Talkback: ASICS Target 26.2 Team: Emma

Introducing the fifth and final member of our ASICS Target 26.2 team - Emma (aka EmmaC) Emma will be mentored by Sam Murphy on this thread ...

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18/01/2012 at 21:23
Tenjiso wrote (see)
Re: the garmin Have you input details about your current weight? I've got a forerunner 305 and the calorie count is worked out according to how much you weigh as well as distance. Top Tip: Enter a really high weight and burn up extra calories each time you run I'm a bit of a weight-loss guru IMHO.

I think I will ammend it so I am a 20 year old, 15 stone man! Then I'll burn off loads of calories!
18/01/2012 at 22:09

Emma when you add your splits does that download from your Garmin & are you able to extract the mile times? Or do you find them some other way? I'm not sure my 305 does that I've tried to work out how but it's escaping me at the moment....

I may have missed something earlier but do you ever eat porridge for breakfast before your morning run? My "long run" breakfast is always porridge, banana, unrefined sugar (not too much) and it works so well for me that I can run 10miles+ before I feel like I need anything else...
19/01/2012 at 10:27

Lozza - my Garmin is set up for mile spilts - not by me it was like that when I got it thankfully. So when I upload data the splits are on there for me. I'm going to try and use it at the gym to do my speedy session and just press the lap button between sets and see if it will calculate it all for me? Fingers crossed!

I've had bad experiences after porridge - not energy wise but upset tummy wise! I have to be so careful before a long run and often have to plan in pit stops! I'm ok energy wise up to about 2 hours then I start to flag a little.

19/01/2012 at 11:32
Ruth - thanks for the additional info on carb loading strategy. Unfortunately, having two nippers means I'm subjected to every cold/flu/virus that does the rounds. They catch a cold for two days, then I suffer for weeks. Increased immunity issues are, for me, best avoided.

Lozza - have you registered with Garmin Connect ( You can upload your data for free, see your route/heart rate/incline and so on. It's much better than the training centre software they provide with the watch. You just connect the 305 to the internet via the USB cable (attached to the charger).
19/01/2012 at 13:48

I'm getting a polar foot pod for my brithday!!

* dances around like a small child *

Then I too can get all exited about paces and distances - whoop whoop

(not that I'm jealous or anything... MUCH! LOL) 

19/01/2012 at 13:50
When's your birthday Sleepy?
19/01/2012 at 13:55

Sweat shop have half price garmins on sale at the moment..............

My bday is Monday the big 50!

Happy running Emma.

19/01/2012 at 13:56

Next month! Last one before the big four Oh! My goal was to run a sub 45 10k by then - so that pretty much leaves this season - hmmm - might have to adjust that to sub 45 whilst I am sub 45! hee hee Too many goals - so little time!

Sad that I still get excited about them and that I ask for what some people would class as 'practical' presents LOL

You running today?  I'm just heading out now....

19/01/2012 at 14:03

We've all got big birthdays comming up - boo!

Sub 45 by any age I think is AMAZING! After the marathon I am going to try and chip away at my 10k - 51:22 at the moment. Not impressive really - but has come down from 61 in less than 2 years so think it is quite good progress. Can't imagine going faster though as I felt like I was going to die during that race! More focussed preparation hopefully will make a difference! Would be absolutely over the moon if I could do a subb 50! So I'm sub fifty by fifty!

Not running today - work from 7:30  - 9:30! Short days and long holidays my a***!

I love practical presents - got a casserole dish for christmas!

Happy Birthday for Monday Mark - hope you are going to be spolit rotten!

19/01/2012 at 17:24
Sleepy Bear wrote (see)

Next month! Last one before the big four Oh! My goal was to run a sub 45 10k by then - so that pretty much leaves this season - hmmm - might have to adjust that to sub 45 whilst I am sub 45! hee hee Too many goals - so little time!

Sad that I still get excited about them and that I ask for what some people would class as 'practical' presents LOL

You running today?  I'm just heading out now....

I had one of my best years running when I turned 40 Sleepy (and still going fingers crossed!). Good to have a goal though as it gives you a bit of focus and it was more a change in training rather than age that spurred me on, just adding one extra day running per week, but running the right kind of runs rather than for the sake of it.

Emma, my wife she wanted an /forum/smilies/surprised_smiley.gif[/img]fficial&prmd=imvnso&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1727&bih=875&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=15425604438416368554&sa=X&ei=wlEYT57BHcvDtAaunYzGDQ&ved=0CEIQ8wIwAA]Orla Kiely butter dish for her birthday!

