There is a new club dedicated just to road and off-road running (no track and field) called Danum Harriers. The club meets at the Sportsman Pub on Armthorpe Road every Tuesday and Thursday at 19:00 - google 'Danum Harriers' for a look at the website.
I am due to spend some time in St Petersburg in September on business and this falls smack in the middle of a marathon training programme I am following. Having never been to Russia (and don't know anyone who has) I was wondering if anyone has experienced running in this part of the world. Do you see people out running like in the UK? Any advice gratefully received.
I did my first ever Marathon at London on the 26th April 2009 and I trained to a plan, had a really good race, got inside my target time, and allowed myself time to recovery and picked things up gradually over the next four or five weeks. So far, so good. The thing is I am now starting to worry because it has been seven weeks since the race I can't seem to get back my speed, strength or (most curiously) endurance. I am just finding it such hard going at the moment - typified by a dismal run today which I had to cut short because there was just nothing in my legs.
Due to changes in work, the odd injury, moving house a few times etc etc I have had a few lay offs from running and now find myself on comeback number five or six. This one was a long lay off, almost six years out punctuated by the odd run here and there. I rejoined a club back in May and after a difficult few weeks am gradually getting there but my question is this:
Apart from the obvious 'build up gradually' approach, what are the best tips for getting back to something like your best after a long lay off; and who out there has had the longest lay off and returned to running?
Had my Nike+ Sports Band for a week now and have done 3 runs so far.
What a superb and ingenius little gadget this is. It records all the basic information most runners would want to know (distance, time, calories and pace) and the way it automatically tansfers it all to your web page once you insert the USB stick/display is just brilliant.
As for accuracy, it is hard to tell, but you could say that about GPS. On a recent run with some friends, I logged 8.63 miles, another had 8.49 according to their GPS and another had 8.84 so on this basis the Nike+ (being about in the middle) looks to be about right. The only criticism I have is that it could do with a backlight and can't really understand why they didn't include one.
All in all though, for the money it is excellent value and if anything is under-priced in my view.