it easier the do a run for real. It makes training fun, which makes it more enjoyable.

    So there's me.
    So much for the best laid plans.
    Last week, went for a run in the Pheonix Park, nice day, lets give it a go. It went ok, 4km in 23 mins, but the crazy thing was that the next day, my lower left back felt like it was broken, coule a days later, the pain had moved down to my left calf muscle. By hell, it was sore. what the hell did I do wrong? I have no idea. I did a very through warm up & cool down.:confused:

    Anyway, my routines have been put on hold probably till next week. Start back again, and hope & pray all goes well.

    btw, Daz, keep it up. And i'm 43
    Last edited by Steyr Fan; 16th February 2009 at 20:52. Reason: add my age, give everyone a good giggle

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    My walking tours of Cork had to take a pause too. One of those weekends I recon.
    Had an awkward fall as I was getting into the car outside the sisters place. Slipped on the kerb fell between car and kerb(just saved the face), went walking in the forestry after, for about an hour, but shin extremely painful. Using the clutch in the car and climbing stairs are quite difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steyr Fan View Post
    my lower left back felt like it was broken, coule a days later, the pain had moved down to my left calf muscle. By hell, it was sore. what the hell did I do wrong? I have no idea. I did a very through warm up & cool down.:confused:
    It will always be sore the first time back. That said, this sounds a bit worse. I have the same problems with my left calf...no matter how thorough my warm up/cool downs are there is always a twinge. I've pretty much sorted it out by paying close attention to that area during my stretches. I found that repeating the calf stretch while changing the angle of my toe (pointed forward, slightly left, slightly right) helped a lot as it stretches different parts of the area which can easily missed. If its still bad after varying the calf stretch you could take a few minutes each day stretching and holding to ease out the muscle.
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