What's Hot On The Forum: Archive

The RW forum is a huge beast, so each week we cream off the stuff that's getting you up and down (April 2007 - July 2007)


Posted: 20 January 2007

For the week ending 22 July 2007 as chosen by kittenkat

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EARLY MORNING RUNS

  • I’m really trying my best to get out and run in the mornings before I go to work as that fits in best with my lifestyle, but I just can't bring myself to get out of bed. I’ve tried countless times but just always end up snoozing the alarm! – Sazzler
  • Once you do crack it you can't stop. I had to stop running for a few weeks, and now I can't make myself get up early (6am) for a run. – Man of Steel
  • It's a habit, like so many things. I'm 'lucky' as I have a dog who knows that when the alarm goes we get up, have a cup of tea and go out. – Mrs G
  • I like to run to work most mornings. Six miles, then a shower and breakfast, seems to set me up for the day. – supervet
  • Once you're out there it's fantastic. And you feel so superior getting back having run miles when everyone else is only just emerging. – Chocolate Moose
  • I do most of my runs in the morning from spring to late autumn at about 5:45am. The feeling of being up and out at that time is amazingly peaceful, not to mention the smugness you feel all day and of course the fact that the whole evening is yours to do whatever you please. Remember it only takes doing something 21 times for it to become a habit! – Beans

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EXERCISE EQUATIONS

  • If three miles of cycling is equal to one mile of running, one mile of swimming is equal to how many miles of running or cycling? – Georgia's Dad
  • I don't think three miles cycling is equal to one mile of running. I wouldn't do a 25-30 mile run every weekend and feel fine the next day. – debbo
  • You can't compare them except in terms of general exercise in a given HR zone for a certain time. You can't say "OK I have done 50 miles of cycling so that gives me 'x' miles or running". They are different and that is that. – AndrewSmith
  • I’ve used the following formula for the last five years. I call them mileage units. Four miles bike = one mile run = 400m swim. I then added 1500m row and five minutes skipping. – Daz
  • 6.45 cals/(kg.mile swimming) 0.62 cals/(kg.mile biking) 1.44 cals/(kg.mile running). It must be true it was on the Internet. – Toucan
  • I have, no doubt incorrectly, been reluctant to claim too many calories for biking and swimming, because I tend not to feel so much pain as I do when I run but that is mainly just due to the impact nature of running. Having said that, calorie-burning, I think, is mainly down to cardio-vascular effort, and I never get out of breath running and swimming (I just breathe and pump blood a bit quicker). The only time I actually pant is biking uphill. – Basher

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MALICIOUS MISSILES

  • This evening, while I was out on a nice run along quiet country lanes, a car approached me at a fair speed. Since I was at a passing place I didn't think much about it, but as it passed I was suddenly aware of an object thrown from the rear driver's side window, and soon felt a pain just below my collar bone, as a raw egg hit me. – Tic Talk
  • Some years ago when I was out riding one evening, a car slowed down and the passenger threw something that hit me hard on my back. I came to a rapid halt, almost coming off, sure that it was a stone that they had used. To my amazement it was a raw egg. – Neil Evans 6
  • This happened to me about five years ago. I was walking back from the pub, and got hit just under the eye by a raw egg. It really shook me up actually. – Shiva
  • I've had drinks and food containers chucked at me out of the windows of cars before. It's happened on long straight roads which I am now very wary of and watch every car like a hawk. – Trendall
  • You should always call the police, even if you think nothing will be done. All calls are recorded and logged and (eventually), someone has to sit up and take notice of repeated crime. – Lady Sue
  • At work last year I was called to administer first aid to a pedestrian who had been hit in the face by a drinks can thrown at him from a passing car. He had injuries from the can and also from his specs which had been damaged. Luckily he had noted the number plate and the police were duly called. They responded quickly and I gave a report of injuries and treatment to an armed officer who treated the incident very seriously. – Helegant back in training

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MAKING SLOW PROGRESS

  • I do not know why but I am stuck between 10- and 11-minute miling. I've been running for about four weeks since stopping smoking (20-30 a day). I feel and look old as I trundle the streets. When will I start looking like a proper runner? – Hard Boiled 'eggarty
  • Four weeks? Good Lord, give yourself a chance. Months not weeks. Said with a smile cos I know how you feel :) – GymAddict
  • Hardly soon enough to see the benefits yet. Over time you will improve. Oxygen-starved muscles need a lot of time to recover. See how it goes over the next two or three months. Even then you'll have ups and downs, but keep going. – Skinny Old Geezer
  • I've been running for many years and I still don't look like a "real runner". – jammie
  • I was told by an observant runner that I run like a fairy. What she was getting at is that my stride is very short. Apparently if I lengthen my stride I will be a minute per mile faster. – Peahead
  • Apparently, a shorter stride is actually more efficient. – Deedee Doodle
  • It's taken me over a year to get much faster, but some of that was to do with confidence. For a while I was so concerned that I wouldn't be able to get to the end of whatever distance I was running that I made sure to take it easy, whether in training or when racing. It's only over the past couple of months that I've realised that I can up the pace a bit and still get to the end - and that's really made me feel good! – Mrs Rattie

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For the week ending 15 July 2007 as chosen by Lisa Weller

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CAUTIOUS COMEBACKS

  • After three and a half years of running I am back to square one. I was doing OK then for various reasons I stopped attending a running club and gradually got slower. Then I started putting on weight (nearly a stone in the last 18 months). So, I'm starting all over again. I've just got back from a two-mile shuffle (I walked half of it). Anyone else been here? How did you get on and get back to where you once were? – Sezz
  • You've already taken the biggest and most important step - you've been out for that first run. I had a three-month layoff in 2005. The way I got back into it was drawing myself up a 10K training plan and following it to the letter, no excuses, no procrastinating. Some days I had to bully myself out the door but I knew I would feel worse if I skived off and good if I did it. You need lots of achievable short term goals on the way to maybe one or two longer term goals. And lots of rewards too. – Sam.
  • I injured my toe in October/November and couldn't run for over six months. I put on a stone and basically had to start from scratch. The first couple of runs were hard work, but it came back very quickly. I have built up gradually to 20-25 mile weeks, and I'm starting to feel a little faster again. I've lost half of that stone already too. Stick with it, be patient, it will all come back faster than you currently think it will. – Shiva
  • Last year after doing the Great North Run and then the Great Cumbrian Run a few weeks later I went on holiday/moved house/started an OU degree and didn’t run for six months, not one step! I eventually came to realise that what I need in my life is "balance" rather than "all or nothing" approach so I dug my trainers out and went for a "tester" run. I managed 20 minutes, slowly! Since then I have been out two or three times a week and tried to focus on taking things really easy and slowly build back up. I have also registered for the Great Cumbrian Run in October to give me some focus. I would definitely agree that it comes back faster than you think - keep going and don’t put too much pressure on your self either. – Morgs

