Hadrian's Wall 2013

One for wall, and wall for one...

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13/02/2013 at 07:01

Hey RaRa - you could wrap youself in your survival blanket and find a bench on the Quayside to sleep on - sure you wouldn't be the only one...

Seriously though, this is why I'm not entering loads of races - just can't afford the costs. Mostly local, mostly with easy transport links, no overnight stay.

On the plus side, 99% of my running is free, other than the cost of gear, shoes, and so on, so not so free after all, I guess. Stopped buying tops a while ago as I've built up a collection of freebies from races.

13/02/2013 at 08:31

Hey RaRa, we have been on Amazon and ordered some espresso and blackberry Gu gels. Have had these for the past few months and apart from the great taste (!) they do give you 'something'. I'll make mine last over 5 miles, taking a pull every now and then. And well done on those back to backs last weekend; it's ok when the legs catch on with 'the plan'. Keep grazing almonds, kitkats, fruit, kitkats, pasta, couscous, kitkats - see a pattern here?

PAB - it is so expensive lately; the local races offer better value and nicer cake too. I prefer medals to t-shirts now.


13/02/2013 at 08:33

Hi Tim, welcome to the party.

Got dozens of tops, and only four pairs of shorts. If there was a race that gave out shorts instead of tops, I'd enter that like a shot...

Incidentally, for anyone raising money for charity...someone I know suggested doing a sweepstake on finishing time. Seemed like a cracking idea - way more interesting than the usual "gimme some money" line. Winner gets a set amount, rest to charity.

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13/02/2013 at 09:35
Kit Kats? Pringles, dried apricots, granola bars, Pringles ... Used to love grazing on almonds but I work in a school and all nuts are banned so I can't keep those in my drawer anymore.

Agree that race organisers should catch on and gives us some bottoms...I must have 30 tops and 3 bottoms...short, middle, long...

Off to work now with my orzo salad packed in prep for a good run tonight...however it is v cold and v snowy. Unless conditions improve it may be backup plan down the gym...
13/02/2013 at 19:36

I got a dandy pair of Salomon S-Lab socks at the end of the Kielder Marathon. Right Bobby Dazzlers, they are. 

Pair of shorts would be cool.

Some races have had Buffs (in America, I guess), can't have too many Buffs.

13/02/2013 at 22:05
Edinburghemma wrote (see)

Relentless Forward Progress is good. I would definitely recommend it,


I'd second that - I've just finished it too

My fave tips from it (over and above the progs):

the book recommends taking on board 100 cals every half hour

The author recommends the following pacing strategy for novice ultra runners: 25 mins run / 5 mins walk, when start gettng tired drop to 20 mins / 5 mins and towards the end 15 / 5. 

Kit recommendations - compression tights (apparently reduce/eliminate any chafing).  Rest as per what we've already chatted about - ie spare socks - 2nd pair of shoes etc

real food is emphasized as far as we can stomach it as the mix of fat/protein/carb is apparently more lasting in terms of energy release.

Yeah I quite like my buffs - I had quite a collection of No Fuss ones at one point - only seem to have one left though but I do like their little monkey logo!

Anyone else heart rate training? I'm finding it slower than the average slug journey but everyone keeps telling me to persevere...


13/02/2013 at 22:41

Spotted this posting, which might be of interest to anyone near Leeds


Guy looking for subjects for a dissertation. Downside you have to do 3 half marathons on a treadmill. Good chance to test a couple of different packs tho.

Not tried heart rate training Sleepy Bear. Tony Audenshaw on Marathon Talk podcast is a big fan.

14/02/2013 at 10:07

We did a slowish, hilly  20 miler yesterday and legs 100% today without cold bath, so I'm going to aim to do 7-10 today. On the food, I ate a couple of shot bloks and tum felt decidedly funny 10 minutes later, so I'm going to try and eat proper food next week and see what happens. Also I was looking at an ultrawalkers blog, who walks/runs ultra races and he recommends carrying flat coke, citing that you'll get an extra 1.5hrs of oomph per can. Must find link...

14/02/2013 at 11:17
I keep thinking i want a buff..

On food issue Scott Jurek in his book says he runs 100milers on tortilla wraps with refried beans...which i must say sounds more appetising than a sugary gel except 4 obvious issues of chewing/swallowing!
14/02/2013 at 14:59

John Tarrant - the Ghost runner used to drink a concoction called the Corspe reviver, it was 1 litre of lemonade shaken until completely flat, with 3 tablespoons of Glucose powder, and 1 large teaspoon of salt.


I tried a mix last week 1/2 litre hand bottle with water, 100mls of Maple syrup  dissolved in water with 2 teaspoons of coffee a small bottle got me through 18 miles very well. 

14/02/2013 at 20:57

Chia seeds in water with agave and lime is class for keeping you going. Goes gloopy, and so stops me from getting stitches.

14/02/2013 at 21:34
I remember my dad in the 80's making strong squash with a tsp of salt...

Someone annoyed me today...so I got mad...and entered the Manchester Marathon. That'll teach them!

6.5miles on canal today..boring...like treadmill running but outside.
15/02/2013 at 08:18

RaRa - "don't get mad, get running" - think you could get a t-shirt out of that...

One more run to get my Jantastic target - looks like I'll miss the Parkrun, so maybe a jaunt out tonight...

15/02/2013 at 09:06

RaRa - that made me laugh. But the big question is what made you angry enough to enter Hadrian's Wall?



15/02/2013 at 10:14
Weedy Gonzalez wrote (see)

RaRa - that made me laugh. But the big question is what made you angry enough to enter Hadrian's Wall?

Yeah - I'm wondering too

15/02/2013 at 18:52
Can't talk about it...lol.
15/02/2013 at 22:01

Hey Ra Ra - did you get mad when the Amazon gel arrived - note singular !!

Too good to be true. Wanted to say "yes" to PAB re chia, agave and lime; it assisted me round the MK marathon last year; rain and wind all the way but I swear it gave me the energy.

It's a mudfest this weekend at Wellingborough x-country. Bring it on!

15/02/2013 at 22:15
I'm thinking of Manchester too RaRa and was going to do Blackpool, but thinking bout the cash gives me collywobbles. Whatever the heck the are.
16/02/2013 at 09:27
I'm in for both of those, with Llanelli the middle, also have a spare manchester ticket if anybody wants one, running mate pulled out
16/02/2013 at 16:36
Last week of taper tryed a couple new things but will stick to race plan with my high 5 pink grapefruit tabs and my cherry cola gels and my energy bars will take spare bottle for my orange powder lucozade drink.that's a top book eat & run by Scott jurek top man running 100 miles on a plant & vegan diet.those refried beans are good but never trained eating them ..done a good 10 this morning afew 5 milers In the week 2 miles Friday then born to run .....
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