Sleepy - don't burn out before next June mind
S'ok - you're giving me a piggy back the whole way remember so it doesn't matter whether I'm fit or not
Tee hee - plenty of responses to that but better do as most women say to me "just do as your told", so "yes ma'm"
Anyone got a view on the new Asics running shoe - The Gel-Excel 33 ? It is advertised as being built to adapt more naturally to your foots motion and sounds like more towards the minimalist (barefoot type) shoes but with some cushioning. Any thoughts? Tempted by this after reading Born To Run which basically said that all this Gel and Nike Air stuff is rubbish and you are better off getting as close to barefoot as you can.
Oscarr - welcome back.
I ditched my "high-heeled" running shoes a while ago and never looked back. From memory I think I ran the 2011 Reading HM in a pair of Adidas Adizero Tempo virtually straight out of the box and had no problems at all.
My "family" of shoes is now from the same stable and I am on my 3rd pair of Adidas Supernova Glides - a brilliant shoe and the latest version is actually lighter than my previous generation racing shoe, so it shows how fast the technology develops. In fact it was these that I used in the Abingdon marathon and the earlier version in VLM 2012, so I think we can agree that they work for me.
Just to be on the safe side, please note that I tend to run with a midfoot strike and don't need the huge heel but in any case the ASG has an ingenious "floating" heel which is de-coupled from the sole so if you do land awkwardly it "gives" with you.
I love them.......and with my body weight they are good for 500 miles so good value. I think I paid £65 or so for the last pair.
I'm quite tempted by them too oscarr except for the fact that the ladies versions up to now have been just about the ugliest shoe ever made. (This seasons are not too bad). Bearing in mind though that I've spent the last 2 years building up my use of inov8 238s and 233s so I'm now used to a 6mm heel differential instead of the more normal 12. Just be warned you will notice your calves at first (a lot) which is why most people need to build up their use slowly. I too mid foot strike mostly now and my ankles and feet are much stronger. Ben on the other hand has just been told by the physio to stop using his as he has damaged his calf - some type of overuse injury so it's not for everyone.
Try them by all means - I love my 238s - not quite so taken by my 233s but I'm now working to the logic of "if you're not picking up injuries there's no reason to change".
Have a look at the wear on a well used pair of trainers
Our club newsletter has published an article on age grading and a link to a good calculator which is http://www.howardgrubb.co.uk/athletics/wmalookup06.html . I've just had a play and it works pretty well - you can see what age grading % was for a recent race and play around with what impact age has and use it as another type of calculator for different distances.
Just for fun, my times this year for 5K, 10K and half mara all give results ranging from 69.13 to 69.29% which shows a remarkable consistency across those distances. However, my full mara PB at Abingdon is only 61.74% which once again shows there is still a lot of room left to go!! (that's good news by the way!!).
The article also indicated what the % ranges generally signify which is roughly;
90's - world class (top 20 in UK)
80's - national class (top 150 in UK)
70's - regional class (top 1500 in UK)
Means i'm just outside regional class up to half distance which is pleasing.
Anyone up for seeing what our forum % are? (Don't need to say your age if you don't want to, just the distance and %)
Thanks Sleepy - just looked at my old shoes and they don't seem to have worn anywhere on the sole - probably means i change them too early !!
Mine are (based on my PBs, not all this year):
5k - 65.73% / 10k - 66.44% / ½ - 64.40% / Full - 61.69%
Must try harder LOLOLOLOLOL
Look carefully oscarr - look for even tiny bits of colour coming through from the midsole - it's not always that easy to spot if you're light footed. Nothing wrong with changing your shoes - if you're not getting injured - you might be doing the right thing!
My PB/ Age Grades 2012:
5k - 79.55%
10k - 80.76%
10m - 79.29%
HM - 79.76%
Full - 77.2%
There's always work to be done!
Tough luck FH. I feel for you! Planning for a run and for it not to take place is a real pain.I did a proper track session last night and my legs feel like I´ve run a half-marthon or somethng! 1k reps and sprinting took their toll.My age graded results: 5k 55.99%, 10k 53.58%, HM 51.43%, M 42.74%I have a lot of scope for improvement!
I do wish RW would sort out their email notifications and the link to the first unread post. It's really hard finding where I left off after a day or so!
SB/Oscarr - that hardcore Ultra plan sounds insane for a first attempt! That's a huge commitment for fifty mile weekends. I'd only want to do that if I was faster than I am now (i.e. I wouldn't need to spend the whole weekend running). The event looks great - are you planning to complete it in one day, or two?
Born to run made me want to go backpacking again One thing that makes me laugh is the ingenuity of the big corporations selling shoes to "barefoot" runners. That's class. You have to be on something to come up with an idea like that.
RR - are you making up names for conditions now? Never heard of malawhatsit.
I have work to do on my performances - age graded or otherwise!
I'm jealous of all you age gradings! Mine pale...
Hopefully I'll improve the half-marathon grading tomorrow
I've just checked the weather forecast for tomorrow morning. Severe weather alerts for heavy rain?????? Seriously... how can I be that unlucky every time I have a race? Do the met office base their forecasts on my race days?
It's practically perfect running weather right now, of course.
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