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 (October 2006 - November 2006)


Posted: 2 January 2008

For the week ending 6 November 2006...

What's Hot?

TIME TO THINK ON LONG RUNS

  • On my long training runs my mind just seems to blank out and recharge, but I know some people even compose poetry or solve life's deep meaningful problems while out running. How about you? – Runner-bean
  • Recently I've been thinking about what I'll do when I win the lottery! What bikes to buy, what cars I want, how big will the garage have to be, that sort of thing! – mark jacobs
  • This simple mantra... 1-2-3-4-5-6, 1-2-3-4-5-6... – Andrew_B
  • I often have memories of the places I've run. I sometimes think of sex. – The Hoose-Goer
  • Yep. Sex. And it take me over five hours to do a marathon... – flr
  • I love running at night, as my other hobby is astronomy. I think about cosmology a lot, life, the universe and my place in it etc. Although thoughts of sex do randomly occur at least every three seconds or so. – Lee C2
  • kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill – McGoohan

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GEARING UP FOR THE GINSTERS CORNISH MARATHON

  • Snowdonia advertise themselves as the toughest in Europe - I saw a sign in North Wales a couple of years ago saying that! But it's not even the toughest in the UK. Langdale, Isle of Wight and the Ginsters Cornish Marathon are tougher. – SHADES
  • I am looking forward to it really, as I am enjoying seeing all these wonderful places that I wouldn't see if I wasn't running marathons. – One Blue Leg
  • Ah yes, that's why I am doing it. And for the paaaaaaaaaaasty. – Plodding Hippo
  • Hopefully the sky will be clear. Then we're sure to get some fantastic scenery. Makes hills all the more worthwhile climbing. – Boffin
  • I haven't done it, but I do know Cornwall and live in Devon. All I would say is, pray it isn't windy, and hope the pasty at the end is a really large one. – Tootie Applebuns

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CONFECTIONERY NOSTALGIA

  • I miss Cresta and aniseed twists, gold leaf ciggies, Aztec bars and the Saturday morning pictures. What do you miss? – The Hoose-Goer
  • Chocolate bars that were full size. They have shrunk over the years. And penny sweets... now they're at least 15p sweets. – Kathy Findlay
  • I miss the little Bazooka Joe cartoons you got with the bubbly gum. – GordonR
  • The inextinguishable flame of optimism that Bazooka Joe's 'X-Ray Specs' really would enable me see ladies with no clothes on. – wickett
  • Does anyone remember Banjo bars? Two sticks bit like Twix, but a bit nutty. – ali777
  • Whatever happened to Drifter bars? Was it Drifter or Drift? – Don Minquez
  • Sugar sandwiches. – Dark Vader

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... And What's Not?

COLD-WEATHER CLOTHING TRAUMA

  • What's the best thing to wear for evening running to keep warm? Went for a run tonight and I was fine on the way around, but blimey I still feel cold – and I'm bathed and in my warmy PJs and a dressing gown, and still feel cold. – peahead
  • When I went running this morning I had leggings on and a long sleeved top. I felt snug but my body was so cold that it was red and numb by the time I got home. – buttercups
  • I don't think there's much you can do about it. If you wear too much you will be too hot while you run. I think you have to make sure you wrap up, hot drink etc once you get home. – lurker
  • I always have problems in winter. I get very hot when I run and find too much clothing really uncomfortable. Apart from really cold days I tend to run in a long sleeved top, waterproof, leggings, cap and gloves, although usually ditch them fairly quickly. – Kazzaaaaah!

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RUNNING NAKED

  • Don't do it. – Blisters
  • Billy Connolly seems to enjoy it. – Eternal Plodder
  • Blisters, can we assume that your helpful advice comes as a result of a recently-conducted experiment? – Velociraptor
  • I've seen adverts for a Naked Ambition race. This would really establish who are the Tough Guys. – Blisters
  • I had a Very Bad Dream last night about trying to work out how to attach my race number. – Velociraptor
  • Where would you stash your mobile?! – Jiggi

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For the week ending 30 October 2006...

