...and the beat goes on...
I need to buy gels........another online shopping experience! I did use powerbar ones, but I like the idea of isotonic gels?? I will need to order a few of different varieties to try. Also a fan of jelly beans! Although I obviously need none of the above at the moment
I divide my run into 4 or 5 smaller loops normally all of which have 1 common point where my car is and a toilet! And if I do decide on an out an back or one big loop it is normally pre-planned and runs past numerous peoples houses that I know just incase something goes wrong.(Can you tell I have had a bad experience!!)
yeah .... Kaz,ATM (thinking of Loch Lomond yesterday-gorg), i suppose laps are better when you are surrounded by Beautiful scenery. I remember doing those Dartmoor laps and was happy to keep lapping as it was so god damn lovely, in London it's pretty grim doing laps - so i try to vary the "back" of my out-and-back - it's easily done in the Big Smoke.
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I have a number of routes that are laps and for longer distances I join a few of them together. This means that I am more of a lap runner than an out and back.
Mind you, any kind of running would be nice at the moment. Without thinking, I ran up a flight of stairs on Saturday and I've got a bit of discomfort in my calf. Hopefully it's just a slight twinge.
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This week's quiz points go to Orbutt.
Although it was a bit easy this week seeing as it was on telly last night or the night before. Pure coincidence as I always come up with the next one as soon as I post the list. I'm going to have to raise my game for next week and make it even harder. Watch this space...
I'm no use at laps...Too tempted to head home. I prefer out-but-back-by-train or a circular loop. Dave, that's a fantastic suggestion..running the loop backwards.That would work for me, with my short attention...Oh, look! A robin on my bird feeder...
Eggy and Audrey, it's 22 to Loch Lomond. Fancy factoring it in? * I'll send you a link to the route map, A *
kaz, I used SIS Blackcurrent for lots of races and was fine until last year.Maybe I've swallowed my lifetime's worth of them but the last few outings resulted in disaster* details too ghastly to type...* I'm getting on better with shotblocks, although you need water with them..*
I quite like the orange ones.
Blackcurrant sort of reminds me of some ghastly medicines from when I was young all those years ago.
I like the shotblocks and will have a packet or two for the race. Which comes on to my next question. Does any take a pouch or bum (i think it is is called a fanny bag in America) bag with them on the races or just strap them to your arm?
I haven't had a problem in the half marathons as I could position them with the phone on my arm. But now I am all tooled up with a garmin this will not be possible.
James I use a belt - this one in fact:
I got it cheaper than that elsewhere though. Miles better than the belt I had last year - gels go into bottles beforehand so no sticky fingers, water bottle holds plenty and there's even room for your lippy, if you're so inclined....
It's really comfortable to wear and doesn't move around
just checking out number belts
I tried shotbloks last year and you'd swear I'd eaten laxitives!!! Not nice. I have just ordered SIS blackcurrant gels to try.....
James - For Chicago I found some shorts that had pockets that held gels and shotbloks just fine (Ronhill Trail Cargo shorts). I've ran with belts before, but I don't like running with them.
The shorts had nice little pockets in the back that if you cut a shotblok packet in half they sit nicely in for easy access.
ATM - I'd be up for trying for Balloch at some point before Paris.
Johnny - Radar Sal put together a supporters guide last year, which people said was excellent. She should be able to fowrard a copy to you.
Sounds like you are struggling there Tricky. At least you had the good sense to stop immediately.
As Eggy said, Radar Sal of this Parish has the definitive guide - but Bastille is certainly a good place as we hit it at 5k and 21k - plenty of time for a spectator coffee/spot of lunch in the gap!
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