Robert - for Garmin watches, you set up yours in Garmin Connect (that is there own website where all your runs are stored). Then go to Strava and sync with your Garmin account. When you have finished your run your download it to Garmin and it automatically syncs to Strava. It looks to be the same for most brands of watch from what I can tell. It's certainly the same for my new Suunto where you set it up on Movescount that then automatically syncs with Strava. There is also an iPhone app for Movescount so you can sync to Strava through Bluetooth which is pretty good. There is also a Strava app and for both of them you can record your runs directly through the app rather than using a watch.
My running has been a bit reduced for the last few weeks due to recovering fully from the ultra and plenty of holidays and weekends away in the caravan. Many many years ago I had a tattoo done and it is one of those where you would sooner keep it covered up as it's so rubbish. Finally, last Friday, I decided to have it covered with another one. They advise you not to get the area wet for 7 days and also don't do any exercise that will result in sweating. So I'm out of action until this Saturday. Then the training for the RRR50 starts in earnest. The race is in 7 weeks time so I am hoping to get in 3 'big' weekends that will include some longish back to back runs. I'm also looking to lose the weight I have put back on over the last couple of months. Someone asked about my plans for racing a marathon next year. I'm looking at an autumn marathon providing I recover well from the ultra in June. That's the plan at the moment but my plans tend to change quite often so we will have to wait and see what happens
Sean – well done on the weight loss, I’m sure you’re finding it easier running now. Another successful transfer deadline day for Arsenal….!
Ali – another PB, you’re on fire ! 30 miles a week is more than enough for you at the moment if you aren’t training for a marathon. Like you say, you are getting in plenty of quality at the moment so keep smashing those PBs
Robert – those Centurion events look really good and have great reviews about the organization food stations etc. One of the 50s would be a good place to start your ultra career I reckon. More crap news for Mrs R, hope things are better for your both. That’s a couple of good long runs you’ve got in recently, how long until the marathon now ?
Carl – how long have you had your Garmin ? 2 years seems to be about the time they start playing up from what I’ve read. My new toy is pretty damned good; picks up the satellite straight away, has a longer battery life. All is good so far with it.
PS – you should have worn your bladder for your day trip to the WTC ! You’re really struggling at the moment and now your new trotters are giving you grief. Keep plugging away at it and I’m sure you will come out the other side feeling more positive.
Will – 19 August next year is the big day. Location is booked; I’ve hired a big Georgian house for a couple of days and a cottage for Mrs C and I and the mutts. Plans are off to a good start so trying to get everything sorted as soon as possible so I can then, hopefully, just sit back ! The South Downs Way has 12,000ft of elevation which, over 100 miles, won’t be too hilly !! Considering I do a lot of my training in the Peak District I will get plenty of long, hilly runs in over the next few months. I’m on Strava and now following you. Which HM are you running ?
BT - sounds like you've got the early part of next year planned already !
Tricialitt - I believe that if you don't try you will never know, so I'm going to give it a try. What's the worst that can happen......
Helen - excellent work at Belper, second in your age category ? I am in Sheffield so just up the road from you. Most of my off road training is done in the Hope Valley around Castleton, Hope, Edale etc. I have ventured south to just south of Matlock bath and done some runs on the High Peak and Tissington trails but not a great deal. Do you, will you, venture into the peaks at anytime ?
Carl - sounds like you're having fun out there. I am very jealous that you are running in the Alps.
PS - 100 mile race has a cut off time of 30 hours so there is no time to lose by sleeping, sitting down or resting ! Fortunately, I am one of those people who have always survived on 5/6 hours sleep a night so that aspect of the race shouldn't bother me too much. There are plenty of logistical things to consider too like where you will sleep the night before the race, what time do you expect to finish the race and how do you get back to your car and when do you (can you) drive home. Drop bags - what do I want in them and at what point of the race e.g. the race starts at 6:00 so when will I need my head torch, at 60 miles or 80, that type of thing. Support crew - where will they stay, where do I want them to meet me on route with food, drink or a change of clothing. Pacers - you can have a pacer after 50 miles. There really is so much to plan but I'm really looking forward to it. Oh, and I might need to do some long training runs too !
It can take a bit of getting used to running with the bladder so the sooner you start with it the sooner you will be accustomed to wearing it. It will give you the comfort of knowing you wont run out of water and that you can carry all your bits and bobs too. Before you know it you won't realize you're wearing it, honestly. I know your mojo hasn't been the same since NJ but there is no reason why you still can't aim for a PB. I've looked at some of your runs on Strava and, while your latest run wasn't as quick as when training for NJ, you are still churning out some decent training runs. A lot of the battles will be in your head so if you remain positive I reckon you will get a new PB