Also, some questions about how to get the HR monitor to read correctly. I recently have been having some issues early in my runs (1st 1/2 mile or so). I just use spit, but found that tightening my strap eliminated my issues (I think it gradually loosens over the months).
Also, just a plug for the Garmin 910XT. I absolutely love this watch. The only catch is it's $$$ and doesn't really give a reliable instantaneous pace (but very good lap pace). But I don't use the instant pace anyways. In case anyone is looking for a new watch, running warehouse is having a 25% off sale now http://www.runningwarehouse.com/catpage-GAR25OFF.html
Andi - congrats on the 5k run - especially with the hills and wind!! Sounds like things are improving well for you. Imagine how fast you could go if you ditched the cigs - you'd be unstoppable!!
BeDe - thanks for the words of encouragement. I wasn't too upset, I just found it funny that I couldn't manage it at all without my HR bouncing around all over the place. I'm going to try again in a couple of days so I'll try and pace myself a bit better and see how it goes. I hope you made it through security okay and best wishes for your recovery!
20 miles done for me today so I'm off for a well-earned beer!
Txs RR, If I where to quit smoking (a big if right now) what do you reckon it would do to my times? 1 min/mile off? Well done on the 20 miler!
Started packing today so didn't go out in the end though plan to get out and do 11 miles tomorrow Will save my 30 mile week for another time.
Oh, and VT, not long had my 910xt but think I'm gonna like it. Got it as a Birthday Present when I realised my 405 wasn't going to last my 5 hour Marathon time
Andi - I'm no expert I'm afraid - I've never even had one cigarette. I am certain though that increasing your lung volume and function can only be beneficial to cardio work!! I would guess at least a min/mile but maybe more? Any ex-smokers about?
Glorious weather today! Long may it last
RR, a bit of an open question really and guess the only way to find out is to quit Duty Free's are stacked up in the house so it might be a while
Arrggh, really need to work on my Pace - after Yesterdays horrible 11 miler (stiches, painfull knees, dehydrated) I went out for a 3 mile recovery run at 12 min miles. Ended up doing 5 miles at 11:13mm (3 seconds faster then MP) so guess my Hill Running tomorrow should be moved to Weds and try again for a recovery run tomorrow
VT, Did 18:20 in #2. Just can't get in to the hurt zone! Good stuff with the mileage. Hope all goes well in your mara choice and training.
BeDe, Hope the trip and recovery going well.
Andi, Nice 5k.
JB, I emailed you about the next 5mile handicap. We're back to your original course as the towpath is now open again.
RR, Hope you enjoyed the post-20miler beer.
Having watched my parents try in vain to quit, I feel fortunate not to have ever tried smoking. I have a raging hatred of it actually as my dad passed on in 2006 from lung cancer.
Didn't run at all this weekend. Wemberleeee on Sat and cricket all day Sunday. Just about shook off my hangover now...... 5k #3 tomorrow. Hoping for 18:15ish.
Hope everyone is on the road to recovery after various injuries, accidents, lurgies ...Andi: FFS - give up the fags! You can always flog the 400 on ebay Smoking and running is not a good idea ... no idea how much quicker it'll make you but I guarantee you: it'll make you feel a million times better (I quit many moons ago after 12 years as a chain smoker) and it saves you $$$$. Don't think I could ever give up drinking though Nice 5k BTW.VT: great running by you! Wow, 55 miles - awesome!Brian: 18:xx and NOT in the hurt zone ? 18:xx would kill me!! Well done RubbishRunner: well done on the 20I'm benched quad pain that I got when I tried to get out of my car post marathon never quite went away and with slightly more running it got worse. Decided to rest completely for a week and hope that will do the trick. Have a 10k on Sunday which I will run as it's literally next door (less than a mile from my house) but not expecting a PB or anything. If things start to tighten again I can always drop out and walk home
VT - mine always plays up if i forget to tighten it. I find now that i have to tighten it right up every run as it works loose all the time. Maybe i need a new strap... Also, a bit of lubricating jelly improves the contact.
Rubbish - enjoy the beer, i've forgotten what running a 20 miler feels like
Andi - i gave up the smokes about 8 years ago and still remember vividly the burning in my throat first time i went for a run a few months after giving up. Giving up can only improve you, how much i don't know but for sure you'll never hit your potential all the time you're smoking.
Brian - missed my long run Sunday for similar reasons That's a corking 5k time. Talking of the hurt zone, i marshalled our local parkrun last Saturday and i was shocked how much the fella who won it seemed to be hurting as he went past me ... he was making a right old racket after just 2k, thought he was on his way out I guess that's the pain you have to go through for a 15:30 and a 2minute win though. Sure made me consider how much more i could push myself
chick - sorry to hear that, think i'd give the 10k a miss myself but fingers x'd it holds up and good luck
Brian, awesome second run. The topic of pain is a good one. I'm reading "Running with the Buffalos..." now and in it the coach says to make it at the college level you need to have these four things: talent, determination, courage, and durability. I think to race effectively you do need courage because to me it's damn scary to run so fast for so long. Of these traits I think I have mainly the determination but the courage is coming as I get to know my limits.
Stats for the weekend ILTHR
This run shows me that I'm back to where I was before the recent time off. My legs not good for the 1st 3 miles (I have been getting tightness from my toes all the way up the front of my shins)...so stretched that area out and was really feeling nice until miles 9 and 10...was still able to maintain pace but didn't feel super fresh. Even if the pace doesn't move there is room for improvement in feeling less taxed during these efforts.
Brian, Excellent time for #2 - your flying!
Guess I shouldn't have mentioned the smoking and all taken on board
VT, awesome run! each of your mile splits was 30 seconds or more faster than my best mile If I ran 10k and you ran 10 miles my splits may just about have beaten you lol. Good to hear your about back to normal and still have room for improvement!
Nothing wrong with folks taking an odd weekend off for sport
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