19/01/2012 at 17:44

KR - Picture didn't come out but I can work out it was a rather funky orla keily butter dish! We are the same age and clearly have similar tastes! Hopefully this wll be my finest running year - big 40 in September!

Despite turning 40 I am planning on being in good enough shape to wear a bikini on holiday - will be the first time in nearly a decade if I do!

19/01/2012 at 19:18

That's good to hear KR

Happy Birthday to Us Happy Birthday to US lalalalalalalala 

Have a great day on Monday mcs!

Emma - as long as I keep getting faster I'm happy really but you've got to aim to get somewhere else ya ain't gonna get anywhere! It's only the last 2 that I've run that I astoundingly felt relatively comfortable at that pace - all the preceding ones were horrendous - it's been my least favourite distance until that happened! I don't care if it takes me forever to get that sub 45 - other people manage so it must be doable - must keep trying, must keep trying! We'll get there!

19/01/2012 at 19:34

You guys should just enjoy the fact that its proven that you can physicaly still improve race times well into your 40's - it's only into your 50's when it gets a lot harder.  I'm coming up 60 in a years time and simply have to do an age adjustment to my times to see how i'm doing - this is the  beauty of the marathon for me cos i know i can beat my current PB (started them at 54) with smarter training, not more training and I think this spring will do it.

Whatever your age, just being able to run and race is so much fun and there are many different challenges out there - if I make my sub 4hr target this spring I intend to do more trail type long runs where time is of no consequence but the views and challenge are great - just bought a half price Camelbak to boot !!!

You are only as young as you feel..............!  

19/01/2012 at 19:41

I too had a cracking running year when I turned 40. New PBs at 10k, 10 mile and half marathon all within a 4 month block! And I have a running friend/coach Malcolm Balk, who is 56 and has just run a 1.20 half marathon while his wife, who is about 43, did a sub-20 5km. So it CAN be done! Don't feel like time is running out. As you get older you just train smarter, not harder.

Have had two days of coaching (street fartlek last night with 14 runners, and then Bedgebury forest with two runners looking to improve technique today) All good run but sometimes my own training gets derailed when I am doing a lot of coaching

Hope today's marathon work day hasn't been too bad, Emma! And brilliant upkeep of the healthy eating plan. Just keep tabs on those energy levels. If you start to feel consistently more tired, it may be due to calorie deficit.  Don't overdo it. Just think you'll burn about 2500 calories on race day anyway!

19/01/2012 at 21:30
Age is just a number they say!!
19/01/2012 at 22:07
the good thing about modern day races is that they publish results by age category so you can always compete no matter how old you are - the first coach at my club is age 75 and he thinks it's great getting a top 3 place in most of the races he enters (not many 70+ enter i grant you that!!) and he's still doing marathons !!! (mostly alpine ones etc) - good ol' Tom!
19/01/2012 at 22:20
Tenjiso - Brilliant, I've spent the last hour or two working out Garmin Connect and yes it's far superior to the software from the box - Thanks

Oscarr - Whatever your age... Excellent and I totally agree - anything's possible the power of positive thinking(well most things!)
19/01/2012 at 22:32

Hi All back from work - v tired and have a stonking headache! Just stuffed my face as I got home - mainly due to being so tired I think.

Breakfast- chopped fruit breakfast (as per usual now), cup of tea

Snack -  mixed nuts

Lunch - 2 x rye bread with peanut butter, 2 x malt loaf, strawberry yoghurt.

Snack - fruit and low fat yoghurt (like breakfast)

Dinner - 1/2 think crust pizza, 1/2 jacket, salad, 3 slices of malt lof (oopsie but I felt like I deserved a treat as was so late back!).

40 is the new 30 - I so hope that my running can get better this year! I move in to a new vets category for the Grand Prix events this year - trouble is V2 is actually stronger than V1!

One of the women at our club is in her 80's and still racing - she came back from the European champs with a load of medals... she is a legend!

20/01/2012 at 05:42

Hello all

Emma - hope you had a good sleep after you long day!

At 46 I don't know if I have "Go Faster" in me..but I'll keep trying!

20/01/2012 at 10:07
Hi Emma, is it your day off today? Hope so! I don't call that dinner pigging out - least you had salad  
If you could get a bit of salad/veg in at lunchtime I think you'd be on to a winner. Even ready prepared carrot batons, or celery sticks? Or a handful of cherry tomatoes?

What's on the running schedule today again? We did so much juggling I've lost track this week! Thinik it might be an easy one though.
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