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SUGAR-FREE SNACKING

  • About a year ago there was a long running thread for those who were trying to do without the white death crystals. Essentially I find it difficult to deal with the highs and lows of eating sweet stuff, so I've decided to forgo all sugar and foods with added sugar. I am about to go cold turkey again - do you want to join me? – beanz52
  • Besides things like not putting sugar in my tea and not having sweet foods, what else would I need to avoid? – Domestic Goddess Wannabe
  • Blimey, I know I couldn't last a single day. I’ve already had a big bowl of muesli and yoghurt with honey over, and two chocolate biscuits - and it's not even nine o'clock! One day I'll be brave enough to fight the addiction... – K9
  • I need to knock the white stuff on the head. I can drink tea and coffee without it, I just need to avoid the sweetie bag and chocolate! – IDWI
  • At the start of April I stopped eating cakes, crisps, sweets, ice cream and biscuits and pretty much cracked it right away, I have an urge every now and then but find it east to resist. I haven't eaten chocolate for six years or drunk fizzy drinks for about two to three years. I don't drink tea or coffee and never put sugar on cereal. I do put a blob of jam in my porridge though. My only real concession is the occasional iced bun and I don't deny myself a visit to the chippy. – marshallini

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RAIN, RAIN AND MORE RAIN

  • I'm getting a bit fed up with all this rain. At this very moment, it is bucketing it down and has done for most of the day. So much for summer marathon training! One consolation, at least when it rains, it is not freezing our wot-nots off! – Roz
  • Summer? I think you missed it. – Big Dave
  • Summer is officially postponed until October I think. – Jungle Dave
  • It will start in September when the kids go back to school. – Beebs
  • The highlight of my rain run this afternoon was an unexpected PB - mainly because I ran along a track I'd not been down for six weeks and discovered a new mutant strain of stingers overhanging the track. – Sciance
  • The highlight of my rain run this afternoon was an unexpected PB - mainly because I ran along a track I'd not been down for six weeks and discovered a new mutant strain of stingers overhanging the track. – Sciance

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TOO LITTLE TOO LATE?

  • I had a plan to do the Great North Run but I think I've left it far too late. I have done some light training so far but then I hurt my ankle, got lazy and feel terrible for it! There are 11 weeks left to train - do I have a hope in hell or is my best bet to pull out? I can do around 3.5-miles an hour at present, but that's a mixture of running and light jogging. My main concern is not getting round, but the speed at which I do so! – innittttt
  • You have time to get up to the distance between now and then - but do you have the will? If you want to do it and can commit to at least three runs a week you'll be up to 10 miles before the GNR which should see you round on the day. – Little Miss Happy
  • You can still do it but, it will require discipline. Take a week at a time but commit to it and you should be OK. – Road Runner 2
  • I got round my first half-marathon on the RW 10-week schedule earlier this year. Following the schedule was OK but the event itself was quite painful. If you really want to do it, go for it but you'll have to stick to some sort of plan. And don't worry about being at the back of the pack, someone's got to be last and in an event like the GNR, they'll be plenty of folk just out for the scenery and spurring each other round. So what if it takes three hours? – Icemaiden

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For the week ending 9 July 2007

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PIRATES VS IRONMAN AUSTRIA

  • Should be getting live updates but no video apparently this year which is a shame. Here's a list of Pirates - I've done a spreadsheet to download their progress so I'll be providing regular updates (on those who've made their number public) for as long as it lasts. – Iron JD
  • Good luck all you pirates - remember it’s just a nice early morning dip followed by a nice bike and then four 10Ks – easy-peasy! – cougie
  • Right, I’m back from training and can confirm all swimmers through with no drowning. Yay! (Did I admit to training?!) – bassy (head down, flat out, fall off)
  • It’s fab that the pirate flags are always waving on the webcam - best supporters by a mile. – Viking
  • Oh my word. The next few hours are gonna be stressful (for the supporters of course!) The competitors have it easy... – Rest Rabbit Rest
  • Ooh, how we all going to sleep tonight? Too much excitement! – Debster
  • I feel totally wrung out. Funny ol' thing, and I know it's been said before, and there is really no comparison. What an amazing sport. Ninight.xx – Jj

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CANINE COMPANIONS

  • Many people here run with a dog? I tend to leave our one-year-old black lab behind if it's over four miles (always trail) but otherwise she comes along – occasionally I have to jump over her but it really makes the run more interesting! – Matt Sutherland
  • My White Shepherd Oz does all our marathon training with us. He can easily run the distance and more - in fact he probably does about a third more mileage! All of our shepherds except for one have been able to run massive distances. Ozzy's predecessor did the Frankfurt marathon years ago - he even got his own finisher's medal and pictures in the running mags. – Ironwolf
  • My Westie is an honorary member of my running club, he's there so often. He loves anything that involves intervals (hills included). He runs up to 10 miles in the winter, but during the summer I don't tend to venture beyond about six miles with him and stick to routes close to water. If he gets too hot, he takes himself in for a paddle or finds a nice muddy puddle to roll in! – wee tootz
  • I do believe that certain things are "meant to be". We have control over many aspects of our life but sometimes things happen beyond our control that, as well as changing our lives or situation or whatever, also change us and therefore have an influence over the decisions we make and the path that takes us on. – stoxy
  • I took the dog up the woods and along the canal last night. He was loving all the mud, got down to the canal, slipped and fell in! He couldn't climb out as that stretch was supported by steel slats, so I encouraged him to swim back to moorings. After falling in myself, someone came to my rescue, then the Lockkeeper and his wife came to help. Don’t think my Staffy Cross will be joining me again though... – Slow Sam

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PUTTING ON POUNDS

  • I have been running for just under four months and it seems that I have GAINED weight, why? I know muscle weighs more than fat but what I eat now is far less than I used to. My average mileage a week is five to 10 miles - I thought the longer the runs you did the faster the weight would come off? – kittenred
  • Sadly calories in - calories out is the only answer. I tend to up my portions when running, or snack more. I'd be a size midget if ice-cream didn't exist. – Heckenhocker
  • You sound like me, I am trying and trying to shift the weight but just can't seem to. This week I have kept a food diary, and recorded every single mouthful of food, and it makes good reading. I thought that I was averaging 1300-1500 cals a day, when in fact over the week it averaged 2100 per day. I need a complete mind change to shift this week and I am going to do this. I've written down all the reasons I want to lose weight and I've stuck it on the fridge to remind when I'm tempted to pick at the kids yummy treats! – Slim722
  • I'm in exactly the same situation as you. I'm so impatient, waiting to see the scales drop every time I stand on them, only to be disappointed with what I see. I've decided now not to worry about how much I weigh (well, not too much anyway...). I bet your body shape looks better though? – Magic Shape

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STORM SURVIVAL

  • Just found this succinct bit of advice: If caught outside in a thunderstorm, find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles. If your skin tingles and hair stands on end, lightning is about to strike. Crouch down, balancing on the balls of your feet, placing hands on knees with head between them. This makes you into the smallest target possible, and minimises contact with the ground. Do not put up an umbrella or use a mobile phone - the metal directs the current into the body – Jj
  • So in other words - put your head between your knees and kiss your ar$e goodbye? – Slugsta
  • Or stand next to someone taller than you. – Kryten
  • I've been out in two thunderstorms over the last couple of weeks and not been struck. Is this a record? – Icemaiden
  • I love Terry Pratchett's advice, "Don't play golf in copper trousers whilst shouting 'All gods are bastards'". – Phil Hughes 3
  • If lightening is forecast always run in a rubber outfit and wellies. And just to be on the safe side only ever run on your tip toes. – kieran lynes