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THE FORUM CHRISTMAS PARTY

  • I believe it's going to be a fancy dress themed evening, unless Tor has changed her mind in the last 24 hours. You have to come in something beginning with any letter from "RUNNER'S WORLD". So, for instance, you could come as a Rabbit, a Unicorn, a Nurse, an Elephant, a Runner (heaven forbid), a Skeleton - etc etc, you get the idea. – Iron Mike
  • I was thinking of trying to get away with "N" for non-runner! – moomoo
  • Just looked at last year's thread... I think the numbers were around 60. – Ms UnfiTorinha
  • It'll be fun. You don't need to do much, just look a tit! Everyone else will, too. Frankly, you'll look more of a tit if you do nothing. Just get a pair of bunny ears, and say you're the Rabbit for "R". – Garr

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SHOE-COUNTING

  • I reckon wimmin, coz of their "shoey" mentality, have more running shoes than us blokes. So let's the record the numbers. Hoose: Two. – The Hoose-Goer
  • Three. One road pair, one fell pair, one racing fell pair. That's it, unless you count the three pairs of old ones I now decorate, dog-walk or doss about in. My male running partner has at least 12 pairs, all in the boot of his car! – emmilou (female)
  • Seven! Four normal, one each fell/racers/spikes. – Taffia (male)
  • Eight. Two normal, two cross-country, two pairs frees for work, two knackered. – Heebie (female)
  • Nine. Puma Peerless, Nike Perseus, Mizuno Wave Rider, Mizuno Inspire, Brooks Adrenline, Brooks Addiction, Saucony Stabil, New Balance RX Terrain, Kalenji XC spikes... Didn't realise how many I've got, and how sad I am to be able to name them! – Arnee D'abeer (male)
  • Current Averages: WIMMMIN 3.625, BLOKES 6.125. – eL Bee
  • Twenty. One each for gym and work, 10 pairs road shoes, three off-road shoes, one cross country spikes, one racing road trainer... – Welsh Poppy (female)
  • Blimey Popps, you upped the wimmin's average! – Wabo
  • Just how many pairs of feet do you guys have!? – Boffin

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HEALTHY NOVEMBER

  • I'm embarking on a three-point plan to get in shape before the party season. These are my intentions for November: 1. To run at least 60 miles; 2. To cut back on booze by at least 50 per cent; 3. To cut out the bad food in an attempt to lose half a stone in the month (current weight is 13.5 stone). – apparition
  • I hope to lose a stone by Xmas – I'm 14.5 at the mo. Doing much the same as you: very little booze, eating healthy, running more. – The Hoose-Goer
  • Thought I'd join you too if that's OK. Mine: 1. To try and run at least three times a week. 2. Keep booze to less than five units a week. 3. Get back down to 9 stone. Got 5lb to lose. – Cinders

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THE SAAB SALOMON HELLRUNNER

  • Well that was fun! I was surprised how dry most of the course was - even the swamps were short and only ankle-deep in the main. It was a well organised event, even if the course was a bit fiddly. I managed it in about 76 mins, which I was quite pleased with considering the Garmin got it at 10.6 miles... which must be a considerable underestimate, as it was struggling to pick up a signal most of the time. The devil was a nice touch and very nearly made my three-year-old cry - but not quite.
    blimeythatsbendy
  • Really enjoyed it! Really well marked out course. Nice touch near the end, jumping into a stream and scrambling out the other side with loads of encouragement from marshalls and spectators. It's off to the local Indian restaurant now for curry and wine. – sam41

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... And What's Not?

FORGETTING TO PUT THE CLOCK BACK

  • Just wondering if anyone else is sitting at their PC at this stupid hour on a Sunday morning. Or was it only me that forgot to put the clock back? – Dale the Snail, posting at 7.12am on Sunday
  • Almost ashamed to admit it, but I turned up at the gym to be told by the receptionist that I was an hour too early and they weren't open. I since found out that one of the trainers also turned up an hour early, so I could have gone in anyway! – Patient Pixie
  • Been wondering why my friends are so late turning up for a coffee... – LozF

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DOG BITES

  • After being harrassed countless times by dogs whilst running, today I was bitten by one. Not badly, but enough to end up with blood running down my leg. Is it best to call the police or the council, under animal welfare? – knackered
  • The police. You might want to photograph the wound for evidence, in case they manage to find the dog or its owner. – Muttley

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For the week ending 23 October 2006...

What's Hot?

