Sorry Steve, I actually live in Bedford, but i too have been left to do this race alone :( the person i entered it with is worried She might have osteoporosis so She is understandably giving it a miss.
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Hey guys, I have decided not to run with my son, the Grand P's can have him for the day so that will be one less obstacle for people to dodge. Lummox after running and reading about running for the last year or so, there is one thing they all say, "SPEED WORK" Interval sessions (Flat out for a minute rest a minute and repeat) Fartlek (choose landmarks while out running and simply pick up the pace until you reach it TEmpo runs (while out on a shortish run run a barely comfortable pace.)
I do most of my runs at lunch time ( i get an hour for lunch at work! very convenient, but what they say about mad dogs and englishman is true about me, apart from being welsh that is!!) Back to the point: It depends on who else i am running with. Several of my colleagues also run, some lunchtimes, some run at an easy pace others at tempo pace. But if i am on my own i generally like to test my fitness and try and perform a negative split.
I think it depends on how you approach either activity: If most of your runs are 'flat out' and you don't believe in warm ups, cool downs or stretching etc.. then you are going to be prone to the odd chronic and a few acute injurys. But the same can be said for cycling. Short story:: I often pass this older runner on my training runs, i slowed down to talk to him once....( turns out he exercises 5-6 times a week, 3 runs, a round of golf, and the odd trip to the gym) he explained that in his twenties he was diagnosed with a genetic heart condition and that he would require bypass surgery. During his recovery he was told by the doctors that he would have to give up activities that would raise his HR above 140BPM. So he gave up squash and started jogging, and 35 years later he still jogs. He has outlived and achieved the highest age of all of his male blood relatives.