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For the week ending 25 June 2007

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AIMING HIGH

  • I just started running properly three months ago and completed my first race (10K) last week. Now I'm getting all excited (especially after reading Dean Karnazes' book "Ultra-marathon Man") and want to run the Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset 100km run next year (July 2008). Is this a realistic target or am I getting ahead of myself? – Flying Knickers
  • I can't see why not, but I'm no expert. Nothing is impossible as the Nike advert says. The very best of luck to you. – Katie
  • If you just want to get around then yes, why not? Stealing someone else's phrase...(if you have got the time) it's easier to train to run further than it is to run faster. – jason X
  • Thought I'd just roll into this thread to say "nutter". Thank you, that is all. – Stevie G

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HAVING CASH TO SPLASH

  • It’s bonus time at work and I’m toying with the idea of buying a new jacket or a piece of artwork (like that'll ever happen). It feels a bit like buying your first pair of slippers - you are very anxious about the watershed in your life this represents, so you hum and haw about it and suffer from the sturm und drang of uncertainty. If someone gave you 500 quid, what would you spend it on?. – Johnny Blaze
  • 500 Lottery tickets? That Olympic stadium won't build itself you know and "it could be you" (not likely). – Son of Pronator Man
  • A sofa. My current sitting room furniture consists of a sun lounger and a deckchair. Or beer. – stoxy
  • Sleep would be great – it’s now been four years and three months since I had a full night’s sleep or a lie-in. – Grendel2
  • Trisuit £75.Custom-made Snugg wetsuit £300. Entry into triathlon £40. Hotel the night before £50. Petrol to get you there and back £30. Parking £5. Looking like a t*t in front of all of you mates... Priceless. – Mrs T. Mouse

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MONSTERS OF THE DEEP

  • I'm thinking of doing some swimming in the sea - any advice on how I avoid swimming into jelly fish or other wildlife? Will they move? Will they sting? – Mrs. Pig
  • Is this the UK sea? I stepped on a sea urchin in the Red Sea and got stung by jelly fish in the Caribbean, but never anything nasty over here? – Namaste
  • I think you just have to not think about what might be out there (whether natural or man-made). Perhaps a Hannibal Lector mask might see off the jellyfish but then there are still the giant squid waiting to carry you off to the depths ... – cloudburst
  • The only thing I've ever really come into contact with is jellyfish. No they won't move out of your way as they go with the current, they haven't really got eyes and brains and stuff like fish (I'm so scientific, me...). However, I honestly don't think jelly stings are THAT bad. It's really just like a nettle sting. Accept that they MAY be there (but equally may not), swim round them if you happen to see them (but you probably won't) and just know that they can't harm you unless you have a reaction to the sting. – Dr. Nic Twinks
  • Anyone interested in swimming in the sea around the UK should not go to Wikipedia, look up 'weaver fish', and then read the symptoms section. Absolutely not. And if you do, don't blame me! I warned you not to go there. – Garr

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SWEATING BUCKETS

  • How much do you sweat? I seem to sweat a lot more than the average person and I thought that after training for a few months I would see the amount of it reduce. It seems that I only have to look at a treadmill to start sweating - help! – jel
  • Would you rather be sweaty by exercising, or be a couch potato and break out into a sweat just reaching for the remote control? Sweat and be proud! – Hourglass
  • A lot of people at the gym dont actually sweat as they're not doing any work. Like the girl on the cross-trainer last night reading a book. What's the point? – cougie
  • At least if you’re outside, it’s dripping in a trail rather than a big pool around your feet. Kind of like Hansel and Gretel and the trail of breadcrumbs - at least you won't get lost... – Ostrich
  • I actually find a "glowing" lady rather attractive - any other fellas out there agree with me? – Nick L
  • I have very pale skin and sweat like a horse. By the end of a good run my peaked cap will be dripping, my ponytail will be dripping, and my clothes will be soaked. As I also go puce apart from a blue/white area round my mouth. I defy anyone to find that "rather attractive"! – slo sho

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For the week ending 18 June 2007 as chosen by kittenkat

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BUYING BIKES

  • I am going to order my first proper race bike tomorrow. Apart from the bike, pedals (I did not know that you bought these separately) compatible shoes and a helmet is, there anything else that is a must? I am basically starting from scratch and need to get the essentials. – Keith Mac
  • Pump, tyre repair kit, multi-tool, spare inner tube, saddle bag, bottle cage(s), bottles, energy drink, energy food, cadence/speed monitor, cycle shorts, cycle jersey, short-sleeved cycling top, long-sleeved cycling top, cycling jacket, slightly lighter cycling jacket (for when it's not that cold but you think it might be chilly), bento box, aero bars, quick inflater... and of course anything made of carbon. Say goodbye to ever having any disposable cash ever again! – Leo M
  • Been a bikie for 30 years plus, and now starting to run a lot more for fitness. I'll say one thing about clothing - wear what you feel comfortable in, but you will never see the pros in shorts when training, they cover up! Shin length socks harken back to the golden days of the 50's and 60's and the tour greats. If you go on holiday to France you will see all club cyclists with socks like that to emulate the great French heroes - Anquetiel, Poulidor, Thevenet etc. They must be white though! – Pilotlight
  • When it was scorching at the weekend I passed two blokes clad all in black - longs on and long sleeves - they must have been sweltering. Like cycling ninjas they were in their baggy gear. – cougie
  • ... or perhaps they were hot-weather training and thought bobble hats looked silly? – Jj

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UNUSUAL FINDS

  • Share what strange and interesting things you have found while on your runs. For a start - I have just found a slow worm. – Longdogs
  • I found a drunk guy asleep in the snow. I woke him up and asked him where he lived - he was miles away from home. So I ran to the taxi rank and sent him a cab. – flipflop
  • A soft porn magazine lying in the middle of a quiet country lane. It was crap so I carried on running.A £10 note - kept that. – fat buddha
  • I once came round a corner and ran into a sofa someone had plonked in the middle of the pavement for the Council to collect... – Namaste
  • A snowboard (on top of the dunes) – Mr Phil (with extra padding for your comfort)
  • A bunch of naked witches dancing around in the woods (not a pretty sight) – Fell Running
  • A set of false teeth in a sandwich bag! – sherpa sheep

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IRRITATING INJURIES

  • For me its patella tendonitis, what's your most annoying injury? – livetorun
  • Cycling downhill at warp ten and getting an angry wasp stuck between my cycle helmet and sunglasses was quite annoying, especially as I spent too much time bothering with the wasp and not actually looking where I was going. Let's just say the gravel rash and trees made a mess of my knees. – Lee-sterine
  • For me, I think it would be if I developed a structural problem with my spine that affected the nerve supply to my legs. I would be very annoyed about that. – Velociraptor
  • Spending five months recovering from cartilage damage, then getting on a bike for the first time, falling off it in the office car park while stationary and wrenching a thigh muscle, leading to another two months off. What a fool. – Poacher
  • Plantar Fasciitis is a bit of a bummer. – Jonny Blaze