GETTING READY FOR THE DUBLIN MARATHON

  • Remember we are in the taper, so relax, relax and relax some more. Just got to remember this myself on Sunday when I am out on my last 12 miler... – Ian151
  • The tapering... I managed a 10 yard stroll from the kitchen to the dining room yesterday evening at a steady pace, keeping my heart rate below 70 per cent. – Mister W
  • For anyone flying with Aer Lingus - you can pre-book your seat numbers online for both directions. I also realised today that the clocks change next weekend, so the early start on Sunday won't be so early. – Love pumpkin
  • The thing that I hadn't anticipated before Dublin, but now look forward to every year, is how we all get to look, act and feel like famous athletes and sports stars for a few hours. There will be thousands of people at the the start cheering, shouting and clapping. As you set off there will be little kids with hands outstretched looking to get "high 5's", and they'll be utterly delighted if they get one from you! Complete strangers with absolutley no connection to the event will be lining the route shouting you on. Lots of them go to the shops and buy bags of Jelly Babies or boxes of mini-muffins and stand by the side of the road to hand them over to you in case you need them. People will make banners with motivational messages to spur you on, or drag out ghetto blasters to give you a musical lift. Coming into the finish the crowd will be lining up four, five or six deep, and there will be shouts of encouragment and applause regardless of if you're there in 3:06 or 6:03. And pretty much every single person in that crowd will be looking at you thinking "I wish I could do that". I can't wait!! – amadeus

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THE LONDON SANTA RUN

  • Just entered this! Sounds like a good laugh - and you get to keep the outfit! – Bola Zudd
  • Don't worry about not being a fast runner - the event is for everyone and we have capacity for 2,500, so there will be plenty of slower Santas. – Mike Gratton
  • I'm most worried about having a hysterical laughing fit when I see all the Santas running around and not being able to run properly. – redruth
  • Think I may well end up walking a lot if the ankle can't take it. I will crawl over that finish line in my Santa suit if I have to. – Cockney Spice

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SHOPPING FOR RUNNING GEAR AT ALDI

  • Just been to Blackpool branch, and there's quite a lot of stuff left there. Didn't see any gloves, but they've got loads of hydration backpacks and quite a lot of flashing bands, but only a handful of hats. I like the tights and I bought the horrid orange jacket, but only to wear in the near-dark! – Crystaltips
  • Thanks for the tip-off peeps, saved me a fortune. Just hope it all fits now! – Clarej
  • Just brought a long sleeved top , did 13 miles and it was great. Not bad for £6.99. – stuart underwood
  • Not much left when I got to Aldi last night. Did get the hydration rucksack (for £9, worth a try at least!) and a base layer top, maybe should have bought two. But otherwise quite pleased with my purchases, as I didn't want much else apart from gloves. Perhaps if they're going to take out a full page advert in Runner's World they should get more stock in, especially in a massive city like leeds. Stoxy reporting from Aldi, Beeston Ring Road, Leeds. – stoxy
  • I have only one problem with what I have bought. When wearing the base layer, I have to breathe in to resemble the stomach of the bloke on the box. – stuart 72

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'100 BEST' TV SHOWS

  • I don't necessarily agree with the lists, but I can't get enough of these shows. Last night, instead of going to bed, I sat up watching the 100 Best Music Videos - superb! Trash TV at its best. – GordonR
  • They suck you in... before you know it, you have been watching them hours. – M1
  • I find them far too easy to get hooked on. I think I'll watch for an hour - yeah right! Midnight here we come. – Big David

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... And What's Not?

'PACKING PARANOIA' FOR THE NEW YORK MARATHON

  • My notes from the charity said to take your running gear in your hand luggage just in case your bag goes AWOL in transit! Trainers, socks, vest and shorts will be in the cabin with me ensuring their safety... – Watty
  • Yesterday I made my list of everything I needed for the race: specific items of kit, hat, contact lenses ets. Paranoid about getting there and finding I've forgotten something. Easily done, as there are so many things at home that you take for granted. – Mid Life Crisis
  • Paranoia point - I think I might wear my running shoes to travel in. I thought that if my luggage went AWOL the only thing that would really matter would be my shoes, I could replace everything else. – Queenie Victoria

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HAVING A COLD

  • Felt like I had a cold brewing yesterday - PANIC - not had one for years. Took even more vitamin C than usual, and Beechams. Feel OK today... maybe it's just taper madness ahead of Dublin. – Night Nurse
  • A curry and a good night's sleep always seems to stop a cold in its track for me. In fact the only time I ever get sick is when I'm burning the candle at both ends - I suspect the same is true for lots of peeps. – Chieftan Tank
  • Ever since May/June I keep coming down with a soare throats which then develop into 'flu. (Or manflu!) I can train for up to two months four times a week and get back to running up to 15 miles without any problems, and then it starts all over again. – Chris Catt

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For the week ending 16 October 2006...

