I've been wondering about the terrain for this one. I've only got road running shoes but given how wet it has been this year and how much mud I keep encountering even on normally good grassy tracks near home, I'm wondering if new footwear is called for. Does anyone know the tarmac to potentially muddy track ratio for the full and/or half (I've not put my entry in yet, still undecided on which to do as it has been a while since I've trained regularly and nothing seems as easy as I remember)?
So I really fancy the Great Clarendon Marathon in October (Salisbury to Winchester XC) but haven't run a marathon in a few years, have been rather lazy and am behind with the training already (and know with a busy summer fitting in enough long runs is going to be really difficult) so thinking about only entering for the half. That seems a bit of a cop out though and the Oxford half-marathon the following weekend is also tempting being as I live there. Is racing half marathons consecutive weekends a good idea? My PB from the rather hilly langdale half road race is 1:37 which I'd be tempted to try to match on the equally hilly Clarendon XC and then go sub 1:30 on the faster home course in Oxford - is this madness or reasonable with 16 weeks training?
Tried making the cake yesterday and sampled a slice earlier. Not bad for a first attempt, though I might try some higher quality dried fruit next time (I went for value cereal and fruit to see how cheap a snack I could make). It isn't the nicest fruit cake I've ever tasted, but then having not used half a bottle of brandy it was unlikely to top that list. Will have to see how it goes on the reduction of weight loss front. For now I best get out for a long run before it snows...
Already tried my Mums flapjack recipe, though like your cake recipe Nick they are full of sugar. Will try the cake over the weekend though. Might try going back to drinking pints of milk in the evening too, though the other half seems considers that disgusting (on the basis she hates milk), but then she isn't keen on being heavier than me either!
Sadly I didn't see Horizon due to a lack of a TV, though it sounds interesting. Might put iplayer on while my cake is cooking.
Weights do have some effect though I've not done any for ages - put on loads of weight in this big swollen thing round my knee if I do anything that involves bending my kness. Avoidance of the surgeons knife meant I had to change from rowing to running which strangely causes me no knee trouble Suppose I could try some upper body stuff
Does anyone have any idea for healthy but filling snacks, that could help me GAIN weight? There seem to be lots of discussions on here about healthy snacks for people trying to loose weight but I have the opposite problem. I'm one of those annoying blokes who can eat whatever they want, even when being too lazy to run, and never put on any weight. I'm around 6'1" (185cm) and even when not running regularly about 62kg. When training 5/6days a week for the Abingdon Marathon last year my weight dropped below 60kg even with a large breakfast, half a loaf of bread at lunchtime and a huge evening meal. In between times I tend to eat lots of bananas and because I'm still starving an awful lot of chocolate, cakes and biscuits. I know half of you now hate me for being able to eat rubbish without putting on weight, but does anyone have any ideas for healthy yet filling snacks? Something carb heavy without all the sugar? Recipes for homemade snacks would be good as I'm on a budget but can normally find time to bake once a week. Thanks