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TRI TRAINING TROUBLES

  • Just did my first tri (sprint distance, but it’s a start!) at the weekend - cr*p result but thrilled to finish in one piece and totally loved the whole experience. I trained for eight weeks using the Jo Friel book, and prior to that was regularly running 8 - 10K. But I did not run any further than 5K during training, so decided to do 10K today - I had to stop and walk twice! Gutted. I had high hopes of improving my running via tri - any suggestions/advice? – fat&forty
  • Go long. – M1
  • Your slower run could be due to fatigue or just be a coincidence. If you want to carry on tri training but also want to improve your run fitness you’ll either have to work harder for longer or add more run sessions. It also depends how much run specific training you were doing before and how much tri-training your doing now. The swim and bike sessions you do will certainly help your endurance and overall fitness but if your replaying five or six focussed run sessions with say six or seven multisport sessions it’s reasonable that your shorter distance run strength will suffer.Overall you’ll certainly be fitter, tri training works more of your body and you’ll have more core fitness. – Bouncing Barlist
  • You should find as you do more swim/bike training you will get faster in your running. I certainly did and that was only on three runs a week. Good luck and enjoy the new sport you have discovered. – jellybabe(M.)
  • Has the number of hours you train increased since taking up tri? If not then it's inevitable that your performance will drop in your normal event. If you used to run six hours per week but now only do there as a consequence of swimming and biking then you need you either need to accept that your running will suffer or up the training hours. – The Count

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For the week ending 10 June 2007 as chosen by Punkass

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DOING THE FUNKY CHICKEN

  • When running, I look like a slow moving blob with an effort-ridden pace and face. What do you run like? – The Hoose-Goer
  • A panic-stricken ostrich. Hence the name. Though my knees do bend forwards and my arms aren't as flappy as wings. – Ostrich
  • A fat lad with piles and a gammy leg or poetry in motion as like to call it. – Mugpunter32
  • Here's me 'ead, me @rse is comin'! – Jj

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SPOOKY COINCIDENCES

  • During the months of July and August in 2004, we moved around Italy and for six weeks didn't see a single GB car or speak to any English people. When we arrived in Florence we drove on to our campsite and we were directed to a large pitch for the van. As we drove past one couple we noticed they had a GB on the back of their car. Not only were they the only Brits we saw in two months in Italy, they were from the same town as us. We were all so shocked and quickly found out that they knew our parents very well and we knew their kids from school! – Kathyxxx
  • Once in London when I was about 15, I stepped out onto a zebra crossing and nearly got run over - by one of my teachers from Wales! – kittenkat
  • One of my cousins, who's a bit older than me, went to work in Kenya after graduating from uni in the mid-80s. On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. John got down on one knee and inspected the elephant's foot, and found a large thorn deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, he worked the thorn out with his hunting knife. The elephant turned to face him and with a rather stern look on its face, stared at him. For several tense moments John stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned and walked away. Twenty years later he was walking through a zoo with his teenage son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, a large bull elephant stared at John and lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at him. Remembering the encounter back in the 1980s, John couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant. He climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. Suddenly the elephant trumpeted again. It wrapped its trunk around one of John's legs and hurled him into the enclosure wall, killing him instantly. So it probably wasn't the same elephant. – Muttley

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INJURY-INDUCING TRAINING

  • Long and slow vs. short and quick - which is most likely to injure you? I can't make my mind up. Reckon the short quick ones are probably the worst culprits, but I've too little experience of long distances to really know. Anyone have any views on this one? Be interested to know because I'm trying to slow down and run further, thereby (hopefully) reducing the risk of injury whilst training. – Lyra O'K
  • I’d be curious to know views on this too. I’ve done about 60 miles this past week, all slow runs with one exception, and my knee is giving me some niggles this morning. BUT, in the past I have had shorter weeks and when I do some speed work things get achy. I'd be inclined to side with fast runs being more likely to injure you too, but is it simply a case of what you are used to? – Nick L
  • I thought you liked both "long and slow" and "short and quick"? That's what you told me. – Coops 10
  • Too much too soon of any sort of training is most likely to leave you injured. – Velociraptor

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CALF CONCERNS

  • I’ve got a deep calf injury which just won't heal. I'm OK for a few miles then the pain returns. I love my running too much to really rest it and here I am doing another half-marathon tomorrow! Anybody got any ideas how to ease this injury in the short term? – crazey legs
  • Rest is really the only way to allow a muscle injury to repair, but you might get away with pool running, using an Aquajogger (google for more info). I've not used one myself, but have heard good reports. – Nessie
  • You'll suffer big style in the half then, because you won't give it the rest it needs. That said, when you do finish you really do need to get it checked out by your doctor. It could be a torn muscle but if it's deep, as you say, it could be the beginnings of a deep vein thrombosis. You really must get this checked out. – Brian Porter

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For the week ending 3 June 2007

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TRAINING TREATS

  • What: Victoria Sponge (6oz). Why: It's in my schedule. Last Lard: Yesterday. Last Cappuccino: 3:32pm. A full bodied but light sponge, cutting it to it with my fork it felt springy yet light as indeed a Victoria Sponge should. Small crumbs falling off the side exposed the delicate and uniform baking process so important in the creation of such a quality cake. On the palate it was not to disappoint. Melting slowly on the tongue with a not displeasing but slightly overpowering taste of fresh strawberry jam. – Welsh Alex
  • What: Toblerone 400g size. Why: What's the point in anything less? Last Lard: As above. Last Cappuccino: What? Sunday afternoon, I’m quaffing wine for England (and I have no idea who's in the team!) – Sinewaif
  • What: Chocolate cake. Why: Homemade, so had to eat. Last Lard: Yesterday. Last Cappuccino: 1.00pm. A full-on fattening experience. B*gger the weight, three pieces is just enough! Lyrics: 'I just can't live without you, you are too good to be true!' If the cake didn't make me sick, the above would. I just love cake! – Nutty Runner
  • Sorry folks, I've had a terrible week, no sweet stuff at all. Have cross-trained by eating a packet of ready-salted crisps though - does that count? What can I do to get my sweet tooth back? Go back to the beginner's schedule of chocolate buttons and Swizzel lollies? – Lynne W

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CHILDHOOD COVER-UPS

  • What's the biggest fib you ever told your parents? I was about 9, my sister tripped and fell over my slippers which I had left in the middle of the bathroom floor, and she chipped a front tooth. I fibbed and told my Mum that our little brother (who was about 5) had put them there... – moomoo
  • My parents still don't know that I ran a motorbike for years after I left home. When I came home for the weekend I used to leave it at a mates, catch the bus to my folks, and tell them I caught the train or bus home. Dad ran me to the station a couple of times, and I used to have to get the bus all the way back to my mates to collect the bike. They still don't know, and I'm 50 this year! – Dave the Ex-Spartan
  • When I was seventeen I left home to share a flat with my boyfriend and another couple. I told Mum that I was moving in with one girl. I also said there was no phone (this was over twenty years ago - OK, nearer to thirty years ago!) so that she wouldn't phone and find a bloke answering! – Wilkie
  • Ooh you naughty lot - smacked legs! Don't think I ever fibbed but I did get one over on my mum once. I'd done something fairly minor and she said I couldn't have any tea and had to stay in the living room. I rummaged through one of the drawers in the sideboard and found some toffees. Boy was I smug! – Screamapillar