What's Hot?

GETTING READY FOR THE ABINGDON MARATHON

  • With a week to go, I guess it's time to look at the weather forecast for the big day. 13C, scattered showers, 13mph west/south-west wind. Seems reasonable. I quite enjoy racing in the rain, but end up feeling very sorry for the supporters... I want to clap then and cheer them on... – Tick Tock
  • Got the "go fast" hair cut today. Completely bald now. Toenails get clipped early next week.
    Sodahead
  • You'll run faster at Abingdon. Flat, no runners to fight through, long straight bits, smiling people, no stress apart from the town centre as you come back into town at around 15 miles. – Snapstinget
  • Tonight is Tapas, perfect taper food. I hate this bit... where race day is near enough that everything is focused on it, but far enough away that you can't yet get into full panic/prepare mode. Sigh! – LP

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MUSIC THAT MAKES YOU MOVE

  • Imagine you're into a long run, done over two hours and there's over 30 minutes to go, and you feel tired, you need some inspiration... if Rage Against the Machine doesn't grit your teeth and make you push on, nothing will. – Arthur Zammit
  • Best musical run ever was to Underworld one Bonfire Night, with rockets going off everywhere... brilliant! – Birdypie
  • Does your MP3 player have a sense of humour? I have mine on random play, and it always seems to throw up an appropriate tune just when I'm struggling. Keep on Running, Go Buddy Go etc... – New Runner 63
  • The Floral Dance. Seriously. It really lifts my mood and reminds me of Grandad! – Tortoise of the North
  • The theme tune to Steptoe and Son. – Lyra O'K
  • Chris DeBleurgh gives me the runs. Hope that helps. – Earl

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RW FORUM PARTY PLANNING

  • Of course newbies are welcome. Doesn't matter if you post once a minute or once a year. More the merrier. – Sezz
  • For those of us who have hotel rooms booked already, I can see a nice little sideline in renting out floor space! – Kazzaaaaah!
  • Hmmm... wonder how much I could get for renting out my sofa bed? That's definitely going on eBay the week before the event... – SoVeryTired

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DEBATING 'EXTRAS'

  • Nowhere near as good as The Office. Quite disappointed, really. – southdownswolf
  • So much better than The Office. I will always have a memory of Diana Rigg with a condom on her head. – Dronach
  • Another classic last night. Ronnie Corbett doing the old Columbian marching powder in the loos...
    BigRedToe

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... And What's Not?

SHIN SPLINTS

  • I've been suffering with sore shins after increasing my runs leading up to my next race. The pain tends to go after a day or two. Is this a sympton of shin splints, or is it due to my footwear? – Dessie
  • As I understand it, any abnormal pain in the shin area can be called shin splints; I had a nasty case of it earlier this year that lasted a good few weeks. Mine was down to incorrect shoes. Get a gait analysis done before you buy new ones. Do you do much stretching? I found it really helped, along with physio. – Ruz
  • I had shin splints when I started training for the first time - very keen. Hurt like hell and went to the doc; no good. Iced it all the time and then found a great running shop with treadmill and video. I over pronate, so got decent shoes and took it easy. – Onetit

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TOO MUCH SWEAT

  • I have a problem of sweating too much when I run. During my long runs I find that the sweat dries into to my body, which leaves me prone to infections if I don't get to a shower asap. When fellow runners make comments about in a concerned way, I feel that maybe I should run on my own... – clooney
  • Rub tea tree oil over your body before a run? It's great stuff, has stopped me getting infections on my feet. – Soph
  • Hi fellow moist runners. Wear it as a badge of pride - it proves we are putting some effort into our running! After a long run I always have salt lines down my face and arms after the sweat has dried out... – Chieftan Tank

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For the week ending 11 October 2006...

