I am running in the Brighton Half on the 28th Feb., and have a room in the Brighton Surf Hotel (http://www.brightonsurf.com/index.php/en/) on the night of the 27th. Due to unforeseen circumstances I won't need the room now but it is a non-cancellable booking.
Just wondered if anyone who needed a room and can't get one wants to take it off my hands? It is £155 for the night (Superior Double).
I run around 1,200 miles per year. Three to five 4-6 mile runs a week plus one of between 9-11 miles most Sundays. I tend to run 7 or 8 half marathons each year and a number of 10Ks. I am not fast; my HM PB is 1:53 and my 10K is 52 mins. I am a 56 year old male. Most of my recreational runs pace at somewhere between 8:30 and 8:40.
My last 'proper' run this year was the Great North at the start of September (disappointing 2:04). Shortly after that I caught a cold that developed into a chest infection and as soon as I recovered from that I caught another, then another (I know, says something about my immune system, but co-incided with lots of public transport and a particularly stressful time at work).
By mid/late November all illnesses had gone so I put on my running shoes and hit the road again. Complete disaster. Between then and Christmas Eve the most I could run in a single stretch (i.e. without stopping) was around half a mile. Just completely breathless after that. I tried repeatedly (several times a week) always with the same result. I would 'run' four miles in one session, but this would be a series of quarter/half miles with pauses in-between. #completelydepressing
I was given a Garmin Forerunner 235 for Christmas and decided to try running focussing purely on heart rate zones and, in particular, keeping my HR below 150 (checking my average for my previous 5 years it seems to be around 153). Although it has been hard to keep below 150 (especially as we're on holiday in a very hilly Cornwall), I have immediately managed a six mile and a four mile run, both completely uninterrupted. This has restored my confidence no-end. However...
The down side is pace. In keeping my HR to sub 150, my pace has dropped to around 9:20. This leads me to a number of questions/thoughts.
1. Can I have become so unfit in just a couple of months lay-off?
2. Am I sensible keeping to a HR based plan for now to build back up?
3. Is pace likely to recover even with the same heartbeat, or will I need to start pushing my HR again to get back?
These are probably dumb questions but I have never run to a plan previously, just gone out there and run at what seemed like a natural pace for me. Oddly, in my abortive out of breath runs I still felt—right up until the point I would exhausted—that the pace was not excessive.
Any help/advice to get back to where I was would be gratefully received.
I like the look of it. In fact, sufficient to have pledged. I hope they make their goal. I have used Garmins throughout, and still do, but it feels as though they need some competition. Their software hasn't really moved on much, their designs are so-so and their customer service is also somewhat lacking. Competition from other quarters is good for all brands and for the end-punter.
Personally the six hour battery life is not a concern. I'm in the electronics industry and that's their worse case non-optimised scenario. They have quite an interesting article on their Kickstarter page explaining this. As long as I can get, say, 10 hours between charges then I'm happy. I always leave my Garmin in its cradle between runs anyway. They will comfortably get this 10 hours once they optimise the software.
I hope they make their target. Innovation is good.
In training for April's VLM. Next week I will be staying in Nottingham for a couple of days and need to find a run anywhere between 5 - 7 miles. I'll be working at the Phoenix Business Park (don't think that's an option) but staying in city centre.
Are there any road runs anyone could recommend (hate treadmills and gyms)? I know there's the river and canals, maybe those are options. It will be dark by the time I run so don't want anything secluded.