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PAVEMENT-HOGGING PEDESTRIANS

  • Is it just me, or do other runners find that pedestrians just refuse to get out your way when you are running towards them? My natural reaction is to move out of the way of a speeding on-coming object. But it seems I'm the only one who thinks this! – Dan77
  • Maybe you're the only one that thinks you're a speeding on-coming object! Life's too short, just go round them. – ed_m
  • Thing that gets me, usually when walking fast rather than running actually, is some plonkers who, when you swerve to go round them, put their arms out. No, you don't need to catch me. I'm not falling over, I'm avoiding you. And making yourself wider does not help... – Rowan Green
  • I live in a student and tourist town. This consists of groups of youngsters taking over the entire pavement and moving for neither runner nor general pedestrian. There’s the 'lets just stop suddenly' brigade who want to either admire a particularly inspiring building (usually M&S) or look at a map. There are also the gangs of girly teenagers and gangly boys who amble down the pavements at a pace which is so slow scientists are investigating whether this inverse speed ratio can in fact cause black holes to randomly appear in the universe. And the final group are the regular locals who on finding that for once they have the entire pavement to themselves aren't going to throw away the privilege quickly. As the town is full of mad runners and hosts a half-marathon every year, they valiantly stand their ground staring at you with a 'that's for the fact that I couldn't get the car out of the drive for 5 hours for your silly race' look in their eye. – Dog Leash

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INTERVIEW BUTTERFLIES

  • I have an interview for a job that I really want tomorrow. Please ask me all the horrid questions that you have been asked in interviews so that I can at least be prepared! Or you could always tell me the fabulous answers you gave to the tricky questions too... – mrs lunacy
  • If we were to glide the trawler of creativity past the fertile bank of your imagination, how rich would be the catch, and have you any mind-mackerels you could share with us now? – Barkles
  • Someone I know, when asked what could you bring to the company should you be offered the job, replied, ‘I make a nice quiche I could bring one of those in’. She got the job. – groovy
  • Don't sit on the interviewer, although one of our candidates did. As she stood up to do her presentation, she caught the heel of a shoe in the hem of her skirt and went flying, straight onto the interviewer’s lap (who happened to be the potential line manager). She got the job though – because she recovered well and showed calm and poise in difficult circumstances... – fat buddha

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For the week ending 28 May 2007

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SPEED-STIRRING SOUNDTRACKS

  • I’m writing a piece about running "to" music. Do you think there is a link between speed of music/BPM and running speed? Does faster BPM mean you'll run faster? – Dr Nic Twinks
  • I downloaded a podcast which was supposed to be 165bpm and used for tempo training but made the mistake of listening to it on an LSR run and nearly collapsed after half an hour as I'd been pushing myself too hard! – Leo M
  • If you can get the right track BPM to suit your running speed then fine but at higher intensities I think you need to be more aware and focus. I also think there may be a balance/form issue if you unable to hear your own feet landing. – Daz
  • I listen to Radio 4 downloads like the Archers and things. I know - I'm odd. – cougie
  • Have to say I could have done with some music on my tough 17-mile run the other (hot) evening rather than listen to the gremlins in the head shouting “Give up... stop... my feet hurt... my legs hurt... why? ... Mummmmmyyyy!” Pah - still beat them though. – fat buddha

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HEALTHY BODY IMAGE

  • Do you like the way you look? I usually think I am OK, but then I guess everyone has days when they think 'Good Lord, I look like I live under a bridge' – cornishchick
  • What's wrong with living under a bridge?! – Danny T
  • Face - not too bad. Hair - bit mad but I accept it. Body - fat, but shrinking. – SoVeryTired
  • I swing between drop dead gorgeous and Medusa depending on what the wind has done to my hair and whether it's pre- or post-run. – Nessie
  • I like how I think I look, and try to make sure reality - in the form of photographs and unposed glimpses of myself in mirrors - doesn't spoil the illusion too often. – Velociraptor
  • Can't say I like pics of myself - I nearly always look pished, even if I'm not! – The One and Only XFR Bear

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RUNNING FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT

  • Can you run for a bus or train? I can't, I'm as ungainly as anyone, out of breath in a few steps, and my joints hurt. I suppose I usually spend an hour preparing myself mentally and physically to run, then start extremely slowly before accelerating to fairly slow. Running to catch the train is always a late decision and demands instant speed. – Chris.52
  • I can’t walk down the stairs in the morning without warming up. I would pull a calf muscle (minimum) if I had to take off in a hurry for any reason. – Loon Dod
  • It's shoe-dependent for me. Being short, I have a thing about heels. Love them, the taller the better. I've got some that are so high I can barely walk to the end of the road in them; running would be impossible! – Helenliz
  • You've gotta love a mad sprint through town, dodging old ladies and chavs, whacking unknowing businessmen round the head with bags, an almighty sweat when arriving at the train station... It's like being Indiana Jones... I may need to get out more. – BunnyPhobia
  • I ran all the way home behind a bus once and with great joy explained to my wife that I had saved the bus fare. Her reply was 'You should have run behind a taxi and saved more'. – supervet

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FEELING OVERWORKED

  • Most people I know are very stressed by the sheer amount of work they have to do. Have we lost any sensible balance in our lives? When I was in Australia in the late 90s, I found they generally had a more relaxed attitude and work wasn't as important as it seems to be here – kittenkat
  • After ten years of working all the hours God sends in a busy environment without any real quality time off, I am now working nine to five, and have every weekend, evening, and bank holiday off. I am also bored sh!tless and have s@d all cash. – stoxy
  • When I find I'm spending too long at work, I remember what someone once told me: "Nobody on their deathbed ever says, 'I wish I'd spent more time at work." I then pack up my stuff and go home. – Octopus
  • I need a bit of stress to make me tick. I hate a quiet day. Now that is stressful! – Mrs Pig

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For the week ending 14 May 2007

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BEATING THE HECKLERS

  • I get a lot of heckles running in central London. Lately I've started to respond to the heckles in the hope of educating these morons that shouting at runners is not a good idea. Today some obese tourist took it upon themselves to start running circles around their group of friends in imitation of my good self, so I stopped, took off my earphones and told her, "If you did that a bit more often perhaps you wouldn't be quite so fat." And smiled at her. And put my earphones back in, and ran off. – Zoe Fiander
  • I once ran past a couple of kids and the usual happened and one started to run along side me. He thought it was very amusing then his mate called out "don't bother hes a proper runner you will never keep up", at which point the kid looked very crest fallen and sloped off. Made me feel good. – Daniel Hill
  • I thought it was only me who had this problem! It's normally a peep or two of a car horn or a cry of "run forrest run" or singing of "keep on running". I tend to extend my middle finger or, if it's some ned in a car, blowing kisses works well! – Screamadelica
  • I was running past a load of blokes standing chatting on someone's driveway and one of them shouted "nice tits". I gave them a beaming smile and said "thanks, I know". I could hear them laughing as I ran off. Think it cheered us all up! – Clare Unsworth

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BANANAMAN TRI

  • Do you dress up like a banana? or do you chase one or many? – Swims like a walrus
  • One of my favourites, I do it every year. One of the best for spectators and the whole family with all the facilities (including a bar) you could want. – Gravytrain
  • The 2005 event was my first ever triathlon - and there was a banana on the run leg! – Darth Trickster
  • It's deffo OK for newbies - I lost my tri cherry at this event 2 years ago. – The Trickster