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RUNNING IN THE RAIN

  • Went for a fairly long run this morning. Just as I got started, it chucked it down. I came home thoroughly drenched, very muddy and totally refreshed. Much better than running in the heat!
    Green Eyes
  • I always run/race much better in the rain. When others are moaning on the start line, I'm smiling to myself, 'cos I know I'm going to get faster and faster round the course. – Ironwolf
  • I always hate the thought of running in the rain, but absolutely love it when I get out there. In general I'll put off a run when it's raining, but if it starts once I'm out there I enjoy it all the more. Go figure?!? – Moose
  • Love it as long as I've been out for about 10 minutes before it starts. Don't like starting out in it.
    Mitten
  • Love it love it love it love it!! – Sam

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INVENTING RUNNING GIZMOS

  • The perfect material to combat jogger's nipple. – PhilPub
  • A GPS device with a switch that logs your position somewhere on a database. So if you go missing on a run you can be found. – Jenni W
  • A "portapocket". Zip fastening holder for small items (keys, notes). A bum bag is too big, and the shorts pocket bounces around and stuff falls out. The "portapocket" could even be a zippy pouch that Velcros or fastens inside your shorts pocket. Ten per cent comission on patent required if you make money on that idea! – amadeus
  • A fuel belt that doesn't bounce. – Jen M
  • A waterproof but flexible number holder. I have lost my number too many times running in rain, and end up stabbing myself when trying to re-do safety pins. – Choccy E-clair
  • A pair of shades/glasses with a display built in. So I can run looking straight ahead but check hr or pace without taking my eye off the road. A bit like a pilot's head-up display. Failing that, a dogsh*t detector. – Muttley

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THE SAAB SALOMON HELLRUNNER

  • I've done the last two Hellruns. Tips for the day: bring old clothes, old trainers, gaffer tape (so you don't lose your trainers in the bogs), a black bag to dump them in after the race, old but clean clothes to put on afterwards, baby wipes (no showers), pennies for the yummy food on sale afterwards, waterproof camera, sence of humour. Six weeks to go, can't wait. I'll be wearing a pirate T-shirt. – MissP
  • Do it, do it, do it! You'll love it. It's so different from road racing, they're not even worth comparing. And if you're going as slowly as me, there's some great views along the way too. And as someone said a while ago, don't wear white or light colours. You will never quite get the black bog mud out... Enjoy!
    Sarah Munday
  • Now where the hell did I stash the gaffer tape I nicked from work? – floating runner

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EXPLAINING FORUM NAMES

  • I'm a mangy and moth-eaten old hound, with floppy ears and a wheezy laugh and I only do it for the medals. – Muttley
  • Because I own a chain of shops called Co-op, don't know if you have heard of it. – Coops10
  • I was wearing a Fat Face T-shirt whilst trying to cram a whole Costco muffin in my mouth. – fat face
  • I am a hamster and I crash... I've had the name for years and it is in no way a reference to Richard Hammond. – Crash Hamster
  • Dunno. – Nicko
  • Because I like small neat fences. And I can't spell. – wickett
  • I'm a "taffia" and do Tris. Taffia is a Welsh rugby fan or the Welsh mafia Tri Taffia
  • I have a big mouth and a dark side and I run ultras. – Ultra Gobi
  • It's my name. – Womble

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... And What's Not?

RUNNING WITHOUT LOSING WEIGHT

  • I'd been running 40 miles a week for three years, and weighed exactly the same as when I was totally sedentary. Considerably fitter... but by the basic laws of physics you would expect a drop in weight. – night
  • So glad it's not just me! I've had a two-month break from running, haven't changed my diet one iota, and I've lost weight. I know muscle weighs more than fat, but my clothes are also looser. There must be an explanation for all of this. – Lucy Kay
  • I have been running since January [and] I haven't lost any weight for about three months. But I have actually lost inches: my legs are more toned and I feel better in myself. – Amy Bowsher

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WHIFFY KIT

  • Yeuch. When kit's smelling of stale sweat, even though it's fresh out of the washing machine, is there any remedy, or is there no option but to buy new and consign the old to the bin? – DI
  • Never wash your kit. You will build up a bacterial culture over the surface of your running kit. I have been doing this for years. By the way, I live alone and have no friends. – Ripped Dap

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