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13/12/2005 at 09:05
I've just entered for the love run on the 11th Feb in Battersea Park - that's a 10k.
13/12/2005 at 09:19
OMG, rich i just entered into the weston 10 mile run. lol. see you there mate!! what you put down as your time?
13/12/2005 at 09:27
I can't remember now but I think I put 1:50.

I'd like to do the marathon @ 10:30 miles, well, its a target but I won't be beating myself up if I miss it.

How about you for the tough ten?
13/12/2005 at 09:31
Jenny - which half are you doing?

I only picked a hilly one because its local!
13/12/2005 at 09:43
im hoping for about 1:30 - 1:45 finish. lol. what you go for affiliated or un-affiliated?? im confused. im very new to this competition entry stuff. also you thinking of taking your camelpack?
13/12/2005 at 10:09
Well I thought my training was going well but have had to stop now as having pains in my calves. Getting very frustrated - dont want to lose all the fitness that I had gained but know that it would be silly to run and make it worse....
How long before I lose my fitness??????
13/12/2005 at 10:15
dont worry about it,. the pains in your calfs are your bodys own way of telling you to slow down a bit. Rest completly until your calfs are better and maybe 1 or 2 days over just to make sure and then build up slowly to where you sould be. don t go for it on your first run back. otherwise you will injure yourself again. im sure you will be fine!
13/12/2005 at 10:46
I am doing Stafford on 19 March, It is only about 20 miles from me, the others around this date were all at least 70 miles away. 4 weeks ago a half in itself would be a major deal, but it pales in comparison to how I scared I feel about London a month later! I didn't have to put an expected time on my entry, best to keep my options open. I suppose I will have a better idea of what time I will do when I have done a few longer runs. At the moment it feels like it would take me 6 hours to get round 13 miles!
13/12/2005 at 10:49
lol, tell me about it jenny. at the moment even thinking about the 10 mile race is daunting. plus im not a person for cold weather... but still im going to do this be hook or by crook. I can just picture it now.. my dragging myself over the finish line at 11:45PM. lol
13/12/2005 at 10:50
Does anyone have any suggestions for a bottle pack? I want one the goes round my waist but not too bulky??? HELPPPP!!!!
13/12/2005 at 10:55
Fiona, I use a Nathan bottle holder, that goes round my waist like a bum-bag! The people at my local running shop recommended it (maybe they just see me as an easy target as I believe anything they say!) for my longer runs....when I do them, as I always seem to need to drink loads, even on a short run. As I have'nt done any really long runs yet I can't comment on how comfy it is after a longer time, but it seems really comfy now, and the bottle is quite big. Mine just has one bottle, but there were ones that held more.
13/12/2005 at 10:58
There are tones of different types of bottle packs so best get down the shop to see what suits.
However, one idea is to get something like a SIS http://www.scienceinsport.com/ specific pack. These bottles have all the appropriate markings for energy drinks which is pretty helpful when the miles get long.
13/12/2005 at 11:01
I have a waist bottle holder like the one that Jenny is describing but it had a pouch to carry gels and stuff and 2 holsters for drinks bottles. I also have a Cammelback for my long runs where i will need lots of fluid as the waist pouch gets too uncomfortable on long runs. The cammelback is just like a rucksack.
13/12/2005 at 11:05
Lazer, will you be waring that for the marathon - will it not be too heavy?
13/12/2005 at 11:10
no i will not be wearing it for the marathon, because there will be water stations on rute their. on my long runs its just little old me...
13/12/2005 at 11:10
Lazer - I don't have any drink carrying stuff. When training for the half marathon last year I just carried a 750ml bottle in my hands. Not ideal. I don't know about a pack as I am the worlds sweatiest man and the thought of something attached to me doesn't appeal. I think I'll either stash bottles or do loops on my long training runs.

As to the affiliated thing, I think thats if you are a member of a running club, which I am not. I do think about joining but haven't got around to it yet. Maybe tomorrow, there is a 5 mile race around Weston seafront and if I run a personal best I'll come in about 3rd from last, based on the last run they did.

Jenny - I know what you mean. A month ago I was really worrying about the tough ten, now I'm just seeing it as a training run. Bizarre.
13/12/2005 at 11:11
I'm thinking of wearing my water pack on the day - it will be packed with gel and bars to keep me going...
13/12/2005 at 11:13
Thanks Jenny - think I will pop to the FLM shop at lunch and check out their stock.
13/12/2005 at 11:14
each to their own i guess in regards to how you train.

there isnt a club near me so i do it alone.

Rich - you loko as a half marathon as a training run too ?? Bizzare....
13/12/2005 at 11:17
I bet they will have loads for you to choose from, but if you are at all like me, the problem is when I go into those places, I always end up coming out with 'important equipment' that I never intended to buy (most of it I have never even heard of before!). The blokes would say it is the typical female shopping 'instinct'!
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