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SWEAT

  • I did a spin class today and I swear that I sweated as much as the rest of the class put together. I am not particularly fat; I'm reasonably fit. Does a lot of sweating signify anything at all? – Johnny Blaze
  • I'm always the one wearing a t-shirt in winter cos I'm just too warm, so probably need more sweat to cool down. – Chief Running Bare
  • Some peeps naturally sweat more than others. A female mate of mine regularly leaves a puddle under her bike and no, she's not incontinent! – Namaste
  • I sweat like the proverbial ... what is it? Horse? Anyway, I sweat SOOOOO much it's ridiculous. And I'm a LADY. Well I'm female at least. – Ostrich

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OVERPRICED SHOES

  • I went into sweatshop and tried on some shoes. Good service and good shoes but the average price was £95. I know that on-line, current shoes can average 20% cheaper but in this day of mass marketing (made in china) why are we paying so much for shoes and in particular why do they pay a lot less in the US? Are we being ripped off? – The Centurion
  • You pay what they think you can tolerate. If a market will pay 95 quid and still shift a million units then why go cheaper? – Stump
  • You have to consider all the costs involved in R & D into new shoes, the technology involved etc. As far as trainers being cheaper in US, so are many goods, could be that their import duties for that product are much lower than ours, and shipping costs could be cheaper. I still reckon we're being ripped off though! – Tequila
  • To be honest, running is the one thing that I really enjoy and if I have to pay £100 every year to enable me to do it, I don't consider it an expensive hobby. – charley farley
  • I'd never pay £95 for a pair of shoes. About £60 seems fine to me. – coughie

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For the week ending 7 May 2007

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REMEMBERING YOUR FIRST TIME

  • I still remember the exact day I went out for a run for the first time... do you? It was a Sunday in September 2004 and I'd been thinking for a while that I really ought to take up some kind of sport to keep myself fit. Just finished the ironing, hubby was watching the football and I shouted through "I'm going for a run" It certainly got his attention. I had never run before apart from school. Couldn't run down the road then and now I am addicted! – Grumlethegoat
  • Just over a year ago. I managed a couple of hundred yards, and if my phone had had a signal I'd have called myself an ambulance! – Minty
  • December 2005 when I stopped smoking. Couldn't keep still, so thought I'd do a few laps of the park (v small park). Managed half a lap then limped home. Began a beginner's schedule a few weeks later and can do more than half a lap now... – cathyw

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FAVOURITE BODY PARTS

  • What body part are you proud of? Makes a change from criticism. – The Hoose-Goer
  • Webbed toes. – Tri Taffia
  • All of it. I'm alive and it all still works. – Ms Mouse
  • My appendix is a thing of beauty. – kittenkat
  • My joints. They work very effectively for such an old dinosaur. – Velociraptor

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MP3 PLAYER HEADPHONES

  • I know I am going to be blasted for this, but over the last year or so with the advent of the MP3/iPod many runners have now invested in headphones. Running in the gym fine; running on the road suicidal. Also I have noticed many wearing these in races. It is hardly in the sprit of the sport. – mangel
  • Absolutely lethal, especially for women if you can't hear cars or men cruising behind. – Johnny J
  • Understand what you're saying guys but having just run 14 miles I couldn't have done it without my music. It really keeps me going. I always try and run where are people around, vary my times when I run and never have my music too loud. – snowbear
  • Quite apart from the obvious safety implications for the person wearing an iPod, these devices also seem to remove the ability to walk/run/cycle in a straight line ... thus posing a hazard to everyone else. – Muttley
  • Doesn't anyone just enjoy the running? Why do we have to have so many things going on at anyone time? Anyway I'd feel silly playing air guitar at the roadside. – Huge

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BLISTER-MAKING SOCKS

  • I've been getting damn blisters on the arch of my right foot for a few weeks now. It coincided with a large purchase of 1000 mile running socks. Lots of padding etc, so I thought couldn't be the probelem. But I noticed there is no inside padding on the arch. So have now bought some Thorlo socks instead. I hope this solves my problem, as £1 each for blister plasters is not good. – dibbers
  • I luuuurve my Thorlos. – Plodding Hippo
  • 1000 milers are the only socks that have given me blisters! – Chieftain Tank

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For the week ending 30 April 2007

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PRE-RACE RITUALS

  • Some strange ones appeared at the marathon. Mine probably warrant psychiatric investigation, but here's some of the less weird to start it off: Can only wear two colours, i.e. white and black. Bottoms/shorts have to be black. I have to 'click' my upper vertebrae beforehand. Have to do a certain number of leg and hip mobilisations, 20 on each leg, to be precise. One shoe always get re-tied once they're both on, whether it needs it or not. – Siance
  • I have a lucky headband, and I do that re-tying shoes thing too. – stoxy
  • Always same breakfast: porridge, 2 cups of tea and half a Mars bar. Always put my left shoe on first. Always protein drink straight afterwards and in the same bottle - if it's not in the same bottle it doesnt work as well. And I have to run on certain sides of the road on different roads or it just feels wrong. – Jelly Bebe
  • Before every race, I always cast my eyes around the totty also running. – Coops10

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FLM TATTOOS

  • Thinking of getting new tattoo done and was thinking of FLM Badge, crest etc having finished last two years. Anyone had one or seen one anywhere? – jpenno
  • I have one on my shoulder. I'm happy to email you a pic if you really want to see it! I'm not the only one because I saw a runner with a similar design at the red start. – Octopus
  • Octo, can you email me a pic too? Was thinking along the same lines... – Chief Running Bear
  • I did see an Everton Crest on a girl's bum at the races once. She was wearing white silk trousers - all very chic and sophisticated, apart from the tattoo that showed through. So just bear that one in mind! – coughie

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POST-MARATHON BLUES

  • Now what?? – James Hutchinson
  • Whatever you do don't stop trainig. Target a race 6 to 8 weeks in the future. You have just built an incredible endurance base so with one longish run a week, one tempo run a week and say a speed session and you will be able to take advantage of all the training. – Sodahead
  • Funny this post marathon hiatus. I can only think it's like baby blues, but I've never given birth... well, being a bloke it's kinda difficult. – The Centurion

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RUNNERS' KNEE

  • I have been training for the Edinburgh Marathon on 27 May and it was all going so well until last Sunday... I have a horrible feeling that I have runners' knee. I have all the classic symptoms, and I was wondering if anyone can tell me the best way to clear this up. – Kat70
  • I managed to do mine at a marathon. I've rested from running for the past 10 days, just used the cross trainer and bike at the gym and taken ibuprofen. I also ice packed my knee each evening, 20 mins on 20 mins off. – b-oing
  • If it is your patella causing you pain, then a patella support strap may be the answer. You can get them from most good technical sports shops for about £12. – Phil Stansfield
  • If it's ITBS then there's a great thread: Calling ITBS Sufferers. Everything you need to know is in there. – Brian Huevo

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For the week ending 23 April 2007

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FINISHING YOUR FIRST FLM

  • I'm still on a high despite really not being able to walk! Was aiming for sub 4.30 but soon re-adjusted after feeling the heat. Totally amazing experience though. Coming down Birdcage Walk, which I was determined to run, I felt like the greatest person in the world! Crossed the line in 4.52... a big thank you to the lovely race marshal who allowed me to collapse sobbing into his arms at the end! – Gossy
  • Probably the best day of my life, even though there was a lot of pain. The crowd support was out of this world, especially at Tower Bridge. I don't know if i will come down from this high for quite a while! – sky blue sam
  • What a day – I'm so pleased I took today [Monday] off work though! I hope everyone got round safely – it was just so hot. – Yorkie
  • What a tough race! I came in at 5:08:28, though I'd wanted to try and beat my Cardiff time of 4:48:32. Also disappointed that I had to take lots of walking breaks – it was just so hot out there. The support all around the course as amazing though, so many people watching. I AM NOT DOING ANOTHER MARATHON! (Well, this week anyway!) – Souffle

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INSPIRING MARATHON SIGHTS

  • What amazed and inspired me more than ever was the amount of people who would be seen as overweight and not "typical runner's build" passing through the finish in good times. Really helped my confidence. What inspired you the most? – The Hoose-Goer
  • The girl who was still going, making her way along the pavement at Embankment tube, at about 1730. She'd refused the broom wagon and was making her way the finish. The sheer bloody determination almost brought tears to the eyes. – The Trickster
  • The guy running carrying the cross. – Lindsey Smith

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THOUGHTLESS DOG OWNERS

  • I am a recreational runner amd run mostly on footpaths. A few weeks ago, I met a woman walking 3 dogs. One of the dogs ran after me, barking and finally tripped me up. The woman didn't call it off and said nothing to me. A couple of weeks later the same dog attempted to bite me. This morning all three dogs ran towards me barking and the black dog tried to bite my legs. The woman again did nothing. She said "You should use the pavements and roads. I have no sympathy for you." She then picked up the black dog and walked off. – Nicola Harrison
  • It is her duty within the law to keep her animals under control. Report it to the police and tell her you've done it.This makes me so angry. – yeo
  • As a responsible dog owner I know it's my duty to keep her under control and not let her approach runners, children or anyone else who may not be entirely happy about being greeted by an excited mutt. This woman has no more right to use the footpath than you. – Juliefrazz
  • I run with my dog (on a lead) and always seem to have these irresponsible other owners who think little Bruno is so loveable and "isn't it funny when he chases the runner". – Batmouse

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT MISHAPS

  • How many of you, like me, were caught up in the problems on the DLR on the way to FLM? How annoyed did everyone get? – Sorefeet
  • We left the hotel in Canning Town for what should have been a 25 minute journey. We were stuck on a platform for 10 minutes the told to get off at South Quay and walk. I think it took me about an hour, and I arrived at the pen with 5 minutes to go. There were hundreds still waiting on the platform when we left the previous station. – straitjacket
  • We just had time to chuck the bag at the poor lady on the baggage lorry and RUN to the start. VERY frustrating then having to duck and weave through all the tailenders, so no PBs. Bit warm out there wasn't it? – Roger Warham
  • I bumped into a guy in a Wetherspoons pub who had to run from Canary Wharf to the start with his kit bag, and didn't get started till 10.15. What a way to start that day! – Wabo

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For the week ending 15 April 2007

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MARATHON MIND GAMES

  • I heard a good idea for keeping you going in the marathon: think of one amazing person in your life for each mile, and run each mile for them, whilst thinking about how much you love them/how proud they'll be of you etc. – WatchYourBackPaula
  • Try memorizing a sudoku grid and solving it in your head ;) – moomoo
  • I calculate how far I've gone as a fraction as I'm going along. For instance on an 8-miler, 2 miles would be a quarter, 2.2 miles would be 11/40, 2.5 miles would be 5/16. Even better with a less divisible number so it takes more time to calculate. Yes, I'm a nerd. – Yorkie
  • I look at the horizon and pick a spot (eg big tree or farmhouse) ten visualise myself with a big smile effortly passing that spot. Then when I do pass that big tree, I bunny hop to my next marker. – brassneck

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PUBLIC POLITENESS

  • Running at the seaside with my training partner this morning when our way was blocked by a refuse van. Council man 1 sees us approaching, steps back to give us room and gives council man 2 the word to do likewise. Cheery 'thank yous' given, and 'nee bother' replies. Public thanks to the considerate bin emptiers of North Tyneside. – XL-man
  • I always give a cheery 'thank you' when people move aside for me. People are happier to do kind deeds when its acknowledged and appreciated. – Kimba

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SMALL MEN

  • A Chicago study reveals that a man of 5'10" has to earn £16k a year more than a six footer to be considered sexy by the ladies. A man who is 5' tall would need to earn £164k more. Thank God I'm 6'2" and minted. – Johnny Blaze
  • Have been out with a VERY sexy man who was about 5'2". (I am 5'3".) – lurker
  • I used to have a penchant for taller men, but then I met the most gorgeous 'short' man... – Ms Mouse
  • Danny Davito is gorgeous but can't deny his income/status helps, although not as much as the fact that I find him hilarious. Any bloke that can make me laugh... – Minty

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ABINGDON CANCELLED!

  • eh? – kittenkat
  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! – plodding Hippo
  • Just cos I wouldn't do it? – mxhornet
  • There were problems a few weeks ago as they couldn't find a course director or water station co-ordinator and a plea went out to local clubs. They said if they couldn't find them then the race couldn't go ahead. The Concorde triathlon has suffered a similar fate this year too. Very popular race, but no director could be found. – Rach E
  • Seriously not a happy camper now. Had been really looking forward to the Abo/Beachy combo. – Kazzaaaaah
  • Can't one of the RW guys be a race director? Come on RW, SAVE THE ANNUAL RW FORUMITE MARATHON! – Little lizard

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EMBARRASSING MOMENTS

  • Sunday morning, running in the middle of nowhere totally alone except for my MP3 player, which started belting out the Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Show. I was having a brilliant time singing my heart out, when it came to "it’s just a jump to the left", so I did. "Then it's a pelvic thrust..." and so on. At which point about 20 cyclists who’d been following me down the road for the past half mile zoomed past me, killing themselves laughing. OH GOD I’M SO EMBARRASSED! – Sinewaif
  • Running into a parked car infront of an audience didn't do much for my street cred. – kittenkat
  • My friend cycled into a cow, with a jam-packed beer garden watching (and laughing) at him... – Tigger happy
  • On my run tonight I had the MP3 player on shuffle and was beginning to struggle a bit but then Wired for Sound came on, which has a great beat to run to and it kept me going that little bit longer... now that's embarrassing... – mum of three
  • I was out on an early morning 20-miler and there comes a certain pont when the inner parts of the body wake up. Oh yes, Paula time. NOW. Nobody about, cross the road and dart down a farm track. Just crossing the earth mound, catch my footing and go flying. Mud all over the clothing, and still desperate for an Eartha. Jobby done at a rush, as no sooner had my parts been exposed than a dog walker appeared (where from?). Hurried exit stage left. Emerge from bushes and realise that my bright top is splattered jungle style. 13 more miles to run... – Blisters

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For the week ending 8 April 2007

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FLM DREAMING

  • Dreamt about it twice. Both times the mind is willing but the body totally unco-operative, as if I'm running through thick treacle. Does anyone have any good FLM dreams or are they all nightmares? – carovet
  • Last year I dreamed it had been moved to the Alps, and I had to finish in a taxi. – K9
  • I've had various FLM dreams: that it started in a building like the Arc de Triomph and there was a table of gels at the entrance; that I've turned up at the start wearing high-heels, and that I've lost my number and had to get a replacement from the Aston Villa ticket-office. – Velociraptor
  • In my dream I sneaked into a pen which turned into an open-topped bus and then turned into a railway carriage that scooted us through a tunnel to the start line. Everyone else was a very skinny bloke with a beard. The start was in a pretty Austrian ski resort. It was blimmin' freezing. – PhilPub

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O'SULLIVAN-SPOTTING

  • Who has "met" a celebrity whilst out running? I did today for the first time. It was Ronnie "The Rocket" O'Sullivan, the former world snooker champion. He no slouch – can do a 10K in about 36 mins. Had to look twice just to make sure it was him. – Stylish
  • At the Little Havens 5K last year, Ronnie O'Sullivan stood on my foot at the start. Wasn't overly impressed, but it didn't stop me taking a fair chunk off my PB. Couldn't catch him though! – Kazzaaaaah!
  • The swine! You should have knocked his balls into a pocket. – XL-Man
  • I met Rocket Ronnie at the Barking Park 5K a while back... – B (Ewok's Mate)
  • I've spotted Sonia O'Sullivan in various local parks. – XFR Bear

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NOT-SO-GOODIE BAGS

  • Goodie Bags... as the song goes, "What are they good for? Absolutely nothing!" More and more I'm finding they're a complete waste of time, especially at the larger events. Where does all the entrance fee go? Runners are paying on average over £20 and for what, a mass-produced medal? – Jason Campbell
  • I run races because I like the support and the atmosphere. Don't care what's in the goodie bag! – heebiejeebie
  • A few years ago at the Reading half, we were given nearly out-of-date protein bars at the finish and the organiser had the nerve to come on the RW forum and tell us that they'd done it for our own good. I'd rather have no goodie bag than one with silly things like samples of cranberry juice and pots of luminous pink custard. – Velociraptor
  • Jason, you need to get involved with a club and see where the money goes. I'll give you a few examples for starters: Race HQ hire, Toilet hire, Advertising and publicity, Printing, Postage, Policing, Race permit, Course measurement, Race clock, Barrier hire, chip timing system hire, UKA levy, water/cups, medals/tee shirts, Road signs, marshalls bibs, race numbers, charity donations, marquee hire, insurance. Don't forget that if everyone migrated to the Hogweed Half, it would be on the same scale as Reading and cost just as much. – JJ

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KICKING YOUR OWN ANKLES

  • My left leg must hate my right, because when I ran yesterday I kept kicking my right ankle. Over 9 miles cross-country, I really gave it some grief. This all started a couple of weeks ago. The right leg seems to want to retaliate, but is less accurate. I have to really concentrate to stop doing it, which is taking some of the fun out of running. Why I am doing this all of a sudden? – Clearly Nuts
  • I also hit my left ankle as I run. I've only just started doing it, and I'm not sure why. Could it be the shoes I wear? – lisa allsop
  • I have the smae problem: kicking my left ankle and making it bleed. I'm a bit of an on/off runner, and generally find that it happens when I re-start running (I have a scab right now!). It seems to be that I "flick" my foot as I run. Once I get stronger, I just seem to run more smoothly and I don't seem to do it. Either that or the skin toughens up. Some trainers are wider than others, so if you've changed shoes recently that may explain it; some off-roaders have sticky out bits to increase grip. – exiled claret

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BLISTER-MAKING SHOES

  • After the Coniston 14 I developed painful blisters over the balls of my feet. Do I chuck the trainers in the bin (tempting at present) or "wear them in" properly? They are only a few weeks old, but I've run a number of times in them. I had decent socks, too. – Melbow
  • If the shoes are the right type for the job and fit correctly you shouldn't get blisters. – JJ
  • My last pair of shoes gave me blisters from day one. I tried changing my socks. Eventually I thought it was something I'd have to live with, as I was increasing mileage at the time. Then I changed my shoes to a different brandand not a trace of a blister since. If anti-blister socks don't work for you, it's your shoes causing the problem. – SueD

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For the week ending 1 April 2007...

Hot to trot

SHARING GOALS

  • Post your goals, whether they be speed, time or distance goals for the next six months, in the next year and in the longer-term. In the the next six months I want to do FLM without making a fool of myself; in the next year I want to continue to reduce half mara times and possibly another marathon; in the longer-term I want to get into FLM as Good for Age. – Zoe Fiander
  • Next 6 months: build my running back up to 25-30 mpw; next year: get stronger all over; long term: that sub-45min 10K. – Pammie
  • Just to keep running... – Plodding Hippo

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BLOGGING

  • I started a blog using Wordpress.com but I'm not sure if I like it, so I've started a new one using Blogger.com. If you blog, please give us your thoughts and advice. – Pammie
  • I blog, I love it. I blog immediately after each run. I don't know if the running's keeping me blogging, or the blogging's keeping me running! I use Wordpress, by the way. – cathyw
  • My blog: RunningCommentary. I've blogged about running since 2001, when I wanted to keep myself motivated for the 2002 London Marathon. The blog had a very pleasing write-up in the Guardian and Sunday Telegraph. It also got Website of the Month from Runner's World, so I decided to keep it going. I'm now turning it into a book, or "blook", as a blog-to-book is apparently known. Please visit the site and the forum, particularly if you're a keen writer. You're all welcome. – RunningCommentary
  • I rant on MySpace about anything and everything... I used to keep a written diary when I was younger, so this is the 'new technology' version. – Cazie

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PAVEMENT HOGS

  • I was running on a straight pavement towards a couple walking side by side with their dog. I'm going quickly (for me). Our eyes meet. The distance closes. I move to the road edge of the pavement... then have to hop out into the road as they don't move over. If I was WALKING, I'm sure they would have moved over? – the slow one
  • I have to step off the pavement onto the road so often when couples or groups of people insist on taking up the whole pavement. If they don't thank me, I always give a loud and cheery 'Thank you!' to make my point. – Juliefrazz
  • I've thought of carrying one of those disposable air horns. People don't get out of my way and I'm 6'2" and far from invisible. – Big David

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RACISM

  • Was enjoying the sunshine when I ran past 3 teenagers. I'm used to the occasional heckle when running but to my horror they yelled out 'Chink! Chink! Chink!' I am half Chinese, half white British. I've been on the receiving end of racist comments before, but am still surprised that I get so angry by it... particularly when I was causing no-one any harm by enjoying a lovely plod in the sunshine. – Kimba
  • Sadly no-one is safe running past groups of teenagers. I'm sure that group would have given you abuse no matter your skin colour. Please let karma catch up with them in a big way. – Hollywood
  • Vulnerable and impressionable teenagers often seem to link into the distorted beliefs of an ignorant few adults. – The Hoose-Goer
  • One of the most wondeful things about running is how inclusive it is, and nobody can take that away from you. – Charles Sandilands

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